TruTV announced that it has greenlit four new series: Branson Famous (working title), “the first ever reality musical;” Hack My Life, which truTV describes as “a comedic take on life’s little shortcuts;” Kart Life, about kids and parents involved in competitive kart racing and The Shake Up, a competition reality series about bar owners. All series are slated to launch this fall and winter. The announcement, made at today’s TCA Summer TV Press Tour, raises the total number of series greenlit by the network over the past 9 months to 13.
Trumpeting the network’s previously announced “brand evolution,” Chris Linn, truTV president and head of programming, also announced that the network has ordered an additional 13 episodes of the previously announced series Way Out West, a reality Western about three rival outfitter families in the Idaho backcountry, adding to the previously announced 12-episode order. The show premiered Monday July 21.
Today’s TruTV panels focused on two other previously announced newcomers: Its first sketch comedy series Friends Of The People (premiering October 28) and Fake-Off, (premiering October 27), a talent competition featuring performers from the world of “faking,” which TruTV describes as “teams of performers who recreate and re-imagine iconic moments in pop culture.” Those performers come from Kabuki theatre, acrobatics, dance, costume, illusion and other Cirque de Soleil-ish stuff.
Linn confessed that at first TruTV at didn’t like the original pilot for Friends Of The People but had confidence in the cast and is now thrilled with letting the improv/standup performers run with the show. As for Fake-Off, he said the network’s first concert was that it might not be “cast-able’ — meaning he was not sure enough “faking” performers existed to feed the competition. But “you’d be surprised how many people are doing this,” Linn said.