Turner's truTV Announces 2017-18 Programming Slate with 18 Creator-Driven Comedic Series, Pilots, and Renewals
Funny Shows, Serious Momentum, and Cold Hard Results Lead Network Into Upfront Season
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· truTV is a comedy network that is bucking the trend with premium talent, distinct series, and tangible results;
· The network announced a 2017-18 programming slate that includes eight returning series, five new series, and five pilots and projects in development;
· Highlights include all-new series Laff Mobb's Laff Tracks, which joins previously-announced series I'm Sorry, The Chris Gethard Show, At Home with Amy Sedaris, and Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters launching later this year and in early 2018;
· truTV will also bolster its base of returning series, announcing new seasons of Impractical Jokers, Jon Glaser Loves Gear and The Carbonaro Effect, plus additional episodes of Hack My Life, Comedy Knockout and You Can Do Better;
· Finally, the network's development pipeline includes projects from Molly Austin and Shamikah Martinez, Liza Treyger, Michael Torpey, The Kloons, and Rose Schlossberg.
In case you haven't noticed, Turner's truTV is on a bit of a tear. The network enters the 2017-18 Upfront season with unmatched momentum, real ratings success, and a distinct brand identity centered around creator-driven comedic programming. With year-over-year growth in prime among both adults 18-34 (+5%) and adults 18-49 (+2%), and a median age of 36 that makes it the 8th youngest primetime network in the industry, truTV is bucking trends across the media landscape, and breaking through with a growing portfolio of fan-centric franchises.
Building on that solid position, the network today announced additions to its programming slate, including new seasons of well-established existing series, all-new series launching this year, and select pilots and projects in development. First up, truTV announced the greenlight of Laff Mobb's Laff Tracks, a new series launching later this year that will provide a refreshing new take on traditional stand-up comedy. This new series joins four others debuting on truTV over the next year, including At Home with Amy Sedaris from the comedy icon, the comedic anthology series Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters, the scripted comedy I'm Sorry from Andrea Savage, and the recently-announced live call-in talk show The Chris Gethard Show.
In addition to these new series, truTV also announced today new season orders for existing originals Impractical Jokers, The Carbonaro Effect, and Jon Glaser Loves Gear, along with additional episode orders for Hack My Life, Comedy Knockout, and You Can Do Better. These renewals join current series Adam Ruins Everything, which debuts its second season this summer, Those Who Can't, which returns for its third season this fall, and You Can Do Better to round out the network's current slate of original programming debuting new episodes this year.
truTV also has a portfolio of projects currently in development, announcing today four new projects, including two scripted series - the Untitled Liza Treyger Project (wt) and Untitled Austin Martinez Comedy (wt) - as well as End Times Girls Club (wt) from Rose Schlossberg, Paid Off with Michael Torpey (wt), and False Advertising (wt) from The Kloons.
"Three years ago, when we announced our plan to totally reinvent truTV as a comedy network, people thought we were nuts and it would never work - but at least they were nice about it," said Chris Linn, president of truTV. "Now, when we look at the quality and diversity in our programming slate and the talent we're bringing to our network - not to mention the strong momentum and high engagement we're building among our fans - we are incredibly proud of the work that's been done and how far we've come in a short time. Not only have we completely changed the programming slate, but truTV has evolved into a distinct brand that appeals not only to a higher level of talent, but also to more premium audiences and advertisers."
truTV underwent an extensive and well-documented rebrand that began in October 2014, and within the past year has solidified its position as the home for unique, creator-driven projects across a variety of scripted and unscripted formats. In late 2016, the network unveiled a new tag line - Funny because it's tru - which cemented its comedic identity and showcased the network's deep portfolio of talent and formats. In addition to consistent ratings growth in both prime and total day among adults 18-34 and adults 18-49, the network is delivering audiences that are younger (median age of 36) and more affluent than at any point in its history. The network's engagement with its fan base is also at an all-time high, delivering more than 3 billion social impressions in 2016, and recording its best month ever with more than 94 million total video views across its social and digital platforms in January 2017 alone.
truTV was also the first network to announce its commitment to more content and in Q4 2016, it drastically reduced its commercial load across its prime premiere schedule. The result was not only a surge in networks across the landscape adopting this new practice, but also a significant increase in recall of advertisers' messages and a meaningful sales lift that increased actual dollars spent by consumers. truTV remains committed to this initiative and in 2018 will substantially increase its limited-commercial load inventory to 15% across its total prime schedule.
Below is a complete rundown of truTV's latest programming moves.
New truTV Series & Specials Debuting in 2017-18:
At Home with Amy Sedaris - 10 Episodes - Series Premieres in Fall 2017
Comedy icon Amy Sedaris applies her sincere yet distinctive brand of silliness to this one-of-a-kind mash up of hospitality, variety, and talk show formats. Through her imaginative characters and unique point of view, the series will showcase Sedaris' diverse but necessary homemaking skills, tackling important topics like gift giving, cooking for one, making love, entertaining for peanuts, and murder-cide, among others. Each episode will fuse Sedaris' humor and talents as a crafter, chef, baker, and hostess. truTV has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of the series, which goes into production this summer. The series is produced by PFFR with Sedaris, Alyson Levy, John Lee, and Vernon Chatman executive producing. Paul Dinello joins as a consulting producer.
Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters - 8 Episodes - Series Premieres in Early 2018
This genre-hopping, scripted anthology comedy series will bring viewers twisted morality tales from the darkly witty mind of creator and four-time Sundance Award-winning writer and director Bobcat Goldthwait. Each episode will tell a different story in a different genre - including 1970s-era science fiction, psychological thriller, romantic comedy, and reality - and will satirize our social norms and exploit the awkwardness of its flawed characters. The series, which goes into production this summer, is produced by Left/Right with Goldthwait, Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, and Olivia Wingate serving as executive producers.
I'm Sorry - 10 Episodes - Series Premieres on Wednesday, July 12 at 10pm ET/PT
Created by comedian and actress Andrea Savage (Veep, Episodes), the series follows seemingly confident, together comedy writer, wife, and mom Andrea (played by Savage), who comically exposes her inner immaturity and neuroses through unexpected life situations. Joining Savage in the first season are series regulars Tom Everett Scott (Southland) as Andrea's more straitlaced husband Mike and newcomer Olive Petrucci as Andrea and Mike's inquisitive daughter Amelia. The series is produced by Savage, Joey Slamon, Gloria Sanchez's Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay and Kablamo's Jason Zaro, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Billy Rosenberg.
Laff Mobb's Laff Tracks - 12 Episodes - Series Premieres in Fall 2017
Launched as part of truTV's short form comedy series Rachel Dratch's Late Night Snack, DJ and comedian Cipha Sounds is flipping comedy on its head as the host of Laff Mobb's Laff Tracks, a new half-hour series where the next generation of comedians bring their hilarious personal stories to life with a playful reinvention of standup. The series, which will launch this fall, is produced by American Chainsaws Entertainment with Royal Malloy, Colt Straub, Duke Straub, and Mark Therrien serving as executive producers and Laff Mobb Entertainment with Bob Sumner, Arthur Spivak, Carlos Koustas, and Jamal Dedeaux executive producing.
The Chris Gethard Show - 16 Episodes - Live Series Premieres on Wednesday, August 2 at 11pm ET
This summer, The Chris Gethard Show makes the jump to truTV and, for the first time on national cable - and a first for truTV - it will be broadcast live. In this hour-long call-in talk show, Gethard attempts to ring-lead a panel of comedian friends and oddballs, along with a live studio audience, who participate in games, tackle bizarre stunts, and react to the controlled chaos around them. It's a totally immersive, interactive experience for all. The series, which will broadcast live from New York City, will premiere on truTV Wednesday, August 2 at 11pm ET. It is produced by Funny Or Die with Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Owen Burke, Chris Gethard, JD Amato, Anna Wenger, and AGI Entertainment Media & Management's Brian Stern serving as executive producers.
Returning truTV Series and Premiere Dates:
Adam Ruins Everything - 16 Episodes - Season Two Premieres on Tuesday, July 11 at 10pm ET/PT
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, Adam delivers both fun facts and compelling information, encouraging viewers to see the world in a whole new way. Throughout the course of the second season which debuts July 11 at 10pm ET/PT, Adam will apply his lens to topics including childbirth, weight loss, the economy, the suburbs, hospitals, science, conspiracy theories, wellness, and things we learned in school. Created by Conover, the series is produced by Big Breakfast with Conover, Sam Reich, Spencer Griffin, Jon Cohen, and Jon Wolf serving as executive producers.
Comedy Knockout - 16 Episodes - Season Two Mid-Season Premiere on Thursday, May 18 at 11pm ET/PT
Comedy Knockout pits comedians against each other in a series of fast-paced challenges. In each episode, host Damien Lemon (Guy Code) sends three comics into a battle of high stakes comedic gameplay. The comedians throw roast-like, rapid-fire jabs at their opponents, and each show ends with one comedian crowned champion, one eliminated, and one forced to face the crowd to apologize for going down in shameful defeat. 16 new half-hour episodes of the series, which is produced by Embassy Row and 3 Arts Entertainment, will return to truTV with the series' season two mid-season premiere on Thursday, May 18 at 11pm ET/PT. Michael Davies, Amanda McPhillips, Julia Cassidy, Mo Mandel, Tim Fornara, Josh Lieberman, and Greg Walter serve as executive producers with the series concept by Mo Mandel.
Hack My Life - 10 Episodes - Additional Episodes for Season Three Premiere in Fall 2017
In Hack My Life, hosts Kevin Pereira and Brooke Van Poppelen provide comedic step-by-step instructions for eye-popping shortcuts and cheats guaranteed to save today's busy adults a lot of time, effort, and money. Produced by Truly Original with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock, and Todd Hurvitz serving as executive producers, the series has been ordered for additional episodes of its third season, which are set to debut this fall.
Impractical Jokers - 26 Episodes - Season Seven Premieres in 2018; Season Six Mid-Season Premiere on Thursday, July 13 at 10:00pm ET/PT
truTV announced today the greenlight of the seventh season of Impractical Jokers, the network's longest-running, smash hit original series. This new 26-episode order will debut in 2018, bringing television viewers more hidden-camera hijinks from lifelong friends Sal, Joe, Murr and Q - collectively known as The Tenderloins. The series has been a monster hit throughout its run, with its most recent episodes from the current sixth season averaging more than 1.7 million total viewers and 1.2 million adults 18-49, making it the #1 cable series in its timeslot with adults 18-34. New episodes will return on Thursday, July 13 at 10:00pm ET/PT with a special hour-long mid-season premiere episode that features the Jokers on location in Hawaii. Impractical Jokers is produced by NorthSouth Productions with Charlie DeBevoise, Pete McPartland Jr., Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn, and Sal Vulcano serving as executive producers.
Jon Glaser Loves Gear - 10 Episodes - Season Two Premieres in 2018
Actor and comedian Jon Glaser (Trainwreck, Parks and Recreation, Girls) still loves gear - and truTV has ordered a second season of the comedy series. Season two picks up where season one left off, as Jon conquered his demons and unraveled the meaning of what gear truly meant to him. Thankfully there's an endless amount of new gear out there for Jon to love, all while being supported by his real family, his fake family, his phone, and his 'Spurt. The series is produced by PFFR with Vernon Chatman, John Lee, and Alyson Levy executive producing alongside Glaser, Dave Becky, Richard Korson, and David Miner.
The Carbonaro Effect - 16 Episodes - Season Four Premieres in 2018
Magician by trade but prankster at heart, Michael Carbonaro performs ingenious tricks on unsuspecting people, all caught on hidden camera. Whether posing as a coffee shop barista, museum curator or seemingly unremarkable store clerk, Michael's effect on people leaves you laughing out loud with his bewildering and thrilling illusions. The series is produced by Fields Entertainment with Simon Fields and Michael Carbonaro serving as executive producers.
Those Who Can't - 13 Episodes - Season Three Premieres in Fall 2017
This fall, truTV's first scripted series Those Who Can't returns for a third season that is more unhinged and hilarious than the last. Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix (Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy) return as three trouble-making teachers who, joined by librarian Maria Thayer, are more inept than the kids they teach and are out to beat the system as they struggle to survive each day on their own terms. The series is executive-produced by Tracey Baird and Krysia Plonka of Thank You, Brain! Productions; Michael Rotenberg and Josh Lieberman of 3 Arts Entertainment; Richard Korson; and Andrew Weinberg, who also serves as the series' show runner.
You Can Do Better -13 Episodes - New Episodes from Season Premiere on Tuesday, July 11 at 10:30pm ET/PT
Hosts Matthew Latkiewicz and Abbi Crutchfield dole out all those real-life skills you're expected to know but no one ever taught you. In this batch of all-new episodes debuting Tuesday, July 11 at 10:30pm ET/PT, Matt and Abbi will explore a range of topics from gambling and pets to weddings and dealing with your sh*t. The series is produced by Redtail Media with Chris Burke, Jared Cotton, and Brian Dickett serving as executive producers.
New truTV Pilots & Projects in Development:
Untitled Liza Treyger Project (wt) - Scripted Pilot
Recently seen in Louis CK's Horace & Pete as well as her own half-hour stand up special, Liza Treyger executive produces and stars in this single camera, scripted pilot set in Chicago. Utilizing Treyger's strong point of view, this character-driven project revolves around Liza and her dysfunctional friends who together form their own (somewhat) functional 'framily'. Written by Treyger and Prescott Tolk, the project is produced by Avalon Television with Treyger, Sam Saifer, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner, David Martin, and Tolk serving as executive producers. Chloe Pisello is a co-executive producer.
Untitled Austin Martinez Comedy (wt) - Scripted Pilot
Molly Austin and Shamikah Martinez - also known as Austin Martinez - star in this scripted comedy pilot in which episodes spark from relatable conflicts and milestones of being an official adult - things like being the one in charge of an actual emergency, babysitting your friend's kid, and getting your first grown ass woman couch. These relatable, everyday situations are taken to an absurd magical world that includes everything from music videos and sketches to talking cats and noir mysteries. The project is produced by MAD Pictures with Adam Donald, Martinez, and Austin serving as executive producers.
End Times Girls Club (wt) - Pilot
End Times Girls Club is your ultimate guide to apocalypse survival. Driven by her personal paranoia, Rose - played by creator and writer Rose Schlossberg - is here to educate girls on how to prepare for the end of the world and stay cute in the process! The hybrid comedy series is produced by Broadway Video with Schlossberg and Stoney Sharp serving as executive producers.
False Advertising (wt) - Presentation Tape
Known for their terrifyingly believable commercials, The Kloons bring competition (and their marketing genius) to a whole new level in this half-hour show. The comedy group pits two hilarious ideas against each other, creating real commercials (of totally fake products) to convince an unsuspecting focus group. Will they believe that Cheez-Its Christ is really being sold on the shelves of supermarkets, or that a Prada body bag is the hot new fashion item of the year? Absurdity ensues as The Kloons attempt see which product the focus group finds more believable, and which goes too far. The project is produced by Studio 71 with Rabih Gholam, Tally Barr, Mitch Lewis, Greg Washburn, and Nik Kazoura serving as executive producers.
Paid Off with Michael Torpey (wt) - Presentation Tape
Student loan debt is out of control and Michael Torpey has the foolish idea he can do something about it. Paid Off with Michael Torpey is a comedic quiz show that will challenge contestants to prove they really earned their college degrees and have their student loan debt completely paid off. The series is co-created by Torpey (Orange is the New Black) and Cowboy Bear Ninja, who will also produce. Torpey, Michael Melamedoff and Adrian Selkowitz serve as executive producers.
Seen across multiple platforms in 90 million households, truTV delivers a fresh and unexpected take on comedy with such popular original series as Impractical Jokers, Billy on the Street, The Carbonaro Effect, Adam Ruins Everything, Hack My Life and Fameless, as well as the original scripted comedy Those Who Can't. And the fun doesn't stop there. truTV is also a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
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