TBS renewed two of its new comedies, Angie Tribeca and Detour, for a second season before they had premiered. As a result of the early pickups, both will air two 10-episode seasons in 2016. For Angie Tribeca, it will be less than six months between the premieres of Season 1 (January 17) and Season 2 (June 6).
During the Turner upfront presentation, TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly noted plans to have two season launches in the same calendar year for TBS comedy series as “we continue to screw around with” the traditional TV model.
After the presentation, Reilly revealed more details about the plan to Deadline. The idea is keen to the halo effect of off-network syndication to sitcom’s original runs. For instance, The Big Bang Theory‘s ratings on CBS got a lift when the show started airing reruns on TBS and more people discovered it. TBS is looking for a similar bump for Angie Tribeca as its first season starts airing on Hulu, where it premiered May 7. Additionally, Reilly felt having 12-14 months between seasons, especially for a comedy, makes it harder to keep fans engaged and get them back for the new cycle.
Under the new plan, TBS comedies end up producing close to the broadcast season of 22 episodes a year, airing in two batches. Ideally, Reilly said, he would like to make 22-episode orders, though he said they would never air continuously.