TBS Orders World's End Comedy Pilot Starring Hamish Linklater, Wanda Sykes

Ex-New Adventures of Old Christine co-stars Hamish Linklater and Wanda Sykes are joining forces on a new sitcom for TBS, the cabler announced Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

The pair will star in World’s End, a half-hour dark comedy pilot from Bored to Death‘s Jonathan Ames about a charismatic high school English teacher (Linklater) who has a breakdown and is committed to a mental institution. There, under the watchful eye of Louise Baldwin (Sykes), he begins to feel “sane.” Henry starts to question the system and the methods used to contain the inmates, ultimately becoming the leader of an inmate revolt.

TBS’ other TCA announcements include:

* A series order for Tarantula, a half-hour animated comedy from Silicon Valley‘s  Carson Mell about the residents of the Tierra Chula Resident Hotel (aka “The Tarantula”). It centers on a respected but uncertified tattoo artist who delivers absurd yet introspective monologues to the other residents, as they partake in party crashing, dumpster diving and other socially dubious acts of mischief.

* A series order for The Guest Book, a half-hour sitcom from Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl, Raising Hope) that’s based on the writer-producer’s own experience writing fictitious stories in the guest books of various rental cabins in an effort to freak out the next renters.

* A Monday, Oct. 31 premiere date for People of Earth, a new comedy series starring The Daily Show‘s Wyatt Cenac that centers on members of an alien abductee support group.

* An unorthodox launch plan for new comedy Search Party. TBS will air the entire first season of the series during Thanksgiving week (Nov. 21-25), with two episodes each night beginning at 11/10c.