It may be pilot season in Hollywood for the networks, but cable operates on its own schedule, and TBS announced on Friday that it had ordered a 10-episode first season for Steve Byrne’s sitcom, Sullivan and Son, to premiere this summer.
Byrne told his Facebook friends:
“Hey everyone! I wanted to share some really incredible news. The sitcom I’ve been working on got the go ahead today! I hope you all get to tune in when it airs. I want to thank everyone for supporting my stand up career all these years. It’s because of you and some really incredible friends that I get this wonderful opportunity! Thanks to you all!!!”
Stand-up comedian Owen Benjamin co-stars in the series as Byrne’s best friend.
The premise finds Byrne (who co-wrote the pilot and grew up in Pittsburgh) as a NYC corporate attorney who returns to Pittsburgh and the bar his parents (played by Dan Lauria and Ok Cha) own just as they’re preparing to sell it and retire. Hijinks inevitably ensue. And he decides to stay and take over the bar.
A quote from the TBS press release:
“Sullivan and Son is a smart, funny, workplace comedy from the distinct comedy voices of Steve Byrne and Rob Long,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies. “The barstools at Sullivan’s bar are filled with outrageous, unique characters, and Steve and Rob have created an outstanding in which they can shine. We are extremely proud of this show and look forward to spending many nights throwing one back with the regulars at Sullivan & Son.”
Executive producers include showrunner Long, plus Peter Billingsley and Vince Vaughn, who featured Byrne on one of his Wild West Comedy Tours.