TBS is betting on Daily Show alums in a big way, with new comedy series Angie Tribeca, a procedural drama spoof from Steve Carell, and The Detour, a raunchy road trip series from Jason Jones and Samantha Bee.
Sitting down with Deadline’s Dominic Patten to talk Tribeca were stars Jere Burns, Deon Cole, Hayes MacArthur and Andree Vermeulen, as well as showrunner Ira Ungerleider. Following a joke-packed Season One trailer, Patten asked Ungerleider whether they will be able to keep the pace. ‘We have a giant warehouse we rented where we’re keeping all our jokes,” deadpanned Ungerleider.
There’s a consensus among the show’s actors that the show is silly, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. “The show is so stupid, its transcended stupidity into smartness,” says Burns. “The hardest job is not to laugh,” Cole adds in agreement. “I’ve gotta say ‘Black Lives Matter’ too, because black people would whoop my ass if I didn’t say that on this platform.”
The Detour, which premieres tomorrow night, has been picked up for a second season prior to airing. “I paid a lot of money for that pick-up,” jokes Jones. Signing on to the project on Thanksgiving Day after receiving an unexpected offer, costar Natalie Zea was shocked at the creative freedoms offered by TBS — the ability to “discuss the consistency of semen” on television, for instance. Indeed, as Detour moderator Pete Hammond noted, TBS is a letter away from CBS.
After viewing a clip, Hammond joked that though Jones created the series with wife Bee, host of TBS’ breakout talk show Full Frontal, Jones and Zea have a palpable chemistry: if things don’t work out with Bee, maybe he and Zea can give it a shot. “I’m just going to leave you to sit with that one,” Jones quipped.