“Messed Up Stories” (still a working title) was announced Sunday during TruTV’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour. Created by Goldthwait, the series will produce a total of eight episodes. Each edition 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,” said Goldthwait. “To me, the rest of the world is just too g*ddamn light. ‘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.”
“Messed Up Stories” will be produced by Left/Right with Goldthwait, Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman and Olivia Wingate serving as executive producers. The series mark’s truTV’s second foray into the scripted genre.
“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. “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 ordered a 16-episode second season of “Comedy Knockout” and greenlit 12 additional episodes of “Fameless” and 10 episodes of “Greatest Ever.”
“Messed Up Stories” will premiere on truTV in 2017.