12:17pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
TBS Reality Series to Offer Winner a Gig as CNN Weatherman
TBS is expanding its late-night offerings with a high-concept reality series.
From Funny or Die and Mark Burnett, the Turner-owned cable network has handed out an eight-episode order to hourlong reality competition series America's Next Weatherman.
The series, which will premiere Aug. 8 at 11 p.m. with host Matt Oberg (The Comedians), will feature 12 competitors vying for a job as America's next great weathercaster. The series will be judged by longtime weather personalities Johnny Mountain (KABC, KCBS) and Jillian Barberie (Good Day L.A.). Episodes will run online the following day. The winner will receive $100,000 and an appearance on TBS sibling CNN with a gig forecasting the weather for morning show New Day.
"Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman takes everything we know – or think we know – about weathercasters and then uses it to put 12 competitors through the wringer for a chance at the big time,” said David Eilenberg, senior vp unscripted development, late night and specials for TBS and TNT. "The results are really something. This series is a fresh and extremely funny addition to TBS' late-night lineup. We're especially excited that it extends our relationships with both Funny Or Die and Mark Burnett."
The series is based on a concept and format that Funny or Die and United Artists Media Group — including Seth Morris (Kroll Show) — created. Exec producers include Burnett, Dean Houser and Funny or Die's Mike Farah and Joe Farrell.
"This will be the first time I've poked a little fun – actually a lot of fun – at what I am best known for," reality mastermind Burnett (Survivor, Shark Tank, The Voice) said. "It's a real wink to our audience as we look for the next great meteorologist. The funniest part is that it turns out that these are actually terrific weathercasters."
For TBS, the comedy comes as the network has been pushing for edgier fare under new topper Kevin Reilly. The cabler will next launch a late-night talker with The Daily Show's Samantha Bee.