truTV Announces Four Renewals; Orders Brand New Show
After successfully refreshing its brand as the place for "Way More Fun" television, truTV is ready to keep the fun quotient high with several programming moves, including four series renewals and an order for a brand new show. On the renewal side, truTV is ordering new seasons of Hack My Life, a funny spin on life's little shortcuts that can save you time, effort and money; How To Be a Grownup, a comedic take on the trials and tribulations of true adulthood; and truTV Top Funniest, featuring a collection of wildly hilarious viral videos. truTV is also expanding the first season of Barmageddon, the high-stakes bar competition with a twist, and has greenlit the brand new series Six Degrees of Everything, a fast-paced, comedic look at the unexpected connections between various topics.
truTV's latest programming moves come on the heels of the network greenlighting its first-ever fully scripted series, Those Who Can't. The comedy about a trio of frustrated high school teachers stars show creators Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy, members of the Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix.
Since its extensive brand makeover in October, truTV has been rapidly expanding its lineup of original programming. The network has ordered additional seasons and episodes of the hit series Impractical Jokers, featuring four lifelong friends who dare each other to carry out hilarious stunts in public; The Carbonaro Effect, in which comic magician Michael Carbonaro amazes unsuspecting people on hidden camera; the eye-popping performance competition series Fake Off; and Friends of the People, truTV's first-ever sketch comedy series. In addition, truTV has launched such new series as Breaking Greenville, a look at the playful rivalry between the news teams at two small town television stations, and Kart Life, a look inside the big-stakes, little-driver world of kart racing. And later this year, truTV will debut the new series The Hustlers, about the high-stakes, cutthroat competition in New York City's pool halls, and Santas in the Barn, a refreshingly unexpected holiday-themed series.
truTV's brand update has already begun moving the network's audience measurements in a positive direction. Since the October launch of the new brand, truTV has drawn a primetime audience that's four years younger than last year, with a median age of 38. And digital and social engagement for truTV and its shows are also up across the board.
"Six months since launching the new truTV, we are continuing to elevate the brand with unique, innovative and clever shows that offer a fresh point of view," said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. "With an ever-expanding lineup of original series, truTV is taking fun, distinctive programming to a whole new level for our target audience of young, connected viewers."
The following is a rundown of truTV's latest programming moves. Information about truTV's other recent series renewals, pickups and development deals are available upon request.
Hack My Life - Season 2 Renewal
Hosts Kevin Pereira (Pointless Podcast) and Brooke Van Poppelen (John Oliver's NY Stand Up Show) are back for a second season of Hack My Life, a weekly half-hour show that provides a comedic spin on everyday life hacks. In this new season Kevin and Brooke will continue to explore clever and surprising shortcuts people use to creatively solve some of life's little problems. The hosts will test, curate, and rate their way around various tricks and tips, guaranteeing a fun and informative ride along the way.
truTV has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of HACK MY LIFE for season 2, which is slated to launch this summer. HACK MY LIFE is produced by True Entertainment and Sharp Entertainment.
How To Be a Grown Up - Season 2 Renewal
truTV's HOW TO BE A GROWN UP is a very funny take on advice shows, with top-name comedians offering humorous guidance and common-sense solutions to universal issues facing any adult who feels like a kid stuck in a grown-up body. If you're 40-going-on-21, this is the series for you.
truTV has ordered 12 half-hour episodes for the second season of How to Be a Grownup, with the new season set to launch this summer. HOW TO BE A GROWN UP is produced by Mission Control Media.
Barmageddon - More Episodes Ordered
Returning with even higher stakes, including a $10,000 grand prize, BARMAGEDDON is an engaging competition series that seeks to settle once and for all which bar owner has the best recipe for success. In each episode, comedian Mo Mandel travels to a different city and pits two bar owners against each other while providing insider facts, tips, and tricks. The goal is to see who can turn the most profit...while running the other owner's bar. The result is a wild rollercoaster ride of comical conflicts and one-upmanship as the bosses compete to see who can win over new staff and customers with their charm, expertise and skill.
truTV has ordered eight additional one-hour episodes of Barmageddon, bringing the total for the first season to 16 episodes. New episodes are slated to begin running this summer. BARMAGEDDON is produced by ITV Studios America & Gaspin Media.
truTV Top Funniest - Season 3 Renewal
truTV Top Funniest brings the most hilarious clips, viral videos, and vines right to your living room! This show keeps viewers laughing as we go from funny... funnier... to funniest with our Clip of the Week!
truTV has ordered 22 half-hour episodes for season 3 of truTV Top Funniest, which is produced for the network by Nash Entertainment. Plans call for the new season to launch in May.
Six Degrees of Everything - New Series Greenlight
Six Degrees of Everything is a fast-paced, comedic show hosted by Benny and Rafi Fine (Kids React) who spend each week proving that anything in the world - and we mean ANYTHING - can be connected in six degrees. Using every tool in their belt, from sketch comedy and Man on the Street interviews to original songs and reality segments, the guys take viewers down the comedic rabbit hole, uncovering fascinating facts and connecting our world in hilarious, inventive ways.
truTV has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of Six Degrees of Everything, including the pilot. The series is produced by Fine Brothers Entertainment, Inc. and Marc Summers Productions and is set to launch on truTV this summer.
truTV takes viewers on a fun ride that surprises and entertains. The network delivers a dynamic mix of action, comedy and competition, featuring engaging characters and compelling new worlds that pull you in and leave you wanting more. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. households, truTV features such popular original series as Impractical Jokers, The Carbonaro Effect, Friends of the People, Fake Off, Branson Famous, Hack My Life, Hair Jacked, How to Be a Grown-Up, Barmageddon, Hardcore Pawn, BREAKING GREENVILLE and Kart Life, as well as the upcoming Those Who Can't, Six Degrees of Everything, Santas in the Barn and The Hustlers. In addition, truTV is a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
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