May 07, 2014 11:40am PT by Lesley Goldberg
TBS Orders 'Buzzy's,' 'Your Family or Mine,' Rashida Jones Comedies to Series
TBS is bolstering its comedy lineup.
TBS on Wednesday, ahead of its upfront presentation to advertisers next week in New York, picked up three comedies to series including its Rashida Jones-starring and Steve Carell-produced cop comedy Angie Tribeca. Also greenlit to series are Buzzy’s and Your Family or Mine.
Carell and his wife, Nancy, will write and executive produce Angie Tribeca, a single-camera satirical look at a police procedural anchored by Angie Tribeca (Jones), a 10-year veteran of the LAPD's elite RHCU -- Really Heinous Crimes Unit. The single-camera comedy explores an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime, reveal way too much personal information and refuse to rest until justice has been served … sort of. These dedicated men and women are more than counter-intuitive; they are non-intuitive.
Steve Carell directed the pilot, which hails from their Carousel Television banner. TBS has ordered 10 episodes of the single-camera comedy slated to bow in 2015. Campbell Smith and Thom Hinkle also exec produce the comedy, which co-stars Jere Burns, Deon Cole and Andree Vermeulen. Alfred Molina, Lisa Kudrow and Gary Cole guest-starred in the pilot.
Buzzy's, meanwhile, is a comedy set at a barbershop that hails from WIll & Grace duo David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. The Warner Horizon entry centers on a group of kids from high school who ran in different circles but now all work together at a Charlestown, Mass., barbershop called Buzzy's. The comedy marks writing duo Kohan and Mutchnick's latest small-screen project and comes a year after CBS canceled their semi-autobiographical comedy Partners. Ashley Tisdale and George Wendt star in the comedy alongside Lauren Lapkus. TBS has greenlit 10 episodes of the comedy for 2015.
Finally, Your Family or Mine stars Kyle Howard and Kat Foster in the comedy from Ground Floor co-creator Greg Malins, giving the producer two series on TBS. The comedy is based on the Israeli format and centers on young married couple Oliver (Howard) and Kelli (Foster), who are living proof of the adage "When you marry someone, you don't just marry them, you marry their whole family." The series will alternate episodes, focusing on Oliver and Kelli's respective families. Malins penned the Sony Pictures Television script and exec produces alongside FanFare's Jamie Tarses. Gale Mancuso directed the pilot. Richard Dreyfuss and JoBeth Williams co-star in the comedy, which is based on the Israeli half-hour from Keshet International. Avi Nir exec produces alongside Ran Telem, Yaniv Polishuk, Rubi Duanis and Tamira Yardeni. TBS has greenlit 10 episodes of the comedy for 2015.
The three series join a roster of original comedies at TBS -- home to syndicated repeats of The Big Bang Theory -- that include Men at Work, Cougar Town, Sullivan & Son and Ground Floor. On the pilot side, the cabler has passed on Bill Engvall's Do It Yourself and Josh Heald's Conan O'Brien-produced comedy Untapped, which starred Abby Elliott.
For her part, Jones exited NBC's Parks and Recreation midway through its recently concluded sixth season. She's had an active development season, with a pilot -- NBC comedy A to Z -- currently in the mix.