Fans of Joss Whedon’s Firefly will never forgive Fox for canceling the science-fiction Western after only 14 episodes. But they should — at least the show made it to air. Can you imagine NBC or CBS saying yes to Firefly? Fox takes the shots the other Big Four (and The CW) networks are afraid to attempt.
Look at Last Man on Earth (which just wrapped up its very good second season). It’s a heartbreaking comedy about the apocalypse where death runs rampant. Meanwhile, CBS has The Big Bang Theory. Next season’s Last Man of Earth, as it were, looks like it could be Making History, not only due to Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s involvement, but also because it’s super high concept.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
DAN CHAMBERS (Adam Pally), a computer science professor at a small Massachusetts college, recently discovered time travel and has been transporting himself back to the 1700s to spend time with the colonial woman he’s fallen for. In the present, Dan is an unpopular nerd. But by claiming song lyrics, lines from movies and stand-up bits as his own in the 18th century, he’s absolutely hilarious – he gets the girl and makes friends. But Dan’s actions in the past are messing up the present. That woman he’s dating is not just any woman. She’s Paul Revere’s daughter, DEBORAH (Leighton Meester), and Dan’s meddling in the past causes her father to delay his famous ride, which may have altered the outcome of the entire American Revolution. To set matters right, Dan enlists the help of his colleague, CHRIS PARISH (Yassir Lester), a brilliant, polished and popular history professor, who’s now given the incredible opportunity to actually live the history he teaches.
Making History‘s trailer has slavery jokes, Celine Dion references, and Adam Pally, of late, great Happy Endings fame, wearing a bear hat, which Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester says she fashioned by disguising herself “as a female bear carcass, and when the male became aroused, I slaughtered him.” I don’t remember that episode of 2 Broke Girls. No offense to Downward Dog, but Making History is next season’s most promising looking comedy.