Sunday, December 10, 2017
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Fall TV Preview: 'Young Sheldon,' 'Ghosted' and 'The Mayor' show off this season's funny dudes

Fall TV continues to bank on leading men to give us laughs. Spoiler: Not all of them do.

Me, Myself, and I (9:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 (moves to 9 p.m. on Oct. 30), CBS): Think of this sitcom as if The Wonder Years had Kevin's perspective from three different periods in his life. Jack Dylan Grazer (It), Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) and John Larroquette (Night Court) all play Alex Riley, from past, present and future. Be prepared for all the feels, and some great '90s references.

Young Sheldon (8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, special one-episode premiere, moves to Thursdays on Nov. 2, CBS): The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) gets an origin story with Big Little Lies' Ian Armitage playing the genius at 9 years old. Young Sheldon explores how Sheldon became the obsessive, highly-intelligent physicist we know and love. Also starring is Zoe Perry as Sheldon's mom and biggest fan with Parsons narrating his younger self's antics.

The Opposition With Jordan Klepper (11:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, Comedy Central): Jordan Klepper, a standout correspondent on The Daily Show since 2014, joins a crowded slate of male satirical news show hosts. This is the time slot that gave us Stephen Colbert, and the Larry Wilmore not-so-successful spinoff, so we'll see if viewers connect.

Big Mouth (3 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, Netflix): Comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, who blessed us with the hilarious special Oh, Hello on Broadway, now give us an animated glimpse at the joys of puberty. Expect hilariously sharp pop culture references and gross humor.

Ghosted (8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, Fox): Comedy favorites Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) and Craig Robinson (The Office) are two down-and-out dudes with special skills the government wants to use to combat paranormal forces. Ghosted is one of the stranger new shows you'll see this fall.

Curb Your Enthusiasm (10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, HBO): Seinfeld co-creator Larry David plays a version of himself in this HBO comedy, returning for a ninth season after six years. Overarching themes of the new season are being kept under wraps, but we can safely assume David has more next-level skewering of politics and high society up his sleeve.

9JKL (8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, CBS): This might be the worst show on this long list. We're not kidding. Even the charming Mark Feuerstein, who plays a newly divorced washed-up actor who moves back to NYC, in the apartment next door to his entire family (played by Linda Lavin and Elliott Gould), can't save this unoriginal, cringe-worthy sitcom.

The Mayor (9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, ABC): This show could be funny if it didn't hit so close to home. An unqualified local rapper runs for mayor to promote himself ... and wins. Series creator Jeremy Bronson said The Mayor was inspired in part by Chance the Rapper and Hamilton star Daveed Diggs, so we may stick around. Brandon Michael Hall and Lea Michele (Glee) star.

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, ABC): This dramedy of sorts stars Jason Ritter (Parenthood) as a hopeless man whose newfound destiny is to save humanity. Ritter is usually full of charm, but this show falls flat on any sentiment.

White Famous (10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, Showtime, moves to 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 5): Jay Pharoah stars in this comedy based on Jamie Foxx's early life in the entertainment industry. Pharoah is an up-and-coming comedian who is trying to keep likability with his African-American fans while also crossing over to be "white famous." Foxx is set to have a recurring role in the series.

Hit the Road (10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, Audience Network): Imagine a crude Partridge Family, unsafe for your child's ears and eyes, and that's this Jason Alexander comedy. Alexander plays Ken Swallow (really?), the patriarch of a family band on the road.

Loudermilk (10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, Audience Network): Created by writer-director Peter Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber and There's Something About Mary) and Bobby Mort, a writer from The Colbert Report, this comedy stars Ron Livingston. The Office Space star plays recovering alcoholic Sam Loudermilk, a washed-up music journalist and sober-living counselor. He's a real jerk, but also somehow hilariously good at helping people.

The Last O.G. (10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, TBS): We warmly welcome back Morgan to the small screen in this irreverent scripted comedy. Tray (Morgan), a recently released ex-con moves back to Brooklyn, N.Y., only to find that it's not exactly the same city from 15 years ago. Welcome to the land of hipster gentrification, Tray! Rising star Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) plays his ex-girlfriend, who's now married to a rich white guy, helping raise Tray's twin sons, whom Tray didn't even know existed. It's a perfect setup for Morgan's particular sense of blunt humor.

     
     
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