'My Boys' picked up for a third season

TBS programmer cites comedy's growing audience

TBS has picked up its comedy series "My Boys" for a third season.

The network has ordered nine new episodes of "Boys," starring Jordana Spiro as a sportswriter looking for love. Kyle Howard, Reid Scott, Michael Bunin, Jamie Kaler, Jim Gaffigan and Kellee Stewart co-star in the series, which will return in the first quarter.

Betsy Thomas, the creator of "Boys," exec produces with Jamie Tarses and Gavin Polone. The comedy, from Pariah, Two Out Rally Prods. and Sony Pictures TV, debuted in 2006. In announcing the pickup, TBS cited, among other things, the show's growth from Season 1 to Season 2 by 1.5 million total viewers, a 14% increase.

"This past summer, 'My Boys' continued to catch on with audiences and critics," said Michael Wright, TBS' top programmer. "It's that truly rare television combination of a talented cast with great chemistry, extremely smart and funny writing and outstanding production."

Added Sony TV exec vp programming Jeannie Bradley: "Thanks to tremendous support from TBS, audiences have discovered and embraced 'My Boys,' and we can't wait to show fans what Betsy and Jamie have in store for the third season."