TBS has given a straight-to-series order to Obliterated, a 10-episode one-hour action drama from Cobra Kai creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald and Sony Pictures Television where the trio is based.
This marks the first series order for TBS this cycle and the second drama series pickup for the once-comedy-focused TBS following the May announcement that upcoming sci-fi drama Snowpiercer was moving from TNT to TBS. UPDATE: Shortly after the Obliterated pickup announcement, WarnerMedia revealed that the decision to move Snowpiercer has been reversed, and the drama will air on TNT as originally planned.
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Written and executive produced by Hurwitz, Schlossberg and Heald, Obliterated is a serialized action dramedy focused on an elite special forces team tracking a deadly terrorist network, hell bent on blowing up Las Vegas. After their raging end-of-mission party filled with alcohol and drug-fueled debauchery, the team discovers the bomb they deactivated was a decoy. With the clock ticking, the intoxicated team has to fight through their impairments, overcome their personal issues, deactivate the bomb, and save the world.
Dina Hillier from Hurwitz, Scholossberg and Heald’s Counterbalance Entertainment will serve as a co-executive producer.
“As TBS’ brand continues to evolve, our primary focus of late has been for us to find dramas that are as much fun as they are high stakes,” said Brett Weitz, general manager, TNT, TBS, truTV. “We’ve worked with Josh in the past and tried to buy Cobra Kai, so letting this series get away from us just wasn’t an option. This incredible team brings heart and absurdity to a situation as serious as saving the world, which makes Obliterated a perfect fit for TBS.”
In a recent interview with Deadline, Weitz hinted at pending series and pilot orders at TBS and TNT and talked about the TBS brand filter that involves adding “more humorous, premium populist dramas” to the network’s slate of original half-hour comedies.
“We could not be more excited to be making Obliterated with our friends at Sony and TBS, who have embraced our concept and empowered us to push the envelope on how funny, action-packed, heartfelt, and totally badass a one-hour show can be,” said Hurwitz, Schlossberg and Heald.
Obliterated falls under the overall deal the trio inked at Cobra Kai studio Sony TV in May. Cobra Kai has been a mega hit for YouTube, where it is heading into a third season and is expected to serve as an anchor of the platform’s transition from SVOD to AVOD.
“Jon, Hayden and Josh are incredibly talented visionaries with a unique approach to character and tone. They hit the bull’s-eye with Cobra Kai, also a pitch to series, and have crafted an undeniable story with Obliterated,” said SPT co-president Jason Clodfelter. “All of us at Sony Pictures Television are thrilled to be part of their creative journey.”
This marks Sony TV’s return to TBS where the studios has produced such original comedy series as My Boys, Men at Work and Your Family or Mine.