Cabler greenlights laffers 'Wedding Band,' 'Hound Dogs'

TBS is loading up on comedy pilots, giving orders to two hourlong projects: Sony Pictures TV’s “Hound Dogs” and Fremantle Media’s “The Wedding Band.”

“Hound Dog” hails from Ron Shelton (“Bull Durham”) and is set in the world of minor league baseball. It revolves around the manager of a minor league team and his struggles to deal with challenges in and out of the locker room. Shelton, who penned the pilot, is exec producing with Michele Weisler, Andrea Buchanan and Todd DeLorenzo.

“Wedding Band” revolves around a group of longtime guy friends who blow off steam every weekend by playing in a band that specializes in weddings, bar mitzvahs and birthday parties.

Mike Tollin Prods. is behind “Wedding Band.” Pilot will be written by “South Park” alums Josh Lobis and Darin Moiselle, who will exec produce with Tollin.

“Both ‘Hound Dogs’ and ‘The Wedding Band’ reflect our belief in betting on talent with distinctive voices and a love of good stories,” said Michael Wright, exec veep and head of programming for TBS, TNT and TCM. “Both pilots affirm TBS’ enthusiasm for irreverent, smart comedy and the storytelling advantages of the one-hour form.”

TBS is hoping the Nov. 8 arrival of Conan O’Brien’s latenight talker will give it a strong platform to promo its original comedy skeins. The cabler has high hopes for its hourlong laffer “Glory Daze,” set in the 1980s on a college campus. Skein, from Walt Becker (“Wild Hogs”) and Michael LeSieur (“You, Me and Dupree”), is set to bow Nov. 16, a week after “Conan’s” preem.

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