TNT’s comedy line-up is about to get a major shot in the arm.
Getting a straight-to-series orders is The Guest Book, a scripted comedy created by Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia and produced by CBS Television Studios.
Also receiving a straight-to-series order is Tarantula, from creator Carson Mell and Rough House Pictures, the network’s first original primetime animated series under the new TBS brand.
Both series are slated to launch in 2017.
TBS has also ordered a pilot for World’s End, a scripted comedy from Electus, writer/executive producer Jonathan Ames and executive producer Ben Silverman.
“Our new projects, from some of the best creators and producers in the industry, will fit perfectly with the new direction we’ve been taking the TBS brand,” said Brett Weitz, executive vice president of programming for TBS. “Each show brings something fresh and unique to the comedy genre, from the unforgettable characters that Greg has created in The Guest Book to the wild, animated absurdities of Carson’s Tarantula. We also can’t wait to see how the envelope-pushing audacity of our World’s End pilot plays out on screen.”
For several years, Greg Garcia has been writing fictitious stories in the guest books of various rental cabins in an effort to freak out the next renters. He has always dreamed of having these stories come to life on screen, and now they will in the new TBS original comedy series The Guest Book.
Marking its first original primetime animated series under the network’s new brand, TBS has greenlit Tarantula, a half-hour comedy about the residents of the Tierra Chula Resident Hotel (aka “The Tarantula”). The series centers on Echo Johnson, a respected but uncertified tattoo artist who delivers absurd yet introspective monologues.
World’s End is a half-hour comedy pilot written by Jonathan Ames and stars Hamish Linklater and Wanda Sykes.
World’s End follows Henry Mueller (Linklater), a charismatic high school English teacher who has a breakdown and is committed to a mental institution. There, under the watchful eye of Louise Baldwin (Sykes), he begins to feel “sane.”