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Tumblr and truTV Team Up for "Big Deal" TV Development Contest

Not long after renewing its hit sketch show Friends of the People, truTV has teamed up with Tumblr to seek out new ideas for unscripted comedy series. According to The Wrap, the "Big Deal Contest" calls for submissions from Tumblr users for "unique unscripted comedic formats featuring likable authentic characters." truTV's president Chris Linn said the network is looking for "shows that take us to new and unexpected places; shows that make us laugh … or that simply amaze us. Most of all, we want shows that are fun and fresh. We really look forward to seeing those big ideas ready to sprout from the Tumblr community's [...]

Here's a Sneak Peek of Tonight's 'Friends of the People' Featuring Sherri Shepherd

Ahead of tonight's brand new episode of truTV's breakout sketch show Friends of the People at 10:00pm, here's a sneak peek with special guest Sherri Shepherd in a heartwarming PSA about parenting and divorce with cast members Lil Rel Howery and Josh Rabinowitz.

truTV Orders a Sketch Comedy Show Starring The Lucas Brothers, Jermaine Fowler, and More

Reality show network truTV has greenlit its first-ever sketch comedy show. According to Deadline, the channel has ordered 10 episodes of Friends of the People, a blend of scripted sketches and man-on-the-street segments that will star The Lucas Brothers, Kevin Barnett (Guy Code), Josh Rabinowitz (I Just Want My Pants Back), and Jermaine Fowler, Jennifer Bartels, and Lil Rel Howery, who were attached to the In Living Color reboot. The cast will also write and executive produce (under Rabinowitz and Barnett as head writers), and The Pete Holmes Show's Neil Punsalan will serve as showrunner and director. Friends of the People is set to premiere on [...]

'Friends of the People' Gets a Season 2 Renewal from truTV

Good news for fans of truTV's debut sketch show Friends of the People: Variety reports that the network has officially renewed it for a second season. "Building on the success and momentum of recent premieres, we are continuing to take big swings in new spaces with original series that are innovative, surprising and irresistibly shareable," truTV exec Chris Linn said in a statement. For more on Friends of the People, check out our behind-the-scenes look at how it turned into a TV show.

'Friends of the People': A New Sketch Show Finds Its Voice

Since truTV greenlighted Friends of the People, their new sketch comedy show set to anchor the network’s crossover into original comedic programming, the storyline that’s occasionally popped up is that the series’ inception came to fruition after the In Living Color reboot ultimately did not reboot. However, FOTP is not a revised version of the scrapped ILC series.

The grain of truth in that narrative is that three of FOTP’s cast members, Jermaine Fowler, Jennifer Bartels, and Lil Rel Howery, were set to star in the ILC revival and that’s where they met. That’s it. What did happen is Fowler, Bartels, and Rel realized they had chemistry and that they [...]

No One Will Ever Be Offended by Shaq.0

No, Comedy Central is not replacing Daniel Tosh with Shaquille O'Neal, but close! TruTV has just ordered 10 episodes of Upload With Shaquille O’Neal, a new show produced by Tosh.0 co-creator Mike Gibbons that'll feature Shaq, Godfrey and Gary Owen jokin' around about "a selection of the finest viral videos the Web has to offer." They'll also be making "their own viral videos and pranks," because nothing makes a video go viral faster than calling it a viral video before it's been produced. I'm not the biggest fan of shows centered around jokin' bout web videos, but for those that are it's nice to have a few options, [...]

TruTV Orders Its First Scripted Comedy Pilot 'Those Who Can't'

After the success of its first sketch show Friends of the People, TruTV is adding its first scripted comedy pilot. Deadline reports that the network has ordered a pilot called Those Who Can't created by and starring Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy of the Denver comedy trio The Grawlix. The series will be set in Denver and follow Cayton-Holland, Orvedahl, and Roy as "three dysfunctional high school teachers who are as screwed-up as the kids they teach. When an entitled bully decides to make their lives miserable, they go to ridiculous lengths to exact revenge." Former SNL writer and Broad City co-executive producer Eric Slovin will [...]

Watch a Clip from TruTV's First Ever Sketch Show, 'Friends of the People'

Reality-focused cable network TruTV is expanding into scripted programming, and here's a sketch about Steve Urkel from their first-ever sketch show, Friends of the People. The 10-episode first season debuts later this year and features a cast that includes Kevin Barnett, Jennifer Bartels, Jermaine Fowler, Lil Rel Howery, Keith Lucas, Kenny Lucas, and Josh Rabinowitz, having grown out of Fox's failed 2011 In Living Color reboot.