Updated throughout: Remember Comedy Central’s statement last month about Samantha Bee “remaining with” The Daily Show when TBS announced it had nabbed her husband, Jason Jones to do a comedy series for them? Yeah, not so much, TBS responded today, indicating you should take her off your list of candidates to replace Jon Stewart as host.
TBS announced it’s signed longtime Daily Show correspondent Bee to host a new comedy show, “cementing its relationship with the prolific couple even further.” The new show, which is in the early stages of development, is being planned as a platform for Bee “to apply her smart and satirical point of view to current and relevant issues,” TBS said, but did not specific if it would air in primetime or, more likely, in late-night. In addition to hosting, Bee will serve as executive producer on the show, along with Jones; it would be produced by TBS.
This new show is in addition to the one TBS announced last month, with Bee and Jones. TBS already had announced a 10-episode order for a new comedy series created and executive-produced by the couple, inspired by their own experiences with family getaways, and starring Jones as the head of a family taking a road trip to Florida.
TBS said today Bee will “continue to do occasional pieces on The Daily Show until production begins on the new TBS comedy series she created with her husband and fellow correspondent, Jason Jones.”
But some sources caution Bee might still wind up staying with the Comedy Central show and will keep doing pieces for The Daily Show as her TBS project moves through the development process, noting Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi similiarly has a series in development with HBO (The Brink), Correspondent Al Madrigal is in the cast of NBC’s About A Boy, etc.
TBS, however, thinks it’s in a committed relationship with Bee and her husband.
“We actually have their kids coming in next week to pitch us animation,” joked Brett Weitz, executive vice president of original programming for TBS. “Like her fans around the country, we absolutely adore everything about Sam, from her straight-faced sarcasm and ruthless wit to her uncanny ability to mine comedy gold from just about any awkward situation. After watching Sam’s work for years, we knew that her distinctive humor and talent belong at the front of her own show.”
The other comedy project, starring Jones, also will star Natalie Zea (Justified, The Following), Ashley Gerasimovich (Louie, We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Liam Carroll (The Neighbors). Production is slated to begin this summer, with the TBS launch scheduled for Q4 2015.
Bee maybe should have rethought her decision to tweet this — about 40 minutes before TBS made its announcement, given the number of people who mistakenly thought she was hinting Comedy Central was about to announce she was replacing Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show:
Bee began her career performing as a member of the all-female sketch comedy troupe The Atomic Fireballs. She joined The Daily Show’s “Best F#@king News Team” in 2003, serving longer than any other correspondent on the series. In addition to her work on the Comedy Central late night series, Bee starred opposite Jones in the 2010 movie Coopers’ Christmas. She will be appearing in the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy Sisters, slated for a Christmas 2015 release. Bee is currently writing a middle-grade novel for Farrar Straus Giroux. Her collection of personal essays, entitled I Know I Am, But What Are You?, was published in 2010 by Simon and Schuster.
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