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Conan's Deon Cole Gets His Own Comedy Series, TBS Greenlights New Ashton Kutcher Prank Show

TBS seems intent on delivering laughs with its original programming. 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.

TBS announced today that they've given a nine-episode order to Who Gets the Last Laught (working title) from Punk'd co-creators Jason Goldberg and Ashton Kutcher. Similarly to Punk'd, this show has a prank element involved, as it puts two comedians up against one another in "the ultimate prank challenge." The comedians have to come up with funny and outrageous pranks, and then set them up to play out among the public. A live audience decides which prank was the funniest. With Betty White's NBC series and the recent revival of Punk'd, pranks seem to be back in fashion on television, so it's good timing for this one.

Meanwhile, TBS also announced that they've ordered six episodes of Deon Cole's Black Box, which sounds like a Soup/Tosh.0-type clip show, as Cole presents various "outrageous video clips" and offers his take. What's likely to make Black Box stand out is its star. Much in the way Joel McHale and Daniel Tosh put their own signature stamp of snark in their commentaries, it's likely that Deon Cole will work his own style of comedy into the format. If I weren't familiar with his humor, having seen him appear numerous times on Conan (he's also a writer on the TBS late night talk show), I'd cry rip-off here, but Deon Cole is funny. It's great to see him getting his own show and it'll be interesting to see how it works out for him. I'm only curious as to why TBS is only going with six episodes.

TBS is looking to get both of these shows on the air in 2013.

On that note, here's one of my favorite Conan segments featuring Deon Cole…