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TBS Renews 'Are We There Yet?' for 90 Episodes

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 16th 2010 5:04PM
are we there yet castIt's a good week for Terry Crews.

The Hollywood vet is currently starring in the number one movie in the country, 'The Expendables,' and TBS has just picked up his freshman sitcom 'Are We There Yet?' for an additional 90 (90!) episodes.

The family comedy, loosely based on the 2005 Ice Cube movie of the same name, ranked among the top 10 new cable shows for the last quarter, scoring an average of 2.8 million viewers an episode. Almost half of those viewers are in the key 18-49 demo.

The show is also a top performer with African American audiences, according to a news release from TBS, reports Deadline.

"'Are We There Yet?' attracts a young, diverse audience, making it an especially good fit for our Wednesday night slate of original sitcoms," said TBS programming chief Michael Wright. The comedy "has proven itself to be an extremely strong addition to TBS's comedy lineup," he added.

The series, which premiered June 2, stars Crews as a newlywed dealing with his wife's kids (young actors Teala Dunn and Coy Stewart) and adjusting to life as a family man. Essence Atkins co-stars as the wife. The show also stars Keesha Sharp, Christian Finnegan and producer Ice Cube in a recurring role.

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kit

I don't care for the show, but I am a terry crews fan :)

August 17 2010 at 1:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
algonquin j. calhoun

when in the hell are they gonna cancel that horrible abortion of a tv series starring piper perabo?

August 16 2010 at 11:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gepin2009

i was just wondering if the show was going to picked up again, i am happy it has been & will watch it faithfully

August 16 2010 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
STEPHANIE

90 SHOWS? THAT IS UNHEARD OF! WAY TO GO!!

August 16 2010 at 10:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jimmy

Its actually the new norm with sitcoms. 100 episodes is the magic number for a sitcom to hit syndication. The 30 minute sitcom is the most successful and profitable format in television history, because the reruns of a show can be sold to broadcast and cable stations over and over and over again.

Broadcast networks tend to give shows an initial 13 episode order. If its a hit, or has some success, it then gets roughly 9 more episodes, for a 22 episode season. At this pace, the 100th episode will take place early in the 5th season, just in time for November sweeps.

However, cable networks, with more patience and scheduling flexibility (as well as smaller budgets), have been giving initial 10 episode orders with an option to pick up 90 additional episodes, in an effort of these shows being available to be sold into syndication. Tyler Perry's sitcoms have followed this model, and Comedy Central is attempting it with Big Lake.

I think this is a smart move, as it cuts costs and maximizes profits. Having a 90 episode order is much cheaper than a network renegotiating with cast and crew every season a show is renewed.

August 16 2010 at 11:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bycomas

Are you kidding TBS? I thought TBS was smarter than that. Having a show with a black ensemble for the sake of having a show with a black ensemble is not the way to go. The show needs to be good, and frankly, it's not. It definitely is not worth a 90 show renewal. If it was a show with white people, it would never get a renewal. Different standards?

August 16 2010 at 9:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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phffffft

ever heard of Family Matters? How I met Your Mother?
????????????? thank god for cable! (never thought I'd say that).lol

August 16 2010 at 10:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jmo

Its about time there was a black ensemble sit-com about a "normal" what ever that is-family and not a jive talking "dyonooomittte" son or a privileged Drs family. Its seems to be a show that color is not noticeable only fun and good comedy acting ability. Thank you from the other white meat! LOL

August 16 2010 at 8:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jpuzzlewhiz

Victor, have you ever heard of a sitcom called "The Cosby Show"?

August 16 2010 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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