TBS Greenlights First Primetime Toon ‘Tarantula’

Turner’s TBS announced a raft of programming news on Sunday. Most of the news covered live-action fare, such as a series order for Greg Garcia’s The Guest Book, a pilot for World’s End starring Wanda Sykes and Hamish Linklater, and premiere dates for ensemble comedy People of Earth (Oct. 31) and Search Party.

But EVP of programming Brett Weitz also revealed TBS has greenlit its first original, animated primetime comedy, Tarantula. The “animated absurdities,” as Weitz put it, come from the mind of creator and writer Carson Mell (Silicon Valley), and TBS has ordered an open-ended run, with a premiere planned for 2017.

Tarantula is a half-hour comedy about the residents of the Tierra Chula Resident Hotel (a.k.a. “The Tarantula”). The series centers on Echo Johnson, a respected by uncertified tattoo artist who delivers absurd yet introspective monologues. Echo’s poetic ramblings spin tales of misadventures with the other residents, as they partake in party crashing, dumpster diving, and other acts of mischief.

Tarantula is a co-production of Rough House Pictures and Turner’s Studio T, with Danny McBride, Jody Hill, David Gordon Green and Brandon James (all of Vice Principals) serving as exec producers.

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