TruTV Sets First Toon Series & Sports-Themed Show, Renews ‘Carbonaro’, ‘Laff Tracks’, Amy Sedaris Sketch Comedy

By Erik Pedersen, Bruce Haring


TruTV will keep the laughs coming with orders for its first animated series and a sports-themed studio show from comics Clayton English and Noah Gardenswartz. Ahead of its first WarnerMedia upfront next week, the cable net also renewed At Home with Amy Sedaris, Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks and The Carbonaro Effect, and ordered more episodes of Adam Ruins Everything

New series This Functional Family and Game Changers (working title) will bow in 2020, with the new seasons of returning shows premiering this year or next

“With our longstanding franchises to more recent successes like Tacoma FD, we’ve curated an original portfolio at truTV that consistently delivers on telling distinct comedic stories from amazing talent that is resonating with fans and advertisers alike,” TruTV president Chris Linn said. “As we look ahead to the 2019-20 broadcast season and WarnerMedia’s expansion into new platforms, we’re excited about our unmatched potential for our wholly owned content that we’re developing for young adult audiences.”

TruTV’s first-ever animated series, This Functional Family from comedian Jo Koy, has been greenlit for a 10-episode first season slated to release next year. At the center of this multi-racial, multi-generational modern family is comedian Koy: a guy who just wants to be a good son, a better dad, a decent brother, and a solid ex-husband. Drawing upon real-life experiences and characters featured in Koy’s popular stand-up tour, this half-hour animated scripted series asks: what if the most real family on television was also a pretty weird cartoon? Created by Koy and Kirk RudellThis Functional Family is produced by Stun with Koy, Rudell, Jeremy Colfer, Mark FeldsteinBrad Roth and Joe Melocheserving as executive producers. Rudell is the series’ showrunner.

Longtime friends and comedians English and Gardenswartz are taking their two loves – sports and comedy – and combining them in Game Changers (wt), a fast-paced, half-hour studio show that features celebrity sketches, pro athlete drop-ins and comedic field investigations. Set on a stage in their hometown of Atlanta, TruTV has greenlit 12 episodes of the series, which is produced by Above Averagewith English, Gardenswartz, Grant Jones, Marc Lieberman, Jason Ross and Elliott Kalan serving as executive producers. Game Changers(wt) is slated to be released in early 2020.

In TruTV’s Emmy-nominated variety sketch series At Home with Amy Sedaris, creator and star Amy Sedaris has cooked up a world that showcases her unique, distinctive brand of hospitality and homemaking. Each episode of the series touches on a specific theme, featuring imaginative characters, how-to demonstrations, special guests, and more. With 10 all-new season three episodes ordered, series writer and actor Cole Escola again reprises his breakout role as former pastry-chef and friend of the show Chassie Tucker. Produced by A24, the series is executive produced by Sedaris and Ravi Nandan, with its third season slated to launch in 2020.

With its host DJ/comedian Cipha Sounds, Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks is a series that introduces viewers to the next generation of great comedians. The series picks up later this year with a 12-episode second season that will introduce a new headliner in each episode and will again showcase a rotating cast of comedians who perform hilarious stand-up routines in which jokes are heightened through over-the-top visual recreations. Headline performers featured in upcoming episodes will include James Davis, Ronnie Jordan, Yamaneika Saunders, Chaunte Wayans, Gina Yashere, and more. Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks is produced by Rotten Science with executive producers Matthew Vaughan and Hugh Fink, along with Laff Mobb Entertainment’s Bob Sumner and Arthur Spivak.

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In Adam Ruins Everythingcreator and host Adam Conover embarks on a comically inventive and relentlessly factual quest to reveal the hidden truths about everything we know and love. Tackling a broad range of topics including Doing Good, Murder, and even Adam himself, Conover delivers fun facts and compelling information, encouraging viewers to see the world in a whole new way. TruTV has ordered six additional Season 3 episodes of the series which will premiere this summer. Adam Ruins Everything is produced by Big Breakfast, an Electus company, with Conover, Sam Reich, Jon Cohen, and Jon Wolf serving as executive producers.

The Carbonaro Effect is an original hidden camera magic series hosted by Michael Carbonaro – a magician by trade but a prankster at heart – who performs ingenious tricks on unsuspecting people. Since its debut on TruTV in 2014, the half-hour comedic series has become a favorite for fans of all ages across four seasons. TruTV has ordered a 16-episode fifth season of the series which will premiere later this year. The Carbonaro Effect is produced by Fields Entertainment in association with Trickster Productions with Simon Fields and Michael Carbonaro serving as executive producers.

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