TruTV Greenlights Six New Series, Orders More ‘The Carbonaro Effect’ And ‘Impractical Jokers’

By | Monday April 21, 2014 @ 9:52am PDT

trutv-2TruTV has greenlighted six new series as it changes its brand, targeting a young audience of “funseekers.” Over the past eight months, truTV has been reshaping its brand, turning over a slate of more than 30 projects in development. The network’s slate of new shows includes Fake-Off, a Kabuki-inspired, pop-culture-themed talent competition series; Way Out West, a reality Western about three rival outfitter families in the Idaho backcountry; How To Be A Grown Up, a comedic take on the relatable trials and tribulations of true adulthood; Local News (working title), a look at the playful rivalry between the news teams at two small-town television stations; and Hair Jacked, a new ambush game show that gives contestants the opportunity to win big money or go home with the cut of the day. Additionally, after sneak peeking new series The Carbonaro Effect on April 1, the network ordered 13 additional episodes before the first-season launch of the Michael Carbonaro starrer, debuting Thursday, May 15, at 10 PM. The network also ordered another season of Impractical Jokers, which finished the first quarter of 2014 ranking as basic cable’s No. 1 program in its Thursday night time slot with adults 18-34,  as well as a spinoff series, Jokers Wild! Here’s a rundown of truTV’s five main programming categories, with details about the new series and projects:

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TruTV Greenlights Sketch Comedy Series

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 7:19am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Reality-focused truTV is expanFOTP1ding into scripted programming with a green light to its first-ever sketch-comedy series: Friends Of The People, for a launch this summer. It stars comedians Kevin Barnett (Guy Code), Jennifer Bartels (In Living Color reboot), Jermaine Fowler (Comedy Underground With Dave Attell), Lil Rel Howery (In Living Color rtrutv_logo110830153427eboot), The Lucas Bros. (22 Jump Street) and Josh Rabinowitz (I Just Want My Pants Back). The network has ordered 10 episodes, including the pilot, for Friends Of The People scripted sketches and man-on-the-street segments. The sketches in the pilot include a previously-untold story from television history, and the adventures of “Tracy Morgan Freeman.” Read More »

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TruTV Orders Car Designer Competition Series Hosted By Brooke Burns

By | Thursday February 27, 2014 @ 4:45pm PST

trutv_logo110830153427TruTV has ordered 10 episodes of Motor City Masters, a competition series that aims to find America’s next great car designer. It’s slated to premiere in the summer. Produced by Bunim/Murray Productions and The Story Lab in collaboration with … Read More »

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Ex-Busboy Productions Exec Richard Korson Inks TruTV Development Deal

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 11:04am PST

Under the dtrutv_logo110830153427eal, Richard Korson will develop comedic programming targeted toward young adults and companion programming for truTV‘s sports telecasts, including the network’s portion of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, truTV announced today. Korson headed up Jon … Read More »

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Sarah Poage Upped To SVP At 44 Blue; Lesley Goldman Joins TruTV As VP Development & Original Programming

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 8:14pm PST

Sarah Poage-squareSarah Poage has been promoted to SVP at 44 Blue Productions. The exec, who was VP Production and has been with the company since 2002, works in areas including finance, legal, talent negotiations, budgeting, cost analysis, tax incentives, vendor … Read More »

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TruTV Renews ‘Killer Karaoke’ With New Host Mark McGrath

By | Monday September 16, 2013 @ 10:14am PDT

TruTV has ordered 8 additional episodes of the extreme singing competition series Killer Karaoke, bringing its first-season total to 16. Production is scheduled to begin next month with the series return set for early 2014 withRead More »

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TruTV’s ‘Container Wars’ Renewed For Second Season

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 1:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: TruTV has picked up Container Wars for a second season with 13-episode order. The series, from Jenny Daly’s T Group, follows treasure hunters as they descend upon commercial shipping ports to bid on what they … Read More »

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TruTV’s Chris Linn Sets His Programming Team: Marissa Ronca & Michael Lanzillotta Upped; Darren Campo, Adam Dolgins Exit

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 1:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A month after Chris Linn took the reins of TruTV as president and head of programming, the Turner cable network is undergoing an executive restructuring. Marissa Ronca has been promoted to SVP Development and Original Programming, heading up a newly combined team that covers original programming from development through production. Michael Lanzillotta has been upped to SVP and General Manager of the network. Both are based in New York and report to Linn. As part of the restructuring, SVP programming, production and development >Darren Campo, who was TruTV’s top programming executive under previous topper Marc Juris, is leaving, along with Adam Dolgins, SVP of original programming and >Mary Corigliano, SVP of brand strategy and digital content/multi-platform development. A search is underway for a senior executive to head up TruTV’s brand strategy & digital content/multi-platform development teams, replacing Corigliano. Read More »

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TruTV Orders ‘Impractical Jokers’ After-Show

By | Monday July 8, 2013 @ 1:25pm PDT

TruTV has ordered a third season of Impractical Jokers – the series in which four longtime friends take dares to crazy-stupid levels, judge each other’s performances, and subject the guy with the most fails to some … Read More »

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Chris Linn Named TruTV President And Head Of Programming

By | Tuesday May 28, 2013 @ 1:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

MTV’s top unscripted executive, EVP of Programming and Head of Production Chris Linn, is headed to Turner where he will take the reins of truTV as president and head of programming. He replaces Marc Juris, who announced his departure at the beginning of the month. Along with David Janollari, Linn took over MTV when president of programming Tony DiSanto left at the beginning of 2011, with Linn focused on unscripted and Janollari on scripted programming. Janollari departed when Susanne Daniels was named MTV president of programming in November, with Linn reporting to Daniels, Van Toffler and Stephen Friedman. He had been eying new opportunities for the past several months as Daniels had been exploring bringing in a new head of unscripted the way she installed Mina Lefevre on the scripted side. After an overture with a British executive, Daniels ultimately promoted within the company, with Lauren Dolgen named Head of West Coast Reality and Kimberly Rach and Andrew Portnoy named co-heads of production. Meanwhile, Linn was quietly anointed for the truTV job earlier this month but the appointment could not be made official as he was still under a contract at MTV. Today, Linn’s appointment at truTV was announced simultaneously with MTV’s announcement of the post-Linn restructuring of its unscripted area. Read More »

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TruTV Topper Marc Juris To Depart

By | Thursday May 2, 2013 @ 12:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Marc Juris, who has led Turner Broadcasting’s TruTV as EVP and COO, is leaving. The exact timing of his departure is unclear; his current contract is up at the end of the year. Turner Entertainment … Read More »

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TruTV Unveils 3 New Series, 7 Pilots With Focus On Comedic Reality Series

By | Wednesday April 17, 2013 @ 10:58am PDT

TruTV said today as it meets with advertisers that it is shifting half its lineup to comedic reality series by year’s end, and has greenlighted three new original series and ordered seven pilots to go with current hits Impractical Jokers and Killer Karaoke. The network says the move targets “funseekers” — a demo evenly split between males and females with a median age of 35 “who look for comedic reality shows that are exciting to watch and prefer humor that is suspenseful, edgy and irreverent. They also look for mood-elevating shows that provide an escape and feature compelling twists and turns”. TruTV also officially renewed four series: Impractical Jokers, Guinness World Records Gone Wild, Upload With Shaquille O’Neal and the previously announced Hardcore Pawn: Chicago. Here are the network’s descriptions of the new offerings: Read More »

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TruTV’s ‘Hardcore Pawn’ Hits Ratings High In Season Premiere

By | Wednesday March 27, 2013 @ 4:01pm PDT

Back for its seventh season Tuesday, truTV’s Hardcore Pawn premiered with record rating and viewership numbers. The pawn shop-based reality series pulled in 1.6 million viewers in the adults 18-49 demographic last night, rocketing up 36% … Read More »

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TruTV Orders More ‘Impractical Jokers’ & ‘Hardcore Pawn: Chicago’

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 12:35pm PST

There’s going to be even more reality on reality network truTV. The network said today it has ordered more episodes of Hardcore Pawn: Chicago and Impractical Jokers. That makes eight more episodes of the hit … Read More »

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‘Hardcore Pawn’ Renewed For Season 7

By | Friday January 25, 2013 @ 8:33am PST
Nellie Andreeva

TruTV has ordered a seventh season of its flagship series Hardcore Pawn, which just shot its 100th episode. The docu reality series is set at family-owned American Jewelry & Loan. In its sixth season, Hardcore Pawn, … Read More »

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‘Hardcore Pawn: Chicago’ Posts TruTV’s Highest-Rated Series Premiere

By | Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 1:43pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Boosted by a Hardcore Pawn original, spinoff Hardcore Pawn: Chicago got off to a strong start, drawing more than 2.1 million viewers for its series premiere last night to rank as truTV‘s biggest series launch ever. Read More »

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Hot Objectionable TV Clip: ‘Killer Karaoke’

By | Wednesday November 21, 2012 @ 2:34pm PST
Mike Fleming

Here is a clip from the new TruTV singing competition Killer Karaoke. The series begins airing in November, and my question is: was this Steve-O hosted show specifically mentioned among the ancient apocalyptic Mayan prophecies that the world will end later this year?

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TruTV Sued For Allegedly Stealing ‘Caught Red Handed’

By | Tuesday October 30, 2012 @ 8:07pm PDT

Two aspiring show creators launched a lawsuit against TruTV today for supposedly lifting their idea for a series about shoplifters. In their suit (read it here) Harry Dunn and Steven Bloch say that in March 2008 they pitched TrueTV a show called Hands Off The Merchandise about identifying and catching shoplifters for retailers. Actually, the duo, who say they came up with the idea for the show, didn’t actually engage with the network. Producers Scott Hallock and Kevin Healey, with whom Dunn and Bloch signed a collaboration agreement, did that for them. In 2009, after various meetings and “enthusiasm,” as the suit puts it, on the network’s part, TruTV told Hallock and Healey that they were going to pass on the idea. The producers passed the bad news onto Bloch and Dunn.
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TruTV’s ‘Black Gold’ Renewed For Season 5

By | Monday August 13, 2012 @ 7:52am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TruTV has ordered a 10-episode fifth season of its unscripted series Black Gold to air this winter. Produced by Thom Beers’ FremantleMedia-owned Original Prods., Black Gold follows roughneck crews in the oil fields of Texas. Black Gold is coming off … Read More »

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