TCA 2011 winter tour comedy roundup: Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s coming back?

The winter press tour for the TV Critics Association in Pasadena, Calif., wrapped up business over the weekend, so it might be good to catch you all up on what's what in terms of TV comedy in the coming months.

By network.

ABC: Early renewals for next fall already for Castle, Cougar Town, The Middle and Modern Family. Mr. Sunshine, starring Matthew Perry, debuts on Feb. 9. Happy Endings will show up on April 13.

CBS: The Big Bang Theory has been renewed for three additional seasons.

FOX: Raising Hope will return next fall for a second season, while Running Wilde and The Good Guys are done. Bob's Burgers debuted two episodes ago. Catch up! Traffic Light will debut on Feb. 8.

FX: Wilfred, the show based on an Australian series in which a man (Elijah Wood) sees a dog as a man in a dog costume (Jason Gann, reprising his Aussie role), will debut at 10 p.m. Thursday sometime this summer. Followed by the second season of Louis CK's Louie. CK has filmed some of his stand-up for it, but no full production just yet. The seventh and final season of Denis Leary's Rescue Me kicks off July 12. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League both will return in the fall.

GSN: Not sure they were part of TCA (probably not), but during it, the Game Show Network announced it was reviving Lingo with 40 new episodes hosted by Bill Engvall, to debut in June.

HBO: Pee-wee Herman's Broadway show will get a TV audience in March. The network also has picked up comedy Girls from Lena Dunham.

NBC: Perfect Couples will get its official debut (after an earlier sneak preview) this Thursday, Jan. 20, alongside the third-season return of Parks and Recreation as part of a three-hour sitcom block on Thursdays for the network.

SHOWTIME: Californication received an early renewal for season five, as season four only just started a little more than a week ago. Less-clearly comedies Nurse Jackie and The United States of Tara both return on March 28. The second season of The Green Room with Paul Provenza does not yet have a start date, but it filmed all of its episodes last week in Los Angeles. Episodes will include the following combinations of stand-ups: Kathy Griffin, Dana Gould, Greg Proops and Franklin Ajaye; Margaret Cho, Jeff Ross, Richard Lewis and Kumail Nanjiani; Jamie Kilstein, Kathleen Madigan, Lewis Black and Ron White; Tommy Chong, Joe Rogan, Eddie Ifft and Rick Shapiro; Marc Maron, Judd Apatow, Ray Romano and Garry Shandling.

Remember: There's also a summer press tour with the TCA, so if you didn't see an update on a TV comedy you love, maybe it's just because you'll have to wait a few months to hear it.

Sean L. McCarthy

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