*Reality-focused truTV is expanding into scripted programming with a green light to its first-ever sketch-comedy series, “Friends Of The People,” reports Deadline.
Set to premiere this summer, the show stars comedians Kevin Barnett (“Guy Code”), Jennifer Bartels (“In Living Color” reboot), Jermaine Fowler (“Comedy Underground With Dave Attell”), Lil Rel Howery (“In Living Color”), The Lucas Bros. (“22 Jump Street”) and Josh Rabinowitz (“I Just Want My Pants Back”).
The network has ordered 10 episodes, including the pilot, for “Friends Of The People” scripted sketches and man-on-the-street segments. The sketches in the pilot include a previously-untold story from television history, and the adventures of “Tracy Morgan Freeman.”
The cast members also serve as writers and executive producers, with Rabinowitz and Barnett as head writers.
“’Friends Of The People’ is the perfect show to mark truTV’s entrance into the world of sketch comedy,” said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. The show is designed to fit into TruTV’s slate of reality comedy series that includes “Impractical Jokers,” “Killer Karaoke” and “Upload With Shaquille O’Neal.”