Jennifer Lopez, who was just named the world’s most beautiful woman by People magazine, is producing a new reality series for TruTV in which beauty plays no part.
It’s a series about tow trucks. What does J-Lo know about the art (or is it craft?) of towing cars? We couldn’t determine that, but TruTV is confident enough in Lopez’s production company, Nuyorican Productions, that the cable channel has ordered up a series from the firm called “South Beach Tow,” which combines the glamour of South Miami Beach with the nitty-gritty of towing. The reason: An acute parking shortage in South Beach, according to TruTV, which will likely result in plenty of bleeped verbal confrontations and fistfights, the kind of stuff we’ve come to expect from Tru.
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The cable channel once known as Court TV didn’t show any clips from “South Beach Tow” when it unveiled a slew of new, upcoming shows at a glitzy presentation for advertisers in a midtown Manhattan theater Tuesday night that featured a private performance by Maroon 5.
But we assume that “South Beach Tow” won’t differ all that much from “Operation Repo” or “Lizard Lick Towing,” Tru’s existing series in the burgeoning “tow-truck reality” sub-genre. Basically, we expect that these “South Beach Tow”-ers will try and grab cars from people who will object strenuously, followed by general mayhem.
That’s par for the course for this “non-fiction” network (their term) whose slogan is “Not Reality. Actuality.” On TruTV, people – men mostly – are usually breaking things, fighting, wrecking their cars or being catapulted through the air and hurting themselves. And while that’s not necessarily our cup of tea, the channel’s reliance on what it calls “high-stakes, high-impact TV” has made it the third highest-rated cable channel among “non-fiction” networks (History Channel is No. 1 followed by Discovery at No. 2, according to Tru).
Here’s some of what this “full-throttle” network has in store:
“Semi-Pro”: This unscripted series (well, they’re all unscripted), co-produced with NFL Films, will showcase the world of semi-professional football “as tempers flare and rivalries burn,” TruTV says (of course, if tempers didn’t flare, this show wouldn’t be eligible for Tru!).
“Guinness World Records”: Two guys who hold various Guinness records for breaking things (mainly stacks of bricks and cinderblocks) host this series in which they “coach” Guinness hopefuls in how to set the book’s famous records. In a clip shown the other night, one of the records was pasta-eating or, more to the point, pasta-shoveling, into one’s mouth, very quickly.
“Chill”: This is a reality series about a Brooklyn man who carves elaborate ice sculptures with a chainsaw.
“Impractical Jokers”: This one has four life-long friends who are now adults (at least judging by their ages if not by their behavior) who go around playing pranks on people that will inevitably get them in big trouble.
No airdates were given for the new shows, but they’ll start to turn up over the next few months. The channel also announced renewals for “Hardcore Pawn,” “Black Gold,” “Full Throttle Saloon” and “Lizard Lick Towing.”