“A to Z,” NBC
One just cut off his nipple on “Mad Men,” the other made sporadic appearances on “How I Met Your Mother” for the last season, playing a titular character who ended up being dead the entire time. But that was in the past, and for Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti, the new NBC sitcom “A to Z” is their future. There is something gimmicky about the trailer, but it seems like a perfectly enjoyable show that would be paired well with “About a Boy” Season 2.
It’s been 25 years since “Seinfeld” premiered, and “Mulaney” might be the show to be its worthy successor. The elements all feel similar, but with comedians like Nasim Pedrad — who formally left “Saturday Night Live” t the end of this season — Seaton Smith, Elliott Gould, and Martin Short, this cast can stand on their own legs just fine. While there is a sense of a plot in the preview video, it seems to err more on the “show about nothing” side rather than a complex story. Which, for us, is just fine. If you liked Stefan from “SNL” (and be honest — who didn’t?) you’ll most likely enjoy “Mulaney,” as John Mulaney wrote for the former character.
This show might seem run of the mill, but the humor continues to build throughout the trailer. Based on the memoir by the real Eddie Huang of the same name, this show has the gift of hindsight that will allow it to have prosperous story lines for seasons to come. Born to Taiwan immigrants, Eddie, his two bothers, parents and grandmother, move to Orlando, FL so his father can fulfill the American Dream of owning a cowboy restaurant. This show could enter dangerous territory when trying to take on the differences between the American and Asian lifestyles, but we’ll hope the writers know what they’re doing. On a somewhat related note: someone over at ABC is not doing a great job thinking up show titles. This is the latest in a long line of poorly-named shows, and while we say we don’t judge books by their cover, “Cougar Town,” “Trophy Wife,” “Selfie” and “Fresh Off the Boat” should have all been reconsidered.
It’s important to remember that this list is about new comedies that show promise. While we do not feel “Black-sh” will be a hit right off the bat, it definitely has room to grow. Concerned that his family is losing touch with their heritage, Andre Jonson (Anthony Anderson), looks to reconnect with his roots. His son, meanwhile, wants to be called Andy, play field hockey and have a bar mitzvah for his thirteenth birthday. The bright parts of the trailer are definitely Laurence Fishburne’s humorously Pops, who sits just off to the side, assuming the role as the peanut gallery. Certainly a refreshing change of pace from his recent work on “Hannibal.”