TruTV is expanding its original programming slate, greenlighting three new series, renewing two programs and announcing development of two new unscripted series.
The program pickup news comes a year after truTV recast itself as a comedy network. Announcing last month that it was cutting the ad load on its schedule, truTV said the brand switch has resulted in an audience that’s “significantly younger, richer and smarter.” The new branding brought truTV an October audience median age of 33 – about seven years younger than a year ago.
Picked up to series are Almost Genius, a show that celebrates the people, places and things that are almost successful but can’t quite cut it in the end; 10 Things, hosted by Girl Code’s Jamie Lee, a list-based collection of unusual topics; and truOriginals: Inside Iconic Comedy, a docuseries that goes behind the scenes of comedy films.
The network has ordered 13 additional half-hour episodes of The Carbonaro Effect, which ranks among the Top 10 programs in its time slot in key demos. Hack My Life, which wrapped the third quarter as a Top 10 show in its time period among cable entertainment networks with men 18-34, received an order for 10 additional half-hour episodes.
TruTV has two new series in the works, including a pilot order for Jon Glaser Loves Gear, a hybrid show in which Glaser (Trainwreck, Girls) delves into his love of gear. Also in development is a pilot presentation for Inside Caucasia travelogue created by comedians Naomi Ekperigin (Broad City) and Andy Beckerman (The Pete Holmes Show).
The network recently announced that it has ordered additional episodes of Fameless and renewed Impractical Jokers, which celebrated its 100th episode with a live television event in September. TruTV also just launched a brand new season of Billy On The Street, which joined the network’s original series lineup this year. In early 2016, truTV will launch its first scripted series, the new comedy Those Who Can’t.
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From today’s announcement:
New Series Greenlights
Almost Genius – Series Premiere: Tuesday, December 29, at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Almost Genius is a self-contained, half-hour comedy series that celebrates the people, places and things that try so hard to succeed but come up just a bit short. Hosted by April Richardson and Chris Fairbanks, the show features comedians and performers digitally inserted into viral videos to comment on and congratulate people for their bravery and ingenuity in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. But Almost Genius doesn’t mock, because as everyone knows, almost is awesome…and genius.
truTV has ordered 12 episodes of Almost Genius from Meetinghouse productions.
10 Things – Series Premiere: Tuesday, January 5, at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
In truTV’s new series 10 Things, stand-up comedian Jamie Lee (Girl Code, Ridiculousness, Conan) takes the listicle to a new level with this combo of irreverent commentary and cutting-edge visuals. The result is a comedic countdown packed with surprising and buzz-worthy facts presented with a unique point of view.
truTV has ordered 10 episodes of 10 Things from R83 Productions and Gaspin Media.
truOriginals: Inside Iconic Comedy – Series Premiere: Monday, February 29, 10:00pm (ET/PT)
Inside Iconic Comedy is truTV’s documentary anthology series delivering a first-hand account of the funniest movies ever made. Each episode takes us behind the scenes of creating these infamous films, driven by the oral histories from the casts and crews.
truTV has ordered 8 episodes of Inside Iconic Comedy from Left/Right with Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, Anneka Jones on board as executive producers.
Pilots in Development
Jon Glaser Loves Gear – Pilot
Jon Glaser Loves Gear. Not only is that a true statement, it’s also the title of a new hybrid show. In the pilot, Jon runs his first big trail 10K. As excited as he is about the race, his training takes a back seat to his love of looking at gear, shopping for gear, wearing gear, and talking about gear. That’s what happens when you love gear like Jon Glaser Loves Gear.
truTV has ordered the pilot from creator and producer Jon Glaser. PFFR is set as the production company with Vernon Chatman, John Lee, and Alyson Levy executive producing alongside Glaser and Richard Korson.
Inside Caucasia – Pilot Presentation
Inside Caucasia is a cultural travelogue in which comedian Naomi Ekperigin (Broad City, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell) traverses the country to learn more about what makes Caucasians tick in a “post-racial” America.
The pilot presentation for Inside Caucasia is being produced by truTV, with Ekperigin and Beckerman on board as executive producers with Gideon Evans and Jenny Hunter.
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