Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer 2014 TCA: TruTV's Friends of the People

Although Friends of the People was green-lit on TruTV back in March for a ten-episode season, it didn't catch my eye until this morning's presentation. On hand were seven talented members of the cast, including Kenny & Keith Lucas, recently seen as the twins on 22 Jump Street.

Perhaps the most intriguing fact about the group is that they brought the idea of working together to their manager, who made it happen and now they'll be paid to do what they're going to do anyway. Plus, the cast are also all writers and executive producers on the series.

Filmed in and around New York City, the idea is to have a different perspective for pop culture-based sketch comedy. They will have recurring characters that they play, similar to Saturday Night Live. And, yes, we know it's on your mind - there is a similarity to In Living Color, with several of the folks on this series part of the reboot (that never made it to air), and others influenced by the groundbreaking comedy as well.

We were treated to a clip that I found downright hilarious, but I don't want to give it away. In a nutshell, the cast acted as a writers' room for an 80s/90s family comedy during a bobbing first season, then reflected upon the extreme popularity of the break-out character. It was simple, but I had never thought about it that way, and I loved it. If that's any representation of the sketch comedy to be found, I think this show very well could be the next In Living Color or SNL

Watch for Friends of the People coming this fall - it premieres Tuesday, October 28th at 10:30pm on TruTV. If you haven't tuned into this network before, look for it on Comcast 65/841, DirecTV 246, DISH 242/9430, FiOS 183/683.
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