TBS’ ‘Ground Floor’ Logs Lackluster 1.6 Million Viewers In Debut

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 12:13pm PST

TBS‘ new original comedy series Ground Floor premiered Thursday night with 1.6 million viewers, including 918,000 adults 18-49. This is an unspectacular ratings start for the workplace romantic comedy, given its auspices. Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence wrote the sitcom with former Friends and How I Met Your Mother executive producer Greg Malins, and comedy veteran Jeff Astrof (Grounded For Life) was tapped as exec producer/showrunner after its 10-episode pickup; Jeff Ingold is among its exec producers. The series stars Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Briga Heelan (Cougar Town) and John C. McGinley (Scrubs).

For comparison sake, January’s premiere of Cougar Town on TBS was considered decent, if unspectacular, at 2.2 million viewers, with more than 1.3 million adults 18-49 and 613,000 adults 18-34 in Live+Same Day. That was on par or slightly lower than TBS’ recent comedy premieres for Men At Work (2.65 million total viewers, 1.63 million adults 18-49, 851,000 adults 18-34) and Sullivan & Son (2.5 million total viewers, 1.3 million 18-49s, 612,000 18-34s). Read More »

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FCC Slaps TBS with $25,000 Fine Over ‘Conan’ Promo Using Emergency Alert System Noises

By | Wednesday November 6, 2013 @ 1:26pm PST

An old Conan promo that simulated the nails-on-chalkboard sounds of the Emergency Alert System looks have cost TBS $25,000. The Federal Communications Commission this week alerted TBS it is slapping the cable network with a fine in that amount over a 2012 Conan promo it telecast that used the well-known sounds intended to warn viewers of national emergencies.

The FCC — the government agency charged with fining those who misuse the distinctive EAS sounds — has given Turner notice of the fine for “the transmission of false distress signals,” unless it can dissuade the commission  within 30 days.

The FCC this past February launched an investigation into a viewer complaint about a 2012 promo for TBS’s Conan O’Brien late-night show. Turner admitted, the FCC said, that it produced and distributed a promotion, for use prior to April 26, 2012, that included a “sound effect” in part derived from an online source, which the network insisted was not part of the actual EAS code, but did include a prerecorded “sound burst” followed by a “bars and tone” sound. Turner “admits that the promotion was not made in connection with an actual national, state or local emergency or authorized test of the EAS,” the FCC said. Turner also argued the promo was produced within such a “tight timeframe” that the production team never submitted it for S&P review. Since May of ’12, all promos for Conan’s show have undergone S&P scrutiny, TBS pledged, according to the FCC.

Turner declined comment on Wednesday. Read More »

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TBS Orders Police Procedural Spoof Pilot From Steve Carell

By | Wednesday November 6, 2013 @ 11:04am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Thom Hinkle is relying on his own development for his first pickup as head of scripted development at TBS. The network has greenlighted half-hour pilot Tribeca, written and executive produced by Steve Carell and … Read More »

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TBS’ ‘Pete Holmes Show’ Off To Soft Start, Topped By Comedy Central’s ‘@midnight’

By | Wednesday October 30, 2013 @ 11:19am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TBS’ new late-night entry, The Pete Holmes Show, opened to 407,000 viewers at midnight on Monday, 245,000 of them in the adults 18-49 demographic. That was below the debut of the other new late-night cable show, … Read More »

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Thom Hinkle To Oversee Scripted For TBS

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 1:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Thom Hinkle, who ran Steve Carell’s Carousel Television, has joined TBS as VP Comedy. Based in Los Angeles, he will oversee scripted development for the comedy-focused network, reporting to Brett Weitz, SVP Scripted Development for TBS and TNT. TBS had been without a dedicated scripted executive since VP Comedy Development Kathy Busby moved to TNT & TBS Original Prods last year. “We found ourselves doing a lot of business with Thom while he was at Carousel, and we loved his taste and the style with which he handles talent,” said Weitz. “It became very clear to us that we would be lucky to have him on our team, leading TBS’ scripted comedy department as we prepare to launch our new comedy Ground Floor and build on the success of our sitcom hits Cougar Town, Sullivan & Son and Men At Work.” Read More »

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TBS Orders Comedy Pilot From Conaco

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TBS has given the green light to an untitled multi-camera comedy pilot (aka Living The Dream and Most Likely) written by Josh Heald. The post-recession comedy revolves around charismatic twenty-something Connor Logan and his best friends, … Read More »

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TBS’ ‘Sullivan & Son’, ‘Men At Work’ & ‘Deal With It’ Renewed

By | Tuesday August 20, 2013 @ 2:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TBS has ordered third seasons of its original sitcoms Sullivan & Son and Men at Work. The network also has picked up a second season of the Howie Mandel-produced summer hidden-camera series Deal With It. Read More »

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‘American Dad!’ Moving To TBS In 2014

By | Tuesday July 16, 2013 @ 10:00am PDT

BREAKING … TBS continues to boost its slate to provide better primetime lead-ins to its flagship talk show Conan. The network announced today that has picked up Fox’s animated comedy American Dad! and will air it beginning in 2014 — the Turner net has ordered 15 episodes of the 20th Century Fox TV-produced series’ 11th season. The Seth MacFarlane comedy premiered on Fox in 2005 and has been a long-standing member of that network’s Sunday animation block. American Dad! will kick off its 10th (and now last) season on Fox on September 29. Under the new deal, fellow Turner network Adult Swim will present encores of each episode after initial airings on TBS. TBS and Adult Swim already air reruns of American Dad! and MacFarlane’s Family Guy throughout the networks’ lineups.

American Dad! is a great fit for TBS, a favorite of comedy fans who like smart, irreverent humor with ample doses of biting wit and skewering satire,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movie, in announcing the deal. “We look forward to welcoming Seth MacFarlane and the rest of his team as they bring this iconic show to TBS.” Read More »

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Jeff Astrof To Showrun TBS’ ‘Ground Floor’, Signs Warner Bros. TV Development Deal

By | Wednesday June 5, 2013 @ 3:07pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy veteran Jeff Astrof (Grounded For Life) has been tapped as executive producer/showrunner of TBS’ new comedy series Ground Floor, from Bill Lawrence’s Doozer and Warner Horizon. Additionally, Astrof has signed a two-script development deal … Read More »

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Keith Olbermann To Host TBS’ Major League Baseball Postseason Show

By | Wednesday June 5, 2013 @ 7:11am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In his first TV gig since leaving Current TV, Keith Olbermann has been tapped by Turner Sports as host of TBSMajor League Baseball postseason studio show, joining analyst and Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley. Additionally, Ron Darling, who joined TBS as an MLB analyst in 2008, has inked a long-term extension. And Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. will transition from the studio to the broadcast booth full time this postseason. Ripken, who primarily has served as a TBS studio analyst for the last six years, will join Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and Darling as a three-man commentator team throughout the 2013 MLB Postseason, including the network’s coverage of the Division Series and exclusive telecast of the National League Championship Series.  Read More »

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Diablo Cody Gets Sidekick For Her TBS Talk Show Pilot

By | Tuesday June 4, 2013 @ 7:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Steve Agee is set as the sidekick host alongside Diablo Cody on her TBS pilot Me Time With Diablo Cody. Agee also will serve as a writer on the project, a take on Read More »

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TBS Urges Advertisers To Favor Engagement Measures Over Demo Ratings

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 7:53am PDT

“The demo didn’t evolve, it’s just endured” since the 1960s when ABC promoted the measurement to sell ads on American Bandstand, Turner Entertainment Networks President Steve Koonin Read More »

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TBS & TNT To Offer Live Streaming 24/7

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 7:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Related: TNT & TBS Announce Scripted & Unscripted Development Slates

TBS and TNT are about to become the first national entertainment networks in the industry to stream on-air content live across multiple platforms 24/7, including through the networks’ websites and a pair of newly created Watch TNT and Watch TBS apps. The announcement was made during TNT and TBS’s annual Upfront presentation today in New York. Live streaming is the latest phase in the rollout of TV Everywhere, the industry-wide initiative that gives subscribers to cable, satellite and telco video services access to more of their favorite shows across a wide range of digital platforms.

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TNT & TBS Announce Scripted & Unscripted Development Slates

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 7:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

At its upfront today, TNT and TBS unveiled scripted and unscripted development slates, which include projects from Steven Spielberg, Steve Carell, Diablo Cody, Denis Leary, Sylvester Stallone, Dick Wolf, Nicholas Sparks, Marcia Clark, Dee Johnson, Walt Becker, Jamie Foxx and James Duff. Here is the list with details:
Related: TBS & TNT To Offer Live Streaming 24/7

TNT

SCRIPTED SERIES DEVELOPMENT

Portal House
This project is the story of a group of young scientists who, while investigating what they believe to be a haunted house, stumble upon a portal into the time-space continuum. Things then take a turn for the worse when one of their own vanishes into the portal.
– Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Scott Rosenberg (writer), Jeff Pinkner (writer), Josh Appelbaum (writer) and Andre Nemec (writer)
– Production Company/Studio: Amblin Television

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Bill Lawrence- Greg Malins Comedy ‘Ground Floor’ Gets Series Order At TBS

By | Friday May 10, 2013 @ 11:43am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The week keeps getting better for Bill Lawrence. After getting a series pickup at Fox for Surviving Jack on Wednesday and at NBC for Undateable earlier this morning, he also just received a series order for comedy pilot Ground Floor at TBS, which recently renewed his Cougar Town. Ground Floor, which the Scrubs and Cougar Town creator wrote with former Friends and How I Met Your Mother executive producer Greg Malins, is a workplace comedy with a romantic twist that stars Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Briga Heelan (Cougar Town) and John C. McGinley (Scrubs). Ground Floor, which has received a 10-episode order for a 2014 launch, is being produced by Lawrence’s Doozer in association with Warner Horizon TV, with Lawrence and Jeff Ingold serving as executive producers. This marks a second series pickup for Heelan today, who also has a supporting role on Undateable. She is in first position on Ground Floor but, given the fact both series hail from the same studio and producer, it is conceivable that she might do both. TBS’ other comedy pilot, Do It Yourself, remains in contention.

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TBS Greenlights CeeLo Green Unscripted Series

By | Friday May 10, 2013 @ 9:50am PDT

The CeeLo Life will follow the singer and former The Voice coach as he tackles his packed schedule of producing, recording and performing, and also looks at the creative partnership with his longtime best friends — Big Gipp, Khujo … Read More »

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Will Post Up On Cable In 2016

By | Tuesday May 7, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT

The NCAA men’s basketball title game traditionally has been held on a viewer-unfriendly Monday night — and in a couple of years fans will need pay TV to watch it at home. CBS and TBS said … Read More »

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Blake McCormick Named ‘Cougar Town’ Showrunner, Inks Warner Bros TV Deal

By | Thursday May 2, 2013 @ 3:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Cougar Town writer-producer Blake McCormick has been elevated to showrunner of the ensemble comedy as it heads into its fifth season and second on TBS. McCormick replaces Ric Swartzlander, who ran Cougar Town last season. Additionally, McCormick has signed a blind script deal with Warner Bros TV through studio-based Doozer, the company of Cougar Town co-creator/executive producer Bill Lawrence. Lawrence exited Cougar Town after Season 3 to segue into his overall deal at Warner Bros TV but ended up being pretty hands-on during Season 4 since he didn’t have a series on the air. That likely won’t be the case next season as he has three pilots in contention for series pickup: Undateable at NBC, I Suck At Girls at Fox and Ground Floor at TBS. Read More »

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Theo Von To Host TBS Hidden Camera Show ‘Deal With It’, Bravo Sets Airdate For ‘Princesses: Long Island’

By | Wednesday April 17, 2013 @ 10:16am PDT

TBS has tapped comedian Theo Von to host Deal With It, the hidden-camera show from executive producer Howie Mandel that is set to premiere July 16. In the series, based on a format created by Keshet Broadcasting and United Studios, unsuspecting members of the public will be secretly dared to pull a prank on their unwitting companions with no time to prepare, and must obey all instructions given through an earpiece from a secret control room nearby to win cash and prizes. Von appeared on Road Rules and Last Comic Standing and hosts Yahoo’s daily recap show Primetime In No Time. He also created CrankTexts.com, a website where he texts random cell numbers and gets into conversations with total strangers — a seeming fit with the premise of Deal With It. He is repped by APA, Levity Entertainment and Lev Ginsburg. Read More »

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