For its first try at original scripted comedy, TBS did a pretty decent job with "My Boys." Good enough, at least, to warrant extending the show's inaugural season.
The cable network has picked up nine additional episodes of the show, bringing its total to 22. "My Boys" will go back into production in early 2007, with the new shows hitting the air sometime next summer.
"It's understood that comedy is one of the most difficult forms of entertainment to do well, so it's a great feeling to know that our first attempt at creating an original scripted comedy series has been so well-received," says Michael Wright, head of original programming at TBS. "We're very proud to continue our relationship with 'My Boys'' outstanding cast and gifted production team, and we look forward to following this very funny show."
TBS has also decided to wrap up the show's initial 13-episode run this month, rather than have it bleed into January and face stiffer competition from the broadcast networks. In addition to its regular back-to-back airings at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26, two new episodes will air at 10 p.m. Dec. 27, with the final episode of the initial order set for Thursday, Dec. 28.
"My Boys" stars Jordana Spiro as PJ Franklin, a Chicago sportswriter who covers the Cubs and spends much of her free time with a group of guy friends (Jim Gaffigan, Kyle Howard, Reid Scott, Michael Bunin and Jamie Kaler). It's an arrangement she's comfortable with but that tends to impinge on her romantic life, much to the chagrin of her best female friend (Kellee Stewart).
The show earned generally positive reviews upon its premiere last month and has drawn decent ratings; its premiere averaged about 1.8 million viewers. TBS also says the show has done well in encore airings on the network, on demand and through its broadband video player.