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TruTV preps reality musical “Branson Famous”

Branson Famous (pictured), billed as TV's first "reality musical," is among four new series commissioned by U.S. network TruTV.
July 10, 2014

Branson Famous (pictured), billed as TV’s first “reality musical,” is among four new series commissioned by U.S. network TruTV.

The series, which goes behind the scene of Branson, Missouri’s longest-running variety show, joins Hack My Life, Kart Life and The Shake Up to make four new non-scripted series greenlit by the Turner Broadcasting System-owned network, raising its total new series from nine to 13 for the upcoming fall and winter seasons.

In addition, TruTV has also expanded its order for the upcoming Western reality series Way Out West - set to premiere on July 21 - by an additional 13 episodes.

Here’s a rundown of TruTV’s 2014 slate, which has already launched the series The Carbonaro Effect and Motor City Masters, to be followed by Way Out West, the unscripted series about three boisterous families who have been living, laughing and competing with each other for three generations:

Joker’s Wild (Six episodes, NorthSouth Productions, Sept. 25): An Impractical Jokers spin-off that allows four stars to show their comedy chops in different situations.

Fake Off (Eight episodes, Shine America, Oct. 27): A unique performance show hosted by Robert Hoffman and featuring judges Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of the group TLC; Glee’s Harry Shum Jr.; and Michael Curry (Cirque du Soleil).

Friends Of The People (Ten episodes, 3 Arts Entertainment with Marobru Productions, Oct. 28): TruTV’s first sketch comedy series.

Hair Jacked (18 x 30′ episodes, Mission Control Media, Hazy Mills Productions, CORE Media Group, October TBA): An ambush game show.

How To Be A Grown Up (16 x 30′ episodes, Mission Control Media, October TBA): A comedic take on the trials and tribulations of adulthood.

Local News (working title) (Eight episodes, Electus, December TBA): A look at the playful rivalry between news teams at two small town TV stations.

Branson Famous (working title) (12 x 30′,  Road To Awe, TBA): The Mabe family are protecting their legacy The Baldknobbers’ Jamboree from financial decline and a new sexy singer rival in this series where the family may just break into spontaneous song.

Kart Life (10 x 60′, Bodega Pictures, TBA): Viewers are taken into the fascinating world of kart-racing kids, whose parents are in the pits with them, as drivers vie to land a national ranking and realize their dream of becoming a professional driver.

Hack My Life (10 x 30′, Sharp Entertainment, TBA): Hosted by Pointless Podcast’s Kevin Pereira and John Oliver’s NY Stand Up Show’s Brooke Van Poppelen, this series provides a comedic spin on how to incorporate short cuts, and cheats to save adults time, effort and money into daily life.

The Shake Up (8 x 60′, ITV Studios, Gaspin Media, TBA): Comedy Central host Mo Mandel travels to a different city each episode and pits two bar owners against each other, seeing which can turn the most profit…while running each other’s bar.

“We are creating innovative and clever programming with a goal to make TruTV a fun ride for grownups and a refreshing alternative in a landscape where so many shows look and feel the same,” said Chris Linn, the network’s president and head of programming, in a statement.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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