No longer content with merely broadcasting quality reality programming, like Hardcore Pawn and Lizard Lick Towing, TruTV is venturing into the world of scripted comedy. According to Deadline, the channel has greenlit a new show that will combine man-on-the-street segments and sketches. Friends Of The People stars The Lucas Brothers (21 Jump Street), Kevin Barnett, and Josh Rabinowitz, as well as Jermaine Fowler, Jennifer Bartels, and Lil Rel Howery (who were attached to that potential In Living Color reboot). The Pete Holmes Show’s Neil Punsalan will serve as showrunner while the cast will write and executive produce. TruTV has ordered 10 episodes including a pilot, which is said to feature “a previously-untold story from television history,” along with the adventures of “Tracy Morgan Freeman.” Friends Of The People premieres this summer, alongside unscripted comedies such as Upload With Shaquille O’Neal.
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