In September we reported that TBS had inked a deal with comedian Steve Byrne and Vince Vaughn for the pair to develop a pilot called Sullivan and Son. And now, we can report that TBS has officially gave the show the green light, committing to at least 10 episodes set to premiere this summer.
The show, semi-autobiographical for Byrne (pictured), centers around his character who decided to ditch his swanky digs and high-paying job in Manhattan to return to his hometown of Pittsburgh to run the bar his parents — Irish-American dad and Korean mom — are selling; of course, he’s also trying to find love. “Sullivan and Son is a smart, funny, workplace comedy,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies. “The barstools at Sullivan’s bar are filled with outrageous, unique characters.”
If you’re thinking, ‘this pretty much sounds like Cheers, except instead of being set in Boston, it’s set in Pittsburgh’ you’re not too far off. Sullivan and Son is being co-executive produced by Rob Long, who produced no less than 25 episodes of Cheers in the early 1990s. Vaughn and Peter Billingsley (Ralphie from A Christmas Story) are also producing. If it’s even a quarter as successful as Cheers was TBS, no doubt, would be thrilled.