Thursdays are about to get funnier than ever. TBS has announced its original buddy comedy Men at Work, starring Danny Masterson (That ’70s Show, Yes Man), Michael Cassidy (The O.C), Adam Busch (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and James Lesure (Las Vegas), will air Thursdays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), beginning May 24. TBS’s new workplace comedy Sullivan & Son, starring popular comedian Steve Byrne, will take over the timeslot when it premieres Thursday, July 19, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). The announcement comes just as TBS claims an important victory as basic cable’s #1 network with adults 18-34 and adults 18-49 in primetime.
Created by Breckin Meyer (TNT’s Franklin & Bash, Robot Chicken), Men at Work follows the misadventures of four buddies who work together at a magazine. Masterson plays the recently dumped Milo, whose friends are determined to help him get back in the game. Lesure is Gibbs, a photographer and successful ladies man. Cassidy plays Tyler, a features writer who brings a dose of style and sophistication to the group. And Busch is Neal, a somewhat nebbish reporter and the only one in the group with a steady girlfriend. Together, the four serve as each other’s wingmen as they navigate work, friendship and women.
Men at Work comes to TBS from Sony Pictures Television and Fanfare, is executive-produced by Breckin Meyer, along with Fanfare’s Jamie Tarses (Happy Endings, TNT’s Franklin & Bash, TBS’s My Boys) and Julia Franz (Scrubs). The sitcom will launch with back-to-back episodes at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on May 24. It will then air in its regular 10 p.m. timeslot beginning May 31.
Sullivan & Son, which is executive-produced by Vince Vaughn (The Break- Up), Peter Billingsley (Iron Man) and show-runner Rob Long (Cheers), takes place in a popular bar in a working-class Pittsburgh neighborhood. Filled with locals and regulars, the establishment known as Sullivan & Son serves as the unofficial “town hall” for the neighborhood. As the series opens, Steve Sullivan (Byrne) is a successful corporate attorney from New York who brings his girlfriend, Ashley (guest star Brooke Lyons – 2 Broke Girls) for a visit just as his Irish-American father, Jack Sullivan (Dan Lauria – The Wonder Years), and Korean mother, Ok Cha (Jodi Long – Beginners), are preparing to sell the bar and retire. Upon arrival, Steve reconnects with his best friend, Owen (Owen Benjamin – The House Bunny); gets accosted by his long-suffering, under-appreciated younger sister, Susan (Vivian Bang – Yes Man); endures offensive comments from gruff barfly Hank (Brian Doyle Murray – Groundhog Day, Saturday Night Live); and gets hit on by tipsy cougar Carol (Christine Ebersole – Royal Pains, Amadeus). He even feels a rekindled romantic spark with his former sweetheart, Melanie (Valerie Azlynn – Tropic Thunder).
It doesn’t take Steve long to realize that what he really wants out of life is to return to the old neighborhood and take over Sullivan & Son, even if it means giving up a lavish Manhattan lifestyle with the gorgeous Ashley. And so begins Steve’s quest for a more meaningful and rewarding life behind the bar. Sullivan & Son is from Wild West Picture Show Productions, in association with Warner Horizon Television.