TBS has finally given its upcoming comedy Angie Tribeca a premiere date as well as scheduling details that seem utterly bizarre. The comedy created by Steve and Nancy Carell and starring Rashida Jones, Hayes MacArthur, Jere Burns and Deon Cole, is a satirical take on police procedurals following titular detective Angie Tribeca who works in the Really Heinous Crimes Unit (RHCU).
The series will debut unusually on Sunday, January 17, 2016, when TBS will air the entire ten episode first season five times in a row with no commercials in a 25-hour marathon. The series, which will also be available on TBS’s Video On Demand platforms, will then revert to a more traditional week by week schedule starting Monday, January 25, 2016. These weekly episodes are not the same as those that will be shown in the opening 25-hour marathon. Instead the series will air ten additional episodes over the next ten weeks, effectively bringing the first season episode count to twenty.
TBS is unwilling to put it that simply, however. In a strange and clearly comedic press release, the network described the show as a “future Emmy winner” and described the ten episode extension as seasons 2-11. They called them a season premiere and season finale in one.
The press release must be seen to be believed and it’s quite possibly the strangest I’ve yet encountered. It’s clear that TBS is attempting to make a name for the show, both in marketing and in its aggressive airing schedule. What they’re proposing has literally never been done before to my knowledge, so it’ll be interesting to see if the gamble pays off.
According to the deeply strange press release, “the series follows a squad of committed LAPD detectives who investigate the most serious cases, from the murder of a ventriloquist to a rash of baker suicides.”
“At the center of Angie Tribeca is Angie Tribeca, played by Rashida Jones (The Office, Parks and Recreation) in the performance of a lifetime as a lone-wolf detective who is not too happy when partnered with J Geils, played by Hayes MacArthur (Life As We Know It, Go On). Jere Burns (Justified, Breaking Bad) plays the squad’s apoplectic captain. Helping solve each complex case are detective Danny Tanner, played by Deon Cole (CONAN, Black-ish); Dr. Monica Scholls, the quirky, bespectacled medical examiner played by Andrée Vermeulen (Upright Citizen’s Brigade, How To Train Your Dragon television series); and Hoffman, Tanner’s K9 German Shepard partner played by Jagger (Max). Not involved with the series is Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull, Goodfellas).”
“‘Angie Tribeca has everything anyone could ever imagine in a crime drama,’ said a TBS spokesperson, speaking on condition of anonymity. ‘Dead bodies, heinous crimes, complex mysteries within mysteries, violence, grit, sex, gritty sex and a detective who will stop at nothing to get her man… or woman… or ferret. We are so incredibly proud of Angie Tribeca, we’re going to shove it down America’s throat in a really big way. And not just America. We’re taking Angie global!'”
“On the international front, TBS’s throat-shoving strategy for Angie Tribeca involves rolling out the show on numerous Turner International entertainment networks in January. Turner’s Latin American and German networks are set to join the 25-hour marathon on Jan. 17, while Spanish, Nordic and Asian networks (both truTV and Warner TV) will premiere all first-season episodes at one time.”
Words fail me.