TBS signs up for 'CeeLo Life' and new comedy

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USA TODAY - TBS is signing on to follow Grammy winner CeeLo Green in the new unscripted series, The CeeLo Life.

The comedy-oriented cable network has also picked up a new comedy from Cougar Town producer Bill Lawrence, Ground Floor.

TBS has ordered six episodes of CeeLo, which will premiere in 2014. The reality show will follow the musician, who recently spent three seasons as a coach on NBC's The Voice, as he produces, records and performs. It will also explore his partnership with best friends Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo as they prepare to bring their hip-hop group Goodie Mob back to the world stage. Their fifth album, Age Against the Machine, is set to be released Aug. 27.

Green is an executive producer.

"With his distinctive voice, winning personality and remarkable ability to tap into a wide range of musical styles, CeeLo Green has risen to the top of the music industry," TBS program chief Michael Wright said in a statement accompanying the series announcement. "This new TBS series will give viewers the chance to get to know CeeLo Green, who is without a doubt one of the hardest working men in show business."

"We are honored for this opportunity to entertain and extend the life of a long legacy of classic programming at TBS -- which in our book stands for The Best Station," Green said in a statement.

Lawrence's new comedy, Ground Floor, looks at romance in the workplace. TBS has ordered 10 episodes, with a premiere set for 2014. The network also is home to Lawrence's Cougar Town, which moved from ABC.

In the series, banker Brody (Skylar Astin) has what he thinks is a one-night stand with Jennifer (Briga Heelan), a woman he met in a bar, before learning she works in maintenance in his office building. They must deal with his boss (John C. McGinley) as well as annoyed colleagues as they try to sort out growing feelings toward each other.

"Ground Floor is a smart and extremely funny comedy that blends workplace humor with relatable romantic entanglements," Wright said in a statement. "It's all brought together by a wonderful ensemble."

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