Network Summer Comedy Lineups Announced


 

Summertime isn’t just a great time for blockbuster movies; It’s also when many of TV’s biggest shows make their return to the small screen. As we head into Spring, the networks have begun to announce which of their shows will be returning, and which new series will be making their debut. Below is a list of new and returning shows across the various networks, which is subject to change as more announcements are made, so be sure to check back for any updates as they roll in.

NBC:

: Weekend Update (Thursday, August 10th at 9 p.m.)

Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update is one of the show’s most lasting and popular bits, and now NBC is giving it a shot in its own time slot. The show will be a half hour satirical news program hosted by SNL stars Michael Che and Colin Jost, and will feature a rotating cast of SNL stars during each of its first four episodes.

Marlon (Wednesday, August 16th at 9 p.m.)

This new take on the family sitcom will star Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie, In Living Color) and is loosely based on his life. Marlon is a goofy, somewhat childish, but caring dad who tries to co-parent his two kids with his polar opposite ex-wife while simultaneously dealing with Internet stardom.

Hollywood Game Night (Monday, August 7th at 10 p.m.)

Returning for a fifth season, this bread-and-butter comedy game show, hosted by Glee’s Jane Lynch, will feature two contestants who will team up with a panel of celebrity guests, such as Chris Hardwick, Margaret Cho, RuPaul, Michael Bolton, Taye Diggs and more, as they play a series of games and answer trivia questions in an attempt to win $25,000.

The Carmichael Show (Wednesday, May 31st at 9 p.m.)

Comedian Jerrod Carmichael’s family sitcom, which is returning for a third season, centers on Jerrod and his struggle to get along with his highly-opinionated family, played by familiar faces such as David Alan Grier, Tiffany Haddish and Lil Rel Howery.

HBO:

Insecure (Sunday, July 23rd at 10:30 p.m.)

Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, this half-hour comedy follows two friends, Issa and Molly (Yvonne Orji) as they navigate life as young, modern black women, dealing with all of the awkward relationships, career obstacles and other problems that life throws at them.

(Sundays)

While an official premiere date hasn’t been announced yet, the show’s second and final season is expected to be released by no later than this summer. The show, starring Danny McBride, , Walton Goggins and Kimberly Herbert Gregory, tells the story of two severely dysfunctional vice principals who attempt to sabotage the newly appointed principal after she’s named to the position that they were sure to inherit. McBride has previously stated that the series is meant to be like a long movie, and was only ever planned to last two seasons, the equivalent of one school year.

Showtime:

I’m Dying Up Here (Sunday, June 4th at 10 p.m.)

While technically a drama, this new show will center on a fictional 1970’s comedy club and its owner (eerily similar to The Comedy Store and its owner, Mitzi Shore), which acts as a home to a broad cast of up-and-coming comics played by the likes of Al Madrigal, Melissa Leo, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, Cathy Moriarty and others.

ABC:

Downward Dog (Tuesday, May 17th at 8 p.m.)

This new comedy, starring Fargo’s Allison Tolman, will follow Nan, a single girl with a stressful job and an anxiety-inducing boss whose story is told by her oddly-philosophical dog, Martin, played by Samm Hodges.

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