TV Series Returning to Us This January
Brooklyn Nine-Nine proved that Fox’s consumer consultation department really needs to step up their game. Fox canceled the sleeper hit after five seasons, and the outcry was so great that NBC stepped in a day later to pick it up. The sixth season comes back on January 10 on NBC, in their coveted 9 p.m. slot on Thursdays.
Helmed by legendary sitcom creator Michael Schur (who cut his teeth on The Office and Parks and Recreation), this new season looks so promising that creators were actually given an additional five-episode order in the fall, extending the season to 18 episodes.
The Good Place
Another Michael Schur show that’s pushing the boundaries of our expectations of primetime sitcoms is The Good Place, which returns from its mid-season hiatus on January 10. The creators ended the first part of the third season with an episode that’s been hailed by critics to be one of the best episodes of TV of the last five years. “Janet(s)” was the perfect star vehicle for D’Arcy Carden, the actor that plays Janet, an “intelligent personal assistant” from the Good Place. Hopefully the upcoming episode, “The Book of Dougs” will measure up.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a hybrid of drama, romantic comedy, and musical theater all rolled into one. Written and produced by lead actor Rachel Bloom with co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna, the show is entering the second half of its fourth and final season. It’s rare that a TV show ends with less than six seasons unless they’ve been canceled, but the showrunners of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend decided to end the show on their own terms. The show has already pulled some pretty interesting stunts as they recently swapped actor Santino Fontana with Skylar Astin, and audiences were completely down for it.
Look for this show to continue to focus on the core themes of mental health and female friendships in its last half-season.