You knew it was just a matter of time: This fall, network TV is ushering in a slew of new shows that take a page out of the Bridesmaids playbook. If that film's writer and star, Kristen Wiig, has a small-screen analogue, it's Whitney Cummings, the cocreator of CBS's 2 Broke Girls and the creator, producer, writer, and star of NBC's Whitney. How has the climate for female comedy changed? "Back in the day, women had to de-gender themselves to be funny," Cummings explains. "Now women can be sexy and funny." Joining her in this fall's lineup are shows about hard-partying bartenders (NBC's Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea), women trying to balance work with family (NBC's Up All Night, costarring Bridesmaids' Maya Rudolph), single mothers raising spoiled kids (Fox's I Hate My Teenage Daughter), and cat-fighting Bible Belters (ABC's Good Christian Belles). "The more feminine we're allowed to be, the funnier the raunch is," says Cummings, who considers Rudolph in Bridesmaids to be the platonic ideal: "Shitting in a wedding dress—you can't beat that."
—By David Walters