NBC has ordered True Story, a new series co-hosted by award-winning actor-comedians Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover trilogy) and Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat, Always Be My Maybe). Helms will also executive produce.
Based on the critically-acclaimed Australian megahit True Story with Hamish & Andy, True Story is a six-episode hybrid alternative-scripted series in which everyday Americans sit down with Helms and Park to share their most extraordinary and unbelievably true stories for the first time.
As the stories unfold, events are humorously brought to life by a star-studded cast of comedians and actors in heightened, dramatized re-enactments of cinematic proportions. In a first-of-its-kind format, True Story will give real people their very own biopic with well-known celebrities cast in the title role.
Each hour-long episode will feature two real-life stories. A premiere date will be announced in the future.
“I can’t wait to bring ‘True Story’ to American audiences with my buddy Randall Park,” Helms said. “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.
“‘True Story’ is the perfect combination of heart, humor and ingenuity that has become synonymous with the NBC Alternative brand,” said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “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,” said Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television. “Ed and Randall are innovators on the comedy circuit making them the perfect combination to headline this show for NBC.”
True Story is casting now and NBC is looking for everyday people with hilarious stories. To submit your story or nominate a friend or family member, please visit TrueStoryCasting.com.
Upcoming, Ed Helms will star in Coffee & Kareem, opposite Taraji P. Henson. A collaboration between Helms’ production company, Pacific Electric Picture Co., and Netflix, the film is slated for release this spring. He has also completed production on Nicole Beckwith’s comedy Togetherish, opposite Patti Harrison and Tig Notaro. Additionally, Helms is set to write, co-executive produce and star in Michael Schur’s Rutherford Falls for NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock.
Randall Park will reprise his role as Jimmy Woo in the upcoming Marvel’s series WandaVision for Disney+, and is currently starring in the sixth and final season of the ABC series Fresh Off the Boat.
True Story is executive produced by Tim Bartley, Hamish Blake, Andy Lee, Ryan Shelton, Ed Helms, Mike Falbo and Nicolle Yaron, who will also serve as showrunner. The series is produced by Warner Horizon in association with Pacific Electric Picture Co. and Universal Television Alternative Studio.