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truTV Introduces Three New Series for 2017 at TCA Winter Press Tour
In this down-and-dirty network presentation, truTV President Chris Linn will be joined by the creators of three new series: Prentice Penny (Upscale with Prentice Penny), Andrea Savage (I’m Sorry) and Guy Branum (Talk Show the Game Show). Together they discuss their passion projects and what each of them brings to the network's comedic slate.
Upscale with Prentice Penny
Upscale with Prentice Penny is an all-new lifestyle series helmed by the noted showrunner, writer and producer and infused with his comedic sensibility. The unscripted series will premiere 12-episodes in its first season. In each half-hour episode, creator and host Prentice Penny will embark on a journey to demystify what it takes to live an upscale life, exploring a variety of topics ranging from food and wine to travel and fashion. From buying a better bottle of wine to getting a custom-made suit for less than some off-the-rack options, Upscale with Prentice Penny is about offering viewers ways to live a more elevated lifestyle by unlocking a world that often feels unattainable. Upscale with Prentice Penny is executive produced by Penny, Chris Pollack and Jared Hoffman, alongside James Moore.
Created by and starring Andrea Savage (Veep, Episodes, Sleeping with Other People), truTV's I'm Sorry is a half-hour scripted series follows seemingly confident, together comedy writer, wife and mom Andrea (played by Savage), who comically exposes her inner immaturity and neuroses through unexpected life situations. Joining Savage in this 10-episode first season order are series regulars Tom Everett Scott (Southland) as Andrea's more straitlaced husband, Mike, and newcomer Olive Petrucci as Andrea and Mike's inquisitive daughter, Amelia. I'm Sorry is produced by Kablamo! and Gloria Sanchez Productions, with Andrea Savage, Jessica Elbaum, Jason Zaro, Billy Rosenberg, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer serving as executive producers.
Talk Show the Game Show
Comedian Guy Branum (The Mindy Project, Chelsea Lately) brings his distinct point of view to truTV with Talk Show the Game Show, a hilarious mashup of two beloved television formats that pits comedians and celebrities against each other for the title of "Best Guest of the Night." Based off of Branum’s popular live comedy show, the series will feature celebrity guests as they become contestants and compete in various talk show-inspired challenges and are judged by a comedic panel who awards points and roasts their performances. truTV will premiere 16 half-hour episodes of the series, which is produced by Push It Productions with Wanda Sykes, Page Hurwitz and Branum serving as executive producers.
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truTV Panel Bios
Upscale with Prentice Penny
Prentice Penny currently serves as showrunner and executive producer of the HBO comedy series Insecure, starring Issa Rae. Based on the award-winning web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, the series follows the friendship of two modern day African-American women navigating their way through the tricky professional and personal terrain of Los Angeles. The show, which premiered to rave reviews from critics, quickly became a fan favorite and has already been renewed for a second season.
Additionally, Penny recently wrapped production on the truTV lifestyle series Upscale with Prentice Penny. The series, which he co-created and serves as host, follows Penny as he takes viewers on a journey to demystify what it means to live an upscale life, exploring a variety of topics ranging from food and wine to travel and fashion. From buying a better bottle of wine to getting a custom-made suit for less than some off-the-rack options, the show is aimed at bringing viewers ways to live a more elevated lifestyle by unlocking a world that often feels unattainable. The series marks an exciting new chapter in Penny's career, moving him in front of the camera as the show's host. Known for his trendsetting and fearless fashion choices, Penny has built his career working primarily behind the camera until this point.
Previously Penny served as a co-executive producer on the Golden Globe®-winning freshman season of Fox's comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine and returned as a consulting producer on Season 2. He also worked on ABC's critically acclaimed sitcom Happy Endings as a supervising producer and writer and garnered two NAACP Image Award nominations for the show in the Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series category. During this time, he simultaneously produced the pilot for FOX's Breaking In, starring Christian Slater.
Penny also created, executive produced and ran his first series, the NAACP Image Award-winning show The Hustle. Billed as the first scripted hip-hop dramedy, The Hustle was Fuse Network's landmark show, with guest stars including Jadakiss, Freddie Gibbs and DJ Skee, among others.
Penny's additional producing credits include the hit ABC show Scrubs and FOX's comedy Do Not Disturb, starring Jerry O'Connell. Prior to that, Penny worked as a substitute teacher and tutor at a foster home for two years before his first break in 2004, when he became a Writer's Guild Trainee on the award-winning UPN show Girlfriends. He continued to work his way up to executive story editor during the show's final four seasons.
Penny, a native Angeleno, attended USC's School of Cinematic Arts, majoring in writing for screen and television. Upon graduation, he wrote and directed his first independent feature film, You Say Tomato, before beginning his successful career in television. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Andrea Savage is a natural talent who shares her comedic light as an actress, writer, producer and director. On the creator side, truTV recently picked up her original series I'm Sorry, which she writes, stars in and produces along with Gloria Sanchez. I'm Sorry follows a seemingly confident, together comedy writer, wife and mom who comically exposes her inner immaturity and neuroses through unexpected life situations. The scripted series is set to premiere in summer 2017.
Upcoming, Savage will be seen in New Line's comedy The House, alongside Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, which will be released June 30, 2017. Savage also returns to the upcoming final season of the Showtime hit series Episodes as Helen Basch, a role she has played for two seasons. She also has a recurring role in Seasons 5 and 6 of HBO's Veep, playing President Elect Laura Montez. Additionally, she played Vivian Stoll on Season 2 of The CW's iZombie. She has also starred in two seasons of Hulu's 1/2-hour parody series, The Hotwives of Orlando & The Hotwives of Las Vegas, and in recurring roles on The League, Modern Family, House of Lies and The Kroll Show. And she has starred in and written for the cult television classic Dog Bites Man on Comedy Central.
Savage's previous film work includes Sleeping with Other People, Stepbrothers, Dinner for Schmucks, Life Happens, The Grand and You're Not You. She also wrote and developed the pilot Re-Together for ABC (Jamie Tarses/Sony) and River Dogs for Comedy Central (produced by Gary Sanchez). She has written pilots for NBC (produced by Jay Roach) and for Fox. And she wrote, produced and starred in both seasons of Funny Or Die Presents on HBO, as well as many other Funny Or Die videos, including the viral hit that premiered on The Bill Maher Show entitled Republicans Get In My Vagina! In addition, she wrote the screenplay Girls Weekend for Castle Rock Films.
Savage rose doing stand-up and improv at the legendary Groundlings Theater. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Talk Show the Game Show
Guy Branum is a writer and comedian best known for his recurring segment "No More Mr. Nice Gay" on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, serving as "Staff Homosexual" on Chelsea Lately and playing Natalie Portman's sassy gay friend in No Strings Attached. Noticing a trend? He currently writes for Hulu's The Mindy Project. In addition, truTV recently picked up his Talk Show the Game Show, in which he plays host and has his guests face off in a battle to be the best talk show guest by plugging, name-dropping and anecdoting their way to victory. The show is expected to air this spring.
Branum is a recurring panelist on Comedy Central's @Midnight and has appeared on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Other TV credits include his recent stand-up performance on The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail and the upcoming Road to Roast, also on Comedy Central, as well as SeeSo's Comedy Show Show and Debate Wars. He has also appeared on E!, MTV, G4, CurrentTV and many other channels that require an upgraded cable subscription. Branum's writing credits include Punk'd and Awkward on MTV, Billy on the Street on truTV and Fashion Police on E! That means he's watched the Grammys at Joan Rivers' house. Jealous?
As a standup comic Branum has appeared at San Francisco Sketchfest, Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, Riot LA and Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Oregon. In 2015, he released his debut album, Effable, on AST Records. He also writes self-important essays for various blogs, had an editorial column in The New York Times and occasionally makes web vides in which he dances around without a shirt. But mostly, he is very, very beautiful and good at having sex.
President of truTV
Chris Linn serves as president, truTV. In his role, he is responsible for leading the strategic direction and core creative and business functions of the network, including the development and production of original programs and oversight of all marketing and digital initiatives as well as strategic planning for truTV. Linn is based in New York and reports to David Levy, president of Turner.
Since joining truTV in August 2013, Linn has successfully navigated the network through an extensive brand and programming evolution that has has transformed truTV into an all-new comedy network with a distinct point of view. Under his direction, the new truTV was launched in 2014 and now includes a portfolio of talent-driven series including Adam Ruins Everything, The Carbonaro Effect and the network’s first scripted series, Those Who Can’t, among others. During his tenure Linn has also expanded the truTV portfolio by acquiring the popular variety sketch series Billy on the Street and building truTV’s flagship series Impractical Jokers into a fan-favorite juggernaut. As a result of this brand refresh, truTV in 2016 is programming premium comedic content that is delivering ratings growth and attracting younger, more desirable audiences.
Linn came to truTV after serving as executive vice president of programming and head of production for MTV. During his tenure, Linn helped develop and oversee the production of some of MTV's biggest hits, including the hugely-popular Jersey Shore and its successful spin-off, Snooki & JWOWW. More recently, he led the team that developed the 2012 hit Catfish and launched Ke$ha: My Crazy and Beautiful Life. In addition, Linn oversaw the development of movies like DisConnected, Made: The Movie and My Super Psycho Sweet 16.
Prior to MTV, Linn held various positions at Nickelodeon and Spike TV, where he oversaw production on original series, pilots and specials and production management for marketing.
Linn is a member of the executive board of the New York Television Festival. A native of Orlando, Fla., he earned a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from the University of Florida, College of Fine Arts.