TruTV ramps up original factual commissions, pilots

The U.S. net has expanded its original programming line-up with a raft of factual commissions and pilots from Meetinghouse Productions, R83 Productions and Gaspin Media.
November 19, 2015

U.S. net truTV has expanded its original premium line-up with a raft of factual commissions and development pilots from Meetinghouse Productions, R83 Productions and Gaspin Media.

The 12 x 30-minute Almost Genius from Meetinghouse will spotlight the people, places and things that try to succeed but come up short. Hosted by comedians April Richardson and Chris Fairbanks, the series will digitally insert comedians and performers into viral videos to provide commentary.  The series premieres December 29 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Meanwhile, the Gaspin Media- and R83 Productions-made 10 Things will find comedian Jamie Lee commentating eccentric video listicles. The 10-part series airs January 5 at 10:30 p.m. EST/PST.

The net – which marks the one-year anniversary of its brand update – has also ordered Left/Right Productions’ truOriginals: Inside Iconic Comedy. The eight-part doc anthology series – debuting on February 29 at 10 p.m. EST/PST – is to explore the making of some of the funniest movies in Hollywood history while providing firsthand accounts from film casts and crews. Executive producers on the series include Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman and Anneka Jones.

Elsewhere, truTV has retained Brooklyn-based prodco PFFR to develop the athletic equipment pilot Jon Glaser Loves Gear. The series will follow actor and comedian Jon Glaser as he discusses his love for purchasing, wearing and talking about athletic racing gear. Glaser, Vernon Chatman, John Lee, and Alyson Levy and Richard Korson serve as executive producers.

Finally, the truTV-produced cultural travelogue Inside Caucasia will shadow comedian Naomi Ekperigin as she journeys across the U.S. to “learn more about what makes Caucasians tick in a ‘post-racial’ America.” The pilot presentation will see Ekperigin exec producing alongside Andy Beckerman, Gideon Evans and Jenny Hunter.

“These programing moves represent our continued investment in innovative, talent driven shows that can engage our viewers across every platform,” said Chris Linn, president and head of programming for truTV, in a statement.

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