Sunday, July 31, 2016

TBS Picks Up 'The Guest Book' & 'Tarantula'; Orders 'World's End' to Pilot; Sets 'People of Earth' & 'Search Party' Premiere Dates

During its presentation at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, TBS has given straight-to-series orders to original comedy series The Guest Book from Greg Garcia and animated Tarantula from Danny McBride, ordered a pilot for World's End, and set premiere dates for People of Earth and Search Party.

New comedy People of Earth starring Wyatt Cenac will begin its first season on Monday, October 31 at 9/8c. Meanwhile, fellow new comedy Search Party starring Alia Shawkat will have an experimental launch strategy. It will debut its entire first season with two episodes a night at 11/10c. from November 21-25.

The Guest Book is a comedic anthology series that centers on a small-town vacation home and its visitors. While the house and cast of characters living in this small mountain town remain the same, each episode will feature a different set of guests renting the house.

Greg Garcia will write all ten episodes of the first season. Turner Original Productions and CBS Television Studios will produce. The season will debut in 2017.

Tarantula is an animated comedy about the residents of the Tierra Chula Resident Hotel (aka "The Tarantula"). The comedy centers on Echo Johnson, a respected but uncertified tattoo artist who delivers absurd yet introspective monologues. Echo's poetic ramblings spin tales of misadventures with the other residents, as they partake in party crashing, dumpster diving and other socially dubious acts of mischief.

Carson Mell created the comedy. He executive produces with Danny McBride, Jody Hill, David Gordon Green and Brandon James. Turner Original Productions and Rough House Pictures produce. The comedy will debut in 2017.

World's End centers on Henry Mueller, a charismatic high school English teacher who has a breakdown and is committed to a mental institution. There, under the watchful eye of Louise Baldwin, he begins to feel "sane." Henry starts to question the system and the methods used to contain the inmates, ultimately becoming the leader of an inmate revolt. It's a dark comedy about an asylum that operates like a family, and as in all families, the question of who is sane and who is not is open for discussion.

The pilot will stage a New Adventures of Old Christine reunion with Hamish Linklater and Wanda Sykes set to play the lead roles of Henry Mueller and Louise Baldwin, respectively.

Jonathan Ames created the comedy. He will executive produce with Ben Silverman, Stephanie Davis and Sean Canino. Alan Poul will direct the pilot. Turner Original Productions and Electus will produce.