Jason Jones’ TV household would envy his ‘excellent’ life with Samantha Bee


Jason Jones and Samantha Bee are a busy married TV couple.

Every has their very own present — Jones with the TBS sitcom “The Detour” and Bee along with her TBS speak present “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” — and every additionally executive-produces the opposite’s present.

However Jones says balancing their private {and professional} lives isn’t any hardship.

“I’ve at all times labored with [Samantha] . . . so I don’t know what it’s like to not work along with her,” says Jones 46, on the telephone from Maine, the place’s he’s vacationing with their three children. “I don’t know what common {couples} discuss — nobody needs to speak about their job to an individual who doesn’t perceive it. If a instructor and a lawyer come dwelling, what do you guys discuss? So for my part, it’s an ideal relationship that method.”

An ideal relationship is a far cry from what Jones’ character, Nate Parker Jr., has together with his household on “The Detour,” again for its fourth season (10:30 p.m. Tuesdays). Within the sequence, created by Jones, Nate’s household is trailed by prison family, has run-ins with the regulation and is continually relocating. In Season 4, the Parker household (Natalie Zea performs Nate’s spouse, Robin) globetrots from Tibet to New Zealand trying to find their runaway daughter Delilah (Ashley Gerasimovich).

Whereas most exhibits are well-oiled machines by the point they’re 4 seasons in, Jones says that’s not the case with “The Detour.”

“It’s bizarre. I at all times hear folks say that, however we’re so laborious on ourselves. We change just about all of the crew yearly,” he says. “The constants are me and the forged and the writers’ room. It’s at all times a brand new problem. It’s by no means an oiled machine. It’s a really creaky machine. I prefer it — I feel whenever you’re painted right into a nook, you’re employed more durable and provide you with extra irreverent concepts.”

Many of the motion this season was filmed in Vancouver, so it took some strategizing to make it seem like Russia or Tibet for sure scenes.

“It’s at all times troublesome to be in a younger nation like Canada and in search of previous structure, like, ‘This isn’t a Russian ballroom, this wasn’t constructed within the 1600s!’ ” says Jones, who provides that the forged traveled to Europe for that very purpose. “The place we did go on location was [to] Budapest, which doubled for 2 episodes we spend in Russia,” he says.

And regardless that Jones and Bee co-executive-produce one another’s present, the job principally entails ethical help, he says.

“I’m fairly hands-off on her present basically. We’re at all times one another’s backstop — a sounding board for after we don’t know what to do,” he says. “Definitely, if I’m free, I’ll at all times assist, and vice versa.”

He says he and Bee principally break up family duties, relying on their work schedules. “I’m a single mother or father proper now up in Maine,” he says. “She was up right here for a bit and needed to go dwelling as a result of she’s bought a present subsequent week. I stayed as a result of it’s too good to go away.”

Apart from “The Detour,” each Jones and Bee first rose to fame on “The Each day Present with Jon Stewart” — however that’s not how they met, Jones says.

“We met in Canada [where] we have been doing actually dangerous kids’s theater collectively,” he says.