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.

  • Tommy

    I really enjoy 2BG, it’s fun mindless entertainment – exactly what I look for in a sitcom.

    I’m curious how much the budget is per episode, since TBS is shelling out $1.7million an episode, I think that all but gaurentees the show will still be on the air in 2015, even if it’s pulling low numbers – it’s now a cash cow.

  • Hmm

    I really love this show, sometimes it is not that funny, but the characters more than make up for it, especially the two leads. Funny how critics and fans hail NBC comedies as the best, followed by ABC, then CBS. But the show’s ratings seem to be inversely related.

  • Blake

    My favorite comedy on the air right now. I rarely watch comedies, because I am so picky with them, but I immediately liked 2BG. The last three comedy shows I watched got canceled after 1 season (Hot Properties, Out of Practice, Accidentally on Purpose), so it’s relieving that I finally picked a winner lol.

  • Allen

    2 Broke Girls is a C-level show that had the potential to be an A-level show, but it has the crude humor most of America can actually appreciate — ergo, it gets ratings. At least with TBBT, it knew it was a B-level comedy from the get-go, accepted that, and produced a really funny and good product.

  • Allen

    See @Tommy comment above, ah, CBS definitely knows how to draw the suckers in.

  • Dan

    Whom he was talking about The Middle, ABC Family obtained the rights, and will begin airing the series in the fall of 2013. And Hallmark Channel also acquired The Middle for syndication to begin airing in March 2014.

  • Bunny

    New Girl will get there syndication soon..it doesn’t hurt that it’s been predicted that the show will receive Emmy nominations so the ratings and buzz will improve on that alone. I wish it was Happy Endings but we all know s3 will be their last.

  • tv#1

    This will probably be a good move for them. TBBT has brought TBS good ratings, so I bet 2 Broke Girls will do the same,.

  • Allen

    @Bunny: New Girl’s ratings dropped quite a bit in the back half of its first season, when the Zooey MPDG aura started to wear off (and when the show started to become good with the growth of the ensemble cast). The show is safe, but who knows if it can get in the 4s again in 18-49, or high 3s.

    And hopefully some network saves Happy Endings — it’s HIMYM in its prime (once they got over the Alex/Dave stuff).

  • bob

    so TBS has 2 broke girls and the big bang theory, two of the most unfunny sitcoms ever aired on network TV

    what will they pick up next? work it? mike and molly? i don’t think you can get much worse than that

  • ron

    2 broke girls is amazing! great fot that show!

  • rob60990

    Wow this was fast. Mike & Molly should definitely be next.

  • Leeve


    CBS will keep making off their multi-cams every year while the other networks will make money off their comedies every 5 years.

  • disney rocks

    Will TBS also snatch up mike and molly?

  • disney rocks

    @bob, although you could have been joking, tbs can’t possibly pick up work it, since work it aired 2 episodes, you need ~88, plus they wouldn’t want to, and they just be replaying the same episode everyday

  • Ben

    I wonder if Adam Carolla is a fan of the show…

  • Kelly

    I find the show has its funny moments while other times it is a bit lame. Maybe the comedic quality of the show will pick up this year.

  • Chris

    It’s only mediocre so far but it’s far better than any episode of Big Bang Theory. I’m just happy that TBS has given a second life to a truly funny show, Cougar Town.

  • V

    If Rules can get to 4 seasons, this show will have no problems.
    I doubt M&M gets picked up soon, too depend on lead-in.
    New Girl probably gets deal at end of season 2, if ratings hold up.

  • Hugh

    “This means 2 Broke Girls has 4 seasons garanteed?”

    Being the #1 new show in 18-49 (average of 4.2 L+SD) has 4 seasons very likely.

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