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August 28, 2013

Look out: A fall harvest of new broadcast TV shows

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But broken marriages are always ripe for laughs. On CBS' promising "We Are Men," three divorced men bond and offer dating advice to a young pal who was left at the altar by his betrothed.

On the comedy "Trophy Wife," Pete (played by Bradley Whitford) has two broken marriages behind him when he lucks upon lovely Kate (Malin Akerman), who, on becoming Pete's third bride, suddenly finds herself in a sort-of blended family with three stepchildren and two ex-wives — a big cast and complicated dynamics that surely have ABC dreaming may qualify this show as a hit akin to "Modern Family."

A strong contender for silliest new show — which means it might be first to go, or, on the other hand, run for years — is "Enlisted." It's a military comedy set in the not-so-funny modern age of war, with three brothers stationed on a small base in Florida. If there's an issue of taste (are wars still being fought suitable for comedy?), this sitcom somewhat navigates it. Whether "Enlisted" is actually funny is another matter entirely.

NOT SO FUNNY

Fox's cop comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" arrives as perhaps the season's biggest disappointment, not because it isn't funny but because it doesn't measure up to the comedic brilliance of its star, former "Saturday Night Live" player Andy Samberg, nor does it do right by its other leading man, the acclaimed dramatic actor Andre Braugher.

Arguably the most depressing new sitcom: NBC's "Welcome to the Family," which attempts to mine laughs from a Stanford University-bound whiz kid who learns his bubble-head girlfriend, who barely got out of high school, is pregnant with his child.

College plans for both of them are off, marriage and parenthood are on, and both sets of in-laws-to-be are distraught.

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