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TCA: WarnerMedia boosts non-scripted programming lineup at truTV, TBS

AT&T-owned WarnerMedia revealed the slate of unscripted series headed for its subsidiaries in 2020 at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California on Wednesday (Jan. 15). A premiere date for ...
January 15, 2020

AT&T-owned WarnerMedia revealed the slate of unscripted series headed for its subsidiaries in 2020 at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California on Wednesday (Jan. 15).

A premiere date for competition format Hot Ones: The Game Show (pictured) and a series order for unscripted family sitcom Tirdy Works were among the slate announcements to come out of the annual event in Southern California.

truTV

WarnerMedia-owned cable net truTV has set a February premiere for its previously announced series Hot Ones: The Game Show.

The format, based on the Hot Ones YouTube series created by Complex Networks’ brand First We Feast, debuts Feb. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

In each 30-minute episode, host Sean Evans welcomes fans to the “Pepperdome,” where they’ll compete against one another by answering trivia questions and eating hot wings in the hopes of winning US$25,000.

The weekly series has wrapped production on its 20-episode order and the network has licensed the rights to 20 episodes of the original web series, which will air after each episode of Hot Ones: The Game Show as part of a Hot Ones hour on truTV.

Hot Ones: The Game Show is produced by DIGA Studios. Evans is executive producer with Scott St. John serving as showrunner and executive producer. DIGA’s Tony DiSanto, Tommy Coriale and Nick Rigg also serve as executive producers.

Michael Bloom is executive producer for Bongo Pictures while Chris Schonberger and Justin Killion serve as executive producers for Complex Networks.

Elsewhere, truTV has greenlit the 10-episode unscripted family sitcom Tirdy Works.

The series follows artist Mary Winchenbach and her family in the small, rural town of Somerville, Maine, where there are only four paved roads, as well as a booming new business: arts and crafts created out of moose droppings.

Tirdy Works offers a comedic inside look at the family and its odd new business.

The reality show is produced by Scout Productions, with David Collins, Michael Williams, Rob Eric and Chad Greulach serving as executive producers. Michael Bloom executive produces for Bongo Pictures.

TBS

Meanwhile, sister network TBS has greenlit the unscripted social experiment series Lost Resort from ITV America-backed studio Sirens Media.

The 10-part docuseries will provide an in-depth look into the exclusive and experimental world of self-help retreats by following a group of strangers who immerse themselves into a three-week journey of discovery in Costa Rica led by a team of alternative healers.

Fed up with traditional Western therapies, the group will experience a range of alternative healing remedies, including rage rituals, shamanic cacao ceremonies and “orgasmic” dance. Featured couples hoping to leave the Central American country transformed include a married couple on the brink of divorce, a mother-daughter pair with trust issues and a “hothead with a painful past.”

The series has wrapped filming with a premiere date planned on TBS for later this year.

Lost Resort is executive produced by Sirens Media’s Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh, Jordana Hochman and Sarah Howell. Michael Bloom also serves as executive producer for Bongo Pictures.

“The vibrant world of alternative wellness in Costa Rica is the perfect catalyst for uninhibited, visceral behavior,” said Sirens Media president and executive producer Sebastian-Dayeh in a statement. “Equal parts provocative, comedic and downright deep, we’re thrilled to bring this unique and wildly fun series to TBS.”

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