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.
Moore is headed to TBS, where he will act in a guest starring capacity on Men At Work. The actor is set to play an editor at the magazine where the boys work. His character, Doug, will be tasked with dealing with the four friends when they have a staff meeting where every word spoken must come from a popular song lyric.
Governor Mitt Romney's five sons appeared on Conan last night to talk about their father and their family. In typical Conan fashion, the move was kept light and didn't delve very deep into political discussion, but the interview O'Brien had with the men did allow us to get to know the presumptive Republican Party presidential candidate a little bit better.
With just one completed season, CBS' 2 Broke Girls is still a bit young for syndication, but given its ratings success, it's unsurprising that another network might want to snatch up the rights to it. In a few years, those looking for regular airings of reruns of the female-skewed comedy series will likely be able to find them on TBS.
Conan O'Brien took his show on the road last night, kicking off "Chicago Week" the most literal way possible with a bit of Irish step-dancing, in addition to a chat with the mayor and some silliness involving a bridge and some bratwurst. As you'll see in the video ahead, O'Brien's attempt to partake in some Irish step dancing resulted in a young dancer getting kicked in the face.
The changes in Cougar Town are still coming down the line. It’s not just a new network that’s in the cards for the series, but also a new showrunner, news that came about via an interview with star Courteney Cox. Bill Lawrence, the force behind the show, is stepping down as showrunner as of next season.
Earlier today we shared the good news that the cable network had swooped in to rescue the struggling ABC comedy series Cougar Town from cancellation, giving Bill Lawrence's comedy a new home and a fourth season to move forward with. And now comes word that the network has greenlit two new comedies to series, one of which comes, in part, from Ashton Kutcher, while the other is from Conan's own Deon Cole.
After rescuing Conan O'Brien from his messy NBC contract, TBS has stepped in to save another beloved network comedy. The network announced today that they are picking up Cougar Town the ABC sitcom that struggled along with a silly name but devoted fanbase for three seasons
Unless Bill Lawrence pulls another rabbit out of his hat and works out a network switcheroo, just like he did with Scrubs in 2008. Cougar Town might be in the throes of just doing that. It seems TBS has had interest in the series for a while and has spent time working out a deal with ABC Studios to take the show off the network’s hands.