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Pivoting - What We Know So Far

In recent years, comedies have gotten more of a serious bent to them. That doesn't mean there aren't still jokes, but for a lot of current shows, the jokes are encased in serious conversations about the human condition. Just look at one of the best sitcoms to come out in recent memory — "The Good Place." The entire show deals with death, the afterlife, and human morality, all between jokes at the expense of the Jacksonville Jaguars. There's also "Bojack Horseman," which wasn't afraid to tackle a litany of subjects during its run from depression to drug addiction. 

Following in that trajectory is a new Fox sitcom titled "Pivoting." Based on the description we have so far from TVLine, the pilot episode will center on the death of a woman, which significantly impacts three of her close friends. The show's bound to fluctuate between hilarity and reverence, but let's see what else viewers can expect from what sounds like the sitcom version of "A Million Little Things."

What's the release date for Pivoting?

"Pivoting" looks as though it will be one of Fox's mid-season show premieres. Instead of beginning its season in the fall, like so many other series, it will instead air in the middle of the season. According to TVLine, the show's first season will start on Sunday, January 9 at 8:30 p.m. New episodes should follow weekly after that.

For the time being, you can see if the show would be something up your alley by checking out the trailer, which has been available to view since May 2021. And based on the comments found underneath the clip, it sounds as if plenty of people will tune in to get in on the excitement. One person wrote, "I'm only here for Maggie Q. Will support this solely because of her. I'm loving that she is tackling multiple genres instead of being pigeonholed into just one!" Maggie Q isn't the only major star drawing attention to this project.

Who's in the cast for Pivoting?

"Pivoting" has assembled an impressively talented lead trio of actresses who will have to juggle both the pathos and bathos the material requires. As mentioned above, Maggie Q, who's made a career for herself in action-oriented movies like "Mission: Impossible III" and "Live Free or Die Hard," finally gets a chance to show off her comedic timing. She plays Sarah, a doctor who ends up quitting her job to work at a supermarket in the aftermath of her friend's death. 

Ginnifer Goodwin is also part of the cast. She had a central role in ABC's "Once Upon a Time," but now, she's portraying Jodie. She's a mother who winds up having an affair with her gym trainer after having to deal with her suffocating husband. 

Last but not least, there's another comedic talent joining the cast with Eliza Coupe, best known for her part in "Happy Endings." She'll play Amy, who sets out to spend more time with her children upon realizing that life is short. Other members of the cast include Marcello Julian Reyes ("Modern Family"), JT Neal ("Sierra Burgess Is a Loser"), and Tommy Dewey ("Casual").

What's the plot of Pivoting?

The driving force behind the show should be pretty self-evident at this point. It's about three best friends who have lost their fourth bestie. It proves to be the catalyst they need to start living in the moment, which results in some pretty significant changes to their respective lives. Naturally, there are bound to be a few missteps along the way that we'll inevitably get to see. This is evidenced in a recently released clip titled "She's Gone" that sees the three friends mourning their friend at a gravesite. Suddenly, an older man appears to inform them that the grave they're drinking wine at is actually for his wife, causing them to scuttle off hurriedly. 

Hopefully, the three characters finally manage to find some happiness in their lives, but we're betting that always living in the moment will likely lead to a few more problems in the process. Still, it's good times to sit back and watch, so get ready for "Pivoting" once it airs on Fox on January 9, 2022.