The midseason schedule began a couple of months ago, but there still are dozens of high-profile debuts to come through the rest of the spring, including Tina Fey's return to NBC and a reboot fans have been waiting 25 years for. Here are the five new comedies we think deserve a spot on your SideReel tracker.
Premiered March 14 on NBC
Continuing NBC's tradition of mockumentary-style comedies, Trial & Error follows a young New York lawyer (Nick D’Agosto) who heads to a small South Carolina town to help defend an eccentric poetry professor (the effortless John Lithgow) accused of murdering his wife. As he works with a two-person team of weirdos in an office next to a taxidermy shop, his client's actions become harder to defend.
Premieres March 29 on TV Land
Groundlings alums Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, and Rachel Ramras star as versions of themselves: struggling comedy performers trying to persuade their famous friends to star in a movie they've written. With Melissa McCarthy among the executive producers, the guest star game is solid: Maya Rudolph, Allison Janney, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, and Kristen Wiig, among others. The series already has been renewed for a second season.
Premieres April 5 on IFC
Hank Azaria stars (alongside the impeccable Amanda Peet) as an alcoholic baseball announcer struggling to restart his career 10 years after an on-air meltdown made him one of the original viral video tragedies.
Premieres April 25 on NBC
The team behind 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt aims for another hit with this family/workplace comedy from Emmy-winning 30 Rock writer Tracey Wigfield. Briga Heelan is a TV news producer forced to welcome her overbearing New Jersey mother (a perfectly cast Andrea Martin) as the station's new intern. Look out for surprisingly good stuff from co-star Nicole Richie.
Premieres April 28 on Netflix
Justin Simien adapts his critically acclaimed 2014 movie of the same name about racial tensions at a predominantly white Ivy League university. The satirical series picks up where the film left off, with some of Winchester University’s students of color causing a stir by spotlighting racist transgressions on campus. Brandon Bell returns, but Logan Browning replaces Tessa Thompson.
You can find SideReel's full Midseason TV Preview here. Which shows are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!