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[via press release from TBS]

TBS's Critically Acclaimed MY BOYS on Deck for Third Season

Jordana Spiro Set to Return as Sportswriter Looking for Love

Jim Gaffigan, Kyle Howard, Reid Scott, Michael Bunin, Jamie Kaler and Kellee Stewart Co-Star

Series Earned Extensive Buzz and Scored Audience Growth this Past Summer

TBS's MY BOYS is stepping up to the plate again as the network orders a third season of the critically acclaimed original sitcom. The series stars Jordana Spiro (Must Love Dogs, The Year of Getting to Know Us) as PJ Franklin, a 20-something sportswriter looking for love in Chicago. Surrounding PJ is her mostly male group of friends, played by Kyle Howard (Related, Orange County), Reid Scott (American Dreams), Michael Bunin (Scrubs), Jamie Kaler (The Family Stone) with Jim Gaffigan (That �70s Show, Ed). Kellee Stewart (Guess Who?) co-stars as essentially the only female influence in PJ's life.

MY BOYS comes to TBS from Pariah and Two Out Rally Productions, Inc., in association with Sony Pictures Television. Creator Betsy Thomas (Run of the House), Jamie Tarses and Gavin Polone (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Gilmore Girls) serve as executive producers. TBS has ordered nine episodes of the series, which is set to return first quarter 2009.

"This past summer, MY BOYS continued to catch on with audiences and critics," said Michael Wright, senior vice president in charge of the Content Creation Group for TBS, TNT and TCM. "It's that truly rare television combination of a talented cast with great chemistry, extremely smart and funny writing and outstanding production. MY BOYS is a quality show with a quality audience that continues to make the case that Turner is a true broadcast substitute."

"Thanks to tremendous support from TBS, audiences have discovered and embraced MY BOYS, and we can't wait to show fans what Betsy and Jamie have in store for the third season, " said Jeannie Bradley, executive vice president, programming, Sony Pictures Television.

At the center of MY BOYS is PJ Franklin (Spiro), who spends her days covering sports for a major Chicago newspaper and her nights hanging out with friends, playing poker or sharing drinks at their favorite hangout, Crowley's.

PJ's gang includes her married brother, Andy (Gaffigan), a corporate lawyer with one foot in the world of family responsibility and the other in a pitcher of beer; Kenny (Bunin), the owner of a sports memorabilia store who has finally found his mojo with women; Mike (Kaler), a self-appointed ladies man who, after a long dry spell with women, recently found what he was looking for in an older divorcee (guest star Mimi Rogers); Brendan (Scott), a DJ fired when his radio station changed formats, creating the opportunity for him to work on the opening of a new club; and Stephanie (Stewart), who attended journalism school with PJ and just published a best-seller about relationships.

This past summer, PJ struggled to come to terms with her feelings for her friend Bobby, just as he was preparing to get married to Andy's Swedish nanny (guest star Mini Anden). With the wedding only hours away, Bobby began to realize he might be marrying the wrong girl.

MY BOYS premiered to critical praise on TBS in November 2006. When the show returned to complete its first season in summer 2007, it scored 22% growth among adults 18-34. The series' second season grew its audience to more than 1.5 million viewers, a 14% increase over the first season.

Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment for network and cable television, as well as first-run and off-network series for syndication. With more than 25 programs on the air, SPT boasts a program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT also owns one-half of cable channel GSN and is a partner in FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service. Sony Pictures Television oversees all of Sony Pictures Entertainment's (SPE) domestic digital distribution efforts across all electronically delivered platforms, including the internet and mobile. Sony Pictures Television, advertiser sales, is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States, for Sony BMG and for the Tennis Channel, and is part owner of national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television's top-rated comedy network. It serves as home to such original comedy series as My Boys, The Bill Engvall Show, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, 10 Items or Less and Frank TV; hot contemporary comedies like The Office, My Name is Earl, Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, King of Queens, Seinfeld and Friends; specials like Funniest Commercials of the Year; special events, such as The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and Just For Laughs: A Very Funny Festival in Chicago; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.

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

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· ED (NBC)

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