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TBS is bulking up its scripted offerings.
The Turner-owned network has greenlit Miracle Workers, a seven-episode anthology comedy series starring Daniel Radcliffe and Owen Wilson, as well as animated comedy Close Enough and sketch comedy series The Dress Up Gang.
Miracle Workers is executive produced by Saturday Night Live‘s Lorne Michaels and created by Man Seeking Woman‘s Simon Rich, who also will serve as showrunner on the series. In addition to Michaels, executive producers include Rich, Wilson, Radcliffe and Andrew Singer of Broadway Video, which will produce the series in association with Turner’s Studio T. The series is scheduled to premiere in 2018.
The series is described as a Heaven-set workplace comedy based on Rich’s book What in God’s Name. Radcliffe will play Craig, a low-level angel responsible for handling all of humanity’s prayers, and Wilson will play Craig’s boss, God, who has pretty much checked out to focus on his favorite hobbies. To prevent Earth’s destruction, Craig must achieve his most impossible miracle to date.
“Having Daniel Radcliffe and Owen Wilson join the TBS family is proof of the continued evolution of this comedy brand as the home of the most creative minds in the business,” said Brett Weitz, executive vp of original programming for TBS. “Owen Wilson has long been a comic genius, and Daniel’s performance in last year’s Swiss Army Man really proved that there’s a sophisticated comedian under the surface of those brilliant dramatic chops. Simon and Lorne are total pros in walking the tightrope between reality and ridiculousness, and they do it with a lot of heart and wit.”
The trio of shows is the latest series to join TBS’s growing slate of comedies. In 2016, the network launched six of them — Wrecked, The Detour, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, People of Earth, Angie Tribeca and Search Party — five of which were cable’s ranked in the top 15 new comedies of 2016. All six were renewed for second seasons.
This summer, TBS is scheduled to launch The Guest Book, an anthology comedy from writer and executive producer Greg Garcia. The network also will launch The Last O.G., a new scripted comedy created by executive producers Jordan Peele and John Carcieri, starring Tracy Morgan.
The network also has ordered 13 episodes of Close Enough, a new animated series from Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel. The surreal comedy about a family growing up without getting old — which is set to debut in 2018 — marks the first collaboration between Cartoon Network Studios and Studio T, both divisions of Turner.
Close Enough is a surreal take on transitioning from 20-something to 30-something. The show centers on a married couple juggling such everyday challenges as parenthood, friendship, ham theft, stripper clowns and choosing the right day care. “We couldn’t be more excited to add one of animation’s most impressive and popular voices, J.G.Quintel, to our growing slate of animated series,” added Weitz.
In addition, TBS announced it is turning digital hit The Dress Up Game into an all-new series to air on its linear channel. Creators Donny Divanian and Cory Loykasek are set to star in the series, with special appearances by fellow team-member and creator Robb Boardman, who also will write and direct. Dave Kneebone (Comedy Bang! Bang!), Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim will serve as executive producers on the series, which is produced by Absolutely in association with Turner’s Studio T.
Set in a surreal version of Los Angeles, Donny and Cory are roommates who look out for each other. Donny, a responsible adult with the temperament and outlook of a child, relies on guidance and life advice from Cory, the dad-like 30-something who has been crashing on his couch for quite some time.
“The Dress Up Gang are experts at mining comedy gold from otherwise serious situations,” said Weitz. “This new series is another example of how TBS is stretching beyond the confines of television to bring fresh talent and unique comedic voices to our lineup.”
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