TBS has given a series pickup to Search Party, a dark comedy about a group of four self-absorbed 20-somethings who come together when a former college acquaintance mysteriously disappears. It is part of the new wave of TBS originals designed to carry TBS’ announced brand makeover with a focus on “bold sensibility,” digital and social media. As part of the makeover, TBS also has changed its logo, with the new one making its debut today (on right).
The pilot was written and directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, whose credits include the 2014 SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury Award-winning feature film Fort Tilden and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp, and overseen by Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer). Led by Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), the cast of Search Party features an ensemble of young comic actors, including John Early, John Reynolds and Meredith Hagner. Tony Hernandez and Lilly Burns (Broad City) will serve as executive producers, alongside Showalter, Rogers and Bliss.
“Sarah-Violet, Charles, Michael and this fantastic cast of comedians have truly hit on the glory and utter misery of early adulthood,” said Brett Weitz, EVP of original programming for TBS. “Search Party is a carefully observed, blunt comedy for people who are testing out who they are and who they strive to be.”
Search Party centers on Dory (Shawkat), a fragile, frustrated, life-long doormat who’s not particularly proud of her impact on the world, especially since her greatest accomplishment to date is organizing clothes to be donated to Goodwill for her wealthy employer. Dory feels stuck in a stale and disconnected relationship with her boyfriend, Drew (Reynolds), a kind of clueless, complacent, spoon-fed doofus who just really loves Christmas. She also feels removed from her closest friends, Elliott (Early), a self-diagnosed narcissist who loves adding job titles to his designer-stylist-curator multi-hyphenate lifestyle, and Portia (Hagner), an actress always struggling to balance the challenging demands of chronic insecurity and pathological self-absorption. (watch the trailer at the top of the post)
Search Party is being produced for TBS by Tony Hernandez’s Jax Media (Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer). Search Party joins a slew of new series slated to debut next year on TBS, which cleared the decks by ending all of its existing series. The list of upcoming comedies includes Angie Tribeca, Wrecked, The Detour and The Group.
Bliss & Rogers are repped at ICM Partners, Mosaic and Jackoway Tyerman; Reynolds, Early, Showalter and Shawkat are repped by UTA. Reynolds also is with MGMT Entertainment, Early with Odenkirk Provissiero and Jackoway Tyerman, Showalter with Principato Young and Stone Meyer Genow, Shawkat with MGMT Entertainment and Lichter Grossman.