TBS has given a series pickup to the mystery comedy “Search Party,” revolving around four self-obsessed twenty-somethings in Brooklyn who decide to investigate the disappearance of a college acquaintance.
The half-hour series is billed as a dark ensemble comedy with a mystery woven through, undoubtedly to make it a candidate for binge-viewing. TBS emphasized that the series will be coming to “linear, digital and mobile platforms” next year.
“Search Party” was created by Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, who wrote and directed the pilot under the supervision of writer/director/producer Michael Showalter. He met the pair when they were in his class at New York University just a few years ago.
Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development”) stars as the central character of Dory, a disaffected woman who is frustrated in her job and with her boyfriend. John Early, John Reynolds and Meredith Hagner co-star. There’s no word yet on the number of episodes TBS has ordered.
“Sarah-Violet, Charles, Michael and this fantastic cast of comedians have truly hit on the glory and utter misery of early adulthood,” said Brett Weitz, TBS’ exec VP of original programming. ” ‘Search Party’ is a carefully observed, blunt comedy for people who are testing out who they are and who they strive to be.”
TBS has vowed to change the tenor of its original scripted comedy series under the new regime led by TNT/TBS chief Kevin Reilly.
Bliss and Rogers, repped by ICM Partners, made a mark in 2014 when their NYU student thesis film, “Fort Tilden,” won the grand jury prize at SXSW. Showalter recruited the pair to work as writers on his recent Netflix revival of “Wet Hot American Summer” and also to collaborate on “Search Party.”
The pilot for “Search Party” was financed by New York-based Jax Media. Jax’s Tony Hernandez and Lilly Burns are exec producers of “Search Party” along with Bliss, Rogers and Showalter.