TruTV is continuing their push into scripted comedy.
The network has handed out an eight episode series order to anthology comedy series Bobcat Goldthwait’s Messed Up Stories. The announcement will be made later today at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour.
Bobcat Goldthwait’s Messed Up Stories will bring television viewers twisted morality tales from the darkly witty mind of creator Bobcat Goldthwait. Each episode will tell a different story in a different genre – including 1970s-era science fiction, psychological thriller, romantic comedy and reality – and will parody pop culture norms and exploit the awkwardness of its flawed characters.
“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”, said series creator and executive producer Bobcat Goldthwait. “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.”
This is the second scripted comedy to score a series order at TruTV in the past year. It joins Those Who Can’t, the network’s first ever scripted original series, which has already been renewed for a second season. Bobcat Goldthwait’s Messed Up Stories is being produced by Left/Right with Goldthwait, Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman and Olivia Wingate serving as the executive producers.
“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”, added Marissa Ronca, Executive Vice-President and Head of Programming for TruTV. “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.”