Wednesday, May 7, 2014

TBS Hands Out Series Orders to Comedies 'Angie Tribeca,' 'Your Family or Mine' & 'Buzzy's'

After FOX and NBC's series pickups yesterday, TBS has given series orders to three of its comedy pilots - Angie Tribeca starring Rashida Jones, family comedy Your Family or Mine and workplace ensemble Buzzy's. All series have been picked up for 10 episodes.

Angie Tribeca focuses on an eccentric but brilliant group of LAPD detectives who investigate crime, reveal way too much personal information and refuse to rest until justice has been served... sort of. Jones plays Angie Tribeca, a lone wolf who's capable, committed, strong and not thrilled when her boss tells her she has to work with a partner.

The comedy also stars Jere Burns, Deon Cole and Andree Vermeulen, with Alfred Molina, Lisa Kudrow, Gary Cole, Nancy Carell, Hayes MacArthur and Matthew Glave making guest appearances in the pilot.

Nancy and Steve Carell wrote the pilot, which was also directed by Steve Carell. They will executive through their Carousel Television production banner, along with Campbell Smith and Thom Hinkle.

"Angie Tribeca is a hilarious spoof of police procedurals in the spirit of The Naked Gun, with a terrific cast and a wickedly funny point of view," said Michael Wright, President, Head of Programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "We're proud to be working with the outstanding comedy talents behind Angie Tribeca, especially Nancy and Steve Carell and the incredibly talented Rashida Jones."

Your Family or Mine is a family comedy starring Kyle Howard, Kat Foster, Richard Dreyfuss and JoBeth Williams. Based on an Israeli format, Greg Malins created the comedy and will executive produce with Jamie Tarses, Rubi Duanias, Yaniv Polishuk, Avi Nir, Ran Telem and Tamira Yardeni. Sony Pictures Television, FanFare Production, Keshet International and Teddy Productions will produce. Gail Mancuso directed by pilot.

The comedy centers on Oliver (Howard) and Kelli (Foster), a young couple with two daughters. Oliver and Kelli are living proof of the adage, "When you marry someone, you don't just marry them, you marry their whole family." Putting a unique spin on domestic comedies, each episode of Your Family or Mine will focus on a different side of the family, one week with Kelli's family, the next with Oliver's.

Oliver's parents, Louis (Dreyfuss) and Ricky (Williams) Mansfield, never make visits comfortable for Kelli, who grudgingly endures inappropriate remarks from gruff retiree Louis and thinly veiled insults from Ricky. Time spent at the Mansfield household also includes frequent encounters with Oliver's brothers, the cocky Jason (Danny Comden) and the dreamy Blake (Andrew Lees).

"You Family or Mine breathes new life into the domestic family comedy format with its innovative 'one week with her family, the next with his' format," said Wright. "This series brings together an ideal ensemble of young talents and award-winning veterans, along with a remarkable production team led by hit-maker Greg Malins, our frequent collaborator Jamie Tarses and our new friends at Keshet International."

Buzzy's comes from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick and stars Ashley Tisdale, Mike Castle, Lauren Lapkus, Ryan Pinkston, Matt Cook and George Wendt. Warner Horizon Television and KoMut Entertainment will produce. James Widdoes directed the pilot.

Set in Charlestown, Mass., Buzzy's centers on a group of co-workers who all went to high school together but ran in very different crowds. Now they find themselves working together at Buzzy's, a barbershop that was recently bought by one-time loser Ben (Pinkston). Since taking over the establishment, Ben has become the boss to many of his old classmates, and he's not afraid to flaunt his more powerful position.

Ben's staff at Buzzy's includes Mo (Cook), his best friend and total opposite. Mo sees the best in people, which explains why he's been able to put up with Ben since childhood. Also working at Buzzy's are A.J. Salerno (Castle), the popular kid who was once a great baseball player until a shoulder injury pulled him out of the game and into the barber shop; Danni (Tisdale), who could be doing bigger things with her life if she weren't too busy trying to figure out if a fling with A.J. on prom night means they're more than just friends; and Joy (Lapkus), the eternally optimistic receptionist and the object of Mo's affections... even though she's already taken. The pilot are features a guest appearance by Diona Reasonover.

In addition to his regular staff, Ben has arranged for the barbershop's former owner, Buzzy (Wendt), to stay on board. Through his many decades as behind the barber's chair, Buzzy has become as much an institution as the place that bears his name.

"With its unique setting, terrific cast and sharp writing, Buzzy's puts a fresh spin on the workplace comedy," said Wright. "We're especially excited to be marking our first venture with executive producers Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, whose Will & Grace stands as one of the funniest sitcoms ever made."