Series about gay couples, the mafia, and quirky families, plus comedies galore
The four major networks—ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox—announced their schedules for the 2012-13 TV season this week, sealing the fates of dearly departed favorites (so long, CSI: Miami), quickly putting struggling freshman series out of their misery (adios, GCB), and saving a handful of beloved shows that were barely skating by (welcome back, Community!). The big news, however, was the unveiling of each network's slate of new shows.
From gay couples to Kevin Bacon, alien neighbors to mob doctors, and everything in between, here's what to expect from the new crop of TV series when you tune in next season:
When Glee, Modern Family, and Community launched in 2009, critics cheered that the notion dominating the later half of the '00s—network comedies are dead—was wrong. The trend continued and then, last year, comedies erupted on TV: New Girl, 2 Broke Girls, Up All Night, Last Man Standing, and close to 10 other new shows debuted, to various success. Next season, sitcoms will be inescapable.
There will be 15 new comedies premiering next season, adding to the two dozen that will be returning. The Matthew Perry-led group therapy comedy Go On and Ryan Murphy's new series about a gay couple trying to have a baby, The New Normal, among other new sitcoms, will give NBC four nights with comedy blocks for the first time in over a decade. Hit Fix's Alan Sepinwall aptly describes a "six sitcom pile-up" on Tuesday nights, when NBC's aforementioned new shows will face off against ABC's Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 as well as Fox's New Girl and buzzy new entry The Mindy Project, from The Office's Mindy Kaling, a strongly-voiced comedy that gives off a distinct "Are You There Vodka, It's Me Zooey Deschanel" vibe. Friday nights will house comedy hours again, with both ABC and NBC housing sitcoms there next season. The return of TGIF?