TruTV Orders Comedy Anthology Series From Bobcat Goldthwait

TCA 2016: Network also renews “Comedy Knockout,” “Fameless” and “Greatest Ever”


TruTV has given an eight-episode series order to the comedy series “Bobcat Goldthwait‘s Messed Up Stories.”

Each episode of the comedy anthology will tell a different story in a different genre – including 1970s-era science fiction, psychological thriller, romantic comedy and reality. The series is slated to premiere in 2017.

The series marks TruTV’s second foray into the scripted genre, after “Those Who Can’t,” about a group of frustrated high school teachers, which premiered in February.

“From the moment Bobcat pitched this series, we were immediately drawn to his distinctly original vision for the show. There’s nothing like it on TV and I think audiences will feel the same way,” Marissa Ronca, executive vice president and head of programming for truTV, said in a statement.

“Folks often call my movies dark, but I don’t see them that way. To me, the rest of the world is just too g*ddamn light,” Goldthwait said. “Messed Up Stories will examine accepted truths and hypocrisies of our culture and turn them inside out. Does love conquer all? Does fame and money buy you happiness? Not always.”

The series is produced by Left/Right with Goldthwait, Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman and Olivia Wingate serving as executive producers.

The network also announced renewals for three of its other series on Sunday. The competition series “Comedy Knockout” will return for a 16-episode second season later this year, David Spade‘s “Fameless” was renewed for a 12-episode second season, and the comedy countdown series “Greatest Ever” received an additional 10-episode order for early 2017.