TBS has picked up Ground floor, a new workplace comedy with a romantic twist, from Cougar town’s Bill Lawrence and How I Met your Mother’s Gregg Mailins. The premise finds hotshot banker Brody thinking he’s had a one-stand with Jennifer then discovering that she works in the maintenance department of the building he works in. The series stars Pitch Perfect’s Skyler Austin as Brody, Cougar Town’s Briga Heelan as Jennifer and Scribs/Burn Notice vet John C. McGinley as Brody’s boss, Mr. Mansfield.
Cougar Town began as a series about an older woman dating younger men – hence the title – but then turned into this peculiar and specific comedy about finding family not just in blood relatives, but also in the friends made over the years.
After three seasons on ABC, Cougar Town’s ratings had dipped to the point where the show couldn’t be sustained on a major network, but a white knight has arrived to save the series. Cougar Town’s fourth season will be on TBS – the Turner network that is based on comedy.
For the official TBS press release, follow the jump.
Brian Austin Green, along with Peter Cambor, Derek Miller and Harold Perinneau are starring in the TBS comedy pilot,The Wedding Band. The comedy series, from FremantleMedia and Tollin Productions and written by Josh Lobis and Darin Moiselle, follows a group of guys who try to escape the stress and craziness of their lives by performing in a wedding band. The band, which strives to be the best at giving clients a memorable wedding, is anchored by 2 lifelong best friends – one a perennial bachelor (Green) and the other a married father of two (Cambor). The TBS comedy pilot began production on January 24th and no air date is currently set.
TBS trounces network late night talk shows with its premiere of Conan! The gangly redhead with his fresh-from-my-live-tour beard drew 4.2 million viewers for his TBS premiere which was, yes, very funny. Even better, of that 4.2 million, 3.3 million were adults 18-49. By comparison, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno drew a total of 3.5 million viewers with a mere 950,000 in the 18-49 demographic. Meanwhile, The Late Show with David Letterman reached a total of 3.4 million, with 1.3 million in the 18-49 demo.
Conan also benefited George Lopez Tonight, which beat both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report in total viewers and all demos
It will be interesting to see if Conan can maintain this audience – but even if there’s as much as a 50% drop in ratings [as happened in his second week on The Tonight Show], he will still be giving TBS a triple-digits ratings increase in the timeslot. If he holds his audience, it will be the biggest shake-up in late night ratings, ever – and one of the biggest in basic cable vs. networks.
here’s something I’ve been waiting to share with all of you Conan O’Brien fans out there. Since his unpleasant departure from NBC and now joining the “Very Funny” network TBS, Conan has finally shot a promo for his new show coming in November. Conan gets into a car filled with explosives and un-poped popcorn and drives it off a cliff. This promo was just released hours ago. Personally I love the promo and enjoy watching it over and over. I stongly believe his new show on TBS will be hit. The only bad thing is that his long time drummer Max Weinberg will not be on the show but I’m still anxious to see how the show will turn out.
TNT [We Know Drama] and TBS [Very Funny] have announced their orders for four pilots: Perception, Untitled Allan Loeb Project and Dallas from TNT; Brain Trust from TNS. Perception, Untitled Allan Loeb Project and Brain Trust are being described as procedurals, while Dallas updates the soap opera travails of the Ewing family to the 21st century.
The buddy lawyer series Franklin & Bash [pictured above ], starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue, TNT’s Raising the Bar) and Breckin Meyer (Heroes), has been given a ten episode order by TNT, while TBS has given and eight episode order to the one-hour comedy series Glory Daze, a 1980s-set college comedy. Series details follow the jump.
Conan O’Brien has a new home and it’s on TBS – not Fox Television.
According to a press release from TBS, O’Brien will premiere his 11 p.m. talk show show in November. The move will shift George Lopez’s show to midnight. Today’s announcement comes as O’Brien begins his national comedy tour in Eugene, Oregon.
In announcing the deal, O’Brien said, in a typically tongue-in-cheek tone, ”In three months, I’ve gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I’m headed to basic cable. My plan is working perfectly.”