Basic cable’s TBS answered the prayers of many fans of domestic comedy when it renewed The Bill Engvall Show this week, just in time for the rookie’s first-season finale. The series garnered predominantly mediocre reviews in the press, but that didn’t prevent the network from remaining supportive of what it considers a show that entire families can enjoy together, children and adults alike. You have to admit, it is difficult to find that type of programming during primetime television these days, especially among sitcoms that often aim for humor arising from “mature” situations.
The order of ten episodes comes in tandem with star Bill Engvall’s additional hosting gig for the November special Blue Collar Comedy: The Next Generation, which will be filmed at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Engvall is one of the four original members of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, of course, along with Jeff Foxworthy, Ron White, and Larry the Cable Guy. The Next Generation show is then slated to debut on TBS on Saturday, November 17, most likely followed by a slew of repeats, as is common on basic cable.
The Bill Engvall Show stars co-creator Engvall as a married family counselor living in suburban Denver, Colorado, with his spunky wife and three typically challenging children. Rounding out the cast are Nancy Travis as wife Susan, Jennifer Lawrence as daughter Lauren, Graham Patrick Martin as oldest son Trent, Skyler Gisondo as youngest son Bryan, Steve Hytner as patient and friend Bob Spoonerman, and Tim Meadows as friend Paul DuFrayne.
For more information on the series, check out Bill Engvall’s very own TV Guide.com blog, accurately called Bill Engvall’s Blog.