Summer. Comedies. Two things that have not traditionally mixed well with each other. That most networks tendÂ to stick with the time-honored tradition of slotting in comedic timing into dramas doesn’t help. SlapÂ on a new name (dramedies), sprinkle in a cast with chemistry and the recipe works for most shows (Rizzoli & Isles and Psych in its younger days come to mind).
With Weeds, The Big C, Hot in Cleveland (hello, Betty White!), Curb Your Enthusiasm,Â Web Therapy (marking the return of Friendsâ€™ star Lisa Kudrow) and Futurama lightingÂ the way, there may be potential in 2012. But then again, maybe not.
Chuck Lorre might be eating his words right about now. The Two and a Half MenÂ creator vowed former Men star Charlie Sheen would never work in the industry again,Â after the very public brawl between Lorre and Sheen resulted in Sheen walking from theÂ comedy series.
Teaming up with his brother Ramon Estevez, Sheen returns to TV in one of the mostÂ anticipated comedies of the year. Though no official trailer has been released for AngerÂ Management yet (Sheenâ€™s holding all the cards), what is known is that itâ€™s the small-screen adaptation of the Adam Sandler / Jack Nicholson movie of the same name. SheenÂ will be taking over where Nicholson left off as a psychiatrist with his own rage-controlÂ issues. We were at The Devilâ€™s in the Remote arenâ€™t sure what to make of it; true, theÂ parallels are interesting but do we really want to see Sheen try and reign in his anger onÂ screen when heâ€™s had a murky (at best) track record of it off-screen?
Men at Work
This buddy TBS comedy is about Milo (Danny Masterson, That 70â€™s Show) as heÂ struggles to re-enter the world of dating as his support system — friends and co-workers,Â each presumably with their own baggage (James Lesure, Adam Busch and MichaelÂ Cassidy) rally around him. The premise is pretty stale, so the success of the show willÂ depend on the quality of its writing; it could go either way.
The first two episodes leave far too much to be desired, the actors are yetÂ to find their comedic timing, especially with each other, the writing is lazy and the choiceÂ for lead is all wrong.
Following the success of family comedy Raising Hope, ABC Family has jumped on theÂ bandwagon of an out-of-his-depth single dadraising his baby daughter with the help ofÂ friends and family. The 30 second trailer doesnâ€™t say much about the showâ€™s potential, but once again depending on the castâ€™s strength and good writing, it may defy ourÂ (admittedly low) expectations.
Sullivan and Son
Steve Sullivan (Steve Byrne) is an attorney in New York, but decides to move back to hisÂ Pittsburgian roots to run his familyâ€™s bar after his parents, Jack Sullivan (Dan Lauria)Â and OK Cha (Jodi Long) decide to retire.
Bryne has worked with Vaughan (who serves as the showâ€™s co-producer) before onÂ multiple movies including The Wedding Crashers and Couples Retreat and the pilot isÂ being penned by Rob Long of the â€œCheersâ€ fame. This gives me hope that the show mayÂ just pull off a good story and find its comedic beats at the same time, but weâ€™ll know moreÂ once the pilot is out.
Coupled with the dramas, it looks like a pretty full calendar for the summer. Weâ€™ll try watching at least two episodes of eachÂ new show before casting judgement; after all, we have a full roster with all the other TVÂ shows weâ€™re watching!
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Shazia is part bionic, part crazy (parts not mutually exclusive), and would be happy conversing solely in TV quotes, forever hopeful she’ll be one-upped in her obscure TV references. She blogsÂ hereÂ and microblogsÂ here.