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TBS Adds Weatherman Tryout Comedy Series

TBS has slated new comedy series Funny or Die Presents America’s Next Weatherman for Saturday, Aug. 8, at 11 p.m. with host Matt Osberg (The Comedians). Twelve contestants will compete for $100,000 and the chance to appear on CNN’s morning show, New Day. The judges are longtime weather personalities Johnny Mountain (KABC, KCBS) and Jillian Barberie (Good Day LA). It should be entertaining from the physical challenges to the “dramatic vote offs,” TBS said in a release.

Funny or Die Presents America’s Next Weatherman takes everything we know -- or think we know -- about weathercasters and then uses it to put 12 competitors through the wringer for a chance at the big time,” David Eilenberg, senior vice president of unscripted development, late night specials for TBS and TNT, said in the release. “The results are really something. This series is a fresh and extremely funny addition to TBS’s late-night lineup. We’re especially excited that it extends our relationship with both Funny or Die and Mark Burnett.” Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell serve as executive producers, along with Mark Burnett and Dean Houser.

“It’s been such a good time working with Funny or Die,” Burnett said in the release. “This will be the first time I’ve poked a little fun-actually a lot of fun-at what I am known best for. It’s a real wink to our audience as we look for the next great meteorologist. The funniest part is that it turns out that these are actually terrific weathercasters.”

The first 12 competitors are: Jennifer “Jazzy T” Williams of Buffalo, N.Y., Frank Margani of Old Tappan, N.J.; Jeff Forgeron from San Diego, Calif.; Miller Robson from Columbus, Ga.; Jenn Barlow, also from San Diego; Mackenzie Bart from Columbus, Ohio; Ron Hilliard from Detroit, Mich.; Michelle Rotella from Germantown, Md.; Aubrey Evans from Las Vegas, Nev.; Christina Faraone from Walden, N.Y.; David Collins from Deland, Fla.,, and Drew Logan from Westlake Village, Calif.

TBS has ordered eight one-hour episodes.