15. Community (NBC)
Stars: Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Chevy Chase, Yvette Nicole Brown, Ken Jeong, Jim Rash
Premiere date: October 19
It was all good just five months ago. At the time, outspoken Community creator/showrunner Dan Harmon was still in charge of the irreverent NBC sitcom, and the series still had its plush, primetime Thursday night slot. But then Harmon announced that he'd been unhappily relieved of his duties, and word came that Community would move to the unkind dungeon of Friday night programming.
The good news, though, is that all of Community's original cast is still intact (including sex bombs Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs). And, though it's nowhere near as reassuring as that fact, Harmon's replacements, David Guarascio and Moses Port, aren't exactly scrubs: They served as consulting producers on ABC's steadily improving sitcom Happy Endings. It'll be interesting to see how they handle Harmon's singular brand of pop culture send-ups and random, kitchen-sink humor in Community's crucial fourth season. Let's hope for more innovation and less imitation.