TruTV Orders Bobcat Goldthwait Scripted Series, Renews ‘Comedy Knockout’, ‘Fameless’ & ‘Greatest Ever’ – TCA

By Lisa de Moraes, Nellie Andreeva

Turner’s truTV has ordered its second original scripted series, an anthology comedy series from Bobcat Goldthwait with the working title Messed Up Stories. Eight episodes will premiere on truTV in 2017.

TruTV also announced today at TCA it has ordered a 16-episode second season of the comedy competition series Comedy Knockout, 12 additional episodes of Fameless, and 10 episodes of Greatest Ever.

Bobcat Goldthwait

Each episode of the “twisted morality tales” from Sundance award-winning writer/director Goldthwait will tell a different story in a different genre, including 1970s-era science fiction, psychological thriller, romantic comedy, and reality, and will parody pop culture norms. Messed Up Stories joins truTV’s first scripted series Those Who Can’t, which debuted earlier this year and has been renewed for a second season.

“There’s nothing like it on TV and I think audiences will feel the same way,” said Marissa Ronca, EVP and head of programming for truTV. Goldthwait, meanwhile, said Messed Up Stories will examine cultural truths and hypocrisies: “Does love conquer all? Does fame and money buy you happiness? Not always.”

The series is produced by Left/Right with Goldthwait, Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman and Olivia Wingate serving as executive producers.

Comedy Knockout, which pits comedians against each other in a series of fast-paced challenges, will return to the network this winter with the new half-hour episodes; its first season ran 26-episodes; it’s produced by Embassy Row with 3 Arts Entertainment. Michael Davies, Amanda McPhillips, Julia Cassidy, Mo Mandel, Tim Fornara, Josh Lieberman and Greg Walter serve as executive producers. The series concept is by Mo Mandel.

The additional 12 ep order on prank/sketch show Fameless from David Spade brings its Season 2 total to 24 episodes, airing this winter. The series is produced by Electus and Entertainment One (eOne) with Spade, Ben Silverman and Kevin Healey of Propagate, and Tara Long of eOne serving as executives producers.

Freshman pop-culture countdown Greatest Ever, hosted by Amanda Seales, will return early 2017 with the additional 10 half-hour episodes, produced by Meetinghouse Productions with Jason Cilo serving as Executive Producer.

The re-branded comedic network just announced that it has delivered three consecutive quarters of growth among adults 18-34 in primetime.


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