By Sahil Patel
Turner Broadcasting’s TruTV is sourcing the web for some of its newest original TV series. The network, which aims to reach younger audiences with comedy and unscripted programming, has ordered multiple comedy series from web stalwarts such as YouTubers The Fine Brothers and online comedy site CollegeHumor.
Benny and Rafi Fine will host “Six Degrees of Everything,” which will provide a comedic look at the unexpected connections between various topics. The series, which will be produced by Fine Bros. Entertainment and Marc Summers Productions, is set to premiere on Tuesday, August 18.
Fellow YouTuber Meghan Camarena is part of another TruTV series. She will serve as a backstage correspondent during the second season of “Fake Off,” a competition series in which groups of performers recreate iconic pop-culture moments in 90 seconds.
Meanwhile, CollegeHumor can have as many as two shows on TruTV in the near future.
The network has greenlit to series “Adam Ruins Everything,” an investigative comedy in which host Adam Conover debunks popular social conventions that people take for granted, and ordered a pilot for “Jake and Amir,” based on the long-running CollegeHumor comedy web series of the same name.
“Adam Ruins Everything” comes from Big Breakfast, the in-house production unit for CollegeHumor. TruTV has ordered 11 half-hour episodes, and will premiere the series later this fall. The network initially ordered a pilot for the series in February.
As for “Jake and Amir,” the project is finally moving forward at Turner Broadcasting. Based on one of the longest-running web series of all time, the series centers on fictional versions of its two main stars, CollegeHumor’s Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld. Turner’s TBS network originally put a TV version of the web series, which has collected more than a billion views since it launched in 2007, into development in December 2013. Since then, very little has been said about where the project stood. Now, TruTV is stepping in with a pilot order, which will be produced by Electus and Ed Helms’ Pacific Electric Picture Co.
In terms of other web-to-TV news from TruTV, Funny or Die’s “Billy on the Street,” which started out on the web, will move to the network for its fourth season later this year.