truTV Announces a Pile of Premiere Dates, New Series, and Shows in Development
Lots of news just broke over at truTV. When it comes to returning series, the network confirmed premiere dates for Guy Branum’s Talk Show the Game Show (Thursday, February 1st at 10:30pm and 11:00pm), The Chris Gethard Show (Tuesday, March 20th at 11:00pm), and six animated episodes of Adam Ruins Everything (Tuesday, March 20th at 10:00pm). Additionally, the network announced new shows from Bobcat Goldthwait and Michael Torpey (both were put into development last year) as well as a new pilot from Broken Lizard’s Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme. Here’s the full rundown from truTV’s press release:
Tacoma FD (wt) – Scripted Pilot Order
With their long-anticipated film Super Troopers 2 debuting this spring, co-creator and stars Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme are putting on new uniforms in Tacoma FD, a new half-hour comedy set in a firehouse in the wettest city in America. Light on blazes that need extinguishing, they are basically fire fighters who are always ready to fight fires… but in this wet city, they also have to fight their own boredom. The series is co-created and executive produced by Heffernan and Lemme alongside David Miner and Greg Walter from 3 Arts Entertainment and Kyle Clark from Silverscreen Pictures.
Paid Off with Michael Torpey – 16-Episode New Series Greenlight Airing Summer 2018
The student loan crisis is ridiculous, so comedian Michael Torpey (Orange is the New Black) is solving it in the most ridiculous way possible, a comedy game show. Paid Off with Michael Torpey gives three lucky college grads – saddled with student debt – the chance to test the depth of their degrees with fun, fast paced trivia questions. In the end, one lucky winner will get the chance to have their student debt paid off. The series is co-created by Torpey and Cowboy Bear Ninja, who also produces. Michael Melamedoff and Adrian Selkowitz serve as executive producers for Cowboy Bear Ninja alongside executive producers Torpey, Ethan Berlin and Leigh Hampton.
Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters – 8-Episode Scripted Anthology Series Premieres Summer 2018
From the Sundance award-winning writer-director, Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters is a genre-hopping scripted anthology comedy series that examines universal truths in society and pop culture and turns them inside out in completely unique and entertainingly absurd ways. Each standalone episode delivers a subversive satire of the current world we live in and exploits the awkwardness of its flawed characters to tell socially-relevant stories with imaginative twists. Guest stars in the 8-episode, half-hour series include Michael Ian Black, Bridget Everett, Dave Foley, Seth Green, Melissa Joan Hart, David Koechner, Samm Levine, Joel Murray, Dave Pasquesi and Danny Pudi. The series is produced by Left/Right with Goldthwait, Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, Olivia Wingate and Michele Armour serving as executive producers.
Talk Show the Game Show – Back-to-Back Episodes Premiere Thursday, February 1 (10:30pm and 11:00pm ET/PT)
Comedian Guy Branum (The Mindy Project, Chelsea Lately) is back with 16 all-new first season episodes of his outrageous mashup comedy series Talk Show the Game Show. Based on Branum’s popular live comedy show, the series is a boisterous combination of two beloved television formats that pits celebrities against each other to vie for the title of “Best Guest of the Night.” Each week, guests square off, racking up points for the name drops, project plugs and political grandstanding that are the bread and butter of every talk show. The difference is that on this show it literally counts! Also returning this year are the series’ comedic panel of judges including Emmy® Award-winning writer and host of the popular podcast “My Favorite Murder,” Karen Kilgariff, and author and journalist Casey Schreiner. The judges give the real-time reactions we all want during a talk show appearance: roasting mediocre guests and applauding what the best guests did right. Celebrity contestants and matchups featured in these new episodes include:
- Melissa Joan Hart; Caroline Rhea; Jared Logan
- Colin Quinn; Charles Barkley; Marissa Jaret Winokur
- Fortune Feimster; Reggie Bush; Nick Thune
- Cheryl Hines; Ron Funches; Michael Kosta
- Billy Eichner; David Koechner; Lauren Lapkus
- Tate Donovan; Kym Whitley; Cristela Alonzo
- Andy Richter; Sasheer Zamata; Nadia G
- Cynthia Bailey; Cole Escola; Andy Kindler
- Anders Holm; Lennon Parham, Seaton Smith
- Loni Love; Andy Bell; Nicole Sullivan
- Heather Dubrow; Tone Bell; Maribeth Monroe
- Wanda Sykes; Lauren Ash; Nico Santos
- Ileana Douglas; Arturo Castro; Alec Mapa
- Dave Holmes; Maria Thayer; Eliza Skinner
- Natasha Leggero; Cam’ron; Wilson Cruz
- Jill Kargman; Judah Friedlander; Joel Kim Booster
Following the two-episode premiere at 10:30pm on February 1, Talk Show the Game Show moves to its regularly scheduled 11:00pm timeslot beginning February 8. The series is produced by Push It Productions with Wanda Sykes, Page Hurwitz, Anna Wenger and Branum serving as executive producers.
The Chris Gethard Show – New Live Episodes Premiere Tuesday, March 20 at 11:00pm ET
Comedian Chris Gethard brings his interactive, off-the-rails talk show live to truTV, stretching the limits of what is possible on late-night television. Each week, Gethard walks a tightrope between chaos and control, attempting (and often failing) to wrangle celebrity guests, a cast of comedy improvisers, a studio audience and an electric fan-base of callers, all without a safety net. Throughout its rise from a live stage show to a humble NYC public access show to a beloved and critically-lauded TV series, The Chris Gethard Show has attracted a host of A-list celebrity guests including Method Man, Ellie Kemper, P. Diddy, John Oliver, Paul Giamatti and more. The series is produced by Funny Or Die. Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Owen Burke, JD Amato, Brian Stern and Gethard serve as executive producers.
Adam Ruins Everything – 6 Animated Episodes Premiere Tuesday, March 20 at 10:00pm
Adam Conover is back to “Reanimate History” in six all-new episodes that take on well-known historical topics and reveal the surprising truths and unsung heroes behind the history we’ve been taught. Questioning the universally-accepted narratives surrounding the American Revolution, Native Americans, the Cold War, the Ancient World, the Renaissance and the Turn of the 20th Century, an animated Adam will question if we do really know all the facts and give viewers information that will make them see the world in a whole new way. Two back-to-back episodes premiere at 10:00pm on March 20 and the series moves to its regularly scheduled 10:30pm timeslot beginning March 27. Created by Conover, the series is produced by Big Breakfast, an Electus company, with Conover, Sam Reich, Spencer Griffin, Jon Cohen, Jon Wolf, and Greg Tuculescu serving as executive producers.