truTV Lights Up Summer with Three New Series and Eight Returning Hits
It's going to be an outrageous summer at truTV this year, with three brand new series and the return of several popular favorites. The lineup includes the two series launches: Kentucky Bidders, a look at a family-run auction house in small-town Kentucky premiering July 8, and Cash Dome Pawn, a Miami-based series that will mark the latest entry in truTV's pawnshop series franchise when it premieres Aug. 13. Meanwhile, the hilarious new series Top 20 Funniest is in the midst of its first season on Thursday nights. And truTV will present a summer-themed collection of funny ads from around the globe in a new Funniest Commercials special on June 27.
Returning series on truTV's summer slate include the breakout hit Hardcore Pawn, which will return with all new episodes on June 4. Storage Hunters, kicks off its third season June 9; the hilarious World's Dumbest..., which returns to finish its 15th season on June 13; and freshman hit Hardcore Pawn: Chicago, which returns with new episodes June 18.
Rounding out truTV's summer lineup, Lizard Lick Towing will make its eagerly awaited return to finish up its third season July 8; Container Wars, a first-season show returning with new episodes on July 21; and the outrageous hidden-camera hit Impractical Jokers comes back with new episodes August 1.
Complete summer highlights for truTV are attached below.
NEW SERIES: Top 20 Funniest - Thursdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
From the producers of truTV's hit series Most Shocking and Most Daring comes this new series featuring the most outrageous, gut-busting videos the net has to offer. This show promises to keep viewers laughing as it counts down from funny to funnier to funniest. From "Wrong Turns" to "Worst Days Ever," each episode showcases a unique theme, with the countdown combined with firsthand accounts from the video subjects and creators themselves. Top 20 Funniest is the fourth series created for truTV by Bruce Nash Entertainment.
Hardcore Pawn - All New Episodes: Tuesday, June 4 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
truTV's highest-rated series is back with all new episodes. Hardcore Pawn takes viewers behind the scenes at one of the country's largest pawnshops, American Jewelry & Loan, owned by the appropriately named Les Gold. Working for - and sometimes clashing with - Les are his son, Seth, who is being groomed to eventually take over the business, and Les' daughter, Ashley, who doesn't think Seth is up to the job. The current season picked up where the previous season's shocking finale left off. In the wake of their discovery that one of the store's most trusted employees has been robbing them blind, the Golds reached a tipping point. Devastated by the betrayal, they're determined to make American Jewelry and Loan's security a top priority. But Seth has gone overboard with some of the new security measures, placing himself at odds with Les, Ashley and especially the staff. As a result, the Golds come perilously close to having an all-out mutiny on their hands. With the foundation of his business shaken to the core, the implications for Les could be life changing. Hardcore Pawn is produced by Zodiak New York.
Storage Hunters - Season 3 Premiere: Sunday, June 9, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) - Moves to 9 p.m. on July 21
truTV's hit series Storage Hunters returns for its third season with more outrageous adventures in the cut-throat world of public storage auctions. The series centers on highly competitive and extremely successful finders of great storage treasures. First up are Brandon and Lori Bernier, the dynamic couple at the head of their own company called Beantown Bidders. Widely known as some of the best in the business, Brandon and Lori travel the country to attend more than a thousand auctions each year. Competing against the Berniers for the best storage treasures is Jesse McClure, a young starter who has already managed to develop multiple revenue streams through his finds. Also featured are Sean Kelly, a military veteran who has put his stand-up comedy skills to great use as an auctioneer; rough-around-the-edges "Papa Bear," who moonlights as a pipefitter and barber; and trash-talking former security guard Tarrell "T-Money" Wright, who brought his Detroit street-smarts to Los Angeles in search of better auction goods and more money. Joining Storage Hunters this season is Mone Smith, who really knows how to bring her funky style to the swift game of storage auctions. Storage Hunters comes to truTV from T Group Productions, Inc.
World's Dumbest... - All New Episodes: Thursday, June 13, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Billed by its producers as "the smartest dumb show on television," truTV's long-running series World's Dumbest... is the ultimate showcase of pathetic partiers, outrageous outlaws, brainless brawlers and more. Led by a hilarious cast of celebrity commentators who know a thing or two about stupid, including Judy Gold, Mike Trainor, Daisy Gardner, Jaime Andrews and Chris Fairbanks, this series keeps viewers laughing, cringing and freaking out through its weekly countdown of the dumbest of the dumb. As if that weren't enough, truTV World's Dumbest App for iPhone allows fans to watch the best clips from the series, receive tweets from the stars, talk to other fans and get their daily dose of numbskull news from the show's Dumb as a Blog. Users can also check their friends for signs of intelligence using the app's Stupidity Detector. World's Dumbest... is produced by Meetinghouse Productions.
truTV World's Dumbest App available free for iPhone
Hardcore Pawn: Chicago - All New Episodes: Tuesday, June 18, at 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
Hardcore Pawn: Chicago, which launched in January with truTV's most-watched series premiere ever, is back with all new episodes this June. The show takes viewers behind the scenes at Royal Pawn Shop, "the baddest pawn shop in Chicago." One of the city's largest and oldest establishments in the pawn and gold-buying business, Royal Pawn Shop is owned by Randy and Wayne Cohen, two brothers who don't always see eye to eye...except when it comes to finding the best deals for the business. Hardcore Pawn: Chicago follows along as these over-the-top siblings wheel and deal with just about anyone, from a sweet kindergarten teacher to an intimidating mob boss. Hardcore Pawn: Chicago is produced by Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment.
SPECIAL: Funniest Commercials: Summer Countdown - Premiere: Thursday, June 27, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
truTV will shine a spotlight on the wildest, most hilarious summertime commercials in Funniest Commercials: Summer Countdown. The all-new special will feature a treasure trove of chuckle-inducing summer ads from around the world, complete with a countdown of the Top 20 summer commercials of all time. Funniest Commercials: Summer Countdown is produced by Robert Dalrymple Productions in conjunction with IMG Media, with Robert Dalrymple and Steve Mayer serving as executive producers and Tony Lanni as producer.
Lizard Lick Towing - All New Episodes: Monday, July 8, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
One of truTV's biggest hits is back for the second half of its third season. Lizard Lick Towing is named after Ron & Amy Shirley's Wendell, N.C., towing and repo company, which they run with the help of Ron's best buddy, Bobby Brantley. Ron Shirley is the hulking, tattooed owner and boss who has a colorful way of turning a phrase. His wife, Amy, a former champion power lifter, works the main office. And Bobby acts as Ron's right-hand man as they go about the difficult task of tracking down and repossessing property and dealing with irate owners. Lizard Lick Towing comes to truTV from Zodiak New York.
NEW SERIES: Kentucky Bidders - Series Premiere: Monday, July 8, at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
truTV's latest original series follows the happenings at Sammie's Auction, a colorful auction house in Corbin, Ky. This family-owned business buys rare and sometimes outrageous items during the week and then sells them off on weekend nights. Sammie, his family and his madcap employees will buy or sell just about anything: wedding dresses, live animals, condominiums, antique coins, warrior helmets, antique cars, motorcycles...you name it. Kentucky Bidders comes to truTV from ITV Studios America, in association with Leepson Bounds Entertainment.
Container Wars - All New Episodes: Sunday, July 21, at 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
truTV heads to America's shipping ports on the hunt for hidden treasures in Container Wars, the new series from the producers of Storage Hunters. The show follows the excitement as treasure hunters descend upon commercial shipping ports to bid on what they hope are containers filled with big-ticket items. The bidders have no idea what's inside a container until the doors are opened, after which they only have a few minutes before the auction begins to assess the items that are visible and decide whether to bid on the container. When the bidding is over and the dust has settled, the winner is finally able to comb through the contents in greater detail. The results could mean a big profit or a total bust. Container Wars comes to truTV from T Group Productions, Inc.
Impractical Jokers - All New Episodes: Thursday, Aug. 1, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
truTV's hilarious hidden-camera series is back with all new episodes in August. This hit show features four lifelong friends - Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano - who take dares to an outrageous level. Ever since they were teenagers, these four guys have challenged one another to do the most ridiculous public dares imaginable. Now, to find out who's best under pressure, they're competing in unbelievably awkward and outrageous hidden-camera hijinks. And at the end of each episode, the loser must attempt the most mortifying challenge ever. Impractical Jokers premiered to critical acclaim in December 2011 and quickly became one of truTV's biggest hits, especially among young adults. The series comes to truTV from NorthSouth Productions (Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta and Double Divas).
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NEW SERIES: Cash Dome Pawn - Series Premiere: Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
truTV heads to one of the wildest and most outrageous pawn shops in the country with Cash Dome Pawn, a brand new entry in the network's pawn shop franchise. Mickey Gallanderhas been running his busy Cash Dome Pawn Shop in Miami for nearly 30 years. He wants to retire, but he's not ready to hand over the keys until he knows his two sons - Josh and "White Boy" - have enough savvy and experience under their belts to handle the steady flow of eccentric characters that cross their threshold every day. Cash Dome Pawn comes to truTV from 51 Minds Entertainment LLC, an Endemol Company.
truTV, one of cable's fastest growing brands, offers a wildly entertaining look at the real world through outrageous characters, unpredictable situations and irreverent storytelling. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. households, truTV features such popular original series as Hardcore Pawn, Hardcore Pawn: Chicago, Impractical Jokers, Killer Karaoke, Lizard Lick Towing, Upload with Shaquille O'Neal, Storage Hunters, Operation Repo, Full Throttle Saloon, South Beach Tow and World's Dumbest, as well as the acquired hit Wipeout. In addition, truTV is a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
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