Ever since the loss of Lopez Tonight, TBS’s late night lineup has ran a little soft which might have actually hurt Conan‘s ratings a tad (the show averages a 0.4 18-49 or roughly half that of its broadcast competitors.) Not to worry because the pay TV network has just adopted a Conaco-produced late-night talker headlined by comedian Pete Holmes. Holmes currently hosts a podcast called You Made It Weird, so the transition might not be as difficult as the one Whitney Cummings just went through on E! (the network ended up cancelling her show.) The series will launch in fall 2013, airing four nights a week for a month-long trial run. Hit the jump for some footage of the stand-up’s material.
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), followingConan. The show is executive-produced by Jeff Ross, David Kissinger, Nick Bernstein, Dave Rath and ConanO’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.”