TBS announced today that it has ordered eight episodes of Glory Daze, an ’80s college comedy about a group of friends pledging a fraternity in Wisconsin. The dramedy, which is slated to premiere on the comedy cabler in late 2010, stars Saturday Night Live vet Tim Meadows and is from Walt Becker (Wild Hogs) and Michael LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree). It’s unclear whether the show will serve as a lead-in to Conan O’Brien’s late night show, which will debut in November.
TBS/TNT (which, like EW, are owned by Time Warner) will announce their 2010/11 slates next week in New York.
“Glory Daze is a sharply written, laugh-out-loud comedy with a talented ensemble cast, including comic veteran Tim Meadows,” according to a statement from Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming, for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies. “The time is right for this feel-good, funny, and fresh take on college life in the ‘80s.”
TBS developed four dramedy pilots for its 2010 prime time slate but just relinquished one to sister drama net, TNT: Franklin and Bash, which follows two streetwise lawyers (Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar) who join a high-powered law firm. The network passed on the other two — Uncle Nigel, a Gary Cole starrer about a Philly police detective and In Security, about a sibling-owned private-security firm that stars Superman Returns’ Brandon Routh.
It’s rare for a cable net — which doesn’t adhere to the traditional development season practiced by the broadcast networks — to develop so many pilots and not pick them all up. There’s some industry speculation that TBS scaled back its development because of the hefty investment it made in O’Brien. Then again, the pilots may not have passed muster.