True Story proceeds with US adaptation

The US adaptation of True Story with Hamish & Andy, co-hosted by The Office and Rutherford Falls star Ed Helms and Fresh Off the Boat’s Randall Park is headed to NBCU streaming platform Peacock.

Six episodes will be produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon, Pacific Electric Picture Co. and Universal Television Alternative Studio and exec produced by Tim Bartley, Hamish Blake, Andy Lee, Ryan Shelton, Ed Helms, Mike Falbo, Randall Park and Tracey Baird, who will also serve as showrunner.

The original series screened on Nine in 2017 and 2018 where it was well received. So after their separate TV shows (Lego Masters / The Cube) will viewers get to see them back on screen together anytime soon?

“To be honest we’ve got no solid plans at the moment, but we are fine,” Hamish Blake recently told TV Tonight.

“Our podcast is our complete passion. We just adore that world and we’re having a ball doing that.”

Blake has recently relocated to Sydney with writer wife Zoe Foster, explaining that the time was right.

“The short story is: wife’s work, wife’s family, general adventure. But why not? I’ve lived in Melbourne for 40 years, Melbourne will always be my home. The kids are little, work is booming up there for my wife and we thought, ‘You know what, we’ve probably always known we would do a stint in Sydney.’

“I think it’ll be a great adventure.”

2 Comments:

  1. The extent of EPs is possibly telling (more EPs than episodes?). It format is essentially Drunk History, but sober – and relies a lot on the chemistry between Hamish and Andy to provoke laughs [because they are making gags, laughing, or suppressing their laughter]. It’ll be challenging for Helms and Park to match that chemistry. Six episodes also seems short for a streaming service, perhaps they’re piloting it to fill a larger gap in demos, or maybe it’s green lit out of obligation? Seems like a curious commission.

  2. Great to see an Aussie “invention” sold overseas, especially since it was created by two likeable blokes.
    re: “exec produced by Tim Bartley, Hamish Blake, Andy Lee, Ryan Shelton, Ed Helms, Mike Falbo, Randall Park and Tracey Baird”. I don’t know what an exec producer does, but does the show need eight of them?

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