NBC Picks Up Re-Enactment Series ‘True Story’ Hosted by Ed Helms, Randall Park

Hybrid alternative-scripted series will bring to life “extraordinary and unbelievably true” stories from everyday Americans

Last Updated: February 21, 2020 @ 4:14 PM

NBC has given a six-episode pickup to the “Drunk History”-style re-enactment series “True Story,” co-hosted by Ed Helms and Randall Park.

Based on the Australian format “True Story with Hamish & Andy,” “True Story” will see everyday Americans sit down with Helms and Park to “share their most extraordinary and unbelievably true stories.” The stories will be brought to life by a star-studded cast of comedians and actors in “heightened, dramatized re-enactments of cinematic proportions.”

“I can’t wait to bring ‘True Story’ to American audiences with my buddy Randall Park,” said Helms, who also serves as executive producer on the show. “It’s an incredibly warm, hilarious and kind-spirited show that celebrates the lost art of laughing at ourselves … with a little help from epic reenactments.”

“I’m so excited to be a part of a show that combines three of my favorite things: great stories from real people, my pal Ed Helms and couches,” Park added.

“True Story” is executive produced by Tim Bartley, Hamish Blake, Andy Lee, Ryan Shelton, Ed Helms, Mike Falbo and Nicolle Yaron, who will also serve as showrunner. The series hails from Warner Horizon in association with Pacific Electric Picture Co. and Universal Television Alternative Studio.

“‘True Story’ is the perfect combination of heart, humor and ingenuity that has become synonymous with the NBC Alternative brand,” said Meredith Ahr, president, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “We believe that truth can be stranger (and funnier!) than fiction, and Ed and Randall are the ultimate duo to help real people bring their incredible stories to life.”

“‘True Story’ is an entirely new kind of funny television,” added Mike Darnell, president of Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television. “Ed and Randall are innovators on the comedy circuit making them the perfect combination to headline this show for NBC.”

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