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truTV is bulking up its roster of scripted shows.
Ahead of the Upfronts, the network announced its 2017-18 programming slate that includes eight returning series, five new series and four projects in development.
truTV has greenlighted Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks, which will join the previously announced new series I’m Sorry, The Chris Gethard Show, At Home With Amy Sedaris and Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters.
The 12-episode comedy Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks, which is hosted by DJ and comedian Cipha Sounds, offers a refreshing new take on traditional stand-up comedy. In it, the next generation of comedians bring their hilarious personal stories to life with a playful reinvention of standup. The series, which will launch this fall, is produced by American Chainsaws Entertainment with Royal Malloy, Colt Straub, Duke Straub and Mark Therrien serving as executive producers and Laff Mobb Entertainment with Bob Sumner, Arthur Spivak, Carlos Koustas, and Jamal Dedeaux executive producing.
The network will also bolster its roster of returning series with new seasons of Impractical Jokers, Jon Glaser Loves Gear, The Carbonaro Effect, Hack My Life and Comedy Knockout. The renewals join current series Adam Ruins Everything, which debuts its second season this summer; Those Who Can’t, which returns for its third season this fall; and You Can Do Better to round out the network’s current slate of original programming debuting new episodes this year.
In development at the network are projects from Molly Austin and Shamikah Martinez, Liza Treyger, The Kloons, Rose Schlossberg and Michael Torpey. The four new projects, two of which are scripted series, are an untitled Liza Treyger project, an untitled Austin Martinez comedy, End Time Girls Club from Schlossberg, False Advertising from The Kloons and Paid Off With Michael Torpey.
“Three years ago, when we announced our plan to totally reinvent truTV as a comedy network, people thought we were nuts and it would never work — but at least they were nice about it,” Chris Linn, president of truTV, said Friday in a statement.
He added: “Now, when we look at the quality and diversity in our programming slate and the talent we’re bringing to our network — not to mention the strong momentum and high engagement we’re building among our fans — we are incredibly proud of the work that’s been done and how far we’ve come in a short time. Not only have we completely changed the programming slate, but truTV has evolved into a distinct brand that appeals not only to a higher level of talent, but also to more premium audiences and advertisers.”
truTV ventured into scripted in 2015 with the comedy Those Who Can’t. The network underwent an extensive rebrand that began in October 2014 that positioned itself as home for unique, creator-driven projects across a variety of scripted and unscripted formats. In 2018, truTV will substantially increase its limited-commercial load inventory to 15 percent across its total prime schedule.
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