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Comebacks are big news this fall — James Spader enjoyed one on Monday with the splashy premiere of NBC's The Blacklist — and nowhere is this more true than on Thursdays, with three high-profile comedy vehicles for beloved stars from sitcoms past. And while conventional wisdom has long suggested that it's easier to create new stars on TV — Sleepy Hollow's Tom Mison, anyone? — than to build new shows around old favorites, what really matters is giving them material that lives up to the billing.
Parks and Recreation is back!
The NBC comedy kicks off its sixth season on Thursday night with a special one-hour episode that sees Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) & Co. headed off to London. It sounds like a jolly good time, but their trip is just one step in Leslie's comprehensive plan to hopefully keep her job. The recall campaign will be the least of her worries when she discovers her best friend Ann (Rashida Jones) will be leaving Pawnee. Way to kick a girl while she's down! TVGuide.com hit the set of Parks to get the scoop on what's in store for Pawnee's Parks Department this season, including the impending birth of Ron Swanson's (Nick Offerman) baby, Ann and Chris' (Rob Lowe) exit and Tom's (Aziz Ansari) new love interest:
Lost in all this week's understandable hubbub over NBC putting Community on midseason hiatus — and no, I'm not happy about it, either — was the welcome news that NBC is at least doing the right thing by its freshman sleeper comedy Up All Night and moving it to Thursdays come January, swapping time periods with Whitney. (What took them so long?) On this week's new episode (8/7c), yet another Saturday Night Live alum makes a guest appearance:
Fox's new romantic comedy Running Wilde is a story of opposites attract. Star Keri Russell, who plays activist-humanitarian Emmy, sets it up: They're childhood sweethearts who reunite later in life. "He's continued to be rich and act like a teenager, and I've gone on to start all these foundations..." Will Arnett, who plays her would-be love Steve, says his character's life is, in fact, "meaningless in a lot of ways."
You'll have to watch the show to figure out what the attraction is.
Keri Russell and Will Arnett are comedic gold together — at least that's what we took away from our sit-down with them at the Television Critics Association fall previews.
Mitch Hurwitz: Running Wilde is not Arrested Development, but you should still watch
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