Fall’s new television shows are packed full of laughs

Fall’s new television shows are packed full of laughs

Mindy Kaling's The Mindy Project has opened to rave reviews.

While students gear up for school, the major networks are gearing up for fall programming, scrambling to gather audiences for their newest programs and assembling their schedule. This year’s most anticipated shows include post apocalyptic battles, high-drama musicals and eerie supernaturalism. But right now, we’ll be looking on the bright side of life with a couple of the most exciting new comedy series.

The Mindy Project

This fall, Fox debuts the new series The Mindy Project, the exciting new springboard for comedic rising star Mindy Kaling. Kaling comes to the show after writing and performing as Kelly Kapoor on The Office from its United States inception. She also authored the noted book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns. In her new show, Kaling plays a obstetrician dealing with relationships and her career.  The show is expected to be a hit, and its reviews have been, so far, moderate to good. “It was funny how random she was, how she didn’t care what anybody thought,” sophomore Delaney Carter said about the show. “It may be a hit, but there are so many shows kind of like it.”

Partners

Without an early preview like the previous sitcoms, CBS’ Partners has generated significantly less press. It’s tied up with a failed 1995 sitcom of the same name in some worrying ways. But with its creators’ big-name past creations (Will & Grace) and its slot after the hit How I Met Your Mother, it has the potential to be a success. The plot is centered around two business partners whose friendship is tested after one gets engaged. The cast hails from a blend of genres, with leading actors like Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), David Krumholtz (Numb3rs), Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) and Brandon Hill (Chuck). One problem they might see: misleading advertising. After viewing ads for the show, freshman Jack Romans guessed it was “about two gay couples and one straight couple, based on what they show.”

Go On

NBC’s most anticipated show is fall TV’s oddest premise. Go On delves into the emotional tension of a group of mourners. Oh, and it’s a sitcom. The series stars Matthew Perry (Friends) as a sportscaster dealing with the loss of his wife. The show is considered the season’s riskiest new show, already dividing critics and lacking a clear audience. Junior Samuel Carlson said he would probably try the show. “This whole therapy idea has been going around with the big networks,” Carlson said, “so it seems a little bit more cliché now. But it’s a comedy, so it might come at a different angle.” Still, he was skeptical that it could be a hit: “It might last four seasons, maybe.”