Here’s a look at the new TV comedies set to premiere in summer 2012, with information on each show.
Premise: Based on the 2003 movie starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson, this show casts Charlie Sheen as Charlie, an unconventional therapist who specializes in helping people with anger management, but has plenty of anger issues of his own. A former professional baseball player, Charlie lost his career to anger that got out of control, and now he works hard to keep it in check, while helping others do the same.
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden, Noureen DeWulf
Creator: Bruce Helford
Premieres: Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. EST starting June 28 on FX
Premise: Twentysomething slacker Ben isn’t quite prepared to be a father, but that’s exactly what happens when an ex-girlfriend leaves a newborn baby girl on his doorstep. Luckily Ben’s mother, brother and best friend are all eager to help him step up and be a parent. His close female friend Riley is also there for him, helping with his daughter while harboring a secret crush on Ben.
Stars: Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Chelsea Kane, Tahj Mowry, Derek Theler, Melissa Peterman
Creator: Dan Berendsen
Premieres: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. EST starting June 20 on ABC Family
'Comedy Bang! Bang!'
Premise: Based on the popular comedy podcast hosted by Scott Aukerman, this hybrid of talk show, sketch comedy, short films and improvisation features Aukerman hosting a range of guests from the world of comedy and entertainment, engaging them in comedic exercises as well as musical performances accompanied by bandleader Reggie Watts.
Stars: Scott Aukerman, Reggie Watts
Creator: Scott Aukerman
Premieres: Fridays at 10 p.m. EST starting June 8 on IFC
Premise: Four friends who work together at a magazine try to help each other navigate the perils of careers and romance. Three of the four men are single and on the hunt for love, with two of them playing the field while the third is still recovering from a recent break-up. The nebbishy fourth member of the group is also the only one with a steady girlfriend, who also happens to be the daughter of the magazine's publisher.
Stars: Danny Masterson, Michael Cassidy, James Lesure, Adam Busch, Meredith Hagner
Creator: Breckin Meyer
Premieres: Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST starting May 24 on TBS
Premise: In this spin-off from Hot in Cleveland, Cedric the Entertainer plays former R&B star Boyce “The Voice,” who’s left his music career behind to become a minister. He moves back to his hometown of St. Louis along with his family so that he can preach in his father’s church. As Boyce sets out on his new path as a man of God, his family must adjust to a scaled-down lifestyle much different from what they enjoyed when he was a musical sensation.
Stars: Cedric the Entertainer, Niecy Nash, John Beasley, Wesley Jonathan, Jazz Raycole
Creators: Cedric the Entertainer, Suzanne Martin
Premieres: Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST starting June 20 on TV Land
Premise: Successful New York City corporate attorney Steve Sullivan heads back to his hometown of Pittsburgh with his girlfriend for a visit, and ends up sticking around when he learns that his parents are planning to sell the family bar, Sullivan & Son. Steve takes over the bar, giving up his fast-paced corporate life and trading it for a more laid-back existence.
Stars: Steve Byrne, Dan Lauria, Jodi Long, Owen Benjamin, Vivian Bang, Brian Doyle Murray, Christine Ebersole, Valerie Azlynn
Creators: Steve Byrne, Rob Long
Premieres: Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST starting July 19 on TBS