TruTV Sets ‘Tacoma FD' Scripted Series

TruTV will add a new scripted series and two pilot shows to its growing list of scripted comedy programming, the network announced Wednesday.

The new series, Tacoma FD, is produced by and stars Super Troopers co-creators Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme, and follows the antics of firehouse members in the wettest city in America, according to network officials.

The series joins the network’s lineup of original programming including such shows as At Home with Amy Sedaris, I’m Sorry and Those Who Can’t.

“We’ve reached a point in our illustrious four-year history as a comedy network where we have a fully-balanced portfolio, proven results and are firing on all cylinders,” said Chris Linn, president of truTV in a statement. “Our mix of returning hits, new series, plus scripted and unscripted formats in development, and a wholly-owned library of originals gives us a distinct advantage in the marketplace. Against all odds and in a challenging landscape, truTV continues to deliver premium experiences for our fans and our advertising partners, and combined with our all-in commitment to reduced commercials, we plan to keep raising the bar.”

In addition, truTV announced two pilot series, including a comedic medical advice show created by Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken) and an animated project from comedian Jo Koy dubbed This Functional Family, said the network. 

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