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TruTV Renews Comedy ‘Those Who Can’t,’ Puts 3 New Scripted Pilots in Development

Continuing to ramp up scripted programming, truTV has renewed its first-ever scripted series “Those Who Can’t” for a second season months ahead of its premiere. The cabler has also put three new scripted projects into development.

The pre-launch renewal is an unprecedented move for the cable net, which has ordered 13 episodes for the second season of “Those Who Can’t.”

The Turner-owned cabler has also inked a first-look deal with Dean Lorey, who is the comedy’s showrunner and also has a pilot in the works at truTV. This marks one of three development projects set up at the net.

“We love ‘Those Who Can’t’ so much we literally couldn’t wait to make more,” said Chris Linn, president of truTV. “Working with Dean has been an incredible experience, and we look forward to developing new projects with him as we continue to take truTV further into the scripted arena.”

Lorey will pen and exec produce “Shady Neighbors,” which follows Tom and Wendy, a seemingly happy suburban couple who have let financial pressures drive them to the brink of divorce. But when they discover they’re too broke to split into two families, they turn to crime to finance their breakup, sticking it to the insurance companies, evil employers and banks that screwed them over. One crime leads to a spree, and soon they find a new passion for life as they involve their friends and neighbors, becoming suburban crime lords who happen to be very nice people. 3 Arts Entertainment’s Tom Lassally and Jonathan Berry of 3 Arts Entertainment are also exec producers with Lorey. Thank You, Brain! Prods. will produce.

“Making ‘Those Who Can’t’ with Chris, Marissa [Ronca, senior v.p. of development and original programming], Angel [Annussek, v.p. of development and original programming] and the whole truTV team was a terrific experience,” said Lorey. “They really know how to support the vision of the folks who work on their shows. I’m thrilled to be able to continue the relationship with a second season of ‘Those Who Can’t’ and the pilot order for ‘Shady Neighbors.'”

Additionally, truTV has given a formal pilot order to an untitled medical comedy from comedian Tom Segura who is set to exec produce and star in the pilot, which is also exec produced by Oly Obst and Josh Lieberman from 3 Arts.

The cabler has also ordered a pilot script for a dark comedy about an amateur vigilante squad tackling life’s daily injustices from YouTube personality Melissa Hunter, who will write the script and is attached to exec produce and star in the potential series.

“Those Who Can’t,” which bows with its first season on Feb. 11, centers around a trio of trouble-making high school teachers, played by show creators and exec producers Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy, who are members of the Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix. Lorey also serves as exec producer with 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg and Lieberman, truTV’s Angel Annussek, Richard Korson and Tracey Baird and Krysia Plonka from Thank You, Brain! Productions, which produces the comedy.

The news on the scripted front comes after truTV announced development on a slew of unscripted projects, plus the renewals of two unscripted series.


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