EXCLUSIVE: After veering into developing hourlong comedies for the past 2 years, TBS is returning to the half-hour comedy genre with Men At Work, a multi-camera sitcom created by Breckin Meyer, star of TNT’s new dramedy Franklin & Bash, which originated at TBS. The project is being produced by Sony Pictures TV and Jamie Tarses’ studio-based Fanfare, the companies behind Franklin & Bash. Men at Work is described as an ensemble multi-camera comedy that explores bromance, sexcapades and office adventures of four buddies who work at a magazine. It centers on Milo, who finds comfort in his three best friends. They help reinvent his manhood after being dumped by his girlfriend while navigating their own personal and professional lives. In addition to his acting career, Meyer, repped by Gersh and the Collective, has been a writer on Adult Swim’s hit animated comedy Robot Chicken, on which he also voices a number of characters. He is executive producing Men At Work with Tarses.
TBS started its original programming efforts with half-hour comedies to complement its off-network comedy acquisitions, putting on the air such shows as the single-camera My Boys, also from Sony and Tarses, and the multi-camera The Bill Engvall Show. Then at the end of 2009, TBS shifted development to hourlong comedies with such shows as Glory Daze and the upcoming The Wedding Band. (The network has continued to air original half-hour sitcoms but all of them, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and House of Payne and Ice Cube’s Are We There Yet?, are done as outside productions for which TBS only serves as a cable distributor.)