TBS’s recent acceptance of drama series was no fluke as it turns out. After upcoming apocalyptic drama Snowpiercer was handed back to TBS’s drama-centric WarnerMedia partner TNT, the network announced that it has ordered dramedy Obliterated, straight to series.
Obliterated will be written and executive prodcued by Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald, who all created YouTube’s successful Karate Kid followup, Cobrai Kai. Sony Pictures Television will produce as will Counterbalance Entertainment’s Dina Hiller. The series falls under a deal that the Cobra Kai team has with Sony TV. Cobra Kai season 3 has been confirmed and is awaiting a release date.
“As TBS’ brand continues to evolve, our primary focus of late has been for us to find dramas that are as much fun as they are high stakes,” Brett Weitz, general manager, TNT, TBS, truTV, said in a statement “We’ve worked with Josh in the past and tried to buy Cobra Kai, so letting this series get away from us just wasn’t an option. This incredible team brings heart and absurdity to a situation as serious as saving the world, which makes Obliterated a perfect fit for TBS.”
Obliterated will be a one-hour 10-episode series that deals with an elite special forces team tasked stopping a terrorist network from obliterating Las Vegas. As it turns out, both that Las Vegas setting and “obliterated” title are very intentional, as the team parties all night after defusing a bomb, only to discover it’s a decoy. Now they must fight through their hangovers and other various impairments to find and stop the real bomb. So call it The Hangover meets 24.
“We could not be more excited to be making Obliterated with our friends at Sony and TBS, who have embraced our concept and empowered us to push the envelope on how funny, action-packed, heartfelt, and totally badass a one-hour show can be,” Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald said.
So it all sounds like this is a comedy-drama hybrid, but the adoption of drama into TBS’s comedy stable is clearly a bit of a process.