By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
10:58 PM CDT, September 8, 2013
Yahoo! Screen premieres its fall comedy lineup beginning Monday at screen.yahoo.com with five new original comedies that range from silly to satirical.
Yahoo also is launching new seasons of "SketchY!," "The Flip Side" and "Sports Friends" as well as a mega-sized "Saturday Night Live" clip archive that includes more than 1,000 hours of content from the show’s 38 seasons.
Most of the comedies range from 8 to 12 minutes per episode. All episodes of all shows will be available beginning Monday.
Heidi (Amanda Lund) and Angelica (Maria Blasucci) are best friends and bumbling paranormal investigators in this Jack Black-produced 12-episode comedy from Lund, Blasucci and "Drunk History" creator Jeremy Konner. In the silly spoof of ghost-hunting reality shows, the duo looks into otherworldly phenomena and enjoys some tickle time, too. Of the two episodes presented for review, "Spirit, Pt. 1" was more effective thanks to the presence of Black, who guest stars as a dead Southern rocker in an all-ghost band that includes Dave Grohl, Kyle Gass and Val Kilmer. But Lund and Blasucci can deliver laughs as well.
We Need Help
My favorite of the new shows, this hilarious Hollywood satire stars Max Loeb as Max, a personal assistant shared by actresses Cheryl Hines and Rachael Harris (playing themselves). Max is a struggling actor desperate to make showbiz connections, which is why he throws his self-respect aside to perform menial and embarrassing tasks (like applying fake tan to Cheryl’s legs) just to hobnob with their Hollywood friends. Filled with cameos, "We Need Help" continues the laughs beyond the story—each episode ends with outtakes.
Created by Ed Helms and starring Zachary Levi and Gillian Jacobs, action movie spoof "Tiny Commando" brings some big laughs. Levi pours on the macho as Richard Carlisle, a 4-inch tall former Navy SEAL turned private investigator who with his sidekick Mitzi (Jacobs) fights crime, searches for missing pets and battles his mini mortal enemy, Cesar Pequeño (Helms). Silly stuff, but delightful.
Losing It with John Stamos
Apparently in an effort to show that celebrities’ first times are just like ours, Stamos interviews stars about when they lost their virginity. Bob Saget’s and Olivia Munn’s stories were just O.K., but maybe other guests—Michael Ian Black, Alan Cumming, Perez Hilton, Adam Pally, Michael Rapaport, Matt Stone, Casey Wilson and more—will have more interesting stories.
In this scripted buddy-cop comedy, humans and puppets coexist, if not peacefully. A violent jellybean war has engulfed P-Town (yes, Puppet Town), so the police department partners go-get-’em puppet cop Herbie with a lazy human officer to save the city. The puppets might remind you of the Muppets, but this definitely isn’t "Sesame Street."
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