Ha! Networks Look To More Laughs On Fall Sked
The half-hour sitcom should be coming back in full force this fall TV season, as a "recent record" number of comedy pilots -- 46 -- compete "for slots on the four major networks," writes Gary Levin.
Why the trend toward the funny? "Though almost every returning drama has lost viewers this season, eight comedies have posted ratings gains," and the syndication market is reaping big bucks from this genre, according to Levin. Plus such new shows as CBS' "2 Broke Girls" and Fox's "New Girl" "are two of the season's top three newcomers among younger viewers."