Shaq, Inc. (working title) has been given a pilot order by truTV. The show would be a comedy series based on Shquille O’Meal’s business empire and would follow him and his offbeat team as they keep that empire humming.
O’Neal and Mike Tollin will executive produce. The pilot will be written by Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer) and John Fortenberry (Galavant) is set to direct. For further details, follow the jump.
truTV is aiming to expand its audience with six new series that will give a younger, dual-gender audience a fun experience. Among the new shows are: Fake-Off, ‘a Kabuki-inspired, pop-culture-themed talent competition series;’ Way Out West, ‘a reality western;’ How to Be a Grown Up, which seems pretty straightforward in its comic possibilities; Local News (working title), ‘a look at the playful rivalry between the news teams at two small town television stations;’ and Hair Jacked, ‘a new ambush game show that gives contestants the opportunity to win big money or go home with the cut of the day.’
The network has also ordered thirteen more episodes of The Carbanaro Effect after getting a great respons to the April 1 sneakpeek, which was a kind of Candid Camera with magic. As well, truTV will launch an Impractical Jokers spin-off, Jokers Wild! For more details, see the press release after the jump.
truTV has greenlighted its first-ever sketch comedy series, Friends of the People, starring (clockwise): Jermaine Fowler, Jennifer Bartels, The Lucas Bros., Josh Rabinowitz, Lil Rey Howery and Kevin Barnett. The series will feature scripted sketches, man-on-the-street segments and more. Pilot sketches include a previously-untold story from television history, and the adventures of “Tracy Morgan Freeman.”
Friends of the People is set for a summer premiere. For more, check out the press release following the jump.