Comic-Con 2015: The New TV Land
Indigo Ballroom has slowly developed a reputation as the hippest room at Comic-Con. Located outside the convention center and being the home to comedy panels from the likes of Comedy Central and Adult Swim, the room tends to be a bit looser and often more vulgar. That makes it the perfect place for TV Land to trumpet its new identity as a home for darker, rougher edged sitcoms.
The first one on display was Impastor, a show about a scumbag conmanconman, played by Michael Rosenbaum, who assumes the identity of the gay pastor who died trying to keep him from committing suicide. So, yeah, darker than Hot in Cleveland. The panel was moderated by Michael Ian Black, who was also promoting The Jim Gaffigan Show. Footage from both shows had plenty of laughs (if not much originality) but the highlight was the panel itself. Black, Rosenbaum and fellow costar Sara Rue were charming and hilarious.
Next up was Teachers, based on the web series from Chicago comedy troupe The Katydids. This half was moderated by Alison Brie and featured the Katydids and two producers. The footage, as well as the live mini table read they did, lift heavily from the web show but is promising nonetheless.
Overall, this panel was a delight (and happened in front of an unfortunately empty room). This was a great way for TV Land to make its new mark