Nine reveals comedy line-up
Hot in Cleveland, S*** My Dad Says, Mr. Sunshine, Episodes and Mike and Molly are all coming to Nine.
Nine has unveiled 5 comedy acquisitions including Hot in Cleveland (TV Land), S*** My Dad Says (CBS), Mr. Sunshine (ABC), Episodes (BBC) and Mike and Molly (CBS).
The comedies include such names as Betty White, William Shatner, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Jane Leeves and Allison Janney.
“We already have the two most popular comedies on air with Two and a Half Men and Big Bang Theory and I’m really pleased we can follow their success with a massive lineup of new programs,” Michael Healy, Nine’s Director of Programming, said.
Nine says the comedies will be fast-tracked from the US straight to Australian screens, to air on Nine later in 2010 and into 2011, however Hot in Cleveland, produced by Sean Hayes, already premiered in the US this month.
Hot in Cleveland stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves as three past-their-prime entertainment industry veterans from Los Angeles. Their lives are changed when their Paris-bound plane lands in Cleveland, Ohio, where they find a welcoming community that is less shallow, youth-obsessed and weight-conscious than LA. One of them leases a home in Cleveland with a sassy caretaker played by Betty White.
S… My Dad Says is a sitcom based on the real Twitter feed of the same name. It was created by Justin Halpern using the actual quotes from his father Sam. With William Shatner, Will Sasso, Nicole Sullivan.
Mike & Molly comes from the incredibly successful executive producer Chuck Lorre, who is also behind Two and a Half Men and Big Bang Theory. Set in Chicago, it follows the lives of two overweight people who struggle to lose weight and fall in love. With Bill Gardell, Melissa McCarthy.
Mr Sunshine stars Matthew Perry as Ben Donovan, a sports stadium manager who goes through a mid-life crisis when he turns 40 while dealing with the unusual demands of his job and his unpredictable boss. With
Episodes, starring Matt LeBlanc, centres on a British husband-and-wife comedy team who are lured by Hollywood to produce a new version of their hit series for an American audience. Initially thrilled by the prospect, they soon realise what the American execs have in store for their precious show – including replacing the erudite British lead character with the quintessential comedy star Matt LeBlanc – and begin to sink deeper into the quicksand that is the TV business. Before long it is clear that not just the couple’s show is at stake, perhaps their marriage is too. From David Crane, creator of Friends with Tasmin Greig, Stephen Mangan.