TBS collars 'Engvall' for 2nd term


TBS has renewed its freshman sitcom "The Bill Engvall Show" for a second season, giving the comedy series a 10-episode order.

At the same time, the show's star, Blue Collar comedian Bill Engvall, is set to host the special "Blue Collar Comedy: The Next Generation," which will be shot at HBO and AEG Live's the Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. It will premiere Nov. 17 on TBS.

"Working with Bill and the wonderful and immensely talented people behind his show has been a great experience, and we couldn't be happier about continuing that relationship on this, TBS' first in-house production," said Michael Wright, senior vp in charge of the Content Creation Group at TBS, TNT and TCM. "We're also thrilled to be working with Bill and four fresh comic talents on 'Blue Collar Comedy: The Next Generation.' "

The special will feature comedians Reno Collier, Jamie Kaler (TBS' "My Boys"), John Caparulo and Juston McKinney. It's being produced for TBS by Parallel Entertainment, with J.P. Williams and Alan Blomquist serving as executive producers.

Meanwhile, the second-season premiere date for "Engvall" has not yet been determined. The series, which airs at 9 p.m. Tuesdays, debuted July 17 to 3.9 million total viewers and is averaging 2.7 million over seven episodes, according to Nielsen Media Research. In the key demo of adults 18-49, "Engvall" is averaging 1.5 million viewers, ranking as ad-supported cable's No. 2 sitcom behind TBS' "House of Payne" for the year-to-date.

The show stars Engvall as a family counselor whose own family is unpredictable and a little mixed up. Nancy Travis, Jennifer Lawrence, Graham Patrick Martin, Skyler Gisondo and Tim Meadows round out the cast.

"Engvall," which is produced by TBS, was created by Engvall and Michael Leeson, who executive produce with Williams and director James Widdoes.

The first-season finale aired at 9 p.m. Tuesday.