9 Truths and a Lie: Which Of These 10 New Series is Completely Made Up?

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9 Truths and a Lie: Which Of These 10 New Series is Completely Made Up?

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | January 24, 2014 | Comments ()


I haven’t done this is a very long while, but after a long hiatus due to a complicated sex scandal that threatened to destroy the game, we have returned the fastest growing quiz sensation on the webernets: Nine Truths and a Lie. Below, I have summarized 10 new pilots, series orders, and development deals from the last week. One of them is a lie. Can you identify it? Please vote in teh poll below the options.

1. Set in a tennis and golf club, Rob Lowe will star in The Pro, for NBC, a sitcom about a tennis player and his former tennis partner who reunite after a huge public feud.

2. Rashida Jones, who — like Rob Lowe — is departing Parks and Recreation next week, will star in Tribeca, a satirical police procedural written by Steve Carell and his wife, Nancy Walls. The comedy will air on TBS.

3. ABC has commissioned a pilot for a laugh-track, multicamera sitcom based on the post-divorce life of comedian Kevin Hart, who would have a recurring role in the series.

4. ABC picked up a pilot for The Visitors, an alien drama from producer Steven Spielberg based upon a Ray Bradbury short story called Zero Hour, about a race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world using our most precious resource against us.

5. Fox ordered a pilot for an untitled comedy centered on a stunted, set-in-his-ways thirtysomething man living with his mom who finds his perfectly organized world upended when she gets married. The mom will be played by Jane Kaczmarek, and the show was co-created by Johnny Galecki.

6. Fox orders a new reality series, Utopia, which will follow a group of 15 people who are forced together to create their own civilization.

7. Fox has ordered Hot Dogger, a pilot starring Elisha Cuthbert as a wealthy socialite who inadvertently falls in love with a Manhattan street vendor, who has to assimilate into her wealthy family’s lifestyle.

8. TNT will begin airing Transporter: The TV Series, based on the Jason Statham movie franchise, beginning this fall.

9. HBO is developing an electronic music comedy based on an Irvine Welsh story, which will be produced by DJ Calvis Harris, Jay-Z, and Will Smith.

10. Hot Bench is a new syndicated show from Judge Judy, which will focus on a panel that includes a judge and two attorneys, who settle a case.

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  • laylaness

    I just came to say that Rashida Jones's episode of The Getaway made me dislike her immensely, and I used to have a soft spot for her.

  • Jiffylush

    I think I did this wrong as I was just staring at the picture.

  • pajiba

    It appears that -- as of this moment -- 42 percent of you guessed correctly that it was Hot Dogger, which is way more than any of the real ones. On the other hand 58 percent guessed incorrectly, so I'm calling it a tie! True story: As I was putting this piece together, my wife texted me after she's gotten off a plane, complaining that the pilot was a real Hot Dogger. I think it must be New Hampshire slang, or something. Anyway, that's where the name came from, and I kind of want to see it now, too. I should've come up with a male lead, but couldn't think of a convincing unemployed TV actor who could be both handsome and believable as a street vendor.

  • ellcoolj

    Kevin Dillon.., aka Johnny Drama...

  • James Marsden! Again!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    C'mon, be realistic. Aasif Mandvi, maybe.

  • pajiba

    Aw, damn! Perfect!

  • Have a hard time thinking Kevin Hart is going to head to a conventional sitcom when his movie opened at 41M. I call that one as false.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I think he'd be producing a la Rock for Everyone Hates Chris, and the pitch mentions recurring role, as opposed starring in it.

  • I'd say that the Judge Judy show is most likely to be fake. On a related note, out of all of the rest, the Transporter series sounds the best. If they're not actually making it, they should be.

  • seth

    No one is calling anything Hot Dogger.

  • Target_Blonde

    I'm gonna go with the HBO show as the fake. A little bit b/c I lack the imagination to see see any Irvine Welsh story as a parable for EDM but mostly because I don't see the staff of Will Smith and Jay-Z's production companies getting along enough to make fetch happen.

    Couldn't tell you why but I just don't see it.

  • HerGuyWednesday


  • John W

    What's our most precious resource? Celebrities?

  • DataAngel

    I'm disturbingly interested in the Electronic Music Comedy and may need to reconsider my decision to never get a subscription TV channel. This is seriously the only one I WANT to be real. The rest shouldn't even exist as a joke.

  • googergieger

    "our most precious resource against us."

    Our children?

  • Welldressed

    Whale oil. You can make children, like, super easy.

  • googergieger


  • TK

    I had assumed it was Sriracha.

  • Velveeta

  • TK

    Hush your mouth, blasphemer.

  • Welldressed

    I cannot live in a world where "The Transporter" TV show is real. I simply cannot.

  • Billybob

    That's the only one I know to definitely be real. It actually came out a year or two ago... somewhere... and I keep wondering when it's going to make its way to Britain.

  • Miss Jane

    I can verify that this is real. Filmed in Germany (I think). I saw the pilot and it's actually quite fun.

  • A few of these are recent announcements so I may be cheating. However, the saddest/best part is that these all seem completely plausible.

  • Ted Zancha

    I say Utopia.

    Because there is no way that show would work (and I'm fairly certain that any one willing to sign up for a reality TV show, based on that shitty concept, wouldn't actually know what a utopia is).

  • Collin Scott

    When I saw the title I first thought it was an adaptation of the British Bio-Chemical warfare thriller show

  • LexieW

    That's what I thought, too. Damn it.

  • Amsterdamdave

    No, it's real. Actually already a show here in The Netherlands, it started the 1st of January. Apparently Fox bought it from John de Mol, the same guy who came up with Big Brother.

    We're so sorry.

  • Whistler

    It's real? Oh my god, I voted that as the fake one, because there's no way that won't end in massive murder or, at least, like the intro of 2001: Space Odyssey.

  • Ted Zancha

    I mean, did it work? Like was any group successful? Or was it like Big Brother and did they just throw a bunch of people in a small area together and make them almost kill each other?

  • Target_Blonde

    Dammit, I thought for sure that was the fake one.

  • asherlev1

    Okay, Hot Dogger is winning and that is also the pilot that I MOST WANT TO BE REAL. *HIDES*

  • BWeaves

    Hot Dogger sounds like the American version of Downton Abbey, with the hot dog vendor being Branson.

  • 'Hot Dogger' is so perfectly terrible it has to be real. It'll probably be inexplicably popular too, like 'Two and a Half Men.'

  • Guest

    Right there with you asherlev1. Can they set it in Vancouver and have the vendor work at Japadog?

    At least it give an Asian actor a job.


  • What are those? I want them in my face right now!

  • emmalita

    Those look like hot dogs I would actually consider eating.

  • I have no idea what any of that is on the far right one, but I want to take a bite of it to find out.

  • Guest

    Terimayo (or Spicy Terimayo), Orshi (middle), Okonomi.

    And they have ice cream "Hotdogs"


  • TK

    You are severely broken inside.

    Let's watch it together.

  • Billybob

    Same here. I'm one of the (currently) 47 per cent who don't believe it, and I think part of that is that I'm too pessimistic to believe that something so wonderful could possibly exist in this flawed world.

  • Mrs. Julien


  • David Toole

    Gotta be "Hot Dogger", but that Jane Kaczmarek pilot also sounds ridiculous. I'll stick with "Hot Dogger" though.

  • Tommy Marx

    Just saw that Jane Kaczmarek is doing the pilot; don't care what the plot is, just glad to see her back doing comedy!

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    That was also my tossup. But I can't imagine Elisha Cuthbert could get a show like that alone, so the absence of a notable executive producer or co-star says fake.

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