TBS Orders Weatherman Competition Series From Funny or Die, Mark Burnett

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TBS has ordered a latenight comedy-reality series revolving around weathercasters that hails from Funny or Die and Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group.

“Funny or Die Presents America’s Next Weatherman” is set to bow at 11 p.m. Aug. 8. The series will feature a  competition among 12 contestants — male and female — to win $100,000 and the chance to deliver a weather report on CNN’s “New Day” morning show.

The series will put a comedic twist on reality-competition tropes but producers emphasized that the competition is genuine. TBS has ordered eight episodes. Matt Oberg (“The Comedians,” “The Mindy Project”) is set as host.

“America’s Next Weatherman” promises to take “everything we know — or think we know — about weathercasters and then uses it to put 12 competitors through the wringer for a chance at the big time,” said David Eilenberg, senior VP of unscripted development, latenight and specials for TBS and TNT. “The results are really something. This series is a fresh and extremely funny addition to TBS’ latenight lineup. We’re especially excited that it extends our relationships with both Funny or Die and Mark Burnett.”

The comedic bent of the series reflects the shift in TBS’ reality programming under the new regime at TBS and TNT led by Kevin Reilly. Funny or Die and UAMG developed the concept together.

FOD’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell are exec producing “Weatherman” with Burnett and Dean Houser. FOD’s Seth Morris also helped shape the idea and will serve as a producer.

As the preeminent reality TV producer, Burnett helped establish the template for reality-competition series that will be teased and tweaked on “Weatherman.”

“This will be the first time I’ve poked a little fun – actually a lot of fun – at what I am best known for. It’s a real wink to our audience as we look for the next great meteorologist. The funniest part is that it turns out that these are actually terrific weathercasters,” he said.

“Reading between the lines of what Mark just said, it’s clear that this is the most important show he’s ever made,” Farah said.

UAMG is retaining international rights to the series, which will be distributed by MGM.

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  1. I have b/c journalism experience & after watching the first hour I was pretty sure this was total parody & scripted. Above they claim the competition is genuine, and PSUMet02 seems to substantiate that, tho if they all have previous TV wx exp. and many — not just the WU guy — have degrees, I’m reminded of the sign over the doorway into hell: Abandon hope [almost] all who enter here! Tho maybe I’m spoiled, spending most of my life watching TV weather in major or relatively-large markets….

    Will have to watch another hour and see if I can clear my jaundiced eye LOL!

  2. julie says:

    WOW!!! I USED to respect Mark Burnett – until he ripped off KTLA who did this concept not once but TWICE !!! Saw it both times. Yet, TBS & Mark Burnett are stating it is his/their “creation.” LIARS !!!!

  3. PSUMet02 says:

    What they don’t mention in the article is that the contestants all have previous experience as TV weathercasters, and many of them are degreed meteorologists. Many of us in the industry were invited to audition for this show via email.

  4. Kimberly Fox says:

    Mark Burnett has some decent shows on tv currently and some are amusing. This new show about weathermen is a slap in the face against meteorologists who have gone to college to learn their craft. They can save our life. Why turn this important job into a joke. Mage you want the person sweeping the sidewalks to teach your children. It’s a similar comparison. If you want people to stop watching your shows, just keep up this foolishness. For a man of God, so you claim, you care little for the feelings of educated individuals. Shame on you!

  5. srvwp2013 says:

    That’s all we need is another krok of shit from Mark Burnett! Who the Hell let this guy into the Industry!?

    The weather-guessers have a tough enough time as it is without this asshole fucking them even further!

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