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.