8:16am PT by THR staff
TruTV Renews 'Impractical Jokers,' Orders Feature Film From Funny or Die (Exclusive)
TruTV has renewed long-running comedy series Impractical Jokers for an eight season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The network also has commissioned a feature-length film, the latest extension for the franchise, to be directed by Chris Henchy and produced by Funny or Die.
The show has been a consistent performer for truTV, averaging 1.7 million viewers, with 1.2 million of them in the 18-49 demographic.
The 26-episode eight season will extend the series on truTV through 2019 and beyond, 200 episodes in all. (The show already runs in syndication.)
The film — truTV’s first-ever feature-length film — will star the Impractical crew: James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano, also known as the Tenderloins. Set to go into production this spring, it’s produced by Gatto, Murray, Quinn, Vulcano, Henchy and Funny or Die’s Jim Ziegler. Executive producers include Marissa Ronca on behalf of truTV, Jack Rovner and Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell.
It’s the latest extension for the franchise. There is already an Impractical Jokers cruise — the third one is scheduled for early 2019 — and an exhibit at the Staten Island Museum opening this summer.
“The Jokers’ authentic friendship and genuine relatability has endeared them to millions of fans around the world, creating one of the most original brands in all of television,” Chris Linn, president of truTV, said in a statement. “We’re incredibly proud of the partnership we’ve developed with the guys throughout the years, and the growing, multiplatform success of the Impractical Jokers brand.”
Added the Tenderloins: “We’re as surprised as anyone that four dudes from Staten Island have been allowed to make a TV show for as long as we have, so the idea of making this movie is absolutely mind-blowing."
The Tenderloins are represented by Jack Rovner and Dexter Scott of Vector Management, Martin Lesak, Jason Heyman & Nick Nuciforo of UTA, and Danny Passman of Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.