The truTV programming evolution is kicking into high gear, with a packed slate of series renewals, greenlights and more. Headlining the renewals, truTV has ordered second seasons of its hit series The Carbonaro Effect, starring comic magician Michael Carbonaro, and the eye-popping performance competition series Fake Off. The network has also landed additional episodes of the network’s first-ever sketch comedy series, Friends of the People, and has ordered a new one-hour special taped during the “truTV Presents The Impractical Jokers featuring The Tenderloins” tour, which took place this winter as a build-up to the Impractical Jokers season 4 premiere on Thursday, Jan. 29.
Two all new series are set to join the truTV slate. The network has greenlit Kings of Cue (working title), about the high-stakes, cutthroat competition in New York City’s pool halls, and Santas in the Barn, a refreshingly unexpected holiday-themed series. And on the development front, truTV is expanding its reach into scripted programming with a pilot order for the previously announced Those Who Can’t (working title), from the comedy team The Grawlix – Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy. The pilot cast has expanded to include Kyle Kinane and Kate Berlant.
“Building on the success and momentum of recent premieres, we are continuing to take big swings in new spaces with original series that are innovative, surprising and irresistibly shareable.” said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. “We are delivering on our promise to make compelling shows that have a voice and take you to unique places. We look forward to working with our new and returning production partners as we set out to take fun to a whole new level.”
In late October, truTV launched a major brand refresh touting the network as the place for “Way More Fun.” The new branding is designed to support the network’s ever-growing slate of original series, including the returning hits Impractical Jokers and The Carbonaro Effect and the new series Fake Off, Friends of the People, How to Be a Grownup and Barmageddon, to name a few.
Joining the truTV lineup this winter are television’s first-ever reality musical Branson Famous, premiering Monday, Dec. 29 and produced by Road to Awe; Kart Life, a look inside the big-stakes, little-driver world of kart racing, premiering Wednesday, Jan. 28, and produced by Bodega Pictures; and Breaking Greenville, a look at the playful rivalry between the news teams at two small town television stations premiering Thursday, Jan. 29 and produced by Electus.