Cabler orders 90 more episodes of comedy

Ice Cube’s TBS laffer is going the Tyler Perry route.

TBS has ordered an additional 90 episodes of the comedy “Are We There Yet?,” which premiered in June to solid numbers. The mega pickup for the comedy from Revolution Studios and Debmar-Mercury will allow the show to be sold to local stations in off-net syndication starting in the fall of 2012. Perry has taken the same two-pronged distribution approach, which accelerates the typical syndication sale process, with his TBS laffers “House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns,” also distribbed by Debmar-Mercury.

“Are We There Yet?” has averaged 2.8 million viewers and 1.5 million in the 18-49 demo since its June 2 preem. Michael Wright, exec veep and head of programming for TBS, TNT and TCM, said the comedy attracts” a young, diverse audience, making it an especially good fit for our Wednesday night slate of original sitcoms.”

Domestic comedy stars Terry Crews and Essence Atkins as parents in a recently blended family. It’s based on the 2005 feature that starred Ice Cube, who has a recurring guest star role on the sitcom and is an exec producer along with showrunner Ali LeRoi, Joe Roth, Vince Totino and Matt Alvarez.

Debmar-Mercury is looking to launch another cable-syndie laffer this year, “Big Lake,” which bows tonight on Comedy Central for an initial 10-episode run.

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