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TBS Renews ‘The Misery Index’

TBS has renewed its comedy game show The Misery Index for a second season, the network said Tuesday.

The series, inspired by the card game Sh*t Happens, rewards contestants based on other people’s misfortunes, according to the network. The series reached nearly 28 million viewers across linear, VOD and digital platforms, according to TBS. 

The cast of 'The Misery Index'

The cast of 'The Misery Index'

The Misery Index host Jameela Jamil will return along with stars of truTV’s Impractical Jokers, comedy troupe The Tenderloins – Brian Quinn, James Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano – as panelists, said the network.

"Jameela and The Tenderloins have wholeheartedly translated the most miserable of mishaps into absolute amusement, giving the audience and contestants permission to be entertained by these misfortunes,” said Brett Weitz, general manager for TNT, TBS, & truTV in a statement. “We couldn't be more excited to continue our relationship with these five brilliantly talented comedians."

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.