Ahead of its Oct. 16 premiere, NBC has changed the title for its freshman comedy People Are Talking.
The half-hour series starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tone Bell will now be called Truth Be Told, the network confirmed Monday.
From executive producer Will Packer and showrunner DJ Nash (Growing Up Fisher), the multicamera comedy examines sex, race and everything else your parents told you to never talk about. Sources say the title change was an effort to provide a better example of how the series will explore contemporary topics in an honest and truthful fashion.
Show title changes at this point in the game are not uncommon. For Nash’s part, his semi-autobiographical NBC comedy Growing Up Fisher had its title changed early in its development (it was originally known as The Family Guide).
NBC recently added “American” to the title of its summer drama American Odyssey with little fanfare, just ahead of its series debut. The network also changed the title of its summer comedy The Carmichael Show from Go Jerrod Go. NBC fall dramas The Player and Heartbreaker went through pilot season as Endgame and Heart Matters, respectively.
At ABC, meanwhile, its Shondaland-produced drama The Catch was known as Smoke and Mirrors through pilot season and Wicked Crime was updated from L.A. Crime. And Jenna Bans’ buzzy drama The Family changing titles twice (from Flesh and Blood and Original Sin).
Other more famous shows to be retitled include Lost (Nowhere); The Good Wife (The Whole Truth, Leave the Bastard) and That ‘70s Show (Teenage Wasteland). Watch the rebranded trailer for Truth Be Told, below. Do you think the new title is any better? Sound off in the comments section.