IN CASE OF EMERGENCY – Now Airing (Wednesdays, 9:30-10:00 p.m., ET)
Starring: Jonathan Silverman, David Arquette, Greg Germann, Kelly Hu and Lori Loughlin
In this comedy, four friends at crossroads in their lives come together to support each other. Divorcee Harry (Silverman) meets former school valedictorian Kelly Lee (Hu) in a “special” massage parlor. Diet guru Sherman (Germann) goes on an eating binge when his wife leaves him and corporate crook Jason (Arquette) woos a nurse (Loughlin) while he awaits trial. Each week, they try to get their lives back on track but only make things hilariously worse. It’s not as sharp as Arrested Development or as off- kilter as My Name is Earl, but this single camera comedy has enough painfully tragic laughs to earn its half hour slot.
THE KNIGHTS OF PROSPERITY – Now Airing (Wednesdays, 8:30-9:00 p.m., ET
Starring: Donal Logue, Sofia Vergara, Lenny Venito, Maz Jobrani, Josh Grisetti, Kevin Michael Richardon
A struggling janitor (Logue) sees a special on Mick Jagger and decides he should get a piece of some of that wealth. So he assembles his own gang of thieves, mostly fellow blue collar workers, to commit the heist of the century. Each week, they get one step closer to the crime, despite their own incompetence. Celebrity cameos abound! This Disorganized Crime is plenty silly and stupid, but the gang of misfits are appealing enough to keep us tuning in.
NOTES FROM THE UNDERBELLY – Premiere TBA
Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt, Sunkrisha Bala, Reggie Austin, Peter Cambor, Rachael Harris
This single camera comedy has new parents to be (Westfeldt and Cambor) freaking out over all the diverging messages they’re getting. Should they be glowing, should they obsessively follow rules or what? Based on the book by Risa Green, Notes promises an ironic perspective on real life situations every week. Originally scheduled for the fall, the fact that there’s still no airdate is the only troublesome suggestion. Were all the funny parts in the previews?
TRAVELER – Premiere TBA
Starring: Matthew Bromerand, Logan Marshall-Green
Two friends (Bromerand and Marshall-Green) become suspected terrorists in a case of mistaken identity, when a museum they visit blows up immediately after their departure. They go on the run looking for the man who set them up. Think The Fugitive meets 24 as the action-packed adventures promise to keep audiences hooked with weekly cliffhangers. There doesn’t sound like much of a gimmick, like 24’s real time or Lost’s island mysteries but as long as we like the guys, it should work.
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT – Begins February 5, airing Mondays (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: David Spade, Oliver Hudson, Bianca Kajlich, Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price
In this weekly sitcom, a married couple (Warburton and Price), young lovers (Hudson and Kajlich) and their single friend (Spade) deal with the issues facing different stages of relationships. Spade shines in supporting roles (see Just Shoot Me,) and this could be Hudson’s (brother of Kate, daughter of Goldie Hawn) breakout part.
Andy Barker, P.I. – Begins March 15
Starring: Andy Richter, Tony Hale, Nicole Randall Johnson, Amy Farrington, Vanessa Branch, Marshall Manesh, Harve Presnell
Andy Barker (Richter) is an accountant who dreams of having a more exciting life. That dream comes through when he gets involved in a mystery. Recruiting his office neighbors as his crime fighting posse, the gang gets into hilarious misadventures every week. This may do for crime shows what Knights of Prosperity is doing for heist movies. Produced by Conan O’Brien, there’s enough creativity behind this show to keep it funny.
GREASE: YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT – Now Airing
Starring: Billy Bush, Denise Van Outen, David Ian, Jim Jacobs, Kathleen Marshall
This reality show competition is seeking the lead actors to play Sandy and Danny in a new Broadway production of the classic musical. Judges Ian, Jacobs and Marshall narrow down the finalists, and then the public gets to vote for their favorites. After weeks of performance competitions, and celebrity appearances from the likes of Olivia Newton-John herself, the winners will receive a one-year contract for a Broadway run. Think American Idol with more show tunes.
RAINES – Premiere TBA
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Matt Craven, Dov Davidoff, Linda Park, Nicole Sullivan, Malik Yoba, Madeline Stowe
Ghost Whisperer and Medium see the dead as ghosts, helping them solve mysteries. Detective Michael Raines (Goldblum) sees the dead, but only in his imagination. These hallucinations become more complete as he solves the mysteries of their deaths, only to finally erase them once he brings closure to their stories. This intellectual twist on the supernatural may be confusing, but Goldblum always makes a fascinating tortured soul. To get him for free every week could be fun.
DRIVE – Premieres Sunday, April 15 (8:00-10:00 PM)
Starring: Nathan Fillion, Kristen Lehman, Dylan Baker, Melanie Lynskey
This ensemble action thriller has drivers competing in an illegal cross-country race with a $32 million prize. Some want the money, some are trapped into the race by criminal elements. Like 24 and Lost, the show will balance weekly action cliffhangers with an evolving story of the conspiracy behind the race’s evil founders. If the car chases looks real and the story compels like other hit dramas, this could be the next internet obsession. Sitting in cars for an hour a week may seem problematic, but being in prison for a year didn’t hurt Prison Break.
ON THE LOT – Premiere TBA
This reality competition from Survivor creator Mark Burnett will feature 16 filmmakers who make short films every week, with viewers eliminating one each episode. The winner will get a million dollar development deal! It’s about time the inside Hollywood show and reality TV met. Perhaps they can start churning out directors like American Idol does singers. Steven Spielberg is involved but will not be on camera, so the likelihood of him imparting any wisdom seems slim.
THE WEDDING BELLS – Premieres Friday, March 9 (9:00-10:00 PM)
Starring: KaDee Strickland, Teri Polo, Sarah Jones, Michael Landes, Benjamin King, Chris Williams
From TV impresario David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Boston Legal), The Wedding Bells takes TV drama into the marriage business. Three sisters (Strickland, Polo and Jones) run a wedding coordinating business. As they deal with daily crises of stressed bridezillas and meddling parents, they also have their own relationship issues. Kelley made legal practice funny and compelling, so it seems like he’s found the next ripe target for unexpected laughs and addictive drama.
THE WINNER – Premieres Sunday, March 4, (8:30-9:00 PM)
Starring: Rob Corddry, Erinn Hayes, Keir Gilchrist, Linda Hart, Lenny Clark
The Daily Show’s Corddry stars as a late bloomer, looking back on the years when he finally became a man, Wonder Years style. Back in 1994, he sets out to win the girl of his dreams, but he has a long way to go from a 32-year-old virgin living with his parents to becoming an independently wealthy ladies man. Produced by Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane, this looks funnier than most sitcoms. Corddry is a natural and there’s a good precedent for Daily Show actors playing middle aged virgins.
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WHEN WOMEN RULE THE WORLD begins production for Fox
Unscripted Series Exposes What Happens When Women Are Given Ultimate Power
This spring, FOX, the home of genre-twisting hits “Joe Millionaire,” “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé” and “Temptation Island,” will expose the battle of the sexes, turning traditional gender roles upside-down and giving women all the power on WHEN WOMEN RULE THE WORLD (working title).
What if it was “a woman’s world”? What if women made ALL the decisions? If men were their subjects? These questions and more will be explored when a group of strong, educated and independent women, tired of living in a man’s world and each with a personal axe to grind, rule over a group of unsuspecting men used to calling the shots on WHEN WOMEN RULE THE WORLD.The unscripted series will reveal how women and men react in a world where women are in charge and men are subservient, and each gender’s ability to adapt to a new social order will be put to the test. In order to win, the men must accede to the women’s every command, 24/7, while building a new world. Here, women command and men obey. Over the series’ duration, the men will be eliminated by the women until one last man is standing.
Please be aware that all programming times and dates are subject to change. Check your local listings