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TruTV Orders Scripted Anthology Series from Bobcat Goldthwait, Renews ‘Comedy Knockout’

Turner network truTV has given a series order to a new genre-hopping, scripted anthology comedy series with the working title “Bobcat Goldthwait’s Messed Up Stories.” The eight-episode season will premiere in 2017 and marks the network’s second foray into the scripted genre. It will bring television viewers twisted morality tales from the mind of creator Bobcat Goldthwait. Each episode will tell a different story in a different genre – including 1970s-era science fiction, psychological thriller, romantic comedy and reality – and will parody pop culture norms and exploit the awkwardness of its flawed characters.

“From the moment Bobcat pitched this series, we were immediately drawn to his distinctly original vision for the show. There’s nothing like it on TV and I think audiences will feel the same way,” said Marissa Ronca, executive vice president and head of programming for truTV. “We’re excited to be working with another visionary creator, and comedy legend, on a project with a distinct point of view that will further bolster truTV’s position as a destination for comedic talent and fans.”

Goldthwait added, “Folks often call my movies dark, but I don’t see them that way. To me, the rest of the world is just too goddamn light. ‘Messed Up Stories’ will examine accepted truths and hypocrisies of our culture and turn them inside out. Does love conquer all? Does fame and money buy you happiness? Not always.”

The series is produced by Left/Right with Goldthwait, Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman and Olivia Wingate serving as executive producers.

Ahead of truTV’s Television Critics Association summer press tour presentation, the network also announced that it had ordered a 16-episode second season of comedy competition series “Comedy Knockout,” in addition to ordering 12 additional episodes of “Fameless” and 10 episodes of “Greatest Ever.”

Hosted by Damien Lemon, “Comedy Knockout” pits comedians against each other in a series of fast-paced challenges, with the audience having sole discretion to decide who is the funniest person in the room. The whole time, the comedians throw roast-like, rapid-fire jabs at each other to knock their opponents off balance.

“Fameless” is a half-prank, half-sketch show from the mind of David Spade. truTV has placed an order for 12 additional half-hour episodes, bringing the season two total to 24 episodes, which will air this winter. The series is produced by Electus and Entertainment One with Spade, Ben Silverman and Kevin Healey of Propagate, and Tara Long of eOne serving as executives producers.

Freshman series “Greatest Ever,” hosted by comedian Amanda Seales, is a pop-culture comedy countdown show that takes viewers through the “do’s” and “don’ts” of topics like weddings, animal videos, sports, politicians and awesomely, unintentionally funny inventions, infomercials and products. Bringing the total number of season one episodes to 16, the series will return early 2017 with an additional 10 half-hour episodes and is produced by Meetinghouse Productions with Jason Cilo serving as Executive Producer.

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