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May 27th, 2009 | Posted by Melanie McFarland in Commentary | Tune In Info - (Comments Off)

sambergSure, the Oscars made Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway dance…but did the thought of that excite you as much as the prospect of Andy Samberg hosting the 2009 MTV Movie Awards?

We’re not just saying that — we really are curious to see how he’ll do as an awards show emcee. He’s creative, he’s got a great personality and that “Motherlover” video proves he’s got a terrific beat that you can dance to. What’s not to like? Samberg’s award show promo shorts are high-sterical; a personal favorite might be his submission from the entirely fictional “Evenings with Miss Eloise“… speaking of Miss Hathaway.

But (there’s always a juicy one of those, isn’t there?) so far the best of Samberg’s work has been prepared and polished content, while hosting an awards show requires a talent for generating comedy gold out of thin air. The ability to improvise on the fly and toss off appropriate zingers that hit everyone the right way  is what makes the difference between a great awards show host and one that’s merely serviceable. To put this statement in context: Chris Rock, VMA Awards Host?  Brilliant!  P. Diddy, VMA Awards Host? Some guy got a watch out of it, and that’s the only thing a few folks can recall about that business.

Samberg, meanwhile, is bound to be more generous with memorable moments, be they live or (and?) viral…and that’s what has our interest piqued. He has a writing credit for the 2004 MTV Movie Awards so, in a sense,  he’ll be back on familiar territory.  Is it too much to hope for a number between him and a certain much-loved “SNL” host and music video partner? Nothing’s been confirmed but anything can happen.

Mr. Timberlake is not on the current list of presenters or performers, but we expect more announcements in the coming days. So far MTV has confirmed Will Ferrell, Cameron Diaz, Leighton Meester, Ryan Reynolds, Denzel Washington, Vanessa Hudgens, Lil Wayne and Jonah Hill among its presenters. The confirmed roster of performers includes Kings of Leon, Ashley Tisdale, Eminem and Kelly Clarkson. Ben Stiller is this year’s Generation Award winner.

UPDATE: On Thursday MTV released more details, adding Brüno, Chris Pine, Kiefer Sutherland, Leann Rimes, Ed Helms, Anna Faris, Justin Bartha, Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, Shia LaBeouf, Sandra Bullock, Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Danny McBride and Sofia Vassilieva to the presenters list.

The awards telecast also will include first looks at upcoming movie releases, includingThe Twilight Saga: New Moon”, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and” Transformers:  Revenge of the Fallen” during the show, each presented by its stars: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Megan Fox…and Michael Bay.

For a complete list of nominees, visit IMDb’s MTV Movie Awards site. To vote for your favorite films and performances, visit the official website for the 2009 MTV Movie Awards.

The show kicks off Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

"The Beautiful Life" joins The CW's fall schedule.

"The Beautiful Life" joins The CW's fall schedule.

Pop quiz — what’s the difference between the old WB and the new CW?

From the looks of this fall’s lineup, one letter.

The littlest network that keeps on keeping on announced its 2009-2010 schedule today, and it looks a heckuva lot more like The WB  (and vintage Fox) than dear old UPN. Gone are its African-American-skewing comedies and, as previously announced, any network presence on Sundays. Instead, this season is all about rich kids and models and vampires. (Oh, my.)

The much-talked about “Melrose Place” update includes original stars Laura Leighton and Thomas Calabro, and has been paired with the second season of “90210″ on Tuesdays.  Just like in the old days.

New drama “The Beautiful Life,” starring Mischa Barton and Elle Macpherson, with Ashton Kutcher producing, has “America’s Next Top Model” as its lead-in on Wednesdays.

The cast of "The Vampire Diaries": "Lost's" Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Wesley

The cast of "The Vampire Diaries": "Lost's" Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Wesley

Vampire slayers are so last century;  today’s teenage girls prefer to have crushes on them rather than, well, crushing them.  As such, “The Vampire Diaries,” based on a series of books by L.J. Smith (think of it as “Twilight”-lite) leads in to  “Supernatural” on Thursdays. “Smallville” moves to Fridays this season.

The CW also announced it has picked up one drama for midseason, “Parental Discretion Advised.”

That means “Privileged,” “Reaper,” “Everybody Hates Chris” and “The Game” are out.  The announcement also puts to rest any “will-they-or-won’t they” speculation about the ’80s “Gossip Girl” spinoff.  From what we can tell, it’s not happening.

Keep reading after the jump for the schedule as well as descriptions of the new shows.


The Mentalist, starring Robin Tunney and Simon Baker, moves to Thursdays.

The Mentalist, starring Robin Tunney and Simon Baker, moves to Thursdays.

(This post has been updated.)

Rare is the season that leaves CBS with many holes to fill on its schedule. The Eye boasts a solid lineup built on a foundation of procedurals as well as a strong Monday night comedy stable.  As such, the network’s selection of four series for fall — including an “NCIS” spinoff — seems relatively conservative in comparison to announcements from other networks.

The good news: “How I Met Your Mother” received official renewal, and “The Big Bang Theory” moves to the plum post- “Two and a Half Men” timeslot on Mondays.  This season’s greatest success story, “The Mentalist,” shifts to Thursdays at 10, which proved to be a trouble spot for CBS.

There’s even better news for fans of NBC’s “Medium,” which the Peacock unceremoniously canceled earlier this week.  According to executives, the drama simply did not have enough “buzz.” Its ratings tend to be higher than other shows NBC saved, but whatever.  Lacking buzz has never been an issue for CBS, the network television equivalent of that steady, reliable guy whom the ladies permanently relegate to the dreaded Friend Zone.  CBS Paramount Network Television produces “Medium,” so when NBC dumped Patricia Arquette‘s show, good old CBS was right there to pick it up and pair it up with “Ghost Whisperer” on Fridays.

The bad news: “The Unit” and “Without a Trace” vanished from the fall schedule, joining a list of cancellations that includes “The Ex List,” “Harper’s Island,” “Swingtown” and “Worst Week“.

Keep reading after the jump for descriptions of the new series and the fall schedule:


Nathan Fillion stars in "Castle" (photo credit: ABC)

Nathan Fillion stars in "Castle" (photo credit: ABC)

ABC held its upfront presentation this afternoon, introducing 11 new programs that will fill out the schedule alongside the network’s 17 returning series.

Four series that were considered to be on the bubble can now be counted among the returning shows:  “Castle“, “Better Off Ted“, “Scrubs” and “True Beauty“.

Items that stood out: Neither “Cupid” or “The Unusuals” were not mentioned at all, making it pretty safe to assume they will not be returning next year.  Christina Applegate’s “Samantha Who?” was previously announced as not returning.  “Ugly Betty” will be relocated from its prime Thursday real estate to make room for “Flash Forward”.

ABC led off their presentation by sharing the first act of new show “Flash Forward”, the Ralph Fiennes thriller/mystery centered on an mysterious event during which every person in the world blacks out, each seeing 2:17 of their future during that time.  The show creators came in with complete show bible, meaning that like “Lost“, the entire story has been created in advance, ensuring a defined roadmap for the future of the show’s story.

The pilot episode of the new Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd produced sit-com “Modern Family” was shown in its entirety, giving a first glance into the sort-of-scripted, sort-of-not feeling show that follows the dynamics of 3 families via faux-documentary footage and interviews.

Check out ABC’s fall schedule after the jump:


Chuck Bartowski has plenty of reason to smile today.

Chuck Bartowski has plenty of reasons to smile today.

A collective sigh of relief was heard ’round the (TV) world this morning, as NBC announced Tuesday morning that “Chuck” would be returning to their network next season. Crediting the strong support of fans and their participation in the Subway “Save Chuck” campaign, NBC revealed that Chuck Bartowski and friends will continue their special brand of fighting evil for at least 13 more episodes — which likely won’t reappear on screens until next spring, after the network’s Winter Olympics coverage has ended. “Chuck”‘s return was also bolstered by a special sponsorship deal with Subway, which will involve a franchise being integrated into the show itself.

NBC followed the “Chuck” announcement with the release of their full schedule for next season, which will be split into two as a result of their aforementioned Olympics coverage. Of the other shows on the bubble, only “Law and Order” will be returning, with “My Name Is Earl” and “Medium“, and the much-beloved “Life” canceled.  Since “The Jay Leno Show” will be occupying an hour of the primetime line-up each night, the number of new shows premiering will be limited to “Trauma“, “Parenthood“,”Community”, “Mercy”,”Day One” and “The Marriage Ref”.

See a full breakdown of the split-in-two NBC season after the jump:


sytucd_mary_nigel_005abrfFox to ABC:  Let’s dance. And we don’t mean the tango.

On Tuesday morning the network announced it will add four comedies and two dramas to its schedule and will replace Spike Feresten’s talk show with a new late-night comedy blabber hosted by Wanda Sykes.  But the bigger news may be the addition of another edition of “So You Think You Can Dance” to the fall primetime schedule. “Dance” will air its performance show on Tuesday nights, where it ostensibly will compete against ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” result show and “The Biggest Loser” on NBC. Wednesday’s “Dance” is followed by “Glee,” the only new Fox drama (well, technically it’s a dramedy) airing in the fall.

Fox’s upfront announcements also ended the anxiety of millions “Dollhouse” fans and the “Terminator: The Sarah Chronicles” faithful.  Only one fanbase got the news it was hoping for, though. In fact, “Dollhouse‘s” renewal was reported on Friday, so its boosters had an entire weekend to celebrate.  Then came the hangover:  Leading in to “Dollhouse” are the new comedy “Brothers” and “‘Til Death,” neither of which will do much to pump up the show’s anemic ratings.

Sadly, the further adventures of John and Sarah Connor will only be explored in movie theaters. “Terminator” failed to make the cut in spite of winning a number of online “Save Our Show” campaigns. Look on the bright side, people: this frees up Summer Glau to cross the Fox lot and, perhaps, join fellow Whedon alums for “Dollhouse‘s” second season.

Among the more notable schedule shifts, “Fringe” will be paired with “Bones” on Thursdays. “House” will remains on Monday nights, leading in to “Lie to Me”  at 9 p.m. until midseason, when “24” joins the schedule. (Jack Bauer returns to save another day on Jan. 17.)

Joining “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” on the dead pile: “Do Not Disturb,” “Prison Break,” “Hole in the Wall,” “King of the Hill,” “Sit Down, Shut Up,” “MADtv,” and “Talk Show with Spike Feresten.”

Keep reading to see the network’s press release, which includes Fox’s fall schedule and synopses of the new shows.


photo_tileMay is a month of exhilaration and frustration for TV viewers.  Seasons end, fall schedules are formulated and in many cases we have to prepare for the possibility that our favorite TV characters could disappear from air and be relegated to some version of television’s afterlife.

Mercifully we’ll be able to stop holding our breath by the end of this week, because the networks will have announced their fall schedules in a process known as the upfronts.

The upfronts are presentations during which broadcast networks unveil their fall schedules to advertisers in an effort to secure chunks of advertising dollars ahead of the new season’s launch. But for the average viewer’s purposes, it’s the week during which we find out whether our favorite series are returning or if they’ve been cancelled.

Fox is up first. ABC’s turn comes on Tuesday. Wednesday brings news about CBS’s fall picks, and The CW reveals its fall schedule on Thursday. NBC unveiled most of its fall choices earlier this month but left the fates of a few shows — mainly “Chuck” — to be revealed on Tuesday as well.

Stay tuned — we’ll post the latest developments here as soon as we have them.

Reaching the end of a TV season, even one as mediocre as 2008-2009′s has been,  can be bittersweet.  The forced break from our favorite series — for three months in most cases, seven or more in others — is bad enough.  Worse is the sting that accompanies the permanent loss of a favorite show.  (Every Wednesday evening this writer mourns the death of her “Life.”)

But for every pain, there is a balm…and for couch potatoes, it’s knowing that summertime brings its own special brand of boob tube crutches that make the living even easier.  Here are are few things we’ll be looking forward to, ranked in order of excitement level:

Jeffrey Donovan in "Burn Notice."

Jeffrey Donovan in "Burn Notice."

1. The return of USA’s “Burn Notice.” That would be at 9 PM ET/PT on June 4, less than a month away,  and if you have yet to discover this show, you’re missing out one of TV’s greatest pleasures. Action, comedy, a little romance — all of that (and Bruce Campbell too!)  makes the adventures of former spy/ current badass Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) a must-see on hot nights (and cold ones; the second half of this past season made midwinter bearable).

Last season ended with Michael jumping into the ocean from a helicopter in defiance of the shadowy organization that ruined his life.  We don’t yet know if the third season premiere picks up with him mid-swim, but it’s a safe bet that a few “Burn Notice” fans hope it will at least include a few shots of Donovan in a wet shirt.

2. The return of “True Blood” at 9 PM ET/PT on June 14, which we’re hoping also means the return of Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis),  easily the most entertaining character on a show that grew from a guilty pleasure into an utter addiction over the course of its first season.  His loss would be a heartbreaker, but not a deal-breaker — the buzz about season two sounds too good to give this thing up.

3. A new season of  TNT’s “The Closerkicks off at 9 PM ET/PT on June 8. Surely at some point we’ll tire of watching Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) frighten the living bejeesus out of perps in the interrogation room…but not yet.  Plus, she just got married, adding a new dynamic to her already complex personal life.

4. At long last, the return of “Project Runway at 10 PM ET/PT on August 20, this time on Lifetime.  So what if its final season on Bravo felt as if it had been phoned in from Valiumland? We’re still suckers for this series, especially after watching “The Fashion Show”…sorry, Bravo.

athfroom_2212_23465. The live action episode of “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” we repeat, the live action episode of “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” with rapper T-Pain playing Frylock, actor Jon Benjamin portraying Master Shake, and contest winner Dave Long Jr. making his network television debut as their hairy, desperate neighbor Carl, will air on Adult Swim for the first of what is sure to be many, many times at 11:45 PM ET/PT on May 31.  Meatwad, by the way, will be played by the renowned character actor Exercise Ball.

6. Showtime’s “Weeds” kicks off its fifth season at 10 PM ET/PT on June 8, followed by the series launch of Nurse Jackie at 10:30 ET/PT.  Granted, my “Weeds” buzz has worn off a touch, but the fourth season certainly did end in an interesting place. Plus, Jennifer Jason Leigh is set to appear in at least two episodes this summer playing Nancy Botwin’s (Mary-Louise Parker) sister Jill Price-Gray. As for “Nurse Jackie,” the pilot left a bit to be desired, but something in us is pulling for  Edie Falco to score a solid post-”Sopranos” hit.

7. The five-part miniseries “Torchwood: Children of Earth,” is due at some point this summer — June, we hear? — but BBC America still hasn’t announced a date.  Regardless, we can’t wait for the sci-fi swashbuckler’s return — Captain Jack Harness (John Barrowman) is one the most exciting heroes on TV at the moment, and the preview clip makes “Children of Earth” look like a cross between a souped up “X-Files” episode and “Village of the Damned.”

Others as-yet-unscheduled-but-traditionally summertime series we’re looking forward to?  AMC’s “Mad Men” and HBO’s “Entourage.”

matsu8. A new season of VH1′s “Tool Academyis up on August 2.  Some of you may be wondering why anyone would celebrate the continued existence of this program. The answer is…honestly, there is no 100 percent defensible answer, save that it may be the only series outside of Dr. Drew’s rehab franchise attempting to do the world a service: It is waging war against the d-baggery epidemic as opposed to perpetuating it.  And that must be encouraged.

9. Fresh episodes of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance step out on Thursday, May 21. Even non-fans tune in to this show at some point over the summer because a.) it’s on twice a week; b) it’s a handsome combination of the two most successful unscripted behemoths on television; and c) in terms of reliability and entertainment value, this thing is to television what Japanese economy automobiles are to the world of cars: it gets us from point A to point B without requiring us to expend much energy in the process.

10. Finally, NBC premieres the limited series “Merlin on June 21. Will it be a smash-hit? We doubt it.  Will it be slightly goofy? You can pretty much count on that.  What would summer be without a little scripted cheese? Then again,  we should not not pooh-pooh this thing before it even airs — it features the excellent Anthony Stewart Head portraying Uther Pendragon. We’re always happy to see Giles on our TV screens.

Keep reading for a list of other summertime premiere dates…


"Chuck"Once again, NBC has announced the bulk of its schedule early as opposed to waiting for the traditional upfronts week in Manhattan — which, by the way, kicks off on May 18.

The upfronts is a weeklong process  during which broadcast networks unveil their fall schedules to advertisers. The goal is to get them to commit chunks of advertising dollars ahead of the fall launch. But for the average viewer’s purposes, it’s the week during which we find out whether our favorite series got the ax.

In NBC’s case, there is the usual bad news, some good news, and a few issues left unresolved — the main one being the fate of “Chuck,” Josh Schwartz‘s much-loved but relatively low-rated action comedy starring Zachary Levi.

Let’s  start with the good news: “Heroes,” midseason addition “Southland,”  and six new episodes of “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday” will be back in the fall, along with the Amy Poehler-vehicle “Parks and Recreation.”  (We have mixed feelings about that one; while we’re big fans of Amy Poehler,  this show needs a serious kick in the pants.) NBC also gave a last-minute pickup to “Medium,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, albeit with a reduced season order that is yet to be finalized.

These pickups join NBC’s previously announced keepers “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “The Biggest Loser,” “The Celebrity Apprentice,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and  “Friday Night Lights.”

NBC also previously committed to three new reality series, “The Marriage Ref,” “Breakthrough With Tony Robbins” and “Who Do You Think You Are?”  This is in addition to the Jay Leno’s upcoming  foray into primetime, which will take over the 10 p.m. slot Monday through Friday.

The bad/frustrating news? Missing from the schedule are “Law & Order: Original Flavor,” “Life” (a favorite among IMDb’ers but, sadly, a longshot to survive)   “My Name is Earl” and, as we mentioned above, “Chuck.”  There’s a good chance “L&O” will return in midseason, but  “My Name is Earl” has neither strong ratings nor a strong buzz working in its favor, and “Life‘s” fans accepted its demise weeks ago.

Then we have “Chuck,” whose fans are so fired up to save it that they’re willing to stuff themselves with five dollar foot-longs from Subway.  Call me a dreamer, but I have a feeling that the only reason  NBC’s executives didn’t announce its pickup today is because the network wants to save some drama for its official upfront presentation on May 19.

Meanwhile, behold…

The list of the dead, both official and presumed:

America’s Toughest Jobs,” “American Gladiators,” “The Baby Borrowers,” “Celebrity Circus,” “Celebrity Family Feud,” ‘The Chopping Block,” “Crusoe,” “ER,” “Fear Itself,” “Kings,” “Last Comic Standing,” “Life,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “Momma’s Boys,” “Most Outrageous Moments,” “My Own Worst Enemy,” and “Nashville Star.”

Keep reading for descriptions of the new series joining NBC’s schedule this fall, taking from a network press release.


New Dramas

From the executive producers of the box-office hit “Parenthood” — Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (Oscar winners for “A Beautiful Mind”), and writer/executive producer Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”) — this contemporary re-imagining of the blockbuster film depicts the colorful and imperfect Braverman family — four grown siblings sharing the headaches, heartaches and joy of being parents. The star-studded cast includes Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Craig T. Nelson, Dax Shepard, Bonnie Bedelia, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen and Sarah Ramos. When Sarah Braverman (Tierney, “ER”), a financially strapped single mother, returns home to her parents and siblings in Berkeley, Calif. after packing up her Fresno apartment and uprooting her two inconvenienced kids, Amber (Mae Whitman, “In Treatment”) and Drew (Miles Heizer, “ER”), she is greeted by her opinionated father, Zeek (Nelson, “Family Stone,” “Coach”), and strong mother, Camille (Bedelia, “Heart Like a Wheel”), who are privately dealing with their own marital issues. As Sarah is reunited with her siblings — sister, Julia (Christensen, “Traffic”), and brothers Crosby (Shepard, “Baby Mama”) and Adam (Krause, “Six Feet Under”) — all struggling with issues of their own, it’s clear that the Braverman reunion is just what they need to face the everyday challenges of modern family life. “Parenthood” is a production from Imagine Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. Emmy winner Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”) directs the pilot.

Executive producer Peter Berg (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”) delivers “Trauma,” the first high-octane medical drama series to live exclusively in the field where the real action is. Like an adrenaline shot to the heart, “Trauma” is an intense, action-packed look at one of the most dangerous medical professions in the world: first responder paramedics. When emergencies occur, the trauma team from San Francisco General is first on the scene, traveling by land, by sea or by air to reach their victims in time. From the heights of the city’s Transamerica Pyramid to the depths of the San Francisco Bay, these heroes must face the most extreme conditions to save lives — and give meaning to their own existence in the process. Starring in “Trauma” are Derek Luke (“Notorious”), Cliff Curtis (“10,000 B.C”), Anastasia Griffith (“Damages”), Aimee Garcia (“George Lopez”), Kevin Rankin (“Friday Night Lights”) and Jamey Sheridan (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”). “Trauma” is a production of Universal Media Studios and Film 44. Berg, Sarah Aubrey (“Bad Santa,” “Friday Night Lights”), Dario Scardapane and Jeffrey Reiner (“Friday Night Lights”) serve as executive producers. The pilot was written by Scardapane and directed by Reiner.

“Mercy,” a new medical drama with a unique point of view, portrays the lives of the staff at Mercy Hospital as seen through the eyes of those who know it best — its nurses. Nurse Veronica Callahan (Taylor Schilling, “Dark Matter”) returns to Mercy from a military tour in Iraq — and she knows more about medicine than all of the residents combined. Together with fellow nurses Sonia Jimenez (Jamie Lee Kirchner, “Rescue Me”) and Chloe Payne (Michelle Trachtenberg, “Gossip Girl”), Callahan navigates through the daily traumas and social landmines of life and love both inside the hospital and out in the real world. The cast also includes: James Tupper (“Men in Trees”) as Dr. Chris Sands, a new doctor at the hospital who complicates Veronica’s life; Diego Klattenhoff (“Supernatural”) as Mike Callahan, Veronica’s husband; and Guillermo Diaz (“Weeds”) as Nurse Angel Lopez. “Mercy” is a production from Universal Media Studios and Berman Braun. Joining writer/executive producers Liz Heldens (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”) and Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts (“Pushing Daisies,” “Pepper Dennis”) are executive producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun. Emmy Award winner Adam Bernstein (NBC’s “30 Rock,” “Rescue Me”) is the director.

From executive producer/writer Jesse Alexander (“Heroes,” “Lost,” “Alias”) and director Alex Graves (“Fringe,” “Journeyman”), “Day One” tells the story of life on earth following a global catastrophe that has devastated the world’s infrastructures. Beginning with the immediate aftermath of the cataclysmic event, an eclectic band of survivors — played by Adam Campbell (“Date Movie”), Catherine Dent (“The Shield”), Julie Gonzalo (“Eli Stone”), David Lyons (“ER”), Derek Mio (“Greek”), Carly Pope (“24″), Thekla Reuten (“Sleeper Cell”) and Addison Timlin (“Cashmere Mafia”) — strives to rebuild society as they unravel the mysteries of what happened and face their uncertain future. The group, all residents of one apartment building in suburban Van Nuys, Calif., embarks on a quest for survival and discovers that hope is found in small victories — and heroes are born every day. “Day One” is a Universal Media Studios production.

New Comedies

Emmy winner James Burrows (“Will & Grace,” “Friends”) directs “100 Questions,” a new comedy series written and executive-produced by Christopher Moynihan (“For Your Consideration”) that provides hilarious answers to 100 questions about love. Charlotte Payne (Sophie Winkleman, “Peep Show”) is looking for love and has rejected multiple marriage proposals — but she has yet to meet Mr. Right. When she joins a popular online dating site, she gets a little help from her dating counselor Ravi (Amir Talai, “The Ex List”) – who requires her to take a 100-question compatibility test. The questions aren’t easy for Charlotte to answer, and each one requires her to recount a poignant and humorous time in her life with friends Leslie (Elizabeth Ho, “Women’s Murder Club”), Jill (Joy Suprano, NBC’s “Law & Order”), Mike (Christopher Moynihan “For Your Consideration”) and Wayne (David Walton “Quarterlife”). The test becomes a journey of self-discovery for Charlotte who begins to realize what she truly wants in a relationship. Ron West (“Psych”), Kelly Kulchak (“Psych”) and Michelle Nader (“King of Queens”) join Moynihan as executive producers. The series is produced by Universal Media Studios and Tagline.

From Emmy Award-winning directors Joe and Anthony Russo (“Arrested Development”) comes “Community,” a smart comedy series about higher education — and lower expectations. The student body at Greendale Community College is made up of high-school losers, newly divorced housewives, and old people who want to keep their minds active. Within these not-so-hallowed halls, “Community” focuses on a band of misfits, at the center of which is a fast-talkin’ lawyer whose degree has been revoked (Joel McHale, “The Soup”), who form a study group and end up learning a lot more about themselves than they do about their course work. In addition to McHale, the series also stars: Gillian Jacobs (“The Book of Daniel”); Yvette Nicole Brown (“Rules of Engagement”); Danny Pudi (“Greek”); Alison Brie (“Mad Men”); and comedy legend Chevy Chase (“Saturday Night Live”). “Community” is a Krasnoff Foster Entertainment, Harmonious Claptrap and Russo Brothers production in association with Sony Pictures Television and Universal Media Studios. Russ Krasnoff (“The Soloist”), Dan Harmon (“The Sarah Silverman Program”), Joe Russo (“Arrested Development”), Anthony Russo (“Arrested Development”) and Gary Foster (“The Soloist”) serve as executive producers. Joe and Anthony Russo directed the pilot that was written by Dan Harmon.