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David Spade Reality Prank Show Gets TruTV Series Order (Exclusive)
TruTV continues to push deeper into original comedy.
The Turner-owned cable network has handed out a series order to Fameless, a faux-reality improv comedy from David Spade.
The eight-episode series is described as a genre-busting prank show that features an unsuspecting group of wannabe stars that think they have been cast on an actual reality show — and they have. Each week, a team of improv actors takes on a new challenge — from game-show host to survival-show contender to a home-makeover expert — and creates sketches that parody the reality genre. But there's a twist: One of the contestants is real. Half sketch show, half prank show, Fameless will examine how far people will go to be famous.
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The series hails from Spade, who will executive produce alongside Electus' Ben Silverman as well as Entertainment One's Tara Long and Kevin Healey. Fameless marks Electus' latest comedy offering, joining The CW's critical darling Jane the Virgin as well as TBS' unscripted staple King of the Nerds, among others.
For TruTV, meanwhile, the news comes as the network is making a big push into original programming. The network recently handed out a pilot order for a workplace comedy starring and based on the business career of former NBA All-Star Shaquille O'Neal and landed Billy Eichner vehicle Billy on the Street, which moved to the network from Fuse.