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Tune In Tonight: ‘Wedding Band’ a little off-key

November 10, 2012

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Comedy is hard. Last season brought a revival and revolution of sorts to the sitcom, ushering in “New Girl” and “2 Broke Girls,” and the presumed dawn of female-centric sitcoms. This season has arrived with a spate of new comedies. With the exception of “The Mindy Project,” few of them are memorable.

In the face of this trend, TBS launches something entirely different. “Wedding Band” (9 p.m. Saturday) is an hourlong, guy-centric “bromance” comedy. And it’s on Saturday night.

A wedding band is a natural setting for a comedy, combining the slacker wish fulfillment of “School of Rock” with the raunchy hedonism of “Wedding Crashers,” ‘‘Bridesmaids” and “The Hangover.” “Band” follows the four members of Mother of the Bride, an “indie” wedding band consigned to playing low- to midlevel banquet halls.

‘‘Band” has some clever concepts. The band chafes at their low place on the wedding circuit food chain. They need a big break with a slick event management company run by Roxie Rutherford, played by Melora Hardin, who was spot-on as Jan on “The Office.”

Despite its promise, “Band” falls apart when it becomes obvious that it’s an hourlong effort with the heart and brains of a half-hour sitcom. Like a manufactured boy band, the guys seem more like a collection of types than genuine characters.

The real mystery is why TBS chose to broadcast this experiment on Saturday nights, when a large portion of its potential male audience is probably watching college football.

Saturday’s other highlights

• College football abounds as TCU hosts Kansas State (6 p.m., Fox); LSU hosts Mississippi State (6 p.m., ESPN); Auburn hosts Georgia (6 p.m., ESPN2); Hawaii hosts Boise State (6 p.m., NBC Sports); and Boston College hosts Notre Dame (7 p.m., ABC).

• Jason Gedrick and Erica Cerra star in the 2012 romance “The Wishing Tree” (7 p.m., Hallmark).

• Scheduled on “48 Hours” (9 p.m., CBS): a model’s murder.

• Anne Hathaway hosts “Saturday Night Live” (10:30 p.m., NBC), featuring musical guest Rihanna.

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