TruTV has greenlit a pair of reality series about the worlds of billiards and Santa Claus enthusiasts, as part of its ongoing push to program light comedy fare.
Produced by Pilgrim Studios, Kings of Cue (10 x one-hour, working title) is about pool sharks who compete in New York City pool halls.
Santas in the Barn (8 x one-hour) follows 10 Santa enthusiasts who “come together for a television event that incorporates Christmas traditions from around the world,” the network said in a statement. The show is being produced by Half Yard Productions and is due to premiere next fall.
The U.S. cable net also ordered The Impractical Jokers Tour Special (1 x one-hour, working title), which follows the comedy troupe as they travel the United States performing for audiences while playing pranks on each another at the same time.
The special will air on March 26 and is being made by NorthSouth Productions. Season four of Impractical Jokers will premiere two months earlier on January 29.
Additionally, TruTV is making its first foray into scripted programming by ordering a pilot for Those Who Can’t (working title), a single-camera comedy created by and starring The Grawlix comedy team of Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Overdahl and Ben Roy. The series is produced by Thank You, Brain! Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Finally, the network has renewed comedian-magician Michael Carbonaro (pictured above) series The Carbonaro Effect (13 x 30-minutes) for a second season, and the performance competition series Fake Off (8 x one-hour), also for a second season. It also ordered 10 additional episodes of the sketch comedy show Friends of the People.
The latest greenlights follow TruTV’s October rebranding, which is emphasizing lighter content in its revamped primetime line-up.
“Programming is heavy right now,” Marisa Ronca, senior VP of development and original programming, told realscreen last month. “Scripted dramas, which I love to death, are dominating the airwaves, but there’s got to be a place where you can go that feels a little brighter, a little more fun, and a little bit more relatable to people in their 30s and 40s, just for an entertaining breath of fresh air.”