7 New Comedies Coming Soon to TV

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It’s almost summer, which means big blockbuster films, flip-flop tan lines, and a new string of comedy series premiering. Some of these are more hyped than others (a certain spin-off is likely to garner more viewers than, say, a Swedish import), but all deserve your attention.

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1. Better Call Saul

Easily the biggest show on the list. The extremely anticipated Breaking Bad spin-off, starring the inimitable Bob Odenkirk as the sleazy lawyer who dresses with vibrant sartorial singularity, and is slated to debut this November on NBC. Since one of the most popular and influential shows of the post-Sopranos era ended, the world been trying to find a new collective favorite show (for some that’s House of Cards, but it’s a sad substitute for the exploits of Walter White), Better Call Saul presents a strange but undeniably intriguing premise. The show is a prequel of sorts, depicting Saul’s business before his fruitful, but ill-fated relationship with Walter White.

Saul, as you might recall, has a penchant for bombastic billboards and a reputation for winning by any means necessary, which should make for great television. Odenkirk is a comedic mastermind, with keen timing and a sense of rhythm that made him a perfect foil to the histrionic emoting of Bryan Cranston (who is very good at histrionic emoting), though he’s yet to play the lead in a major cable program. Odenkirk currently appears as a dim sheriff on Fargo, where he tones down his shtick considerably.

Since this is a prequel, Jonathan Banks will be back as Mike, who was sorely missed in the show’s last season. Vince Gilligan’s genius with Breaking Bad was allowing his writers the freedom to expound and play with material a la David Chase. With another, more mysterious drama coming to NBC this year, Gilligan has a lot on his plate, and it remains to be seen how his post-Breaking Bad work will fare.

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