TBS comedy exec leaving network

Nina Howie exiting vp post overseeing original programming

Nina Howie is leaving TBS after 3 1/2 years.

As vp comedy, Howie oversaw the network's original programming under TBS and TNT programming chief Michael Wright.

The backbone of TBS' original-series lineup has been acquisitions, including the Tyler Perry/Debmar-Mercury comedies "House of Payne" and "Meet the Browns" and off-network hits "Family Guy" and "The Office," but the network's homegrown shows have not fared as well.

TBS' highest-profile premiere this year was "Lopez Tonight," the nightly comedy talk show hosted by George Lopez, which has done OK since its Nov. 9 premiere.

During its upfront presentation, the network announced a development slate that includes the animated comedy "Neighbors From Hell" along with "The Game of Life," from Kevin James; the Second City TV sketch comedy "Wee Hours"; and "Big Tow," from "The Drew Carey Show" executive producer Clay Graham.

The network also is reteaming with Debmar-Mercury for the Ice Cube-produced comedy "Are We There Yet?"

Before her stint at TBS, Howie was vp comedy series at Touchstone TV.