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Posted Thursday 11/01/18 at 12:44PM EDT
TruTV cancels Guy Branum's Talk Show the Game Show
The comedian tweeted that truTV canceled his game show that sent up the talk show format is no more. Talk Show the Game Show, featuring celebrity guests like Wanda Sykes and Tiffany Haddish competing in pop-culture-themed games, premiered in 2017.
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 1:29PM EDT
TruTV orders Misery Index comedy game show
Monk creator Andy Breckman and the troupe behind Impractical Jokers are behind Misery Index, based on the card game "Sh*t Happens." On Misery Index, teams of contestants are asked to rank “hilarious and miserable real-life events” on a scale of 1 to 100.
Posted Tuesday 8/28/18 at 1:48PM EDT
TruTV orders 16 more episodes of student debt game show Paid Off
“I am so thrilled/horrified that the national embarrassment that is the need for this ridiculous game show will continue for another 16 episodes,” said host Michael Torpey.
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 2:50PM EDT
Chris Gethard: The Chris Gethard Show has been canceled
Gethard announced via Twitter and Facebook that, after seven years on various outlets, his talk show is ending one year after debuting on truTV. "Some executives from truTV sat me down a few weeks after this most recent batch of episodes and said, 'We’re getting the sense from your final speech, and from some of our behind the scenes conversations, that you might be done with this project," he wrote. "I told them they were right. So, it’s a mutual decision. We were after all, the lowest rated show on the network, something that I take no small amount of pride in."
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 1:49PM EDT
truTV orders a weekly pop-culture awards show pilot from Vulture
New York magazine's pop-culture and entertainment website has received a pilot order for a comedic interpretation of a weekly awards show. According to Vulture, "every week, two hosts will hand out awards to the people, places, and things everyone can’t stop talking about. Each episode will include the show’s version of all the awards show traditions you know and love (or love to be annoyed by), be it a big opening number, speeches from the given academy’s president, or 'In Memoriam' packages."
Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 12:28AM EDT
This Is Us is proof that TV is terrible at portraying overweight people
Comedian Guy Branum, host of truTV's Talk Show the Game Show, tackles the problematic portrayal of overweight people on TV and in pop-culture in his new memoir, My Life As a Goddess: A Memoir Through (Un)Popular Culture. As he points out, Chrissy Metz's character Kate can't be seen as content with her life unless she's losing weight. "Kate, the fat sister on NBC’s This Is Us, is a fictionalized version of a Biggest Loser competitor," Branum writes. "She has no qualities. She’s thirty-seven years old and is wholly devoid of skills or passions other than kind of liking singing. While one of her brothers earned a graduate degree and the other bounced between acting jobs, Kate did nothing of note or merit. We can assume her time was spent romancing wheels of Camembert and being too scared to talk to a boy because she knows she’s too fat to be loved. Have any of these people met a fat girl? A real Kate, in the real world, would be awesome. She’d have tons of gay friends and go to drag bingo a lot. She’d have learned to be fearless with fashion, because people are going to judge her anyway. She’d have a joke to make when she’s too sweaty. She’d have broken a chair before, and she’d know what to do when it happens the second time. Chrissy Metz gives great soul to the character, but as she’s written, Kate is a cul-de-sac of a human being who has tasted nothing of the world except cheesy fries. That ain’t any of the fat bitches I know. The reason the writers of This Is Us cannot imagine Kate doing anything valuable is because her existence as a fat person means she is doing things that are unvaluable. If Kate is fat, she cannot have been journeying toward unfatness with all of her power ... Happiness and success are there for Kate, but only in her future, only as part of her narrative of losing fat, and only if she doesn’t fail. And we need fat people to fail. We need them to be so dumb and lacking in willpower that said salvation is never actually achieved. We need to know that their immorality is inherent so we can believe our own thin morality is inherent." (Disclosure: Guy Branum and I worked on our college newspaper at the same time when the Secret Service visited him, but we barely knew each other then and don't know each other now.)
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
TruTV's Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters is a hit or miss anthology series with a lot of potential
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Misfits & Monsters is a predictably hit-and-miss mixture of amusingly bizarre, strangely inspired and interestingly misfired with a lot of potential to grow and evolve," says Daniel Fienberg of the anthology series premiering Wednesday. He adds: "The reality is that this format is perfect for what is so superficially amusing about Goldthwait's worldview, but it isn't all that well-suited for what he actually does best, which is starting a story in a place of near-grotesquerie and mining unexpected humanity out of the muck. What's so impressive about Goldthwait's film work, and also what makes it such an inquired taste, is that you begin his movies in a place of discomfort and general unpleasantness and end in places of unexpected emotion and sometimes even hope."
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 5:52PM EDT
TruTV's Paid Off will pit college graduates against each other to pay off student debt
Source: The Washington Post
“One of the mantras is ‘an absurd show to match an absurd crisis,'" says host Michael Torpey of his new game show, premiering tonight. “A game show feels really apt because this is the state of things right now.”
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 6:54PM EDT
TruTV Operation Repo star Carlos Lopez Jr. dies in an apparent suicide
Repo man Lopez, 35, was found dead at his Los Angeles apartment on Sunday.
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Check out the trailer for Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters
Source: ET Canada
The comedian and director's new truTV anthology series is a satirical take on classic creature features, featuring Melissa Joan Hart, Seth Green, Danny Pudi, Michael Ian Black and other guest-stars. It premieres on July 11.
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 5:28PM EDT
truTV renews Adam Ruins Everything, orders Ken Jeong comedy and Tacoma FD from Super Troopers
Real-life doctor Jeong will dispense medical advice and perform in comedy sketches before an audience as part of his untitled comedy show, while Tacoma FD will feature Super Troopers Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme as firefighters in the wettest city in America. truTV also announced a third season for Adam Ruins Everything and a fourth season of Hack My Life.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
The Problem with Apu's Hari Kondabolu: "Matt Groening finally responded & sounds like every other troll on the internet who didn’t see the documentary"
The Simpsons creator told USA Today last week when asked about the Apu controversy, "I think it’s a time in our culture where people love to pretend they’re offended." Kondabolu responded to Groening's comment, tweeting: "Well, that seals it. Matt Groening finally responded & sounds like every other troll on the internet who didn’t see the documentary. No one is offended by this character. It was, at times, insulting & was frustrating to many of us who were solely represented by that one image." ALSO: Groening's remark is "the height of willful ignorance."
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 1:08PM EDT
The Problem with Apu's Hari Kondabolu on The Simpsons: "Honestly, I wasn’t trying to troll, but if I was, I won"
The Indian-American comedian -- speaking the day before Hank Azaria said he was willing to "step down" from voicing Apu -- said of The Simpsons episode responding to his TruTV documentary: "You’re not supposed to respond to me, you’re The Simpsons! You’re supposed to just keep going, pretend nothing happened. The fact that they buckled like that, to me, is also an indication of, like, white fragility. Oh my god, so somebody on a cable network said something about your show that’s been on for 30 years, and everyone obviously loves you and they don’t really know what my critique completely is, but still, because it damaged you in some small way, all the white writers freaked out and destroyed (the character of) Lisa. What is that? That’s white fragility."
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 1:19PM EDT
TruTV renews At Home with Amy Sedaris for Season 2
The 10-episode second season will air in 2019.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:23PM EDT
The Problem with Apu will be re-aired on TruTV following The Simpsons' "response" to the documentary
Hari Kondabolu's one-hour documentary on the controversial Simpsons character originally aired last November and is available to stream on TruTV's website. But following this week's uproar over The Simpsons' response, TruTV has announced plans to re-air the documentary this Sunday at 7 p.m.