Sunday, September 12, 2010

2010 Fall COMEDY TV Show Premier Dates, Trailers & Websites...

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If you're a huge TV fan like me, then I'm sure you can appreciate the struggle in trying to keep track of when all of your favorite TV Shows (and new TV Shows) are going to be starting again, or premiering for the first time this Fall Season.

Well, I found a great article in the Toronto Sun where they gave a summary of the majority of the Fall 2010 TV Show Premier Dates.  I took it a couple steps further and pulled together summaries for each of the shows, their Official Websites, and also the Trailers that I found kicking around on YouTube and etc. (and when the trailers weren't available, I grabbed video from previous seasons and etc.).

Please note that I pulled together the summaries of each of the TV Shows from either IMDb, Wikipedia, or the actual TV Show's Official Website (see links below).

I tried to include all of the Comedy, Drama and Reality TV details on one post, but the time it took to load was just insane. So I decided to break them down by their Genres into separate posts instead. This post focuses on the Comedy TV Shows for this fall. Please see the following pages for the Drama TV Shows and the Reality TV Shows.

Firstly, here's the article from the Toronto Sun where I found the list of shows, and their Fall TV Debut Dates:

The fall TV preview


(Dates always subject to change by the networks)

Sept. 16:

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

The series follows The Gang, a group of five depraved underachievers who run Paddy's Pub, a run-down bar in South Philadelphia. They are dishonest, egotistical, greedy, unethical, lazy, arrogant, and antagonistic, and are often embroiled in controversial issues. Episodes usually find them hatching elaborate schemes, conspiring against one another or others for personal gain or the pleasure of watching their downfall. Their tactics often rely on inflicting emotional and sometimes physical pain on individuals both deserving and undeserving. They regularly use blackmail and manipulate one another and others outside of the group. Their unity is never solid; any of them would quickly dump the others for quick profit or personal gain regardless of the consequences. Almost everything they do results in competition between them.

Sept. 19:

Call Me Fitz (HBO Canada)

A morally bankrupt car salesman is forced to go into business with his conscience.

Sept. 20:

Mike and Molly (CBS, A)

A couple meets in a weight-loss support group.

Chuck (NBC)

When a twenty-something computer geek inadvertently downloads critical government secrets into his brain, CIA and NSA assign two agents to protect him and exploit such knowledge, turning his life upside down.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS,Citytv)

Egged on by his best friend's upcoming nuptials, Ted believes he finds the woman of his dreams in Robin -- though destiny might have something different in mind.

Rules of Engagement (CBS, Citytv)

Two couples and their single friend, all at different stages in their relationships, deal with the complications of dating, commitment and marriage.

Two and a Half Men (CBS, A)

A hedonistic jingle writer's free-wheeling life comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move into his beach-front house.

Sept. 21:

This Hour Has 22 Minutes (CBC);

This Hour Has 22 Minutes is a weekly Canadian television comedy that airs on CBC Television. Launched in 1993 during Canada's 35th general election, the show focuses on Canadian politics, combining news parody, sketch comedy and satirical editorials. Originally featuring Cathy Jones, Rick Mercer, Greg Thomey and Mary Walsh, the series featured satirical sketches of the weekly news and Canadian political events. The show's format is a mock news program, intercut with comic sketches, parody commercials and humorous interviews of public figures. The on-location segments are frequently filmed with slanted camera angles.

Clip from show (Trailer not available):

Rick Mercer Report (CBC)

Rick Mercer Report (or the Mercer Report; formerly known as Rick Mercer's Monday Report or simply Monday Report) is a Canadian television comedy series which airs on CBC Television. Launched in 2004 and hosted by comedian Rick Mercer, the weekly half-hour show combines news parody, sketch comedy, visits to interesting places across Canada, and satirical editorials, often involving Canadian politics. The show's format is similar in some respects to "fake news" shows like Mercer's prior series, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and to Jon Stewart's The Daily Show – however, the Mercer Report's on-location segments are usually played relatively straight in comparison to those on the other shows, since participants are usually aware of Mercer's identity and purpose.

Clip from show (Trailer not available):

Glee (Fox, Global)

A high-school Spanish teacher becomes the director of the school's Glee club, hoping to restore it to its former glory.

Raising Hope (Fox)

Jimmy becomes a 25-year-old single parent to an infant whose mother he had a one-night stand with after she ends up on death row.

Running Wilde (Fox)

From the Emmy Award-winning creator and the star of the critically acclaimed Fox series "Arrested Development" comes Running Wilde, a romantic comedy starring Will Arnett ("Arrested Development," "30 Rock") as Steve Wilde, a filty-rich, immature playboy trying desperately to win (or buy) the heart of his childhood sweetheart, Emmy Kadubic (Keri Russell, "Waitress," "Felicity"), the uber-liberal humanitarian who got away – all told through the perspective of a 12-year-old girl.

Sept. 22:

The Middle (ABC)

The daily mishaps of a harried woman and her semi-dysfunctional family and their attempts to survive life in general in the city of Orson, Indiana.

Better Together (ABC)

Two sisters are at different stages in their respective relationships.

Modern Family (ABC, Citytv)

A satirical look at three different families and the trials they face in each of their own uniquely comedic ways.

Show Clip (since the Trailer didn't tell much about the show):

Cougar Town (ABC, Citytv).

A recently divorced woman decides to find some excitement in her dating life.

Show Clip (since the Trailer didn't tell much about the show):

Sept. 23:

Community (NBC, Citytv)

Community is an American television comedy series created by Dan Harmon that is broadcast by NBC. The series is about a group of students at a community college in Colorado.

30 Rock (NBC, Citytv)

30 Rock is an American television comedy series created by Tina Fey that airs on NBC. The series is loosely based on Fey's experiences as head writer for Saturday Night Live. 30 Rock takes place behind the scenes of a fictional live sketch comedy series depicted as airing on NBC; the name "30 Rock" refers to the address of the GE Building where NBC Studios is located, 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Trailer (from previous season, latest trailer not available yet):

The Office (NBC, Global)

The Office is an American comedy-drama television series broadcast by NBC. An adaptation of the BBC series The Office, the series depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. The Office was renewed for a seventh season, and Steve Carell confirmed he will be leaving the show when his contract expires at the end of its production.

Trailer (30 Rock, The Office, Community and Outsourced):

Outsourced (NBC, Global)

Outsourced is set in a Mumbai, India, call center, where an American novelties company has recently outsourced its order processing. A lone American manages the call center and must explain American popular culture to his employees as he comes to understand Indian culture.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, CTV)

Set in Pasadena, California, the show is about two fictional Caltech geniuses, one an experimental physicist (Leonard Hofstadter) and the other a theoretical physicist (Sheldon Cooper), who live across the hall from an attractive blonde waitress and aspiring actress (Penny). Leonard and Sheldon's geekiness and intellect are contrasted for comic effect with Penny's social skills and common sense. An aerospace engineer (Howard Wolowitz) and a particle astrophysicist (Rajesh Koothrappali) are their equally geeky and socially awkward co-workers and friends.

$#*! My Dad Says (CBS, CTV)

Ed is a very opinionated 72-year-old who has been divorced three times. His two adult sons, Henry and Vince, are accustomed to his unsolicited and often politically incorrect rants. When Henry, a struggling writer and blogger, can no longer afford his rent, he is forced to move back in with Ed, which creates new issues in their tricky father-son relationship.

Sept. 24:

The Good Guys (Fox)

The Good Guys is an American dramedy series about an old-school cop and a modern-day detective that premiered with a preview episode on Fox on May 19, 2010, and began airing regularly on June 7.[4] The series stars Bradley Whitford as Dan Stark, a mustachioed, former big-shot detective with the Dallas Police Department, and Colin Hanks as Jack Bailey, a young, ambitious, by-the-book detective who has been assigned as Dan's partner because of his snarky attitude.

The Ron James Show (CBC)

The Ron James Show is a Canadian television comedy show, which debuted on CBC Television on September 25, 2009. Starring comedian Ron James, the show intersperses sketches with clips of James performing his stand-up routine. One of the show's more noted features is L'il Ronnie James, an animated sketch which depicts James as a young child growing up in Cape Breton.

Clip from show (Trailer not available):

Sept. 26:

The Simpsons (Fox, Global)

The Simpsons is an American animated television series created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical parody of a working-class American lifestyle epitomized by its eponymous family,[1] which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional city of Springfield, and lampoons American culture, society, television and many aspects of the human condition.

The Cleveland Show (Fox, Global)

The adventures of the "Family Guy"'s neighbor and deli owner, Cleveland Brown.

Trailer (Series premier trailer):

Family Guy (Fox, Global)

Family Guy is an American animated television series created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a dysfunctional family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; their children Meg, Chris, and Stewie; and their anthropomorphic pet dog Brian. The show is set in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island, and lampoons American culture, society, television and many aspects of the human condition.

Eastbound and Down (HBO Canada)

Eastbound & Down is a comedy show from HBO, starring Danny McBride as Kenny Powers, a former professional baseball pitcher, who after an up and down career in the major leagues is forced to return to his hometown middle-school in Shelby, North Carolina as a substitute physical education teacher

Bored to Death (HBO Canada)

Bored to Death is an American comedy television series, which premiered in the United States on HBO on September 20, 2009. Created by Jonathan Ames, the series follows a writer, named Jonathan Ames, based in Brooklyn who moonlights as an unlicensed private detective. Advertisements have described Bored to Death as a "Noir-otic comedy".

America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC)

America's Funniest Home Videos (often simply abbreviated to AFHV, or its on-air abbreviation AFV) is an American reality television program on ABC in which viewers are able to send in humorous homemade videotapes. The most common videos usually feature slapstick physical comedy arising fromaccidents and mishaps. Other popular videos include humorous situations involving pets or children, while some are staged practical jokes and various forms of act

Oct. 3:

American Dad (Fox, Global)

American Dad centers on the domestic life of its nominal title character, Stan Smith, a staunchly conservative Republican CIA agent, and self-proclaimed patriot. He is married to Francine Smith, a fairly ditzy housewife who is trying to make up for a wild youth. Their two children are Hayley Smith, a passionately left-wing college-aged activist, and Steve Smith, an awkward teenage nerd. The Smith family is also in possession of two bizarre nonhumans — Roger, an escaped alien from Area 51 whom Stan is covertly housing in defiance of his employer, and Klaus, a goldfish whom the CIA implanted with the brain of an East German Olympic skier.

Trailer (Season 3 DVD):

Oct. 4:

Men With Brooms (CBC)

Men with Brooms is a Canadian television sitcom, scheduled to debut on CBC Television in September 2010. It is a television adaptation of the 2002 film Men with Brooms.

Oct. 25:

Drop Dead Diva (Showcase)

The series revolves around vapid blonde and aspiring model, Debbie (Deb) Dobkins (played by Brooke D'Orsay in the pilot and in flashbacks), who is killed in a car crash. As her soul enters the gates of Heaven, she finds herself declared a self-centered "zero" (meaning she has performed zero good deeds and zero bad deeds during her time on earth; she is simply shallow) by the gatekeeper, Fred. After not liking what she hears, she presses for a return to her former body, hoping to get back to Earth. Deb gets her wish, only to be brought back to life in the body of a recently deceased, intelligent, overweight lawyer named Jane Bingum.

Nov. 8:

Conan (CTV, TBS)

Conan is an upcoming American late-night talk show featuring Conan O'Brien as host, scheduled to premiere November 8, 2010 on TBS. The program's host, Conan O'Brien, previously hosted NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien, which followed The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for 16 years, until O'Brien's brief tenure as host of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, and subsequent buyout from the network on January 22, 2010.

I tried to include all of the Comedy, Drama and Reality TV details on one post, but the time it took to load was just insane. So I decided to break them down by their Genres instead.

Please see the following link for the Drama Debut Dates, Official Websites, Trailers and Summaries: Drama TV Shows.

Please see the following link for the Reality TV Debut Dates, Official Websites, Trailers and Summaries: Reality TV Shows.


(Image: by wsilver on flickr


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