The closest we TV geeks get to the wager-on-your-favorites fun of sports is the networks’ upfronts week, in which they announce their fall schedules to advertisers and we pick which horses we’re backing and which we already hate (based solely, and possibly unfairly, on fleeting clips and the pedigrees of those involved). And I’ve picked my first favorite filly (dropping distracting metaphor … now): Fox’s Glee-anchored Tuesday night, which will include new sitcoms Raising Hope and Running Wilde. Why? I’m glad you asked:
1. I will always stand behind the little-show-choir-show-that-could.
2. Raising Hope is a dysfunctional family comedy from Greg Garcia, who brought us the wonderfully fresh-at-the-time My Name Is Earl; and it stars Martha Plimpton (soooo good on The Good Wife this season – and in The Goonies!) and Cloris Leachman (so good on Dancing With the Stars, and I don’t say that of many).
3. Better still, Running Wilde comes to us from Arrested Development’s Jim Vallely, Mitch Hurwitz, and Will Arnett. It stars Arnett as a playboy with a Peter Pan complex who’s struggling to grow up to win over his childhood sweetheart, a do-gooder played by (swoon) Keri Russell.
These two couldn’t be a more welcome departure from Fox’s past live-action “comedy” attempts: Do Not Disturb, ‘Til Death, Brothers. And they sound like they could have a little bit of edgy-cool Arrested Development sensibility while retaining a bit of that elusive accessibility that garners actual ratings. Here’s to hoping, anyway.
Also on tap for Fox are an intriguing prehistoric time-travel drama from a team led by Steven Spielberg, Terra Nova, and soapy Lonestar, starring Jon Voight and Friday Night Lights’ Adrianne Palicki. You can see the whole rundown of the new schedule here.
Meanwhile, what do you think, PopWatchers? Are you excited for Fox’s new sitcoms? What other coming fall shows are you already psyched about.