TBS is adding to their comedy slate.
The Turner owned cable network, which is focussed on comedy, has put Think B.I.G., a half-hour project based on the lyrics by Notorious B.I.G. into development; and ordered ten episode digital animated comedy series Storyville, TVWise has learned.
Think B.I.G. is described as a scripted series chronicling the misadventures of an inner-city teen desperately trying to create a better future for his daughter and infant son. The plotlines for Think B.I.G. will be loosely based on the lyrics of Notorious B.I.G. The project is being produced and created by Mass Appeal, in partnership with Wayne Barrow of Bystorm Films and Voletta Wallace for Notorious B.I.G. Inc.
Storyville, from Mass Appeal and Okayplayer, features funny, absurd, weird, and sometimes just sheer joyful stories straight from the mouths of top celebrities. Musicians, actors, comedians, writers and artists will tell true life stories which will be animated in rich detail, exposing the sheer absurdity of celebrity life in all of its glory. The series will premiere this fall across TBS digital and social platforms.
Both comedies hail from Mass Appeal and are the first projects to emerge from a new strategic partnership between the New York-based company and Turner’s TBS & TNT networks. Under the agreement, Mass Appeal will develop original programming for TBS & TNT’s television and digital platforms, presenting concepts on an exclusive, first-look basis. They will also consult on the development slates of both networks.
“Storyville and Think B.I.G. speak to the types of projects we will cultivate with Mass Appeal moving forward,” said Brett Weitz, Executive Vice-President of Original Programming for TBS. “Mass Appeal is a leader in developing unique stories with diverse voices. There’s no better partner for us to connect with this vibrant, impassioned audience.”