truTV Announces New and Returning TV Shows

trutv tv showsCable channel truTV has announced a slew of new non-scripted shows; Killer Karaoke, Guinness World Records Gone Wild, Container Wars, and Hardcore Pawn: Fort Bragg.

In addition, they’ve released the return dates for some of their existing shows; World’s Dumbest… (season 14, June 7th), Operation Repo (season 10, June 6th), Lizard Lick Towing (season two, June 11th), and Storage Hunters (season two, June 12th). Hardcore Pawn (season six) and Vegas Strip (season three) will both return sometime in July.

Here’s the press release with some additional details:

truTV Goes “Bigger, Bolder and Broader” with Original Programming Slate

Top 10 Network Attracting Advertisers with Young Adult Viewers and Growth in Key Demos

“Bigger, bolder, broader” is the watch cry as truTV adds several new original series to its production and development slate. The network is placing a strong emphasis on comedic and action-packed “actuality” programming designed to appeal to its young adult and young male audience. Projects in the works include a unique new game show set on an airplane, which is being developed by Howie Mandel and his production company, Alevy Productions. truTV has also ordered a pilot starring Shaquille O’Neal and developed by Fishbowl Worldwide Media, with America’s Funniest Home Videos creator/executive producer Vin Di Bona and Tosh.0 co-creator Mike Gibbons among the executive producers.

“truTV has firmly established itself as a leader in TV’s fastest-growing genre, delivering on the promise of outrageous, fun television with truTV’s unique spin,” said Marc Juris, executive vice president and chief operating officer of truTV. “We’re also programming with an eye towards creating content that works across multiple screens and establishing ourselves as a truly multi-platform brand.”

Since its re-brand in 2008, truTV has been on a tear when it comes to ratings growth and competitive position. After scoring its best year ever with key demos in 2011, truTV just charted its best quarter ever in Q1 2012. truTV has also planted itself among basic cable’s Top 10 networks with men 18-49. And with a median age of 41, truTV has the youngest primetime audience of such direct non-fiction competitors as Discovery, History and A&E.

truTV’s dedication to actuality programming has paid off with shows that deliver ratings success every night of the week. Six of truTV’s primetime series rank in the top 10 for their time period with key adult and male demos. In addition, nine truTV series average more than 1 million viewers, while several truTV shows – including Hardcore Pawn, Lizard Lick Towing and Impractical Jokers – ranked among basic cable’s Top 50 unscripted series for the first quarter.

For this year’s Upfront, rather than putting on a single large presentation, truTV hit the road to conduct in-person meetings with small groups of key clients. “Given the rapidly changing media environment, we decided the big budget upfront presentation does not provide the opportunity to sit down and develop unique solutions for our clients,” Juris said. “This year we don’t want to pitch. We want to partner.”

“truTV has experienced record-breaking growth and a desirable young adult audience, catching the eye of over 30 new advertisers this year,” said Joe Hogan, executive vice president, Young Adults Ad Sales, Turner Broadcasting. “We have enjoyed sharing this success story with clients the last several weeks, and look forward to attracting more marketers to the network this Upfront through customized multi-screen opportunities.”

Looking ahead, truTV is working in the development arena to craft additional on-target series for the network’s audience. truTV is specifically focusing on the comedic reality genre, with an eye toward shows that tap into the network’s recent success with the acquired hit Wipeout.

Here’s a rundown of what truTV has coming down the pike:

New Series

Killer Karaoke – New series premiering later this year

Unlike anything else on TV, popular comedian and Jackass star Steve-O hosts this outrageous singing contest that challenges contestants to break out in song in the midst of extreme, hilarious and sometimes skin-crawling physical challenges. The hits just keep on coming as contestants try to carry a tune under fire. Killer Karaoke comes to truTV from Zodiak USA, producer of the network’s popular Hardcore Pawn and Lizard Lick Towing.

Guinness World Records Gone Wild – New series premiering later this year

A new series that challenges everyday people to push themselves to do astonishing things for their place in history. Among the records the show will set out to break are the most panes of glass run through in one minute, fastest time to jump over three oncoming cars and the highest dive into 12 inches of water. Guinness World Records Gone Wild is produced for truTV by High Noon Entertainment (Cake Boss, Tough Love).

Container Wars – Cast-contingent series

This auction show is unlike any other auction show on television, because this one takes place in a commercial shipping port. The cast will compete against each other to buy the contents of huge shipping containers that have come from all around the world. They have no idea what’s inside the containers until the doors are opened. They then have only have a few minutes to assess what’s visible and decide whether to bid. The winner of each container then checks the contents in greater detail and decides on the amount of profit or loss they are likely to make. Container Wars comes to truTV from T Group Productions.

Hardcore Pawn: Fort Bragg – New series premiering in July

Guns Plus is a truly unique pawn store that is a favorite of the thousands of soldiers stationed at Fort Bragg, as well as their proud families, friends and supporters. Located next to the legendary military base, Guns Plus is staffed by military veterans, including ex-Marines and Special Ops soldiers, who have an amazing first-hand knowledge of the rare and collectible weapons that come through their doors on a daily basis. For this series, viewers will be taken behind the scenes for very different look at the pawn business, focusing almost entirely on weapons and military equipment. Hardcore Pawn: Fort Bragg comes to truTV from Zodiak USA, producer of the network’s popular Hardcore Pawn and Lizard Lick Towing.


Upload with Shaquille O’Neal (working title)

truTV has ordered a pilot of this new series from the producers of Tosh.0 and America’s Funniest Home Videos. Basketball superstar and TNT NBA analyst Shaquille O’Neal and friends will round up the week’s online video clips, as well as create their own viral videos and comment on and parody current pop culture stories. This pilot comes to truTV from Fishbowl Worldwide Media founded by entertainment industry veterans Vin Di Bona and Bruce Gersh, with the creative team led by Susan Levison. Di Bona, Gersh, Levison and Beth Greenwald serve as executive producers, along with Tosh.0’s Mike Gibbons.

Jeff & Curtis Lose Weight (working title)

This new series takes the weight-loss concept and puts a truTV unique spin on it. Comedy duo Jeff Sloniker and Curtis Rainsberry are struggling to maintain their diets and workout regime as they battle the bulge… and each other. Guided by their trainer, they will try extreme diets, attend absurd exercise classes and generally humiliate themselves physically in public for the sake of losing a pound or two. At the end of each episode, the guys will weigh in, and the loser will have to perform a humiliating task drawn from the “Bowl of Pain.” Jeff & Curtis Lose Weight is being developed for truTV by Rive Gauche Television.

Turbulence (working title)

truTV takes off for one truly outrageous game show in the sky. As contestants fly from one location to another, they must answer questions. Every correct answer banks money for a big weekend blowout in Las Vegas. And every wrong answer makes the flight a little bit bumpier. Turbulence comes to truTV from Howie Mandel’s Alevy Productions. Mandel says, “I couldn’t be more excited to be working with truTV on a project that I am really passionate about.”

Returning Series

World’s Dumbest… – Season 14 begins Thursday, June 7, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Operation Repo – Season 10 begins Wednesday, June 6, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Lizard Lick Towing – Season 2 returns Monday, June 11, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

Storage Hunters – Season 2 premieres Tuesday, June 12, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

Hardcore Pawn – Season 6 coming in July

Vegas Strip – Season 3 coming in July

About truTV

truTV, one of cable’s fastest growing brands, offers a wildly entertaining look at the real world through outrageous characters, unpredictable situations and irreverent storytelling. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. households, truTV features such popular original series as Hardcore Pawn, Full Throttle Saloon, Lizard Lick Towing, Storage Hunters, Impractical Jokers, Operation Repo, South Beach Tow, Black Gold and World’s Dumbest… , as well as the acquired hit Wipeout. In addition, truTV is a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. During the daytime, the channel features expert trial coverage under the name In Session.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to checking out any of the new truTV shows? Are you a faithful viewer of any of their existing series?

63 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Kim Reese says

    Oh my gosh…..are you seriously even considering cancelling In Session? Was it not bad enough that you cut it 4 hours already? You should get some heavy repercussions from this…Most true..reality..series are not true and in reality…but I could always count on “In Session”…Hopefully you will re-consider this huge mistake that you are making, and might I say, at YOUR RATINGS expense…

  2. Dawn McClure says

    The only show I watch on TruTV is InSession. I love the trials and the commentary – very exciting and educating! Please bring InSession back!!!!

  3. B Pierce says

    I certainly hope you are planning on bringing IN SESSION back. That is the only program I watch on tru tv. I know quite a lot of people that watch In Session. We are very disappointed it has disappeared from your line up.
    Please put it back for those of us that watch it daily.
    Thank you.
    B Pierce

    • says

      It’s done. It’s over. Re-enactuality TV has taken court tv and squeezed the last breath out of it. The moderators and lots of coverage have gone to HLN, which suffers from FOXITIS. No reason to watch either any more. I’ll watch the dramas if I want to watch made up stories for television.

      • DPT says

        Agreed! Now I watch the ID channel for trial coverage. The trials aren’t current but at least the shows are real.

  4. Johnny Gloves says

    It seems tru-tv has given up the “Court TV” format that established it as a leader in cable network television. I assume “Re-enactuality TV” is where you are going to stay. I have seen your court coverage dwindle bit by bit to what I now believe is airing old cases and having Vinny do commentary. Have fun with lizard lick, pawn, auction, repo, blah blah blah. I only hope that your viewers know that 95% of your programming is made-up, set-up fakery.

  5. DhIP says

    Killer Karaoke… This is about the sickest tv show in the history of tv. What is the matter with people today? This isn’t even that funny, making fun of people as much as possible. And the people that participate, well, I can’t say much for them either. Starving for attention sick. Am really surprised at TRU TV. One thing it does show… people don’t have much respect for others anymore and the more they can make people look bad, the better it is for them, whoever they are and they are sick people. Pretty disgusting.

  6. D.Lyle says

    Why did you change the format of World’s Dumbest? It SUCKS Now!!! Not everyone is entertained by stupid antics such as “Impractical Jokers” who attempt to use practical jokes at the expense of unknowing victims. That is NOT entertaining, it’s insulting and makes us angry. I don’t think you understand your demographic at all with these NON-reality shows with FORCED story lines and immature jokes. I’ve watched this channel for many years and eagerly anticipated new shows. BUT now we are looking for a channel that is able to entertain us without the “jackass” mentality.

  7. Linda Ortego says

    to the producers of Lizard lick tv series on tru tv ,I just read that you posted that Lizard lick would be coming back on June 11 th,2013 on a Monday,I looked on the calender and june 11th,2013 is on a Tuesday,which is the correct date?Is this show coming back on tru tv or what?There are so many fans that would like to know what I am asking,please answer as soon as possible,thank you

    • says

      This is a 2012 article. It did return on 6/11/12, a Monday. Season three ran from January to April of this year and it hasn’t been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season yet.

  8. says

    What is the update on South Beach Tow I cannot find it on the 2013 Fall Line up,Why would it be cancelled it was 1 of the better shows

  9. marian starwalt says

    The trial coverages are all that I watch in the daytime. A lot of people that I know watch also. I do not want to watch the stupid “reality shows” that are on tru tv now, they seem to be made for men who have a really low IQ. Please bring all our trial coverages back! In fact why don’t you increase the trial coverage like HLN has done. Thank You for listening,

  10. jim arnold says

    hardcore pawn is a joke.i ve been in auctions all my life i have never seen people act like storage hunters never never hardcore pawn i seen the girl that peed in the parking lot play several different roles and people couldnt stay in buis. long acting like ashley and les they are spoiled idiots, far from professional.

  11. Anonymous says

    I watch the trial on my computer. HLN runs about 2 to 3 hours behind from when I am watching it. They run 3 minutes of trial and 4 minutes of commercials. Ridiculous is an under statement. The shows that replaced it are not worth watching. I truly don’t understand the thinking behind the cancellation.

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