TruTV brought on three Denver comics to help them rebrand their network. Denver stand up comedians Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Overdahl and Ben Roy — collectively known as The Grawlix — are also the creative forces behind the upcoming series Those Who Can’t. When the series premieres on February 11th, 2016, it will become the first scripted comedy for the network and a cornerstone for their new ‘Way More Fun’ comedy based branding. Yesterday the network announced they were ordering a second season of Those Who Can’t, three months before the shows first episode even airs. The network ordered 13 additional episodes which will air later in 2016. In addition to the three principles, Those Who Can’t also stars Maria Thayer as the school librarian, and Rory Scovel as the school principal.
“We love Those Who Can’t so much we literally couldn’t wait to make more,” said Chris Linn, president for truTV. “Working with (showrunner) Dean [Lorey] has been an incredible experience, and we look forward to developing new projects with him as we continue to take truTV further into the scripted arena.”
Their confidence in the series is not just based on their own enthusiasm for the show. A packed to the gills theater got to preview the first few episodes of Those Who Can’t at the New York Television Festival in October and the audience reactions were overwhelmingly positive. Getting a strong endorsement from a comedy star and respected comedy director like Bobcat Goldthwait doesn’t hurt either. Bobcat directed a few episodes of the first season. During a post screening panel discussion Goldthwait said he loved the show, and that they are some of the nicest, funniest people he’s ever worked with, even comparing Roy, Overdahl and Cayton-Holland to The Young Ones or the Marx Brothers.
truTV has also ordered an additional pilot from Dean Lorey about a suburban couple who turn to crime to finance their divorce, a pilot script from Melissa Hunter about an amateur vigilante squad tackling life’s daily injustices, and a pilot deal with comedian Tom Segura for an untitled medical comedy. Segura is set to star and executive-produce the pilot.