truTV Orders Comedy Pilots Starring Jon Glaser and Naomi Ekperigin
truTV just announced a round of new series and pilots, including comedies from Jon Glaser and Naomi Ekperigin. According to Variety, the network has handed out two series renewals (The Carbonaro Effect, Hack My Life), as well as three new unscripted shows: Almost Genius from April Richardson and Chris Fairbanks, 10 Things hosted by Girl Code’s Jamie Lee, and an eight-part look behind the scenes of “creating infamous comedy films” called Inside Iconic Comedy.
In addition to the renewals and new series, truTV also ordered two new comedy pilots. The first — titled Jon Glaser Loves Gear — was created by and stars Jon Glaser, who will “delve into his love of looking at gear, shopping for gear, wearing the gear and talking about gear.” Glaser will also executive produce alongside PFFR’s Vernon Chatman, John Lee, Alyson Levy. and Richard Korson. The second pilot, Inside Caucasia, is described as a “cultural travelogue” and is created by Naomi Ekperigin (Broad City and more recently Adam Ruins Everything) and former Pete Holmes Show writer Andy Beckerman. The series will follow Ekperigin as she “traverses the country to learn more about what makes Caucasians tick in a ‘post-racial’ America.” See below for more info and premiere dates via truTV’s press release:
New Series Greenlights
Almost Genius – Series Premiere: Tuesday, December 29, at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Almost Genius is a self-contained, half-hour comedy series that celebrates the people, places and things that try so hard to succeed but come up just a bit short. Hosted by April Richardson and Chris Fairbanks, the show features comedians and performers digitally inserted into viral videos to comment on and congratulate people for their bravery and ingenuity in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. But Almost Genius doesn’t mock, because as everyone knows, almost is awesome…and genius.
10 Things – Series Premiere: Tuesday, January 5, at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
In truTV’s new series 10 Things, stand-up comedian Jamie Lee (Girl Code, Ridiculousness, Conan) takes the listicle to a new level with this combo of irreverent commentary and cutting-edge visuals. The result is a comedic countdown packed with surprising and buzz-worthy facts presented with a unique point of view.
truOriginals: Inside Iconic Comedy – Series Premiere: Monday, February 29, 10:00pm (ET/PT)
Inside Iconic Comedy is truTV’s documentary anthology series delivering a first-hand account of the funniest movies ever made. Each episode takes us behind the scenes of creating these infamous films, driven by the oral histories from the casts and crews.
The Carbonaro Effect – Additional Episodes Ordered
After successfully convincing the public to believe the unbelievable, magician Michael Carbonaro is back with unexpected tricks that will astound and amuse audiences in truTV’s The Carbonaro Effect. Each week, Michael performs ingenious tricks on unsuspecting members of the public, all caught on hidden camera. Whether posing as a barista, museum curator or seemingly unremarkable store clerk, Michael Carbonaro’s affect on people will have you laughing out loud and scratching your head in disbelief.
Hack My Life – Additional Episodes Ordered
In truTV’s popular series Hack My Life, hosts Kevin Pereira and Brooke Van Poppelen offer a funny spin on life’s little shortcuts that can save you time, effort and money. In its first season, Hack My Life ranked among the Top 10 cable entertainment programs in its timeslot with men 18-34.
Pilots in Development
Jon Glaser Loves Gear – Pilot
Jon Glaser Loves Gear. Not only is that a true statement, it’s also the title of a new hybrid show. In the pilot, Jon runs his first big trail 10K. As excited as he is about the race, his training takes a back seat to his love of looking at gear, shopping for gear, wearing gear, and talking about gear. That’s what happens when you love gear like Jon Glaser Loves Gear.
Inside Caucasia – Pilot Presentation
Inside Caucasia is a cultural travelogue in which comedian Naomi Ekperigin (Broad City, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell) traverses the country to learn more about what makes Caucasians tick in a “post-racial” America.