The Fall 2013 Sitcom Forecast
September 3rd, 2013 9:59am EDT
If you’re obsessed with sitcoms like I am, you’ll love the fall season for all the same reasons I do. The unbearable summer wait is coming to an end, we finally get to sink back into our old viewing habits and catch up with some of our favourite characters. Plus a ton of new shows emerge from the woodwork; yes another fall is among us and I’m here to guide you through the overwhelming amount of lousy family driven sitcoms, and tell you which ones I think will be worth watching.
For some reason FOX is going to be airing yet another one of Seth MacFarlane’s mediocre shows. As you can tell I’m not his biggest fan, but I am a fan of both Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi. Overall the cast is impressive but the fact the trailer includes Brenda Song and the degrading, stereotypical and not to unfunny, sexy school girl schtick makes me feel it’ll be everything Family Guy usually rips.
Prediction: I’d like to say it will be cancelled but I’m not sure because people still love Family Guy, and enjoyed Ted. If it doesn’t get cancelled, I’d say two seasons tops.
After Cuckoo, the premise of another sitcom where Andy Samburg is the lead is pretty exciting. Once you watch the trailer, that feeling soon fades. The whole premise of the show reminds me of that dire plot line in That ’70s Show, where Kelso became a cop and his superior didn’t rate him at all. Snooze.
Prediction: Cancelled halfway through.
One of the more promising family driven sitcoms to hit television this fall, The Goldbergs has an interesting premise. The idea of the youngest child documenting the family’s life is a pretty original concept to me, as well as exciting because it could provide some cool shots. Wendi McClendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) is quite funny, but Jeff Garlin reminds me too much of John Goodman in Roseanne. There also feels like there is something missing, most likely to be covered as the season progresses.
Prediction: The show has potential, but it’ll probably get cancelled before we get to see how good it is.
Although the title is completely nauseating, Trophy Wife looks like it could be worth checking out. As it explores a pretty unconventional sitcom family, I think it’ll be pretty interesting to see how it pans out, whether it gets cancelled or not.
Back in the Game
I’m not entirely show about this show, and I can’t tell if that’s a good or bad thing. This does seem to be the age of the weird, the misfit, and the underdog so it could actually do okay. I believe the trailer doesn’t show us enough, so it could be better than it actually looks, and it’ll probably take a few episodes to decipher this. The idea is good but I fear it won’t be written, or executed well enough to maintain ratings.
The Michael J. Fox Show
Everybody loves Michael J. Fox, right? It’ll also be really interesting to see Betsy Brandt play a better character than Marie in Breaking Bad.
Prediction: I don’t think either Michael or the show will receive any extreme negativity but it might get cancelled anyway. Just because there might not be enough situations for the family dynamic to be watchable week after week.
The Crazy Ones
Providing it’s not entirely focused on Robin Williams being schticky, The Crazy Ones has real potential. I feel it’s the most interesting, family-driven sitcom, and there’s a LOT coming up. The father-daughter relationship and the dynamic they share seems like it could provide a good balance of comedy and emotion. I also hope to see more of the beautiful James Wolk (Bob Benson!), and more fun guest stars like Kelly Clarkson.
Super Fun Night
The title isn’t that imaginative but I really enjoy the idea of Rebel Wilson coming to television since she isn’t in great films. I’ve been a fan ever since she guest starred in an episode of Workaholics (1.7 Straight Up Juggahos), so I’m looking forward to this one. I’m also intrigued to see how Kevin Bishop will fit in and hold up in an American sitcom, as I’ve only seen him do sketch comedy. It looks quite funny, but looks like it fits the film format, instead of sitcom. With Conan O’Brien as the executive producer, I’m intrigued to say the least.
Prediction: If it’s written well, the show could be like a more outrageous, and more estrogen driven New Girl.
I want this to do well because I’d do anything to see more of Will Arnett on television. Although I’m pretty disappointed that Glee‘s Jayma Mays has replaced the awesome Mary Elizabeth Ellis as Arnett’s character’s sister, I still have hope. It seems Arnett and Margo Martindale have good chemistry and will provide the hilarity. Really not keen on the laugh track though.
There is also a few other shows I didn’t include because I don’t think they are particularly worth writing about. However, I will probably still give them a watch because it’s fun to watch a television show and pinpoint everything they’re doing wrong, right?
Prediction: Couple of seasons maybe?
- Sean Saves The World
- We Are Men
- Welcome to the Family
I’ll be reviewing Dads, The Goldbergs, Back in the Game, Super Fun Night for Sound on Sight and Trophy Wife for Gotta Watch It. You can also see what else I’ll be watching / reviewing this fall here.
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