Upcoming Comedy TV Series: Spring 2013

In this hub all the upcoming Comedy TV series that premiere in Spring 2013 are discussed. Each show has a synopsis, preview and a review. At the bottom of this hub I've added a list of Do's and Don'ts.

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As if last year’s ‘Don’t Trust The B--- In Apartment 23’s name wasn’t long enough yet, ABC now brings us a new comedy series called ‘How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life)’. That’s right, the acronym for that would be HTLWYP(FTROYL). I’ll gladly take suggestions on how to elegantly abbreviate this one!
The show stars Sarah Chalke (‘Scrubs’) as Polly, a recently divorced single mom. Polly moves back in with her mother (Elizabeth Perkins, ‘Weeds’) and step dad (Brad Garrett, ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’) to restart her life. This doesn’t go as smoothly as planned. Polly not only has to deal with her parents eccentric way of life, but also also with her ex-husband, who isn’t over her yet, and her best friend whom she almost dated.

‘How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life)’ could, disregarding that ridiculously long name for now, be fun to watch. The trailer focuses on just one part of the story; it only shows how weird the parents are. This can be fun for a while but a show won’t survive with only one funny aspect. The synopsis shows there are more funny elements, such as Polly’s best friend, whom she almost dated, and her ex-husband, who’s trying to get her back.
However, it is clear that this will never be amazing, just a show to watch when you have nothing better to do. The show premieres on April 3rd, 9:30/8:30c.

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On May 1st, 8:30/7:30c, ABC will premiere the new comedy show ‘Family Tools’. The show is based on the British sitcom ‘White Van Man’. The series is about Jack Shea (Kyle Bornheimer, ‘Worst Week’), a man who has had a stroke of bad luck with basically everything in his life. When his father (J. K. Simmons, ‘The Closer’) is diagnosed with a heart condition Jack has to take over his father's handyman business. It is not easy to maintain the success of the business, and the fact that his father is keeping a watchful eye isn’t helping. Co-starring are Leah Remini ('King Of Queens') and Danielle Nicolet ('3rd Rock From The Sun').

If the series is going to be anything like the trailer this will be a funny show. I enjoyed watching the trailer and hopefully that will mean the series will be enjoyable to watch too. The show does look a bit simplistic, but sometimes, that’s just what I need after a long day of work. The episode order was recently cut from 13 episodes to only 10 episodes due to scheduling issues.

Which of these shows do you like best?

  • The Goodwin Games (FOX
  • How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life) (ABC)
  • Family Tools (ABC)
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wvugirl2007 3 years ago from Virginia

I am gonna check out a few of these. I think the How To Live With Your Parents... might be the best one from what I saw and read.


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Robin Oatley 3 years ago Author

Hi wvugirl2007,

I hope you like the show. If you're interested, check back by the time it premieres to read my review!

Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I don't know, all of these shows look iffy. Especially How to Live with Your Parents. I might try Family Tools simply because I like the cast's previous work so I'll see. Thanks for the synopsis.


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Robin Oatley 3 years ago Author

Hi Alecia, nice to speak to you again, it's been a while!

At first, I liked The Goodwin Games, but FOX is treating it like a one-time burn-off kind of show, which makes me apprehensive about the future prospects of the show.

Family Tools indeed looks like a nice little show to watch after a long day of work. Don't get me started on HTLWYP, though!

Thanks for reading and commenting!


Riel Hishon 2 years ago

How to live with your parents! So many familiar actors... Celia Hodes from Weeds, Elliot from Scrubs, Brad Garrett from Everybody Loves Raymond. Looks cute, I'll give it a chance.

However, I do have to say that what I'm most excited for from ABC is their Fall lineup! Looks so exciting - Blackish, Cristela, Fresh off the Boat...

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