Two oddball comedies are back on TV after a long hiatus. Do they still work? What has changed? The answers to these questions are a little complicated, but with their return, the comedy landscape is set to expand.
To find out more, we spoke to all three shows’ stars, directors, and writers – and the only thing we learned was that they’re all still on the air and still funny.
You can view videos of the shows below.
The Awesomes premiered on the Fox comedy block in March in 2012. The series stars Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Ellie Kemper. It was a critical success, earning three Primetime Emmy Award nominations including Best Comedy, while also garnering five nominations for the Writers Guild of America Award.
Here’s the official description for the series:
The Awesomes is a high-concept comedy about the best at everything: rock ‘n’ roll, making out, working out, making out with other people’s people, etc. As two couples head to their 30th high school reunion, their friendships and reputations are put to the test. Also starring Melissa McCarthy and Steve Carell
The series was produced by Universal Television for 20th Century Fox Television in which Universal produced, wrote, and acted in the series. The show was a co-production between Universal Television, 20th Century Fox Television, and 20th Century Fox Studios.
The series is distributed by Fox in order to boost the show’s television ratings since Carell and his co-stars were not seen by many when the show aired. The series was distributed domestically by Fox Television Stations in the 2012-13 season and internationally by Fox International Channels.
Carell has been the star to keep alive in comedy since the series ended. But it took a long time for the show to find an audience.
Carell has told reporters and interviewers that the show was originally a project for Universal Television,