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Craig Robinson's NBC Pilot Is Still Alive and a Contender for a Midseason Spot

Last month, the networks decided which pilots they were ordering to series for the fall. One promising pilot that was missing from the roster of new shows was Mr. Robinson, a teacher sitcom starring Craig Robinson and executive produced by The Office showrunner Greg Daniels. While Mr. Robinson won't be on the fall schedule, Deadline reports today that the pilot is still breathing and "remains a possibility" for a midseason slot. Perhaps the network is waiting to see how Craig Robinson's big summer movie This Is The End does at the box office next week before making a decision. Last season, NBC brass announced plans to push the [...]

Checking In with 'New Girl' Halfway Through Season 2

Back in 2011, I was skeptical about New Girl. It’s no surprise that a sitcom built to showcase Zooey Deschanel’s cutesy-cool charm might suffer some initial snap judgments, and I’ll admit, it took a few episodes for me to really fall in love. But a season and a half in, it’s clear the show’s skill in exploring – and poking fun at – its own sweetness has made it a deservedly stand-out series for FOX.

Season One started with a simple premise: what happens when a super cute, super sheltered girl finds herself newly single and shacked up with a trio of handsome (and heartwarmingly sweet) new roomies? New [...]

Checking In with 'The Mindy Project' Halfway Through Season 1

It's been an unusual first season for The Mindy Project, with the show setting some kind of record for the insane amount of casting changes it's had so far. New shows sometimes have to make some minor casting tweaks a few episodes in, losing or gaining a character or two as the producers and network see fit. The Mindy Project, however, since its pilot has had three main cast members leave or have their roles downgraded and added one new character with two more new characters on the way in the second half of the season. That's not to say that the show's been a disaster – or anything close [...]

Checking In with Parks and Recreation Halfway Through Season 5

Consistently one of the funniest shows on TV (based on a scientific method averaging laughs per minute over well-placed callbacks per episode), Parks and Recreation has already hit some significant milestones halfway through its fifth – and, hopefully, not last – season. As Leslie adapts to life outside the Parks and Rec office, Ron pulls free from the Tammys, and Ben, Tom, April, and Andy all start getting serious about their own five-year plans, things are evolving across the board. And while all the big life events lead to occasional emotional moments, they’ve been perfectly balanced by the absurd things we’re learning about Pawnee – and the strength [...]

Checking In with 'The Office' Halfway Through Season 9

Like 30 Rock, The Office doesn't have to worry about cancellation or season renewal this year, and while that could make an easy excuse for TV senioritis to kick in, the writers and cast have managed to steer the show out of its shaky eighth season and into a final hurrah that evokes the more old-school Michael Scott-era sensibilities that made the show so great during the early days. We won’t be officially halfway through this season until the end of January, but The Office has already crammed so much into its first ten episodes that it’s anyone’s guess where the Dunder Mifflin crew's stories will end up in [...]

ABC Sets Midseason Premieres for 'How to Live with Your Parents' and 'Family Tools'

ABC just released its midseason schedule today, which will see the premiere of two new sitcoms, How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) and Family Tools. How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), which won a competition with ABC's Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 for most absurdly-long TV show title, kicks off in the cushy post-Modern Family slot, Wednesdays at 9:30pm, on April 3rd. The sitcom stars Sarah Chalke as a single mother who moves back in with her parents (Brad Garrett and Elizabeth Perkins), bringing her daughter (Rachel Eggleston) along for the ride. Comedian Jon Dore is [...]

On 'Ben and Kate,' TV's Best New Sitcom

It hasn't been a great season for new sitcoms. NBC's attempts to swing for a broader audience (Animal Practice, Guys with Kids, The New Normal) mostly missed with Go On being the only hit of the bunch, CBS's only new offering — Partners — was given the axe after six episodes, ABC debuted two poorly-reviewed modest ratings hits in Malibu Country and The Neighbors, and Fox's The Mindy Project has been subject to a bevy of casting changes and retooling. Amidst all this turmoil, Fox's other freshman comedy, Ben and Kate, has quietly found its footing and become the 2012-13 season's best new sitcom — and not just but [...]

Checking In with 'Happy Endings' Halfway Through Season 3

Season three of Happy Endings has been humming along quite nicely, even if it is flying a bit under the radar. With the recent news of Happy Endings and Apartment 23 replacing the slot left by 666 Park Avenue on Sundays at 10pm, it seems clear that ABC is looking to burn through its remaining episodes from this season. It's not certain death for the show, however — ABC needed to make room for other shows to premiere. But still, not great news. But on the bright side, with both comedies slated to be off the schedule by March, at least we won't have to wait until the summer for the entire third season.

The biggest change [...]

ABC Cuts Episodes for Midseason Comedy 'Family Tools'

ABC just shaved three episodes off of the order for its midseason sitcom Family Tools, Deadline reports. The show, which is set to premiere in spring alongside fellow midseason sitcom How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), is based on the British comedy White Van Man and stars Kyle Bornheimer as a guy who takes over his dad's (J.K. Simmons) handyman business after he has a heart attack. Johnny Pemberton, Leah Remini, Edi Gathegi, and Danielle Nicolet also star. This is the second midseason show to have its episode order trimmed (after Fox's Goodwin Games), but like the reasons behind that cut, [...]