Fox officially announced its 2012-2013 schedule today, and it's making a big deal out of comedy. The network is aggressively trying to join the live-action comedy-block party, and has ordered three new laughers this season. But the two new dramas in its lineup might actually be the saving grace of Fox's new shows. We have video evidence below.
Fox's pitch: The compelling new drama The Mob Doctor will debut this fall. Executive-produced by Josh Berman (Bones,
Our take: (Based on the terrible name alone:) This looks totally stupid. (Based on actually watching the trailer:) Okay, I thought this would look totally stupid but all of a sudden it's actually looking like it's awesome! Ummm, she pulled a screwdriver out of some guy's head. Plus "she" happens to be Jordana Spiro (and I happen to like her) and the cast is rounded out by Matt Saracen and Ray Fiske. That's Zach Gilford and Zeljko Ivanek to those who've never seen Friday Night Lights or Damages.
Fox's pitch: Edge-of-your-seat thriller The Following, created by Kevin Williamson (Dawson’s Creek, Scream franchise) and starring Golden Globe Award-winning Kevin Bacon (X-Men, Frost/Nixon) and James Purefoy (Rome), premieres in midseason. The spellbinding and intense drama follows an ex-FBI agent (Bacon) called out of retirement to track down a devious and diabolical serial killer (Purefoy), the mastermind behind a nationwide string of murders.
Our take: Whoa, this looks serious. But does it look GOOD? I dunno. There are a ton of cliches in the trailer, and movies like this aren't good unless there's a severed limb or head in a box somewhere. Will Fox show a severed elbow in a box? WILL IT?
Fox's pitch: Created by Emmy-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling (The Office) and starring Kaling, Chris Messina (Damages), Anna Camp (The Good Wife) and newcomer Ed Weeks, The Mindy Project features Kaling as a skilled OB/GYN navigating the tricky waters of both her personal and professional life, as she pursues her dreams of becoming the perfect woman, finding the perfect man, and getting her perfect romantic comedy ending.
Our take: This looks... less good than I thought it would! Sorry Mindy, but hey, it's only your first own show. I just figured it would be... funnier? This will find its audience, though.
Fox's pitch: Ben and Kate, the heartwarming new sibling comedy created by Dana Fox (What Happens In Vegas) and directed by Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher), debuts this fall. Starring newcomer Dakota Johnson and Nat Faxon (Bad Teacher, Academy Award-winning co-screenwriter of The Descendants), the comedy follows a pair of odd-couple siblings—one, an overly responsible single mom; the other, an exuberant kid-at-heart—and their friends as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into real life.
Our take: I was like... hmmm... and then I was like... nahhhh... and then that girl did that thing with the straws in her mouth and I was like NOOOOOOOO!
Fox's pitch: The Goodwin Games, the inventive new comedy from the executive producers of How I Met Your Mother, Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, and Chris Harris, is slated for midseason. Starring Scott Foley (Grey’s Anatomy, Felicity), Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) and Jake Lacy (Better With You), the family comedy tells the story of three estranged siblings who return home after the loss of their beloved father (guest-star Beau Bridges, The Descendants), and unexpectedly find themselves poised to inherit more than $20 million—if, and only if, they can adhere to their late father’s trivial wishes.
Our take: I expected good things from Fox's new comedies until I saw the two trailers above. Thankfully The Goodwin Games, which is scheduled for the midseason, might show up and save Fox's big investment.
What looks good to you so far? Let's hear your first impressions in the comments!