The Upfronts: Single People Are Having A Momentby Chiara Atik on May 17, 2020
A single girl reinventing herself after a breakup, the wild dating life of Chelsea Handler, and the sex lives of 20-something New Yorkers? Is it just us, or did television just get a lot more relatable?
After season after season of tv shows about mysterious islands, superheros, dysfunctional families, and wacky work environments, it seems like television networks have turned their attention back to our favorite demographic: the single person.
For the first time in a long time, networks are overwhelmingly picking up shows based on single people and their dating hijinks. Is it because single people have interesting, exciting and sexy lives in comparison to their married counterparts? Or because Network Execs figured out that there is a goldmine worth of stories in any single person’s dating life?
Either way, we’re looking forward to checking out these shows next fall…
Stars: Zooey Deschanel
Creator: Liz Merriweather (No Strings Attached)
What’s It About: Deschanel plays a heartbroken, newly single girl who moves in with 3 bachelor guys who, somewhat unbelievably, do not want to date her. They DO want to help her GET dates, and give her pick-up pointers and a makeover. We’re guessing eventually she’s gonna fall in love with one of the roommates…but expect a full season of dating disasters until then.
Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea
Stars: Laura Preppon, Chelsea Handler
Creator: Chelsea Handler
What It’s About: This show is based off of Handler’s memoir, but interestingly, she won’t be playing herself. Laura Preppon stars as a younger version of Chelsea, while Handler will play her older, pregnant sister.
Stars: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams (Brian Williams’ daughter)
Creators: Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow (Executive Producer)
What It’s About: Supposedly a grittier Sex and the City for twenty-somethings, by Lena Dunham, the young writer and star of Tiny Furniture. The show follows 3 girls and their dating/work lives post-college in New York City.
Once Upon A Time
Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison.
What It’s About: A single mom gets swept into the world of fairy tales, but fairy book characters aren’t always what they seem. (A very important lesson for ALL daters.)
I Just Want My Pants Back
Creator: David Rosen, author of the book by the same name.
What It’s About: Jason Strider has a one-night stand with a girl, doesn’t get her number, and then becomes obsessed with finding her again. It’s kind of like How I Met Your Mother, but set in hipster Williamsburg with 20-somethings instead.