TBS Orders Jason Jones and Samantha Bee’s Comedy Pilot to Series; Jones Leaving ‘Daily Show’
Good news for The Daily Show’s Jason Jones and Samantha Bee: According to THR, the husband/wife duo just landed a 10-episode series order at TBS for their untitled comedy pilot, which is slated to premiere on the network later this year. Bee will write the pilot and executive produce while Jones will star as “unfiltered dad Nate, who packs his wife, Robin (The Following’s Natalie Zea), along with their rebellious daughter Delilah (Louie’s Ashley Gerasimovich) and simpleton son Jared (Liam Carroll, The Neighbors), into the family car for what Nate is convinced will be the adventure of a lifetime. Every leg of their trip, however, is fraught with unforeseen disaster as they encounter one hellish turn after another.” The show is inspired by Jones and Bee’s real-life experiences together on family vacations, and each season of the show will explore a different family getaway.
UPDATE: After the news of the TBS pickup, Jones confirmed on Twitter that he’ll be leaving his post at The Daily Show to work on the new show: “For 9 & 1/2 years, I have worked at one of the greatest TV shows of all time. But… It is time for me to go,” he said. “That said, I am ecstatic to announce that I’m about to make another great show over @tbsveryfunny.” Jones has been a correspondent at The Daily Show since 2005.
Comedy Central also confirmed that Jones will leave The Daily Show “later this year.” Bee will remain on the show.