TruTV, which has been on a ratings upswing, got an additional boost last month when it launched its first high-profile sports franchise, sharing with TNT, TBS and CBS the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship coverage. At its second annual upfront today, the network announced a slew of series renewals and projects in development. The network has renewed Hardcore Pawn and Black Gold for a fourth season, Full Throttle Saloon for a third season and has ordered additional episodes from freshman Lizard Lick Towing, a spinoff of All Worked Up. Additionally, truTV has picked off-network rights to ABC’s reality series Wipeout to start airing in the fall. Here is a list of TruTV’s projects in development, including shows from NFL Films and producers Tony and Ridley Scott and Jennifer Lopez:
EXCLUSIVE: TruTV has renewed one of its top series, All Worked Up, for a third season and has greenlighted a spinoff series, Lizard Lick Towing, which centers on two of the breakout characters on the show – Ron and Amy Shirley of the North Carolina Lizard Lick towing and repo company. All Worked Up has received a 13-episode order while Lizard Lick Towing has been picked up for 6 episodes. Both series, from Zodiak USA (formerly RDF USA), are targeted for an early 2011 launch.