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What is to come for Fall Comedies

Funny girls Anna Farris and Allison Janney star in the new television series, “Mom”.

People have many things in common, but one thing in particular, is that almost all of us love to laugh. In my lifetime I can’t remember meeting anyone who didn’t like a good laugh. So for all the comedy fans, there’s nothing to worry about because the Fall 2013 new comedies are about to start.

A large majority of the premiering comedies this fall star familiar and/or returning faces. The first of the bunch is Fox’s cop comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The show stars and is produced by “Saturday Night Live” alum and The Lonely Island member Andy Samberg. Samberg plays laid back NYPD detective Jake Peralta who is forced to grow up because of new and strict Captain Ray Holt, played by Andre Braugher.

The show also has former “Everybody Hates Chris” star Terry Crews. Cop procedurals have been fairly popular for a while now, so why not add a new spin to the old tradition? “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 8:30 p.m.

The next of the shows is “The Crazy Ones.” Airing on CBS, “The Crazy Ones” features a dad and daughter team at an advertising agency in Chicago. That father-daughter duo happens to be funnyman Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Both Gellar and Williams are no strangers to leading roles on TV series. Sarah Michelle starred on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and the short-lived series “Ringer.”  This will be Robin Williams’ first starring role on a television series since his run on “Mork & Mindy,” which aired from  1978-1982. “The Crazy Ones” premieres on Thursday Sept. 26 at 9 p.m.

Another premiering comedy this fall on CBS is the news series titled “Mom.” “Mom” stars “Scary Movie” franchise star and actress Anna Faris in her first starring television role. Faris plays single mom Christy, who has recently sobered up and moved to Napa Valley, California. The series also stars “The West Wing” alum Alison Janney as Bonnie, Christy’s mom. Mom premieres on Monday, Sept. 23 at 9:30 p.m.

And last but not least and probably one of the most anticipated new shows of the season is NBC’s “The Michael J. Fox Show.” The show stars film and TV star Michael J. Fox. The new comedy is his first starring TV role since his run on “Spin City” which aired for five years from 1996-2001. “The Michael J. Fox Show” is loosely based on Fox’s real life.

The show is centered around news anchor Mike Henry, who gives up his career after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease to focus on his health and family. Five years later, Henry decides to return to work but now struggles with the right balance between career and family. Similarly to the show, Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991 but did not go public with his
condition until 1998. Fox has since become an advocate for the disease. “The Michael J. Fox Show” premieres on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9:30 p.m.

The Fall TV programs are usually the most anticipated of the seasonal series premiers, and with these major stars of comedy being brought to the forefront, viewers should anticipate a whole lot of laughing going forward.

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