11:36am PT by Bryn Sandberg
TruTV Renews Three Series, Greenlights Two More
TruTV is expanding its programming with a slate of series renewals and new greenlighted projects.
The network has ordered second seasons of original series The Carbonaro Effect, starring comic magician Michael Carbonaro; pop-culture performance competition Fake Off; and its first-ever sketch comedy series, Friends of the People. TruTV has also ordered a new one-hour Impractical Jokers tour special to amp up the season-four premiere of the hidden-camera series on Thursday, Jan. 29.
In addition, two new shows will join truTV's lineup: Kings of Cue, about the cutthroat competition in New York City’s pool halls, and holiday-themed series Santas in the Barn. The network is also extending its reach into scripted programing, ordering a pilot for the previously announced Those Who Can't from comedy team The Grawlix (Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy). The pilot cast now includes Kyle Kinane and Kate Berlant, too.
"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," said Chris Linn, the network's president and head of programming. "We are delivering on our promise to make compelling shows that have a voice and take you to unique places. We look forward to working with our new and returning production partners as we set out to take fun to a whole new level."
In late October, truTV rebranded itself as a place for "way more fun" in an effort to support its growing slate of original series, which also includes How to Be a Grownup and Barmageddon. Among truTV's winter season launches: television's first-ever reality musical, Branson Famous, premiering Monday, Dec. 29; Kart Life, a look inside the world of kart racing, premiering Wednesday, Jan. 28; and Breaking Greenville, a look at the playful rivalry between the news teams at two small-town television stations, premiering Thursday, Jan. 29.