Conan O'Brien - on-stage at this moment at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom to talk about his new TBS gig while explaining that "basic cable is what made America great" - will launch Nov. 8.
Meanwhile, here's a look at the new shows from TNT and TBS, in development...
• UNTITLED DON CHEADLE MEDICAL SHOW – Executive producers Don Cheadle (Crash, Iron Man 2), Kay Liberman (Traitor) and Lenore Zerman (Darfur Now) of Crescendo
Productions; executive producer Brett King; executive producer/writer Ed Horowitz
(Exit Wounds); and producer/writer Norm Solomon focus on 1971 Los Angeles, where a
group of idealistic doctors open an urgent-care clinic in hopes of upholding the
values that inspired them to become doctors in the first place. The project comes to
TNT from Lionsgate Television and Cheadle’s Crescendo Productions.
• GRAYSMITH – Based on the life of cartoonist, writer and part-time private
detective Robert Graysmith (author of Zodiac and many other books), this series will
follow the renaissance man himself as he uses an unconventional approach and unusual
skills to solve crimes. GRAYSMITH comes to TNT from Scott Free Productions and
executive producers Ridley Scott (Robin Hood, The Good Wife) and Tony Scott (The
Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, The Good Wife) and executive producer/writer Dan Gordon (The
• GREEN DETECTIVE – Steven Bochco (NYPD Blue) and Jonathan Abrahams follow a quirky
environmentalist who seeks the truth as an insurance adjuster for a big insurance
• BRAIN TRUST – Dean Devlin (TNT’s Leverage) and Marco Schnabel (TNT’s The
Librarian movie trilogy) delve into the world of an old-fashioned (and recently
demoted) detective as he teams with four brilliant but socially awkward, sheltered
academics to help him solve crimes. BRAIN TRUST comes to TNT from Electric
• MISS PHILLY – Executive producer/writer Jamie Foxx (The Soloist, Ray), executive
producer/writer Barbara Hall (Joan of Arcadia, Judging Amy) and executive producers
Marcus King (The Jamie Foxx Show) and Jaime Rucker King (Ray) explore the pristine
suburbs and urban war zones of Philadelphia, where the mayor has hired the first
African-American police commissioner. She finds herself handling more than she ever
• DEAR GOD – Executive producers Mark Gordon (Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy),
Mark Burnett (Survivor), Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) and Deborah Spera (Army
Wives, Criminal Minds), along with writer/executive producer Joel Fields (TNT’s
Rizzoli & Isles), look into the dead letters bureau at the U.S. Postal Service, where
a team of humanitarians try to help those on the verge of losing their faith by
answering their letters to God. DEAR GOD comes to TNT from ABC Studios.
TBS programming details
TBS will expand its programming lineup sharply in 2010 and 2011. Conan O’Brien’s new
late-night show will debut Nov. 8. He will be followed by LOPEZ TONIGHT, the hit
late-night show starring George Lopez that debuted in 2009. TBS’s lineup also
includes the original series MY BOYS, ARE WE THERE YET? and the new animated series
NEIGHBORS FROM HELL.
In addition, TBS has acquired exclusive cable rights to the CBS series THE BIG BANG
THEORY, beginning in fall 2011. TBS has also greenlit the original series GLORY DAZE
(working title), a 1980s-set comedy that centers on four buddies who navigate college
life and pledge a fraternity. The ensemble cast includes Tim Meadows and is from TBS
Productions, Warner Horizon Television and executive producers Walt Becker (Van
Wilder) and Michael LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree).
TBS has these one-hour scripted series in development:
• THE WEDDING BAND – The writing team of Josh Lobis and Darin Moiselle (South Park)
and executive producer Mike Tollin (Wild Hogs, Smallville) introduce a fresh comedy
that centers on four friends. Some are married and some are single, all with day jobs
and responsibilities, but they share one thing in common: They are in a wedding band.
THE WEDDING BAND comes to TBS from FremantleMedia.
• THE RABBIT FACTORY – From executive producer/writer Alan Loeb (Wall Street: Money
Never Sleeps, New Amsterdam), executive producer Steven Pearl (The Beast) and
Lionsgate Television, this series follows the detective team of Mike Lomax and Terry
Biggs, two characters from the book series by Marshall Karp. Recently widowed Lomax
and recently married Biggs work to protect and serve, navigating the daily challenges
of their jobs while tackling their personal lives.
• THE CATCH – Executive producer/writer Vic Levin (Mad About You) and executive
producer Chris Albrecht focus on a widower who re-enters the world of dating, only to
learn that he is quite the catch.
TBS has these animated series in development:
• GOOD AND EVEL – Olive Productions (Stanley Tucci, Steve Buscemi and Wren Arthur),
Gotham Group (Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman), Lionsgate Television and
executive producer/writer Glenn Eichler (The Colbert Report, Beavis & Butt-Head)
introduce the ultimate dysfunctional family. Voiced by acclaimed actors Tucci (Julie
& Julia, The Lovely Bones) and Buscemi (Fargo, Boardwalk Empire), the show centers on
Jack Good, a moral, upstanding family man, and his nefarious twin brother, Bo Evel, a
rebel and drunk who’s been in and out of prison.
• THE BLACK FAMILY – Executive producer/writer Ali LeRoi (Everybody Hates Chris,
TBS’s Are We There Yet?); executive producer/artist Todd Goldman; executive producers
Keenan Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans (Scary Movie, White Chicks, Little Man); and executive producer Rick Alvarez (Dance Flick) introduce a blended
interracial family, the Blacks.