YouTube’s venture into original scripted programming didn’t last very long, but it surprisingly generated one buzzworthy show by the name of Cobra Kai. This series was originally pitched to TBS, who turned it down. Now that Cobra Kai creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald have proven their worth, however, the Turner-owned network is all too eager to backpedal. They’ve sold their second series, Obliterated, to the network.
“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,” says Brett Weitz, general manager of TNT, TBS and truTV. “This incredible team brings heart and absurdity to a situation as serious as saving the world, which makes Obliterated a perfect fit for TBS.”
Rest assured that Obliterated is just as over the top as Cobra Kai was. It’s a serialized dramedy told over ten episodes, concerning an elite special forces team charged with stopping a terrorist cell from blowing up Las Vegas. We fade in AFTER they’ve already done this, however, and are waist-deep in a reckless, inebriating party over their success.
Then they find out the “bomb” they defused was a decoy and they now have even less time to find the real one. While drunk.
The show will be produced by Sony Pictures Television. “Jon, Hayden and Josh are incredibly talented visionaries with a unique approach to character and tone,” says SPT co-president, Jason Clodfelter. “They hit the bullseye with Cobra Kai, also a pitch to series, and have crafted an undeniable story with Obliterated. All of us at Sony Pictures Television are thrilled to be part of their creative journey.”
Obliterated currently has no release date.