TruTV Orders Three New Unscripted Series, Two Pilots & Renews Two Shows


TruTV has greenlit three new shows including one docuseries, plus has ordered two pilots. The cable network has also renewed “The Carbonaro Effect” for 13 additional episodes and “Hack My Life” for 10 more episodes.

The slew of programming is a sign of upward momentum for truTV, which is coming on the heels of its one-year anniversary of network rebranding to be “Way More Fun.”

“We’ve come a long way over the past year when it comes to establishing the new truTV brand, and we’re experiencing real momentum,” said Chris Linn, president and head of programming for truTV. “These programing moves represent our continued investment in innovative, talent-driven shows that can engage our viewers across every platform.”

Among the three new series are “Almost Genius,” a show that celebrates the people, places and things that are almost successful, but can’t quite cut it in the end. Hosted by April Richardson and Chris Fairbanks, the 12-episode series hails from Meetinghouse Productions and is slated to premiere on Dec. 29 at 10:00 p.m.

“10 Things,” hosted by Jamie Lee (MTV’s “Girl Code”), has also been ordered to series, landing 10 episodes. The list-based show from R83 Productions and Gaspin Media covers offbeat and unusual topics. “10 Things” will debut on Jan. 5 at 10:30 p.m.

TruOriginal’s “Inside Iconic Comedy” is set to bow Feb. 29 at 10:00 p.m. Each of the eight episodes take viewers behind the scenes of creating infamous comedy films, driven by the oral histories from the casts and crews. Left/Right is producing with exec producers Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman and Anneka Jones.

TruTV has also put two new projects into development. “Jon Glaser Loves Gear,” hosted by the titular comedian (“Girls,” “Trainwreck”), has landed a formal pilot order. Created by Glaser, he will delve into his love of looking at gear, shopping for gear, wearing the gear and talking about gear. “Jon Glaser Loves Gear” will be produced by PFFR with Vernon Chatman, John Lee, Alyson Levy and Richard Korson exec producing with Glaser.

“Inside Caucasia,” a cultural travelogue, has earned a pilot presentation. Created by comedians Naomi Ekperigin (“Broad City”) and Andy Beckerman (“The Pete Holmes Show”) who will also serve as exec producers, the potential show explores what makes Caucasians tick in a “post-racial” America. Gideon Evans and Jenny Hunter are also EPs.

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