Sky Comedy launched yesterday. (It replaces Universal TV on the EPGs, and if a new home isn’t found for Unpopcult’s beloved Private Eyes, there will be TROUBLE.) Its schedule, largely American in origin, comprises a decent mix of re-runs of shows like Modern Family, 30 Rock, Veep, The Mindy Project, Sex and the City, and the essentially perfect Parks And Recreation; a slate of late-night American talk/sketch shows (Corden, Fallon, Oliver, SNL); and some new-to-the-UK comedies, such as AP Bio, Mrs. Fletcher, and Miracle Workers. Many will also be available as boxsets.
There’s some extra good news for Virgin Media viewers like me, who don’t have access to Sky Atlantic: it looks as if a few shows which were previously on that channel have been moved to Comedy. Veep and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver fall into that category, as does Curb, back for a tenth season of semi-improvised misanthropy. I didn’t see season 9 for that reason, but I’m going to assume that I can just pick it up again, from tonight at 9pm. Also tonight: The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (10.50pm), and The Late Late Show with James Corden (11.50pm).