“I can’t wait to bring True Story to American audiences with my buddy, Randall Park,” Helms, who is also the executive producer of the series, said in a statement. “It’s an incredibly warm, hilarious and kind-spirited show that celebrates the lost art of laughing at ourselves … with a little help from epic reenactments.”
“I’m so excited to be a part of a show that combines three of my favorite things: great stories from real people, my pal Ed Helms and couches,” Park said.
Both Park and Helms previously worked together once onscreen in an episode of “The Office.” The episode was titled “Asian Jim prank.”
The premise of “True Story” revolves around the unbelievable and extraordinary stories everyday Americans share with Helms and Park. These stories are reenacted and dramatized by a cast of comedians and actors. Two stories will be told each hour-long episode.
“True Story is the perfect combination of heart, humor and ingenuity that has become synonymous with the NBC Alternative brand,” said President of Alternative and Reality Group for NBC Entertainment, Meredith Ahr. “We believe that truth can be stranger (and funnier!) than fiction, and Ed and Randall are the ultimate duo to help real people bring their incredible stories to life.”
“True Story is an entirely new kind of funny television, it’s very clever television. It’s something you’ve never seen before, but is very relatable,” said Warner Bros.’ President of Unscripted and Alternative Television, Mike Darnell. “Ed and Randall are innovators on the comedy circuit making them the perfect combination to headline this show for NBC.”
Darnell describes “True Story” as having a similar tone to “Drunk History,” a Comedy Central show featuring comedians getting inebriated and recalling historical events or people as actors re-enact the story.
“We have one or two stories we can tell people that almost feels like they didn’t happen — just insane tales,” Darnell added.
The original show, “True Story with Hamish & Andy,” was created in Australia by local producer Radio Karate and has been a hit for the TV station, Nine Network of Public Media. Meanwhile, Warner Bros International Television Production represents the show internationally.
Sources close to the matter said three other networks tried to compete to get the show, but NBC ultimately landed the project.
The show has put up a public casting call to have their stories featured on “True Story.”
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