CBS Comedies Get a Boost While NBC & ABC Sadly Struggle
Despite some doubts earlier in the TV season, CBS has kept its comedy dominance going with its newest shows, Mom, The Millers and The Crazy Ones. The new shows are doing so well that the network ordered the back nine additional episodes for each. Because Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory weren't overrated enough.
It's a little disheartening to see something like Mom get picked up when ABC's much more enjoyable Trophy Wife was given just two additional script orders after seeming to be on the brink of cancellation.
And over at NBC things aren't going very well either, thanks to the complete overhaul of Thursday nights from smart comedies to "family" comedies. The only network that really seems to be earning some success with its new shows is Fox, who gave an additional script order to Andy Samberg's promising new comedy Brooklyn Nine Nine . That addition to the Fox Tuesday night lineup, which also includes New Girl and The Mindy Project, has given the network a night of comedy that's enjoyed by audiences and critics— a rare feat. If they could just drop Dads from the 8 p.m. slot, they'd be golden.
There have only been a few episodes each of CBS's new comedies so far, so we'll give them some time before making any real judgements. They all definitely have enough acting talent to be great. Mom stars Anna Farris and Allison Janney, The Millers has Will Arnett and Marge Martindale, and The Crazy Ones boasts Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
There's plenty of potential here, let's just hope CBS doesn't try to turn them into the next Two and a Half Men. It may draw ratings, but these casts have much more to offer than Charlie Sheen ever did.