TBS and sister network TNT have been undergoing brand transformations and programming evolutions that began last year with the launch of eight high-quality, distinctive marquee originals with a 100% renewal rate, as well as such new properties as ELEAGUE and Super Deluxe. In 2017 and beyond, the two powerhouse cable brands will build on that extraordinary success with new seasons of their returning hits and the launches of several highly anticipated new series.
TBS has fast become a leading comedy brand after an aggressive start to its transformation early last year, with its six new hit comedies drawing a combined 17 million new viewers to the network. So far in 2017, TBS ranks as one of cable's Top 3 networks in primetime with adults 18-34 and 18-49 and is already well positioned to repeat its chart-topping victory from last year. TBS has also established itself as one cable's Top 10 networks in social media engagement, drawing more than 32 million fans and 313 million engagements from a total of 1.5 billion post impressions.
Leading off the year, the first three of TBS's returning hits have been on enviable upward-growth trajectories:
- Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, television's #1 late-night show among adults 18-34 for the year-to-date, has grown +72% among adults 18-34 and +97% among adults 18-49 compared to the same time last year.
- Season 2 of The Detour, starring Jason Jones and Natalie Zea, currently ranks as cable's most-watched scripted comedy for the year-to-date.
- Top 5-ranked Angie Tribeca, starring Rashida Jones, recently launched its third season with the show's best deliveries ever in key demos, including +10% more adults 18-49 and +43% more adults 18-34 than the season two premiere.
Looking ahead to the rest of 2017, TBS plans to roll out new seasons of its hit scripted comedies:
- People of Earth, featuring a stellar ensemble cast in a hit comedy about "alien experiencers" (Season 2: Summer 2017)
- Wrecked, the ensemble comedy about marooned plane crash survivors that ranked as TBS's top comedy last year (Season 2: Summer 2017)
- Search Party, the "100% certified fresh" (Rotten Tomatoes) mystery-comedy about New York 20-somethings, starring Alia Shawkat, John Reynolds, John Early, Meredith Hagner and Brandon Micheal Hall (Season 2: Winter 2017-18)
TBS will also introduce comedy fans to several new series :
- The Guest Book, writer/executive producer Greg Garcia's B&B comedy anthology featuring Kellie Martin (Series Premiere: August 2017)
- Drop the Mic, the comic battle rap competition series based on the popular segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden and hosted by Method Man and Hailey Baldwin (Series Premiere: Fall 2017)
- Untitled Tracy Morgan Project, a new scripted comedy from superstar and multiple Emmy® nominee Tracy Morgan and executive producers Jordan Peele and John Carcieri (Series Premiere: Winter 2017)
In addition, TBS's long-running hit American Dad!, from Seth MacFarlane, will return this summer for the second half of its 13th season. And TBS's late-night series CONAN will head out on the road for more CONAN Without Borders adventures.
In 2018, TBS will dive into the animation arena with several new series, including The Cops (working title), created by and starring Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks; Tarantula, from Carson Mell; and Final Space, created by independent filmmaker, actor, comedian and entrepreneur Olan Rogers.
NEWS: Snoop Dogg to host TBS's reimagined iconic game show The Joker's Wild
Turner's TBS is teaming up with entertainment icon and actor Snoop Dogg to refresh and update the classic game show The Joker's Wild. Snoop Dogg, who counted The Joker's Wild as his favorite game show growing up, will host TBS's new version. The half-hour game show with a comedic edge is being produced by Sony Pictures Television, in association with Turner's Studio T. Snoop Dogg will executive produce along with two-time Emmy winner and Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan (co-host Good Morning America). Constance Schwartz-Morini (Religion of Sports), for SMAC, Ted Chung (Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party), for Snoopadelic Films, and Vincent Rubino (The $100,000 Pyramid) will also serve as executive producers on the series, which TBS plans to launch later this year. Read more...
NEWS: The Dress Up Gang coming to TBS in all-new series
TBS has greenlit a new series from the comedy trio The Dress Up Gang, whose viral videos include the popular My Roommate, My Friend series. The Dress Up Gang's 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 will also write and direct. Dave Kneebone (Comedy Bang! Bang!, The Eric Andre Show), Tim Heidecker (Decker, Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories) and Eric Wareheim (Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories) serve as executive producers on the series, which is produced by Absolutely in association with Turner's Studio T. Read more...
NEWS: TBS greenlights anthology comedy "Miracle Workers," starring Daniel Radcliffe and Owen Wilson
TBS has greenlit Miracle Workers, an anthology comedy series starring Daniel Radcliffe (Swiss Army Man, Now You See Me 2, Harry Potter Films) and Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris, Masterminds). The series is executive-produced by Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live) and created by Simon Rich (Man Seeking Woman), who will also serve as showrunner on the series. Joining Michaels as executive producers are Rich, Wilson, Radcliffe and Andrew Singer of Broadway Video, which will produce the series in association with Turner's Studio T. Read more...
NEWS: TBS Greenlights Close Enough, New Animated Series from J.G. Quintel
TBS has greenlit Close Enough, a new animated series from Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel. The surreal comedy about a family growing up without getting old marks the first collaboration between Cartoon Network Studios and Studio T, both divisions of Turner. It also marks Quintel's first project for the company since his Emmy®-winning work on Cartoon Network's long-running Regular Show. Read more...
NEWS: TBS and Super Deluxe to launch interactive late-night block
TBS is developing a fully interactive late-night programming block with sister company Super Deluxe. The block will feature a wide variety of content from the multiplatform studio's rapidly growing creative stable, all presented with compelling interactive components to further engage the members of the mobile-first generation. TBS plans to launch the weekly 90-minute block this fall with a comedy lineup that ranges in tone from dark humor to Generation Z ennui. Read more...
NEWS: TBS's Tracy Morgan comedy The Last O.G. casts Cedric The Entertainer, Taylor Mosby & Dante Hoagland
Turner's TBS has cast Cedric the Entertainer (Barbershop), Taylor Mosby (Criminal Minds) and Dante Hoagland (The New Edition Story) as regulars in the upcoming comedy series The Last O.G., starring multiple Emmy® nominee Tracy Morgan (30 Rock). They join previously announced regulars Allen Maldonado (Straight Outta Compton), Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief) and Tiffany Haddish (Keanu) in the scripted comedy. Produced by Turner's Studio T, the series was created by Jordan Peele (Get Out, Key & Peele) and John Carcieri (Vice Principals), who also serve as executive producers with Morgan, Eric Tannebaum (Two and a Half Men), Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men) and Joel Zadak of Principato Young (Key & Peele). Read more...
NEWS: TBS closes extensive four-year deal with Conan O'Brien's Team Coco
TBS has closed a new four-year all-inclusive deal with Conan O'Brien's Team Coco that will capitalize on his linear and multiplatform success and extend the CONAN brand into additional content experiences across all screens, including digital and branded content, podcasting, mobile gaming, pay TV and live tours. TBS will also expand its relationship with Conaco LLC, which produces CONAN, along with TBS's hit comedy People of Earth and the upcoming animated series Final Space; Team Coco, the fan-centric entity that serves as the show's digital and social media hub; and the Team Coco Digital Studio, which produces branded content for Turner's advertising partners. The agreement includes a four-year renewal of TBS's popular nightly late-night show CONAN, continuing O'Brien's reign as late-night television's longest-serving host through the year 2022. Read more...
NEWS: TBS & TNT reimagine the viewing experience with major digital & mobile upgrades and platform expansion
Four years after becoming the first national entertainment networks to stream on-air content live, Turner's TBS & TNT are once again leading the industry in reimagining the television viewing experience. Through an extensive multiplatform initiative, the two networks have begun issuing major updates to their streaming apps for iOS, Apple TV, Android and Amazon Fire, as well as to the tbs.com and tntdrama.com websites In addition, TBS & TNT are expanding their digital footprint to new platforms with app launches available today on Roku® devices and Google Chromecast, as well as on VIZIO SmartCast devices. The networks will also launch their immersive app experiences on other game consoles and connected televisions later this year. Read more...
NEWS: Method Man and Hailey Baldwin to host TBS's Drop the Mic, launching this fall
Music icon Method Man and supermodel Hailey Baldwin are ready to pick up the mic as the hosts of TBS's Drop the Mic, the new comedic music series from executive producers James Corden, Ben Winston and Jensen Karp. The pair have been tapped to emcee the celebrity battle rap competition based on the enormously popular segment from the Emmy®-winning series The Late Late Show with James Corden. Drop the Mic, which is also co-executive-produced by Ed Thomas, will launch on Turner's TBS this fall. Read more...
President of TBS & TNT, and Chief Creative Officer for Turner Entertainment
One of television's most influential leaders, Kevin Reilly leads the highly rated TNT and TBS networks and drives opportunities across Turner's industry-leading entertainment properties, including TBS, TNT, truTV, Adult Swim, ELEAGUE and Super Deluxe.
The only executive to have run two broadcast and three cable networks, Reilly is widely known as an industry disruptor for the new media era. He was among the first broadcast executives to make meaningful investments in digital and social media content and to push for multi-platform ratings measurement, and he led efforts to revitalize TV development by calling for an end to the traditional pilot season. In recognition of his ongoing career accomplishments, Reilly was recently inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
Since joining Turner in November 2014, Reilly has aggressively led major brand evolutions for TBS and TNT. Under his supervision, TBS has focused on creating distinctive, unapologetic original comedies and late-night shows, scoring an unprecedented six consecutive hits in 2016 with Angie Tribeca, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Detour, Wrecked, People of Earth and Search Party. TNT, meanwhile, has begun shifting its focus to premium, buzz-worthy dramas, beginning last summer with the acclaimed hit Animal Kingdom and continuing in the winter with Good Behavior. Reilly has also pioneered efforts to improve the customer viewing experience by significantly reducing commercial inventories in original programming. In addition, he has challenged the traditional television schedule with binge-style launches for shows like Angie Tribeca and People of Earth.
Reilly also advances next-generation strategies designed to grow the Turner's core business, including such new ventures as Super Deluxe, a start-up production studio, online video network and tech incubator, and ELEAGUE, the first major foray into professional eSports by a traditional media company. In addition, he has supported strategic investments in leading digital companies like Mashable, where he also serves as a board member, as well as Refinery29, Mass Appeal and Wattpad, with whom Turner has forged content partnerships.
Throughout his career, Reilly has been known for championing some of the most acclaimed and culturally influential programs in television history, including Empire, The Office, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, The Sopranos, The Shield, Nip/Tuck, ER, Law & Order and the pop-culture sensation Glee.
From 2007 to 2014, Reilly served as chairman of entertainment for FOX Broadcasting, where his achievements included an unprecedented seven-year run for FOX as television's #1 network. He also oversaw the development of the smash hit Empire and launched such acclaimed series as Glee, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and New Girl.
As president of entertainment at NBC from 2004 to 2007, Reilly launched the hits The Office, The Biggest Loser, Heroes, Friday Night Lights and the multi-award-winning Tina Fey sitcom 30 Rock.
From 2000 to 2003, Reilly served as president of entertainment for FX, where his rebrand and program strategy transformed the low-rated network into a profitable, creative powerhouse, ushering in a new era in which cable would come to set the bar for quality and cultural relevance on television. Under Reilly's leadership, the FX smash The Shield achieved two historic "firsts" for basic cable: a Golden Globe® for Best Television Series – Drama and an Emmy® for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for the show's star, Michael Chiklis (both in 2002).
Before FX, Reilly was president of television at Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, where he shepherded the pilot for the landmark series The Sopranos. Earlier in his career, Reilly held a variety of positions at NBC, where he had a hand in the development of major cultural phenomena as varied as ER, Law & Order and Saved by the Bell.
An avid conservationist, Reilly serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Nature Conservancy of California. He is also a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the World Presidents' Organization and serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute and the Television Academy. Most recently he joined the panel of advisors for the prestigious Peabody Awards. Reilly graduated from Cornell University and is a member of the Cornell University Council.
Executive Vice President of Original Programming for TBS
Brett Weitz is executive vice president of original programming for TBS and has been responsible for spearheading the new direction of the network into younger and more relevant comedy. In 2016, he ushered in six consecutive hits with Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Angie Tribeca, The Detour, Wrecked, People of Earth and Search Party, all of which ranked scored well-deserved renewals.
During his previous position as senior vice president of scripted development for TNT & TBS, Weitz developed the dramas The Last Ship, from executive producer Michael Bay, and Legends, from executive producer Howard Gordon, as well as the comedies Ground Floor from Bill Lawrence & Jeff Astrof and Clipped from David Kohan & Max Mutchnick.
Weitz most recently served as senior vice president of development for TBS and TNT. He joined Turner Broadcasting in 2009 to work on original series development for TNT. He developed several hit dramas for the network, including Rizzoli & Isles and Falling Skies. His other credits include the multi-season dramas Dallas, Perception and Franklin & Bash. In addition, Weitz spearheaded the creation of the TNT's diversity program for series staffing.
Before coming to TNT, Weitz served as vice president of creative affairs for the fox21 Studios division of 20th Century Fox Television. In its first three years of operation, fox21 developed such series as TNT's Saved, the reality hit Beauty and the Geek and the comedy FreeRide. He also took on the challenge of finding alternative forms of development, searching for undiscovered talent and working with young and seasoned feature writers for cross-over opportunities for cable and broadcast television.
Weitz's other positions include serving as director of drama development for 20th Century Fox Television and, before that, as director of drama development for Columbia TriStar Television. And in 1999, he was part of the initial team that started up Michael Ovitz's Artists Television Group, where he served as director of creative affairs and later as television literary manager.
In 2006 Brett was recognized by the entertainment industry and The Hollywood Reporter as one of "35 Executives Under 35 To Watch." That was followed by Multichannel News naming him as one of the "Top 40 Executives Under 40."
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Weitz has passions include wine, fishing and most importantly celebrating life with his beautiful family, including his wife, Farrah, and their daughters, Sydney and Emerson.