Pete Holmes to Host New TBS Late-Night Comedy Series
TBS has ordered a four-week run of a new untitled late-night comedy series starring popular comedian Pete Holmes and produced by Conaco LLC, the company behind the late-night hit CONAN. Plans call for the new Pete Holmes series to launch in fall 2013 and air four nights a week (Monday-Thursday) at midnight (ET/PT), following CONAN. The show is executive-produced by Jeff Ross, David Kissinger, Nick Bernstein, Dave Rath and Conan O'Brien.
Taped before a live studio audience, TBS's new Pete Holmes series will showcase the comedian's incredible skill set, combining sketches, short films, live comedy, field pieces and in-studio guest interviews into a fast-paced half hour.
Named one of Variety's Top 10 Comics to Watch, Holmes hosts the You Made It Weird podcast, which has been downloaded nearly 6 million times and was named one of the Top Ten Podcasts of 2012 by both The Onion AV Club and Paste magazine. Holmes has also starred in a series of hugely popular Batman parodies on the website CollegeHumor. And he provides The Voice of the e*trade baby.
"Pete Holmes is an enormously likable performer with an agile and innovative mind," said executive producer Conan O'Brien. "I'm really looking forward to his show, and I've already had my son program my DVR."
"Pete is a phenomenal talent with a truly unique point of view," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "He has just the right comic sensibility and Style we're looking for to follow Conan in our late-night lineup."
Pete Holmes added, "The first half of my meeting with Conan was spent making sure this wasn't all part of a new TBS prank show called You Got Coned! The second half was spent expressing my sincerest enthusiasm and gratitude for this incredible dream come true."
TBS is basic cable's reigning champion among young adults in primetime. Available in 100 million households, TBS features original primetime comedy series like Cougar Town, Men at Work, Sullivan & Son, King of the Nerds, Who Gets the Last Laugh? and Deon Cole's Black Box, as well as the Emmy(R)-winning late-night series CONAN, starring Conan O'Brien. TBS also features an outstanding slate of contemporary comedies, such as The Big Bang Theory and Family Guy, along with blockbuster movies and championship sports. In addition, TBS produces special live comedy events, like the star-studded comedy festival held each year in Chicago.
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