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The last several weeks have been fraught with renewals, but also plenty of cancelations, leading to disappointed fans of numerous networks. Just when audiences thought they were safe from any more cancelations, TBS has chosen to throw us a curveball. If you are a late night aficionado who happens to love comedian Pete Holmes show, TBS dropped the hammer on Friday.
TBS announced that they have renewed the ageless Conan O’Brien’s contract through the year 2018, at which point he will achieve the milestone of having been a late night host for 25 years.
When it comes to the holiday spirit, it’s all well and good until it’s not, meaning: sometimes you need a break from your family! Or in the very least, some sort of inanimate object you can all gather ‘round and stare at in silence while the heady goodness that is a Christmas morning food coma sets in. And while the Yule Log is all well and good for some, it is but one option in a sea of many, and doesn't necessarily work for everyone. But fear not, for the answer to your "what to watch on Christmas Day" quandary is here!
There are certain comedies that are known for how they acknowledge a specific holiday. For example, The Office usually delivered a pretty fantastic Christmas episode, while Roseanne had some great Halloween episodes. And then there’s Friends, which had some pretty memorable Thanksgiving episodes. So what better way to spend Thanksgiving Day than watching TBS’s Friends marathon?
Oftentimes when we hear that a network’s been slapped with an FCC fine, it has something to do with content that slipped past the censor or was too explicit in some way or another. But that’s not quite the case for Conan’s latest brush with the Federal Communications Commission. The late night cable talk show received a $25,000 fine from the FCC for using a certain tone in an ad promoting Jack Black’s appearance on the series last year.
TBS is bringing a bit more Bill Lawrence to their original programming this fall with the debut of Ground Floor, a new comedy starring Pitch Perfect's Skyler Astin, Scrubs' John C. McGinley and Cougar Town's Briga Heelan. The teaser above has fun with an Aerosmith song and an elevator that demonstrates the divide for those up at the top floor and those at the bottom. I guess that makes the elevator common ground?
The upcoming season of American Dad! is due to air on Fox this September, but it looks like the following season, the show will move on from Fox's "Sunday Animation Domination" block. Don't worry, fans of American Dad!, your favorite animated comedy isn't canceled, only making a move to another network.
Conan O'Brien seems all about the cameos lately. The Conan host recently appeared on the new season of Arrested Development, and come next season, we'll see him in animated form when he makes an appearance on Family Guy. From what's being reported, it sounds like he'll be playing himself once again, as two characters from Seth MacFarlane's Fox animated comedy series get famous enough to visit the TBS talk show.
The summer TV season has begun, as most of the Midseason series have wrapped up and we're starting to see the networks roll out their summer offerings. Once upon a time, summer was the down season for TV, but in this day and age, cable and network television offer a nice variety of scripted and unscripted programming to fill the gap between spring and fall.
There are some huge names to be found on the brand-new lineups for both TBS and TNT, two cable networks that haven't gotten quite the same high-toned acclaim as competitors like AMC and FX, but seem to be doing their damnedest to try. New shows on the fall lineup announced today include Portal House and Peter Gunn
A lot of people watch TV online these days, but in most cases, they're doing so either through on demand subscription services like Hulu and Netflix, or straight from the network's websites and apps. Excluding online-exclusive content, the episodes they are streaming or have downloaded have already aired on TV. Viewers have to wait until they become available online to watch them on their computers and mobile devices. TNT and TBS are changing that by becoming the first network to stream on-air content live 24/7.
TBS has a couple of new series on the way, one scripted and one unscripted. On the reality front, the network will be giving us a look inside the work and life of musician Cee Lo Green with The CeeLo Life (working title). Meanwhile, on the scripted side, Cougar Town and Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence and 2 Broke Girls' Greg Malins have a new comedy series headed to TBS called Ground Floor.
While we continue to hear reports, rumors and humorous snipes regarding the status of Jay Leno on The Tonight Show at NBC, it looks like Conan's spot at TBS is secure through late 2015. TBS made the announcement today that the redheaded late night talk show host will continue his duties through November of 2015, adding that Conan is a hit with TBS' core audience of young adults and scores a younger median age than any other late-night talk show.
Save the date! TBS has set a date for the premiere of their series Wedding Band, a show described as "equal parts comedy and heart," which puts Beverly Hills, 90210's Brian Austin Green and Lost's Harold Perinneau back on television in starring roles. The premise actually reminds me a bit of The Wedding Crashers, except instead of crashing weddings, these guys work them.
Men at Work has been earning a steady 2.7 million viewers an episode, if we are counting Live +7 viewership. Because of this TBS seems happy to see where the scripted comedy could go in the future. Men at Work is only partially through its first series, but with pretty good ratings, TBS has been confident about a renewal, announcing today a second season of the show will happen.