truTV, the network that was once really depressing, but is now pretty funny, has announced a few moves among its comedy slate for the 2016-2017 season. In an effort to continue bolstering its ranks in the comedy field, the network has announced renewals for three others: Comedy Knockout, Greatest Ever, and Fameless.
And they’ve added a show we’re really excited about. Just before their Television Critics Association presentation on Sunday, truTV announced that they had greenlighted Bobcat Goldthwait’s Messed Up Stories (title subject to change). The show, scheduled to air sometime in 2017, will consist of eight scripted episodes, each one following a different story. Each episode will cover a different genre — 1970’s science fiction, romantic comedy, psychological thriller, etc. — and follow a different narrative that is meant to highlight the absurdity of pop culture and life in general. The show, of course, will have Goldthwait’s darkly-humorous style that he has become so well known for as a successful writer/director.
“Folks often call my movies dark, but I don’t see them that way. To me, the rest of the world is just too g*ddamn light,” Goldthwait says. “Messed Up Stories will examine accepted truths and hypocrisies of our culture and turn them inside out. Does love conquer all? Does fame and money buy you happiness? Not always.”
Comedy Knockout, hosted by Damien Lemon, is a comedy competition in which three stand-up comics face off in a series of challenges that are meant to test who has the quickest and sharpest wit of the bunch. Following a successful 26-episode first season, truTV has ordered a 16-episode second season.
Greatest Ever is a pop-culture countdown show, hosted by comedian Amanda Seales, that has Seales and fellow comedians picking apart a particular topic each episode, from infomercial products to sleazy politicians. Having only debuted earlier this month, the show only has six episodes under its belt, but truTV has requested an additional ten to round out the first season in early 2017.
Fameless is a prank-show/sketch-show hybrid in which real actors are hired for parts on a “reality show”, but are instead thrust into ridiculous scenarios such as being caught on Chris Hanson’s To Catch a Predator or getting pranked while trying prank Jay Leno. Created by comedian/actor David Spade, the show’s second season has been extended from 12 to 24 episodes.