Last week was the warm-up to the official launch of Fall TV 2011, but this week comes the real avalanche of new and returning shows that will have your DVRs in overdrive.
Here are five things to know about “2 Broke Girls”:
1. They’re like the new “Laverne & Shirley.” Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs play Max and Caroline, a mismatched pair of waitresses thrown together by unfortunate circumstances, thanks to the financial crisis (and one crappy boyfriend). The brunette is the smart and sassy one, the blonde is the suddenly homeless (with a horse) heiress who loses her trust fund after daddy goes to prison for a Madoff-type fraud.
2. CBS is high on this new sitcom – as are many TV critics who feel it’s one of the more solid comedies offered this fall. But CBS believes in the show so much, it scheduled the new “Girls” in its primo Monday night comedy line-up, airing at 9:30 p.m. right behind the newly reconfigured Ashton-ified “Two and a Half Men.”
3. Female-driven shows are all the rage this fall, so you might as well get on board. For the comedies, you’ve got the “2 Broke Girls,” “The New Girl” on Fox, starring Zooey Deschanel, and NBC’s “Whitney,” starring Whitney Cummings, who also happens to produce this show. As for the drama mamas, you’ve got Maria Bello’s bad-ass “Prime Suspect,” a stylish stab at “Revenge” with Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp, and a wickedly clever take on fairytales in “Once Upon a Time.”
4. It comes from good people, namely Michael Patrick King, the man behind HBO’s “Sex and the City,” and aforementioned comedian Whitney Cummings, the woman behind not one but two new shows this fall (the other being NBC’s “Whitney,” in which she also stars).
So, how does co-executive producer Whitney Cummings handle having two sitcoms premiering in the same season?
“Do you not see the bags under my eyes” Cummings joked to reporters recently while promoting the show. As she explains, “I am physically in the NBC offices every day [for 'Whitney']. But luckily the showrunner really manages our time well. So I’m able to get out at, like, 5:30, 6:00 and get home and read all the notes and talk to Michael and read their scripts and stuff [for '2 Broke Girls'].”
King adds: “I mean, it’s almost as if Whitney was part of the architecture and the design of the show. Now we’re in the house, so every time I look around, I say, “That’s the arch that Whitney put in.”
5. These “Girls” are different than those “Sex and the City” girls from King’s previous show.
King says, “Carrie Bradshaw was a very unique character in that – that show and this show are completely different DNA. It’s so interesting. Everybody is saying right now that there are so many girl shows, like they’re all the same show. Like whenever there’s a [female] character in a book, they call it chick lit. I was like, “Well, ’2 Broke Girls’ is like the evil twin of chick lit.” It’s really about these two girls … on “Sex and the City,” the girls had relationship checklists. These girls barely have checks.”
Go Behind the Scenes of CBS’s “2 Broke Girls”: