TCA16: TruTV Greenlights Bobcat Goldthwait Anthology Series

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TruTV has greenlit a scripted anthology series featuring comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, then network said during its Television Critics Association summer press tour session.

The eight episode series, Bobcat Goldthwait’s Messed Up Stories, will debut in 2017 and will parody pop culture norms through different genres, according to network officials. Goldthwait will executive produce the show along with Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman and Olivia Wingate.

"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," said Marissa Ronca, executive vice president and head of programming for truTV in a statement. "We're excited to be working with another visionary creator, and comedy legend, on a project with a distinct point of view that will further bolster truTV's position as a destination for comedic talent and fans."

The network also announced it has renewed a second season of its comedy competition series Comedy Knockout, as well as 12 additional episodes of prank/sketch show Fameless and 10 more episodes of freshman countdown show Greatest Ever, said network officials.

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