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truTV adds “Wipeout” and “Hollywood Taxi” to line-up

U.S. cable network truTV has unveiled upcoming projects from Jennifer Lopez's Nuyorican Productions, NFL Films, and Tony Scott and Ridley Scott at its upfront presentation, and has acquired game show Wipeout.
April 13, 2011

U.S. cable network truTV has unveiled upcoming projects from Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions, NFL Films, and Tony Scott and Ridley Scott at its upfront presentation, and has acquired game show Wipeout.

New series coming to the network include Semi-Pro (w/t), which looks at a season of semi-pro football, from NFL Films; and Motoclash (w/t), a look inside what it takes to compete in one of the longest, most dangerous motorcycle races, from RD Independent Productions and executive producers Tony Scott, Ridley Scott, Mary Lisio and David Zucker of Scott Free.

High Noon Entertainment is producing Guinness World Records (w/t), a series on two brothers who are Guinness World Record holders and teach others the ins-and-outs on how to attain that lofty title; while NorthSouth Productions is tackling Impractical Jokers, a hidden camera show where four lifelong friendsĀ  must compete in awkward social experiments.

Over-the-top ice sculptures are the focus of Chill, starring a man who goes by “Joey Ice” and his Brooklyn team as they create never-before-seen ice creations. Entertainment One Television and Left/Right produce the series.

Nuyorican Productions and Bodega Pictures are behind South Beach Tow, which looks at a family run towing business in South Beach, while Hollywood Taxi captures the wildest rides with celebrities and partiers, and is produced by Irwin Entertainment.

Bear Swamp Recovery from Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment focuses on a New Jersey repo business owned by a large Sicilian family.

The network has also acquired exclusive, off-network cable rights to Wipeout, which debuted on ABC in 2008 and will debut on truTV this fall. Wipeout is a game show where contestants compete in ridiculous obstacle courses for a cash prize, and is executive produced by Matt Kunitz and Scott Larsen and made by Endemol USA.

“truTV delivers a unique brand of high-stakes, high-impact television,” said Marc Juris, executive VP and general manager of truTV. “We have tremendous momentum as a network, driven by our strength in original programming and our ongoing growth in brand awareness.”

The network is building on a successful 2010, during which it says it had its best year yet in primetime delivery of key adult and male demos.

Hardcore Pawn will return to the network for a fourth season. Set in a Detroit pawn shop, the reality series is ranked as the most watched show on truTV. The series is produced by Zodiak USA.

Original Productions’ Black Gold has also been renewed for a fourth season. The series follows crews in the oil fields of Texas, while a South Dakota motorcycle rally is the focus of A. Smith & Co. Productions’ Full Throttle Saloon, returning for a third season.

The first season of Lizard Lick Towing is also getting a little larger, with an additional episode order. The series, from Zodiak USA, follows a family’s towing and repo company.

 

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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