There’s a crop of new comedy shows this fall, and we analyze which pilots look the most promising based on their trailers.

It’s that time of year again: the networks have debuted their new fall programming and schedules, and critics have begun to analyze the potential of the new shows.

Please note the use of the word ‘promising’ and not ‘best’ in regards to these new pilots. There’s room for improvement and the end of season one can look drastically different – and better- than the pilot; for example, look no further than The Mindy Project. At Hypable, we have high hopes for the following new comedy shows – the more television shows to watch, the better!- and while we’re sure some of these shows will go on to have long, fruitful series, some may not make it to Christmas. For a list of the least promising shows, be sure to check back here tomorrow, as well as the least and most promising drama shows over the next few days.

I didn’t mean to choose at least one comedy from each network, but it would be very unusual to have one network be completely shut out from this pool, and with it being a record-breaking year for comedy pilot orders, the ratings rat-race will be as fierce as ever come September. Without further adieu, here is a preview of the most promising new comedy shows for the fall 2013 season.

The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC)

This makes the list because while it may not be ROFL-worthy yet, it does have tons of promise. As was the theme with many new shows the networks picked up, Michael J. Fox is funny, charming, and a proven winner. NBC knows they’re not taking a huge risk with this, and their new push for broader, more family-oriented comedy should be refreshing for most viewers. With fan-favorites The Office and 30 Rock both ending this past season, NBC’s oldest comedy is Parks and Recreation, which is only entering it’s sixth season itself.

Fox’s willingness to poke fun at himself and the world of television makes this trailer entertaining rather than cheap cringe-worthy jokes, as so many comedy shows quickly turn to.

The Crazy Ones (CBS)

I don’t know where to begin to discuss this show. It stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellear, a father-daughter duo who work in the world of advertising. Before you think you’ll see Robin William’s character, Simon Roberts, emulating a modern-day Don Draper, it’s important to clarify this is not Mad Men; there are no ephionies about how to sell the Kodak Carousel, no, this is a much more lighter and comedic take on the industry. From the preview below, we can see there is potential. The cast is funny, and they have Kelly Clarkson as a guest star in the pilot singing a provocative song about McDonalds.

Do I think this will be winning any Emmy’s next year? Probably not. But it looks like a show a wide audience will thoroughly enjoy come fall.

Mom (CBS)

Say what you will about Chuck Lorre, but he has got a strangely winning formula to create new comedies. Allison Janney stars as Bonnie, the mother to Anna Faris’ Christy. An ex-alcoholic with a dysfunctional relationship with her mother, raising two kids alone, Christy’s life is going in all sorts of directions, which leads to certain promising moments in the trailer.

With Two and a Half Men‘s glory day’s behind it and The Big Bang Theory probably at the height of it’s ratings reign, it will be nice to see this female-driven comedy come fall.

Super Fun Night (ABC)

Rebel Wilson has graced us with her presence in so many fantastic movies, it’ll be interesting (and undoubtedly, funny) to see if and/or how well her comedic skills hold up on a week to week basis. ABC certainly seems to have a lot of faith in this show, as it’ll have Modern Family as it’s lead in this fall season. My only reservation with Super Fun Night would be it’s lack of a seemingly strong seasonal direction. Though, by the looks of it, this show would be funny, regardless of the antics and stunts shown in the clip.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)

The trailer for this show doesn’t show any promise until halfway through. Dependent on your comedic preferences, you may really love, or really not love this show. While Andy Samberg seems to play the goofy screw-up of a detective, he actually plays the goofy-but-fantastic detective – what a twist! Cop shows aren’t usually comedic, but judging by this trailer, this is a workplace comedy about people who just happens to investigate crimes. Andre Braugher also stars as the new captain of the precinct who puts the screws to Samberg’s character, Jake Peralta, and wants him to grow up and “respect the badge.”

Last year, only two comedies lived to see season two: The Mindy Project and inexplicably, The Neighbors – seriously, if you watch the latter show, please let me know in the comments why, I’m genuinely curious. Creating and getting a show on air is ridiculously hard and regardless of how good or bad it may be, countless hours of work went into it and it’s important to recognize all the cast and crew do for their shows.

Is there a new comedy show that you are looking forward to this season?

After all that talk of inclusivity, Star Trek Beyond falls into the Hollywood trap of implied sexuality.

Mild spoilers for Star Trek Beyond.

Star Trek Beyond, already a wildly anticipated movie, made headlines ahead of its release because of the franchise’s decision to introduce the first openly LGBT character: Mr Sulu, played by John Cho.

While this decision was certainly met with excitement, there was disappointment, too. The original Mr Sulu, George Takei, openly voiced his opinion that they should have introduced a new LGBT character rather than expand on original canon (as they have been the whole trilogy), while Simon Pegg beautifully argued that there was power in using an established character who wouldn’t be defined by his sexuality.

Then came the movie itself, and while the introduction of gay Sulu is still a great thing, we’re left sorely disappointed by Beyond‘s decision to depict the LGBT relationship — or rather, hardly depict it at all.

As reported by our friends at The Mary Sue, the scene featuring Sulu and his husband Ben depicts a “lukewarm” relationship, although Sulu is very affectionate with the pair’s daughter.

This is, unfortunately, a common problem in Hollywood when an LGBT couple — almost impossibly — makes it into a big franchise film. They’re allowed to be there, but having any kind of physical interaction even remotely resembling what a heterosexual couple might have still seems to be off-limits.

Related: Hollywood is failing the LGBT community: GLAAD slams Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros.

And, according to John Cho, there was actually a kiss filmed. “There was a kiss that I think is not there anymore,” he told Collider. “It wasn’t like a make-out session. We’re at the airport with our daughter. It was a welcome-home kiss. I’m actually proud of that scene, because it was pretty tough.”

Cho points out that Ben was played by a non-actor, writer Doug Jung, and says, “Obviously, I just met the kid, and then Doug is not an actor. I just wanted that to look convincingly intimate. We’re two straight guys and had to get to a very loving, intimate place. It was hard to do on the fly. We had to open up. It came off well, in my view.”

And we wish we could have seen it. Introducing a major LGBT character in the Star Trek franchise is a fantastic first step, and depicting two POC actors raising a child together is a great statement — but, unfortunately, the decision to cut out their kiss (which was already chaste, by the sounds of it) is emblematic of Hollywood’s continuous phobia of depicting LGBT relationships and intimacy on the big screen.

As Screen Crush also points out, this exact same scenario played out in Independence Day: Resurgence, too. In Finding Dory, the lesbian couple are only implied, in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sequence.

LGBT representation (when present at all) is always so subtle, evidently in fear of offending straight audiences while not totally erasing non-straight sexualities. And, sadly, even that is considered a big step forward — but maybe it’s time we start depicting humanity as it is, and not what society wished it was 100 years ago.

Here’s looking at you, Star Wars.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews from theater critics are glowing, so when the hell can Americans get a chance to see the play in New York?

With just days to go until The Cursed Child script book is released around the world, The New York Post’s theater reporter has spoken to sources who say the play will be coming to Broadway sooner rather than later. Producers are currently holding discussions to bring the play to NY as early as 2017.

They haven’t yet announced a Broadway engagement for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” but New York theater people say it’s only a matter of time. Word is that Friedman and Callender are in negotiations for a Shubert theater possibly for next season. They may hit Toronto first, however.

The idea of The Cursed Child hitting Broadway so soon (“next season” could mean around May 2017) will come as a relief to American Harry Potter fans who would rather not travel overseas to see “the eighth story” (though it’s a little more affordable to do so right now thanks to #Brexit). It also speaks to this important fact: It’s important to see The Cursed Child rather than reading it.

If the show does go to Toronto first as The New York Post suggests it might, a trip to Canada would also be easier for Americans. Sorry, people who don’t live in North America.

This writer saw the play in June and absolutely loved the characters and magic happening on stage. But the story is… not the best. I’m very eager to see what fans, myself included, think of the story after reading the script book this weekend.

For her part, Rowling has promised that fans around the world will get to see the play. Only time will tell if she’s hinting at a movie or a world tour:

If ‘Cursed Child’ comes to Broadway next year, will you try to see it ASAP?

The West End production currently has dates running into May 2017, but additional dates are expected to go on sale in early August.

Present day Han Solo may’ve left the main Star Wars series after the events of The Force Awakens, but the character’s time in movie theaters is far from over.

The new Han Solo film from Lucasfilm — scheduled to hit theaters in May 2018 — might turn into a trilogy for the reluctant hero, according to the New York Daily News.

The paper reports that star Alden Ehrenreich has signed a three-picture deal, suggesting that the studio intends to expand the Han Solo spinoff into a trilogy. “They feel that his character has the right potential to become a central figure in several movies,” a source told NY Daily News. “They’re keeping things under wraps at the moment, but the deal is that he has signed for at least three movies.”

This makes a lot of sense given the popularity of the character coupled with his absence in Episode 8 and beyond. We also know that Lucasfilm and Disney have many, many grand plans for Star Wars in the years ahead: The very first Star Wars theatrical spinoff, Rogue One, opens later this year. Episode 8 then hits theaters a year later (2017), followed by Han Solo’s own movie (2018). Next comes Episode 9 in 2019, followed by yet another spinoff reportedly focused on Boba Fett in 2020.

As for 2021 and beyond? Only time will tell, but we expect more movies set in the worlds of The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and now Han Solo.

The Han Solo spinoff will be directed by LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. They’re currently deep into pre-production, as this tweet from Lord this morning shows:

“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with,” the directors said last July. “We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”