TBS orders family road trip series from Jason Jones and Samantha Bee

Good news, complicated news today for fans of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.

Good news: TBS has ordered 10 episodes of a still-untitled sitcom starring Jason Jones as a father leading his wife and two kids on a family vacation that hits road bump after road bump. Jones co-wrote the pilot and executive produces with his wife, Samantha Bee, as the series is based on their own family road trips.

Complicated news: What does this mean for Jones and Bee — star correspondents on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart who filled in for Stewart once when he was sick — when Stewart steps down from the hosting gig later this year?

The latter doesn’t need an answer straightaway.

But it certainly complicates that conversation, as fans of the show have proposed either or both Jones and Bee as potential new hosts for TDS.

UPDATE: Jones announced he is leaving The Daily Show. Comedy Central responded by confirming that and upping the ante, clarifying: “Samantha Bee will remain with the show.”

Does this mean The Daily Show still has eyes on Bee? We’ll see. It’d be a definite game-changer in late-night. You better believe the show would want to give her a good reason to stick around once Jones and Stewart are gone…

jasonjonestbsThey’ll be busy this summer and through the rest of 2015 now not only serving as fake news correspondents, but also plotting out and producing the first 10 episodes of their TBS series.

If successful, each subsequent season would follow the family on another misadventure. The first season has Natalie Zea playing Jones’s wife, and Ashley Gerasimovich and Liam Caroll as the couple’s two children.

It’s scheduled to premiere by the end of 2015.

“This show delivers on exactly the direction we are taking our TBS comedies – honest, smart and provocative,” said Brett Weitz, EVP of original programming for TBS. “We couldn’t be happier to be in business with Sam and Jason on what we hope will be the first of many more projects together. Watching them step into the creator/executive producer role on the pilot really allowed the characters and the show to find solid footing from the very first frame.”

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