Unscripted

Forecast calls for TBS series from Burnett, Funny or Die

Aspiring weathercasters will face off on TBS' forthcoming late-night competition series co-produced by Mark Burnett (pictured), Funny or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman.
June 26, 2015

Competitors aspiring to be America’s next great weathercaster will face off on TBS’ forthcoming late-night competition series, Funny Or Die Presents America’s Next Weatherman.

The program – produced by Funny Or Die, Mark Burnett (pictured) and United Artists Media Group (UAMG) – finds 12 participants going head to head in various physical challenges as they compete for US$100,000 and an appearance forecasting national weather on TBS’ sister network CNN.

The 8 x 60-minute series – set to premiere on August 8 at 11 p.m. EST/PST – is to be hosted by Matt Oberg and judges will include long-time weather presenters Johnny Mountain and Jillian Barberie.

According to a release issued by TBS, the series is based on a concept and format developed by the creative teams at Funny Or Die and UAMG. Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell serve as executive producers on the program, along with Mark Burnett and Dean Houser. Seth Morris will serve as a producer.

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,” said David Eilenberg, senior VP of unscripted development on late night and specials for TBS and TNT, in a statement.

“This series is a fresh and extremely funny addition to TBS’s late-night lineup,” he continued. “We’re especially excited that it extends our relationships with both Funny Or Die and Mark Burnett.”

Burnett added: “It’s been such a good time working with Funny Or Die. This will be the first time I’ve poked a little fun – actually a lot of fun – at what I am best known 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.”

UAMG has retained all international rights for the series, which will be distributed by MGM.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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