truTV showed up for its part of the Turner Networks 2015 Upfront presentations today with two new series ordered up, an extended trailer for another new comedy series and plenty of pilots in the offing.
“In just over six months, we have turned over a whole new network, building momentum with a premium lineup of new series that will keep viewers coming back for more,” said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. “We now have 17 new shows, with a slate that represents nearly 200 hours of original programming. These new shows, specials and pilots are the kind of fresh and innovative programming that will help us build on the success our ‘Way More Fun’ brand is generating.”
That includes Adam Ruins Everything and The Driver’s Seat, three specials from Impractical Jokers, and pilots for comedians Tom Segura & Christina Pazsistky, CollegeHumor’s duo of Jake and Amir, a guerilla-style game show, a docuseries about a weed distribution business run by four women, and a docuseries that will follow a season of the FXFL’s Brooklyn Bolts football team.
First, the new series:
Adam Conover’s Adam Ruins Everything received an 11-episode order, to premiere in Fall 2015. Produced by CollegeHumor’s Big Breakfast, Conover’s series originated as a CollegeHumor webseries in 2014 that already has amassed more than 30 million views. truTV says Conover “employs a combination of comedy, history and science to dispel widespread misconceptions about everything we take for granted.” Such as this showcase piece, “Why Tipping Should Be Banned.”
Here’s the Adam Ruins Everything playlist from CollegeHumor
Back when it was ordered to pilot, Conover wrote: “Couldn’t be more excited about this. Huge thanks to my director Paul Briganti, Brennan Shroff, Sam Reich, Jon Cohen, Jon Wolf, Erin Owens, Emily Axford, Brian Murphy, Michael Trapp, Bill Bergen, Will Hines, Eliza Skinner, Dan Gregor, Spencer Griffin and everyone at Big Breakfast who is helping making this happen.”
The Driver’s Seat (working title) also will premiere this fall, and looks like taxicab confessions without the taxi; instead, navigation devices inside the car’s dashboard provide talking points for the driver and passengers. It’ll get 12 half-hours initially. Produced by Original Media.
truTV also unveiled this extended trailer from Those Who Can’t, the series from The Grawlix comedians Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy. In it, they play three frustrated high-school teachers. The clip also shows co-stars Rory Scovel, Kate Berlant and Maria Thayer, among others. It’ll premiere in early 2016.
But first, late-summer/early-fall of this year will see three half-hour specials from the Impractical Jokers guys: “Punishment Special #2” in August, and “Fan Favorite Special” and “Cutting Room Floor Special” in September 2015.
More from the truTV press release:
NEW TRUTV PILOTS
Jake and Amir – Produced by Electus and Ed Helms’ Pacific Electric Picture Co.
Jake Hurwitz & Amir Blumenfeld, the creators and stars of CollegeHumor’s long-running weekly series that bears their names, have written and starred in more than 800 videos, which have garnered almost a billion views since the show’s inception. Now they’re bringing their irreverent buddy comedy to television for the first time ever.
Untitled Tom Segura & Christina Pazsitsky Project – Produced by 3 Arts and Good Clean Fun
Tom Segura and Christina Pazsitzky’s pilot is about the two married comedians making the next big transition in their life – from broke and partying in their 20’s – to financially stable and juggling real adult responsibilities in their 30’s. The couple’s weekly podcast is featured in the show as they attempt to acclimate to their new life in a sunny, southern California, beach-adjacent town while still staying true to their roots and who they really are – comedians.
Smartface (working title) – Produced by Alevy Productions and CORE Media Group
In this guerilla-style game show, contestants must choose random people in a public place – based solely on their appearance – to answer questions on their behalf. Smartface is set to be hosted by Kevin Pereira.
MaryJanes (working title) – Produced by Pilgrim Studios
This fascinating docu-series will follow a family weed distribution business in Washington state run by four women along with their parents, grandparents and brother.
The FXFL (working title) – Produced by Matador
When it comes to football, the FXFL is keeping the dreams alive for a talented and hungry crop of NFL hopefuls. This high-octane docu-series will follow the players on the Brooklyn Bolts as they fight their way through the 2015 season and, and more importantly, hope to get a mid-season call to play on Sundays.
OTHER NEW SERIES ORDERED AND UPCOMING
Six Degrees of Everything – New Series Premiere: Tuesday, Aug. 18
This fast-paced series, hosted by Benny and Rafi Fine, takes a comedic look at the unexpected connections between various topics.
Fameless – New Series Premiere: Wednesday, July 29
Fameless is a genre-busting half-prank/half-sketch show from the mischievous mind of David Spade.
Funny Or Die’s Billy on the Street – Season 4 Premiere: October 2015
This streetwise game show hosted by Billy Eichner is set to become a truTV original series, starting with its fourth season later this year.
Santas in the Barn – New Series Premiere: December 2015
This refreshingly unexpected holiday-themed series is hosted by Jon Gabrus.
The Hustlers – New Series Premiere: Friday, May 22, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
This new truTV series centers on the high-stakes, cutthroat competition in New York City’s pool halls.
MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout – Fridays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
truTV’s new primetime boxing series, produced in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, marks the first-ever domestic use of “spidercam” technology for boxing coverage.
Fake Off – Season 2: Wednesdays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
The eye-popping performance competition series returns with new host Corbin Bleu and judges Harry Shum Jr.,Laurieann Gibson and Beau Casper Smart, plus backstage correspondent Meghan Camarena and some of the most amazing performances ever shown on television.
Barmageddon – Season 1 Summer Premiere: Monday, May 25, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Comedian Mo Mandel hosts this high-stakes bar competition with a twist
How To Be a Grownup – Season 2 Premiere: Tuesday, June 2, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Comedians offer a humorous take on the trials and tribulations of true adulthood in this funny and fascinating series.
Impractical Jokers – Season 4 Summer Premiere: Thursday, July 16, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
This truTV hit features four lifelong friends who dare each other to carry out hilarious stunts in public.
Friends of the People – Season 2 Premiere: Thursday, July 16, at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
truTV’s first-ever sketch comedy series is back with a whole new collection of hilarious takes on pop culture.
The Carbonaro Effect – Season 2 Premiere: Wednesday, July 29, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Comic magician Michael Carbonaro returns to amaze more unsuspecting people on hidden camera.
Hack My Life – Season 2 Premiere: August 18
Hosts Kevin Pereira and Brooke Van Poppelen offer a funny spin on life’s little shortcuts that can save you time, effort and money
truTV Top Funniest – Season 3: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
truTV serves up a weekly collection of wildly hilarious viral videos.