Prepare for an extra long detour.
The new frenetic sitcom The Detour premieres tonight on TBS, but that hasn’t stopped the cable network from renewing the series for a second season already. TBS announced the renewal last week, April 6 . It’s one of many moves that marks an above- and- beyond approach in TBS’s promotion of the show. The same day of the renewal news, TBS also released the full pilot episode on Facebook and Youtube. The first season will be 10 episodes long, it’s second thirteen episodes.
The Detour starts with Nate (The Daily Show‘s Jason Jones) and Robin (Natalie Zea) taking their twin kids (the equally entertaining Ashley Gerasimovich and Liam Carroll) on a family vacation. The trip takes a sudden left turn when Nate gets fired from his job the day before, forcing them to travel by car instead of plane. Insanity ensues.
The show was created by Jones and fellow The Daily Show alum and wife of 15 years Samantha Bee, so perhaps there is still hope for love in the world. Bee of course joined the ranks of comedy legend Conan O’Brien with her own TBS talk show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee this year.
“Jason and Sam’s vision and execution of the first season was original and unexpected at every ridiculous turn,” said Brett Weitz, executive vice president of original programming for TBS in a press release. “Having Jason as Executive Producer, Director and Star really brought a definition to the voice of the characters and a realism to this family.”
“I’m very excited to be going back to making my favorite show not yet on TV and look forward to making outrageous demands in my rider for the second season,” said Jones.
The Detour is the most recent effort in TBS’s push for original content. The spoof- tacular Angie Tribeca recently wrapped its first season after first premiering under even more unconventional circumstances in the form of a 25 hour marathon of its entire first season on a loop. The network is also now home to Seth Macfarlane’s American Dad after picking it up from Fox in 2014. TBS also has several more additions to its bizarre brand of comedy coming up later this year: Search Party, People of Earth, and Wrecked.