Today we’ve got comedies for you.Watchlist_2013_season_comedies

We’re interested in Watchlist because of its predictive powers; the Watchlist community (with more than 1.1 million people signed up, according to TVGuide.com, up from half a million when we first wrote about it) serves as a massive focus group of informed and committed TV viewers. If Watchlisters are excited about a show, that, historically speaking, has typically translated into respectable viewership.

The chart shown here lists the 10 most-added new comedies announced during the upfronts. As TVGuide.com Editor-in-Chief Mickey O’Connor explained yesterday, “Before viewers are able to learn every nuance of every new show, they latch on to the familiar — whether it be an actor, the source material or even the production company. That’s what we’re seeing at this stage of the game on the list of new fall shows most added to Watchlists.”

The most conspicuous sitcom trend this year, notes O’Connor, is the return of established comedy stars. “CBS is bringing lovable spaz — and Oscar winner! — Robin Williams back to TV with ‘The Crazy Ones.’ NBC’s ‘The Michael J. Fox Show’ puts the star’s even-keeled struggle with Parkinson’s front and center. And Fox’s ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ gives us ‘SNL’ goofball Andy Samberg as a wisecracking cop.” Thanks to all that comedic star power, those three shows have a lock on the top three spots on our chart.

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