Not willing to be left out of May’s “Upfronts-a-palooza,” the fine folks at TruTV had some announcements of their own to make ahead of next week’s WarnerMedia presentation. First up, 2020 will see the cable network’s first animated series with This Functional Family as well as a sports-themed studio show from comics Clayton English and Noah Gardenswartz. As for their current programming line-up, TruTV is making it rain new seasons on At Home with Amy Sedaris, Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks, and The Carbonaro Effect; as well as additional episodes of Adam Ruins Everything.
“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. 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.”
– Chris Linn, President, TruTV
Just announced! truTV has picked up its first-ever animated series in comedian @Jokoy's “This Functional Family,” coming in 2020. The scripted series centers around Koy’s "multi-racial, multi-generational, multi-everything" modern family. pic.twitter.com/XxTdEKDqK3
— truTV (@truTV) May 9, 2019
This Functional Family (2020: Season 1 – 10 episodes)
At the center of this multi-racial, multi-generational modern family is comedian Koy: a guy who just wants to be a good son, a better dad, a decent brother, and a solid ex-husband. Drawing upon real-life experiences and characters featured in Koy’s popular stand-up tour, 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 series showrunner Kirk Rudell, This Functional Family is produced by Stun with Koy, Rudell, Jeremy Colfer, Mark Feldstein, Brad Roth, and Joe Meloche as executive producers.
Also coming to truTV next year: a new sports-comedy series from longtime friends and comedians @ClaytonEnglish and @noahgcomedy called “Game Changers” (working title) featuring sketches, pro-athlete drop-ins and comedic field investigations. pic.twitter.com/sCd5xng2l5
— truTV (@truTV) May 9, 2019
Game Changers (2020: Season 1 – 12 episodes-wt)
Set on a stage in their hometown of Atlanta, longtime friends and comedians English and Gardenswartz are taking their two loves – sports and comedy – and combining them in Game Changers (wt), a fast-paced, half-hour studio show that features celebrity sketches, pro athlete drop-ins and comedic field investigations.
Produced by Above Average, Game Changers has English, Gardenswartz, Grant Jones, Marc Lieberman, Jason Ross, and Elliott Kalan serving as executive producers.
At Home with Amy Sedaris (2020: Season 3 – 10 episodes)
In TruTV’s Emmy-nominated variety sketch series At Home with Amy Sedaris, creator and star Amy Sedaris has cooked up a world that showcases her unique, distinctive brand of hospitality and homemaking. Each episode of the series touches on a specific theme, featuring imaginative characters, how-to demonstrations, special guests, and more. Series writer and actor Cole Escola again reprises his breakout role as former pastry-chef and friend of the show Chassie Tucker.
Produced by A24, At Home with Amy Sedaris is executive produced by Sedaris and Ravi Nandan.
Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks (2019: Season 2 – 12 episodes)
With its host DJ/comedian Cipha Sounds, Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks is a series that introduces viewers to the next generation of great comedians. The series picks up later this year with a 12-episode second season that will introduce a new headliner in each episode and will again showcase a rotating cast of comedians who perform hilarious stand-up routines in which jokes are heightened through over-the-top visual recreations. Headline performers featured in upcoming episodes will include James Davis, Ronnie Jordan, Yamaneika Saunders, Chaunte Wayans, Gina Yashere, and more.
Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks is produced by Rotten Science with executive producers Matthew Vaughan and Hugh Fink, along with Laff Mobb Entertainment’s Bob Sumner and Arthur Spivak.
Adam Ruins Everything (2019: Season 3 – 6 add. episodes)
In Adam Ruins Everything, creator and host Adam Conover embarks on a comically inventive and relentlessly factual quest to reveal the hidden truths about everything we know and love. Tackling a broad range of topics including Doing Good, Murder, and even Adam himself, Conover delivers fun facts and compelling information, encouraging viewers to see the world in a whole new way.
Adam Ruins Everything is produced by Big Breakfast, with Conover, Sam Reich, Jon Cohen, and Jon Wolf serving as executive producers.
The Carbonaro Effect (2019: Season 5 – 16 episodes)
The Carbonaro Effect is an original hidden camera magic series hosted by Michael Carbonaro – a magician by trade but a prankster at heart – who performs ingenious tricks on unsuspecting people. Since its debut on TruTV in 2014, the half-hour comedic series has become a favorite for fans of all ages across four seasons.
The Carbonaro Effect is produced by Fields Entertainment in association with Trickster Productions with Simon Fields and Michael Carbonaro serving as executive producers.