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25 Apr

Magic is Part of TruTV's "Fake Off" Series

Category: Blog   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

 This summer, ten teams of gifted performers will set out to stun viewers like never before in the second season of TruTV’s eye-popping competition series Fake Off. Launching its new season Wednesday, May 6, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), Fake Off takes viewers into the visually stunning world of Faking, a mix of theater, acrobatics, black light and illusion. In each episode, teams are challenged to reimagine iconic moments in pop culture to see who’s got the skills to be named America’s Fake Off Champions and walk away with a $100,000 cash prize.

Actor and dancer Corbin Bleu (High School Musical) is set to host the second season of Fake Off. Harry Shum Jr. (Glee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend) returns to the judging panel and is joined by two new judges: actress, choreographer and Emmy®-nominated director Laurieann Gibson (Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden, Making the Band) and actor, creative director and choreographer Beau Casper Smart (Street, Big Bang Theory, Nick Jonas, Jennifer Lopez). Meghan Camarena better known as YouTube sensation Strawburry17, will serve as backstage correspondent, a new role created this season.

Fake Off premiered on truTV in November 2014 in conjunction with the launch of truTV’s “Way More Fun” brand campaign. The series produced by Endemol Shine North America earned high praise from television  critics and viewers alike, prompting weekly audience growth after its premiere. In the first season, teams performed brilliant interpretations of moments in pop culture, inspired by action-adventure and fantasy movies, video games and the biggest global sporting events.

Season 2 of Fake Off will consist of eight episodes, climaxing with the big finale in which one team will be named the Fake Off Champion and earn the cash prize. Here are the 10 teams vying to be the Fake Off Champion, along with links to their video introductions:

Academy of Villains (San Francisco, Calif.), a performance crew specializing in hip-hop and theatrics.

Astra Dance Theatre (Los Angeles, Calif.), a multimedia dance theatre group from Los Angeles, Calif.

ClownSnotBombs (Berkeley, Calif.), a circus troupe and physical comedy performance company.

CubeMetricks (Los Angeles, Calif.) a theatrical hip-hop performance crew.

The Deca Crew (Brooklyn, N.Y.), a dance crew specializing in technology and prop manipulation.

JUNK (Philadelphia, Pa.), an aerial, dance and physical theater troupe.

LUMA (Pahoa, Hawaii), a troupe that combines light with dance, magic, puppetry and physics.

On The Fly (Indianapolis, Ind.), a stunt and daredevil crew composed of aerialists, dancers, flyers and acro-artists.

The Surrealists (St. Louis, Mo.), a magician and illusionist trio.

Tribe of Fools (Philadelphia, Pa.), physical theater group specializing in acrobatics and comedy.

Complete details on each of the 10 teams competing this spring on Fake Off are included below.

Fake Off is produced by Endemol Shine North America, with James Sunderland serving as Executive Producer and Showrunner, Eden Gaha, Robin Feinberg and Chris Culvenor serving as executive producers.


truTV takes viewers on a fun ride that surprises and entertains. The network delivers a dynamic mix of action, comedy and competition, featuring engaging characters and compelling new worlds that pull you in and leave you wanting more. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. households, truTV features such popular original series as Impractical Jokers, The Carbonaro Effect, Friends of the People, Hack My Life, How to Be a Grown-Up, Barmageddon and Breaking Greenville as well as the upcoming Billy on the Street, Those Who Can’t, Six Degrees of Everything, Santas in the Barn and The Hustlers. In addition, truTV is a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; kids and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.


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