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truTV orders animated series from Jo Koy, sports/comedy talker from Clayton English and Noah Gardenswartz

truTV is continuing to add new series from stand-up comedians, announcing two new orders today: This Functional Family from comedian Jo Koy (truTV’s first animated series), and Game Changers from Clayton English and Noah Gardenswartz.

Koy’s This Functional Family gets a 10-episode order, expected to premiere in 2020.

At the center of this multi-racial, multi-generational, multi-everything 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. Oh, and maybe get his career and dating life on track if his mother would just leave him the hell alone! 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 Rudell, This Functional Family is produced by Stun with Koy, Rudell, Jeremy Colfer,Mark Feldstein, Brad Roth and Joe Meloche serving as executive producers. Rudell is the series’ showrunner.

Game Changers (working title) gets 12 episodes for 2020.

It’ll feature English and Gardenswartz talking sports and comedy, with celebrity sketches, pro athlete drop-ins and comedic field investigations. Set on a stage in their hometown of Atlanta, produced by Above Average with English, Gardenswartz, Grant Jones, Marc Lieberman, Jason Ross and Elliott Kalan serving as executive producers.

“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,” said Chris Linn, truTV president. “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.”

Additionally, the network has ordered new seasons of At Home with Amy Sedaris, Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks and The Carbonaro Effect, and additional episodes of Adam Ruins Everything, all launching later this year.

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