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TBS Greenlights Comedy Series From ‘The Daily Show’s’ Samantha Bee & Jason Jones

The Daily Show” duo Samantha Bee and Jason Jones have been handed a 10-episode series order from TBS for a comedy inspired by their own family road trips, Variety has learned.

The husband-and-wife team will exec produce the series, with Jones starring. Rounding out the cast are Natalie Zea (“Justified,” “The Following”), Ashley Gerasimovich (“Louie”) and Liam Carroll (“The Neighbors”).

The series, described as an honest and darkly comedic look at family, follows a couple and their two kids on a road trip to Florida. Jones stars as unfiltered dad Nate, who packs his wife, Robin (Zea), along with their rebellious daughter Delilah (Gerasimovich) and simpleton son Jared (Carroll), into the family car for what he believes will be the adventure of a lifetime, which quickly turns into a disaster.

“This show delivers on exactly the direction we are taking our TBS comedies — honest, smart and provocative,” said Brett Weitz, executive vice president of original programming for TBS, of the family adventure series.

Commenting on Bee and Jones, he added, “We couldn’t be happier to be in business with Sam and Jason on what we hope will be the first of many more projects together. Watching them step into the creator-executive producer role on the pilot really allowed the characters and the show to find solid footing from the very first frame. We can’t wait to see where they take this mildly dysfunctional family.”

The pilot, written by Bee and Jones, was ordered back in October of last year. Steve Pink (“Hot Tub Time Machine,” “About Last Night”) directed.

Subsequent seasons of the untitled series plan to chronicle a different family adventure with the same cast attached.

Production is slated to begin this summer, and the series is set to debut in late 2015.

The timing of the series order comes as Bee and Jones’ names have been widely buzzed about, as potential replacements for Jon Stewart when the host of 17 years makes his exit this year.

Update, 11:55 AM: Jones announced his departure from “The Daily Show” on Tuesday morning. The correspondent tweeted he’d be exiting after 9 1/2 years, and is excited for his TBS series.

Update, 12:27 PM: Samantha Bee will remain on “The Daily Show,” while Jones will depart later this year, Variety confirmed with a Comedy Central spokeperson.

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