TBS Unveils New Late-Night Competition Show "Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman"
Series to Premiere Aug. 8 at 11 p.m. (ET/PT), with Matt Oberg as Host
TBS is about to bring some stormy competition to late night with the brand new series Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman, produced by Funny Or Die, Mark Burnett and United Artists Media Group (UAMG). Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman features 12 competitors vying for a job as America's next great weathercaster. Matt Oberg (The Comedians) hosts the competition, which will be judged by longtime weather personalities Johnny Mountain (KABC, KCBS) and Jillian Barberie (Good Day LA). The series is set to premiere Saturday, Aug. 8, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS, with availability across TBS's on-demand, digital and mobile platforms the following day.
Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman marries the comedic and subversive voice of Funny Or Die with the production value and compelling storytelling of a show from Mark Burnett. Each classic reality show element - from the physical challenges to the dramatic vote-offs - will be tweaked through the Funny Or Die prism to create an original viewing experience. However, the stakes are 100% real as the contestants will be vying for $100,000 and an appearance on TBS's sister network CNN forecasting the national weather for the morning show New Day.
"Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman takes everything we know - or think we know - about weathercasters and then uses it to put 12 competitors through the wringer for a chance at the big time," said David Eilenberg, senior vice president of unscripted development, late night and specials for TBS and TNT. "The results are really something. This series is a fresh and extremely funny addition to TBS's late-night lineup. We're especially excited that it extends our relationships with both Funny Or Die and Mark Burnett."
TBS has ordered eight one-hour episodes of Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman, which is based on a concept and format by the creative teams at Funny Or Die and UAMG, including Seth Morris (Kroll Show), who will serve as a producer on the show. Funny Or Die's Mike Farah and Joe Farrell serve as executive producers, along with Mark Burnett and Dean Houser.
"It's been such a good time working with Funny Or Die," said Burnett. "This will be the first time I've poked a little fun - actually a lot of fun - at what I am best known for. It's a real wink to our audience as we look for the next great meteorologist. The funniest part is that it turns out that these are actually terrific weathercasters."
"Reading between the lines of what Mark just said, it's clear that this is the most important show he's ever made," said Farah. "We can't wait to make Saturday nights at 11 p.m. in August appointment viewing for fans of comedy and competition alike."
UAMG has retained all international rights, which will be distributed by MGM.
The following 12 hopefuls are set to compete on Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman (left to right):
· Jennifer "Jazzy T" Williams (32), of Buffalo, N.Y., a radio personality with 10 years of on-air experience and a degree in telecommunications and digital media arts.
· Frank Margini (32) of Old Tappan, N.J., a fitness trainer and former member of Air Force with a degree in criminal justice and only 5% body fat.
· Jeff Forgeron (25) of San Diego, Calif., an Associated Press writer for Weather Underground who has a degree in meteorology.
· Miller Robson (42) of Columbus, Ga., a former wrestler and local meteorologist/anchor who is working toward a degree in meteorology.
· Jenn Barlow (28) of San Diego, Calif., a "sneaky smart blonde" with seven years experience as a television reporter and host.
· Mackenzie Bart (23), of Columbus, Ohio, Miss Ohio 2014 who is currently working on her degree in atmospheric science.
· Ron Hilliard (28), of Detroit, Mich., a news intern and SKYWARN-trained weather spotter with a degree in the interdisciplinary humanities of communications, theater and Spanish.
· Michelle Rotella (27) of Germantown, Md., a meteorologist who graduated from high school at 16 before earning a bachelor's degree in meteorology.
· Aubrey Evans (25), of Las Vegas, Nev., a model and skilled ice skater with an abundance of life experience to bring to the competition.
· Christina Faraone (26) of Walden, N.Y., a Marine meteorologist technician whose master's thesis was on the role of weather in aviation.
· David Collins (34) from Deland, Fla., a Navy veteran who graduated at the top of his meteorology class and spent four years as an operational weather briefer.
· Drew Logan (26) of Westlake Village, Calif., a pastor and former college football player who recently completed his master's degree.
The Host and Judges
Matt Oberg serves as host of Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman. An actor, writer and improviser, Oberg currently stars as Mitch in the FX series The Comedians. He is best known for his work on the TV shows The Mindy Project and 30 Rock. Oberg's additional television credits include the ABC pilots Pulling and The Smart One, with Portia de Rossi, Malin Ackerman, Jean Smart and David Arquette, produced by Ellen Degeneres. Oberg can be seen in the upcoming Universal Pictures feature film Sisters, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. He got his start as a member of Big Black Car, an improv team at New York's legendary PIT Theater.
Johnny Mountain is one of the most recognized faces in local TV news. He is a retired weathercaster for both KABC and KCBS in Los Angeles with close to 30 years of broadcasting experience.
Jillian Barberie started her career in her native Canada and quickly landed a prime gig at KTTV-FOX television on Good Day LA, where she spent 20 years as part of the highest-rated daytime shows in Los Angeles. In the year 2000, she joined FOX NFL Sunday to present the weather to millions of football fans.
About Funny Or Die
Funny Or Die launched in April 2007, and has become an award-winning, top destination for comedy on the web. With over 19 million unique monthly users and 60+ million video views per month, the site has grown into a vertically integrated digital studio, producing high-quality content over numerous platforms and operating a social media and marketing division with devoted followers across social networking and sharing sites. Funny or Die is the #1 Comedy Brand on both Twitter (9.9 Million followers) and Facebook (11 Million fans). Funny Or Die's Emmy Award-winning television department currently produces Funny Or Die's Billy on the Street for TruTV, @midnight on Comedy Central, The Spoils of Babylon on IFC, and The Chris Gethard Show for Fusion. In addition, Funny Or Die produced the HBO Comedy S pecials Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store and Gorburger starring TJ Miller. Funny Or Die has become the "place to be seen" for comedic celebrities, and the obvious destination for a daily comedy fix. Funny Or Die's founders are Gary Sanchez Productions (Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy), Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Michael Kvamme. Judd Apatow is also a principal partner in Funny Or Die.
About United Artists Media Group
United Artists Media Group (UAMG) is a joint venture among MGM, Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Corporation, focused on developing, producing and financing premium content across all platforms, including scripted and non-scripted television programs, motion pictures and digital content.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and distribution of film and television content globally. The company owns one of the world's deepest libraries of premium film and television content. In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels and is the majority owner of and distributor for United Artists Media Group (UAMG). For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
TBS is basic cable's #1 entertainment network among young adults in primetime. Available in 101 million households, TBS features such original comedies as American Dad!, Your Family or Mine, Clipped and the upcoming Angie Tribeca, The Detour and Wrecked, along with unscripted originals like King of the Nerds, Meet the Smiths and the upcoming Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman and Separation Anxiety. In late night TBS is home to the Emmy(R)-winning series CONAN , starring Conan O'Brien. The TBS lineup also includes the popular contemporary comedies The Big Bang Theory and Family Guy; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage of Major League Baseball's regular and post-season play and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
TBS is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; kids and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.