Thursday, May 08, 2014

TBS Orders Two Original Sitcoms for 2015; Fox Cancels Three Comedies

TBS

TBS has given the greenlight to Your Family or Mine, a new domestic comedy with a twist starring Kyle Howard (Royal Pains, My Boys), Kat Foster ('Til Death, Royal Pains), Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl, The American President) and JoBeth Williams (Poltergeist, Dexter). Based on an enormously popular Israeli comedy from Keshet International, the series is being executive produced by Greg Malins (Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Will & Grace); Jamie Tarses (Happy Endings, Franklin & Bash); Keshet's Rubi Duanias, Yaniv Polishuk, Avi Nir and Ran Telem; and Teddy Productions' Tamira Yardeni. Your Family or Mine comes to TBS by Sony Pictures Television, Jamie Tarses' Fanfare Productions, Keshet International and Teddy Productions. TBS has ordered 10 episodes of Your Family or Mine, which is slated to premiere in 2015. Originally created by Rubi Duanias and Yaniv Polishuk, the comedy centers on Oliver (Howard) and Kelli (Foster), a young couple with two daughters. Oliver and Kelli are living proof of the adage, "When you marry someone, you don't just marry them, you marry their whole family." Putting a unique spin on domestic comedies, each episode of Your Family or Mine will focus on a different side of the family, one week with Kelli's family, the next with Oliver's.

TBS has also greenlit the workplace comedy Buzzy's, the latest series from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the Emmy(R)-winning creators of Will & Grace. Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical), Mike Castle (Family Trap), Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is the New Black), Ryan Pinkston (Tower Prep), Matt Cook (True Blood) and six-time Emmy(R) nominee George Wendt (Cheers) star in the ensemble comedy, which comes to TBS from KoMut Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Kohan and Mutchnick serve as executive producers on the series and penned the pilot, which was directed by James Widdoes (Two and a Half Men). TBS has also ordered 10 episodes of Buzzy's, with plans to launch the show in 2015. Set in Charlestown, Mass., the multi-camera comedy centers on a group of coworkers who all went to high school together but ran in very different crowds.


Moving on, Fox is getting closer to its upfront presentation and 2014-15 plans. They have given three pinkslips to freshman comedies and one freshman drama. The multi-camera sitcom Dads and the single-camera comedies Enlisted and Surviving Jack have all been canceled. Another freshman series, the drama Rake has also been canceled. None of these are surprising since they all struggled in the Nielsen ratings. The only one that had a shot of returning was Dads, which launched in the fall. The other series all were mid-season series. In other Fox upfront news, American Idol will return next season for its 14th cycle, which is no surprise. Even with its declining Nielsen ratings, it was a shoo-in to return. Keep it right here for continued upfront updates.


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Thursday, July 20

The Big Bang Theory - "The Brain Bowl Incubation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After a successful experiment combining their genes, Sheldon will stop at nothing to convince Amy they should procreate. Also, Koothrappali is embarrassed to tell the gang what the new woman he’s dating does for a living.

Life in Pieces - "Awkward Bra Automated Ordained" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Dinner gets awkward for Jen and Matt when they find themselves alone without Greg and Colleen. Also, Lark accidentally locks out Greg and Jen from the house, prompting Greg to install a complicated home automation system; Heather and Tim try to sneak wine into an ice skating show to get out of paying at the venue; and John and Joan agree to an impromptu wedding after Colleen mentions that she’s an ordained minister.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 17)

Thursday, July 20

  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - Catch T.J on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/The Hogan Family/It's Your Move) - Jason visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Abby Elliott (Odd Mom Out) - Abby appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) - Issa stops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. She also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Kate Micucci (Raising Hope/The Big Bang Theory) - Kate is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith (A Different World) - Jada drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. She will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Regina Hall (Grandfathered) - Regina guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Tim Daly (Wings) - Tim is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Laura Linney (The Big C) - Laura talks about Netflix's The Big C on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Steve Guttenberg (Ballers) - Steve talks about HBO's Ballers on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Madison Iseman (Still the King) - Madison talks about CMT's Still the King on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.