TruTV is ramping up its push into scripted comedy under the Way More Fun branding introduced last year. The network has ordered a second season of its first full-length scripted series, Those Who Can’t, three months ahead of the show’s debut. In addition, truTV has also ordered a pilot, Shady Neighbors, from Those Who Can’t showrunner, Dean Lorey under a new first look-deal with him. TruTV’s scripted slate also includes a pilot deal with comedian Tom Segura for a medical comedy and a pilot script from Melissa Hunter.
Those Who Can’t, from executive producer Lorey and Thank You, Brain! Productions, is set to premiere February 11. Its second-season 13 episode season is slated to air later in the year. Those Who Can’t centers on a trio of trouble-making high school teachers played by show creators and exec producers Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy, members of the Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix. They are joined by Maria Thayer as the school’s librarian. In addition to Lorey, the series is executive produced by Tracey Baird and Krysia Plonka of Thank You, Brain!; Michael Rotenberg and Josh Lieberman of 3 Arts; and Richard Korson.
Under its first-look deal with Lorey, the network has given a pilot order to Shady Neighbors (working title), with Lorey writing and serving as executive producer through Thank You, Brain!. Tom Lassally and Jonathan Berry of 3 Arts are also executive producers. Shady Neighbors follows Tom and Wendy, a seemingly happy suburban couple who have let financial pressures drive them to the brink of divorce. But when they discover they’re too broke to split into two families, they turn to crime to finance their breakup.
The pilot deal with comedian Tom Segura for an untitled medical comedy calls for him to star in the project and executive produce with Oly Obst and Josh Lieberman of 3 Arts.
Melissa Hunter is best known for her Adult Wednesday Addams YouTube series and her NBC Playground pilot Wolfgirl. In addition to writing the script and executive producing the project for TruTV, Hunter is attached to star in the dark comedy about an amateur vigilante squad tackling life’s daily injustices.
Here’s a trailer for Those Who Can’t: