TBS is jumping into the Saturday late-night fray. The cable network has ordered eight episodes of Funny Or Die Presents America’s Next Weatherman, an hourlong comedy-reality series from Funny or Die, Survivor producer Mark Burnett and United Artists Media Group. It will debut at 11 PM Saturday, August 8.
Fox used to have a late-night block in that time slot, most notably with MadTV, which ended its run while TNT and TBS boss Kevin Reilly was at the network helm. (He later tried several talk shows as well as an animated block in the time slot with ADHD). America’s Next Weatherman will face the first half-hour of NBC’s venerable Saturday Night Live, which will be in repeats for the initial run of the TBS show.
America’s Next Weatherman also marks Reilly’s first move in late-night since taking over the two Turner networks in November. In a major synergy play, the winner of America’s Next Weatherman will get to appear on TBS’ sister network CNN forecasting the national weather for the morning show New Day (in addition to a $100,000 prize).
The Comedians‘ Matt Oberg hosts the series, which features 12 competitors vying to be America’s next great weathercaster. Judges are longtime L.A. weather personalities Johnny Mountain (KABC, KCBS) and Jillian Barberie (Good Day LA).
According to TBS, the series melds the comedic and subversive voice of Funny or Die, whose brain trust gave us a classic movie weatherman in Anchorman‘s Steve Carell, with the storytelling of Burnett. Seth Morris (Kroll Show) is producing. Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell are exec producing with Dean Houser and Burnett.
UAMG has retained all international rights, which will be distributed by MGM.