Ground Floor: TBS Orders New Bill Lawrence Sitcom

John C. McGinley stars in Ground FloorTBS has given the go-ahead for Ground Floor, a new sitcom from Bill Lawrence and Greg Malins. The comedy will debut some time in 2014 and the cable channel has ordered 10 episodes to start.

Here’s the press release with some additional details:

TBS Greenlights “Ground Floor,” New Sitcom from Emmy(R) Mominees Bill Lawrence and Greg Malins

Skylar Astin, Briga Heelan and John C. McGinley Star in Workplace Comedy with a Romantic Twist

TBS has greenlit Ground Floor, a new workplace comedy with a romantic twist written by Emmy(R) nominees Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town, Scrubs, Clone High) and Greg Malins (2 Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother). The series stars Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Briga Heelan (Cougar Town) and John C. McGinley (Scrubs). Ground Floor is being produced by Lawrence’s Doozer, in association with Warner Horizon Television, with Lawrence and Jeff Ingold (Like Father) serving as executive producers. TBS has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which will premiere on the network in 2014.

Ground Floor is set in the modern world of corporate America. The show centers on Brody (Astin), a young hot-shot banker at Whitestone Trust who thought he was just having a one-night stand with Jennifer (Heelan), a beautiful woman he met at a bar. But when he discovers that she works in maintenance for the building where he works, their worlds begin to collide in the most unexpected way. Facing Brody’s critical boss, Mr. Mansfield (McGinley), as well as annoyed colleagues, the pair must find a way to deal with their growing feelings for each other in this modern take on Romeo & Juliet.

Starring as Jennifer’s co-workers in the building’s maintenance office are Rory Scovel (Zach Stone is Going to be Famous) as Harvard, a know-it-all who’s secretly enamored with her; James Earl (Glee) as Derrick, who brings a laid-back quality to the office; and Alexis Knapp (Pitch Perfect) as Tori, a sexy young woman who loves to hit the clubs every night. In addition, Rene Gube (Upright Citizens Brigade) stars as Brody’s colleague Threepeat, a money manager in love with his hair gel.

“Ground Floor is a smart and extremely funny comedy that blends workplace humor with relatable romantic entanglements,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “It’s all brought together by a wonderful ensemble. With Ground Floor, we’re thrilled to be extending our creative partnership with Cougar Town’s Bill Lawrence.

About Warner Horizon Television

Warner Horizon Television (WHTV) is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of scripted series for the cable marketplace and primetime reality series for both network and cable. Founded in 2006, this second production entity allows the Warner Bros. Television Group to expand its programming offerings and explore creative options made possible under a new business model. WHTV’s current unscripted series include The Voice for NBC, The Bachelor franchise – which includes The Bachelor and The Bachelorette – for ABC, Oh Sit! and the upcoming The Capture for The CW, Who Gets the Last Laugh? and Deon Cole’s Black Box for TBS, and Marshal Law: Texas (working title) for TNT. Scripted programs from WHTV are Rizzoli & Isles and Dallas for TNT; Sullivan & Son for TBS; Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game and the upcoming Ravenswood for ABC Family; and Longmire for A&E.

About TBS

TBS is basic cable’s reigning champion among young adults in primetime. Available in 100 million households, TBS features original primetime comedy series like Cougar Town, Men at Work, Sullivan & Son, King of the Nerds, Who Gets the Last Laugh? and the upcoming Deon Cole’s Black Box, Deal With It and Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host. In late night, TBS is home to the Emmy(R)-winning series CONAN, starring Conan O’Brien, which will be followed by a new series starring Pete Holmes this fall. TBS also features an outstanding slate of contemporary comedies, such as The Big Bang Theory and Family Guy, along with blockbuster movies and championship sports. In addition, TBS produces special live comedy events, like the star-studded comedy festival held each year in Chicago.

TBS is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

What do you think? Do you plan on giving this show a try? Does it sound as good as Larence’s other shows?

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4 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. wawa says

    This show is just another formulaic reject. The era of original sitcoms is over. Move on. Who can relate to office romance anyway? It made me sick of the office show.

  2. Cynthia says

    I for one happen to like this show. It is one of the few shows I actually make time to watch anymore. There are so many stupid reality shows and sitcoms that I’ve given a chance Not the reality ones…Bachelor. Yeah right! Not. Those disgusting Kardash people, uneducated fat Boo family, etc. I’ve been looking for a nice comedy to watch for years now and finally found and maybe lost this one. :( As of February 2014 a couple new cute shows premiered on other stations that I really enjoy. I look forward to more decent and funny sitcoms.

  3. says

    I enjoyed Bill Lawrence in his short but well played dramatic roles in Platoon and Wall Street. He was hysterical in Scrubs and often carried the show.

    Out of hope for a new success in his career I watched an entire episode of Ground Floor. This is one of the most poorly written and acted TV show I have ever seen. I think the laugh track is only there to point out the attempts at humor. I did not laugh or feel even remotely amused by a single line. The entire cast is terrible and not a single one has any ability at comedic timing.

    I feel bad for Mr. Lawrence, he must either be desperate for money, or is bound by a terrible contract.
    Please either fire all the writer’s, support actors, let Mr. Lawrence free, or put this incredible farce out of it’s misery.

    Thank you for your time.

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