The dudes who brought you Impractical Jokers have a new game show on TBS. Based off the popular card game Sh*t Happens, Misery Index will feature two teams competing against each other to “rank hilarious and miserable real-life events—from getting fired to accidentally sexting your grandfather on a scale of 1-100.”
The cable network is ordering 10 half-hour episodes of the series from the truTV comedy troupe, The Tenderloins, made up of Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano — creators and stars of Impractical Jokers, an unscripted, hidden camera prank show. Now in its seventh season, the show is the #1 original cable comedy series in primetime among both adults 18-49 and 18-34. The Tenderloins met in high school and formed their comedy troupe in 1999. The group found success with Impractical Jokers after years of performing live improv and sketch comedy shows and filming viral internet sketches.
Misery Index was developed by Andy Breckman, creator of USA’s Monk, and Ben & Dan Newmark of Grandma’s House Entertainment. The trio also serve as executive producers, along with Adam Bold, also of Grandma’s House Entertainment, Howard Klein of 3 Arts Entertainment, and Rob Anderson who also serves as showrunner.
“Andy Breckman and the Newmarks have hilariously gamified embarrassment, humiliation, and total misery” said Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted and specials for TBS and TNT. “Adding The Tenderloins brings unpredictable fun to this game.”
TBS adds Misery Index to its current lineup of unscripted programs including Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild and Drop the Mic, the top two new unscripted cable comedies of 2017.
For now, rewatch the Tenderloins play a tasty prank at a pastrami shop.