NBC is set to pick up a whopping six new comedies for next season, virtually guaranteeing that there will be a second comedy night on the network. Here’s what to look forward to:
-Up All Night: This is the much-buzzed-about “untitled Emily Spivey project,” which the SNL/Parks & Rec writer is fronting with Lorne Michaels producing. It stars Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett and is “an irreverent look at parenthood through the POV of an acerbic working mother — who never thought she’d be a mom — along with her stay-at-home husband and opinionated parents.”
-Free Agents: Hank Azaria will star as “a recent divorcé who finds love at a talent agency with Kathryn Hahn’s character, who just lost her fiancé. Also on the show are Anthony Head, Natasha Leggero, Al Madrigal, Joe Lo Truglio and Mo Mandel.
-Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea: Based on Chelsea Handler’s best-selling book, this will “center on an outspoken, sexually aggressive young woman (Laura Prepon) who works in a bar, where she drinks away its profits, avoids her eccentric father (Lenny Clarke) and goes home with the clientele.”
-Bent: Amanda Peet will star as a recently divorced single mom who’s “fighting her attraction to her hunky contractor (David Walton).” This one will be single-camera and is from Scrubs producer Tad Quill. Also starring: Joey King, Margo Harshman, Susan Park, Rick Gonzalez, Pasha Lychnikoff and Jeffrey Tambor.
-BFFs: From UCB mainstays Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair comes this one about “a woman and her live-in boyfriend, who take in her best friend after a divorce.”
-Whitney: This is standup Whitney Cummings’ project, which will be “a romantic comedy created by and starring the racy comedienne.”
Phew! That is a lot of new comedy, much of it seriously promising. NBC holds its upfronts on Monday in NYC, at which they’ll lay out the full schedule for next season. It’ll be interesting to see if they mix and match these new shows with the current Thursday night lineup or if they create a new night featuring all new shows.