TBS Lands Off-Net Rights to Top-Rated New Comedy '2 Broke Girls'

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June 20th, 2012

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TBS Lands Off-Net Rights to Top-Rated New Comedy 2 Broke Girls

TBS has acquired the off-network rights to 2 Broke Girls, the breakout hit comedy created by Emmy® winner/executive producer Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) and white-hot comedian Whitney Cummings (Whitney). Television's #1 new series of the 2011–12 season with adults 18–49 and the #1 new comedy among total viewers, 2 Broke Girls is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television and is set to join the TBS lineup in 2015.

"When 2 Broke Girls premiered last fall, it immediately found its audience and appeared to us to be a perfect fit for TBS," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "With its funny and endearing lead performances, a terrific supporting cast and sharp writing, 2 Broke Girls brings a fresh, contemporary, attitude to the classic sitcom format. We believe 2 Broke Girls is poised to enjoy a long, successful run, and we look forward to adding it to the TBS line-up."

"Successful cable networks have built their programming slates with a strategic mix of acquired proven off-net series along with compelling original programming," said Ken Werner, president, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. "We are thrilled that 2 Broke Girls will have the opportunity to drive viewers to TBS in a similar way that The Big Bang Theory has, becoming a staple of their comedy line-up.”

In 2 Broke Girls, two girls from very different backgrounds – Max, poor from birth, and Caroline, born wealthy but down on her luck – wind up as waitresses in the same colorful Brooklyn diner and strike up an unlikely friendship in hopes of launching a successful business venture: their dream of running a cup cake empire. All they need to do is come up with $250,000 in start-up expenses. Working together, these two broke girls living in one expensive city might just find the perfect recipe for their big break, proving life can be fun – even if you’re broke. Max and Caroline…they put the "class" in working class

2 Broke Girls stars Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Thor) as sassy, streetwise Max Black; exciting new d iscovery Beth Behrs (American Pie Presents: The Book of Love) as the sophisticated former trust fund princess Caroline Channing; Garrett Morris (Saturday Night Live) as Earl, a 75-year-old cashier at the diner; comedian Jonathan Kite  (I’m in the Band) as Oleg, the diner’s overly flirtatious Russian cook; and Matthew Moy (Scrubs) as Han Lee, the diner’s new eager-to-please owner. Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie and Legally Blonde films) guest-stars in a recurring role throughout the first season as Sophie, a glamorous Polish housekeeper and noisy neighbor to Max and Caroline.

2 Broke Girls will return for its second season this fall on CBS. The series is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with MPK Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

TBS's deal for 2 Broke Girls adds another outstanding contemporary comedy to a slate that includes Cougar Town, which is making the move to the network as an original series, and acquired hit The Big Bang Theory, which is currently dominating the charts as basic cable's #1 sitcom. TBS's roster also includes the original sitcom Men At Work, which premiered in May; Tyler Perry's For Better Or Worse, returning with new episodes July 13; Sullivan & Son, premiering July 19; and Weddin g Band, set to premiere later this year.

 
  • kyle

    CRAP!! this show is not even funny. I really think they picked up the wrong show

  • glover

    This means 2 Broke Girls has 4 seasons garanteed?

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Good for TBS, I think it’s a very smart fit. They’ll be able to pair up 2BG with BBT.

  • hubertwentland5

    @glover
    i guess the show will be in its best shape by the time in both ratings and quality (although I find 2BG pretty funny, its not a good show; but don’t worry, it will be ;p)

  • Ryan Schwartz

    The heads at TBS are incredibly smart when it comes to picking and choosing which shows to fight for to have on their network in syndication. This is by no means a great show, and a lot of the time it’s hard to sit through IMO, but I get the appeal, and I get why America has clicked to it. After loosing out on acquiring HIMYM or 2.5 Men, you just knew Michael Wright and his fellow colleagues were going to spend all the money they had making sure they obtained every other big multi-camera sitcom. It’ll be interesting to see how fast they’ll be to obtain more single-camera hits considering the lackluster ratings The Office gets them. I could see “New Girl” being a hit for them as well in Fall of 2015, but I think there’s a bit more of a question mark on its longevity at the moment which is a shame since it’s a much, much better show. They would have been geniuses to acquire the new Arrested Development season, but that’s a whole other theory of mine I won’t get into!

  • Ryan Schwartz

    Yes, @Glover. Not that we weren’t all assuming it’d pass that mark already, but yes that’s exactly what it equates to!

  • J.G.

    So, what do you guys think will be the next hot-ticket comedy to buy in syndication? If I were to guess, I think it’ll be New Girl.

  • Anthony

    This means 2 Broke Girls has 4 seasons garanteed?

    Does it guarantee it? No. But it does make it mostly inevitable. Unless it majorly tanks in the ratings it will get at least 4 seasons.

  • Brandy

    Awesome I love this show!soo funny

  • CrimTV

    wwooo! I Love 2 Broke Girls!

  • SJ

    @J.G.

    Mike & Molly will get snatched up before New Girl does.

  • Holly

    @J.G.

    I think New Girl still has to prove itself. Ratings dropped significantly in the second half of the season. If it can’t recover, it will be a lot less attractive.

  • J.G.

    @SJ

    Oh, forgot about Mike & Molly. I know Parks & Rec doesn’t have a cable deal yet, though I’d assume that’ll happen fairly soon.

  • Tony

    I LOVE THIS SHOW! and I think the best is yet to come from this series! It’s only going to get better!

    and apparently it’s a record setting deal that is just over the $1.5 million per episode TBS pays for TBBT.

  • Holly

    I’d say The Middle is ripe for syndication with two seasons under it’s belt.

  • SJ

    @Holly

    The Middle already has a syndication deal in place with ABC Family. (P.S. It’s been on the air for three years now.)

    @J.G.

    If, like Holly mentioned, New Girl doesn’t recover, the best it can hope for is the kind of deal that most low-rated shows like 30 Rock and Community get, which means that it will likely air in a later, low-profile time slot. I expect the same for Parks and Rec and Raising Hope.

  • Sonny

    Wasn’t The Middle picked up by ABC Family?

  • Holly

    @Sonny,

    Possible. I don’t really keep track, so I could have missed that.

  • Holly

    @SJ,

    This is what I get for posting about comedies… ;)

  • Jeff321

    The characters on 2 broke girls are great.

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