TBS orders four-week trial for Pete Holmes in late-late night TV slot following Conan

Midnights will get a little more weird this fall on TBS.

Stand-up comedian Pete Holmes, who you may know by voice more readily via his popular podcast, “You Made It Weird,” or his long-running stint as the talking spokebaby for E*Trade. TBS is giving him four weeks this fall in the midnight slot, Mondays-Thursdays, following Conan.

Holmes told his fans via Twitter today @peteholmez: “Wow. I am over the moon! I can’t thank my writers and producers and Conan enough! Ice cream for everyone!”

Holmes had taped a few test episodes in summer 2012 under the title, The Midnight Hour with Pete Holmes.

Today’s announcement, however, says the Holmes show is yet to be title, and it’ll be only a half-hour at that. It will tape before a live studio audience, with sketches, short films, live comedy, field pieces and in-studio guest interviews. It’s produced by  Conan O’Brien’s Conaco shingle, with O’Brien, Jeff Ross, David Kissinger, Nick Bernstein and Dave Rath executive producing.

Quotes from the official press release!

From Conan O’Brien: “Pete Holmes is an enormously likable performer with an agile and innovative mind. I’m really looking forward to his show, and I’ve already had my son program my DVR.”

From Michael Wright, head of programming for TBS, TNT and TCM: “Pete is a phenomenal talent with a truly unique point of view. He has just the right comic sensibility and style we’re looking for to follow CONAN in our late-night lineup.”

And from Holmes himself: “The first half of my meeting with Conan was spent making sure this wasn’t all part of a new TBS prank show called You Got Coned! The second half was spent expressing my sincerest enthusiasm and gratitude for this incredible dream come true.”

Team Coco and Holmes worked together last year on some special “After Hours” segments. Here, to remind you, is Pete Holmes introducing stand-up with Matt Braunger, followed by a one-on-one interview. Roll the clips!

Oren Brimer, who has worked with Holmes on short videos for years in their Front Page Films (including popular Batman parodies on CollegeHumor), also has worked as a producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. So know and trust that the field pieces will be right up your alley, even if they’re not going down any alleys.

Sean L. McCarthy

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One thought on “TBS orders four-week trial for Pete Holmes in late-late night TV slot following Conan

  1. Its only right that my two favorite podcasters (Marc Maron and Pete Holmes) get their own shows, exposing them to a wider audience. Whilst Maron surely must have some thoughts about Pete following him once again, it must be also heartening for Maron to know his coattails are strong enough to be ridden on.

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