truTV announced its 2019-20 slate today ahead of next week’s first-ever WarnerMedia Upfront event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Among the announcements, word that Jo Koy’s animated series This Functional Family will get a 10 episode run on the network in 2020. Koy stars as the center of the multi-generational, multi-racial family. He wants to be a good son, better dad, decent brother and a solid ex-husband to all of the people in his life. Fans of Koy’s stand up will be glad to know his mother will be a character in the series which draws upon real life experiences and characters familiar to anyone who has seen Jo live. This half-hour animated scripted series asks: what if the most real family on television was also a pretty weird cartoon? Created by Koy and Kirk Rudell, This Functional Family is produced by Stun with Koy, Rudell, Jeremy Colfer, Mark Feldstein and Brad Roth serving as executive producers. Rudell serves as the series’ showrunner. It’s the networks first animated series, and a first for Koy who is having a gangbusters year with his podcast being acquired by a new network, a role in his first live action feature film, a new special on Netflix coming (that he didn’t have to foot the bill for), and more. His last Netflix special was an absolute powerhouse hour with a great backstory (more on that here). Exciting stuff.
The cable network, which since 2014 has established itself as the home to a portfolio of distinct, creator-driven comedic shows, also announced a greenlight of new series Game Changers (wt) from Clayton English and Noah Gardenswartz.
Additionally, the network has ordered a third season of its Emmy-nominated and critically lauded series At Home with Amy Sedaris, as well as announced new seasons of Cipha Sounds hosted series Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks and The Carbonaro Effect, and additional episodes of Adam Ruins Everything, all launching later this year.
“With our longstanding franchises to more recent successes like Tacoma FD, we’ve curated an original portfolio at truTV that consistently delivers on telling distinct comedic stories from amazing talent that is resonating with fans and advertisers alike,” said Chris Linn, president of truTV. “As we look ahead to the 2019-20 broadcast season and WarnerMedia’s expansion into new platforms, we’re excited about our unmatched potential for our wholly owned content that we’re developing for young adult audiences.”
More news to come next week when we report from the WarnerMedia Upfronts, covering truTV, TNT, TBS CNN, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network and more.