When it comes to making television as much of an informational medium as possible, truTV's info-heavy hit Adam Ruins Everything is an obvious standout, with episodes chock-ful of useful facts and surprising debunkings of common beliefs. CinemaBlend spoke with creator and host Adam Conover about Season 2 of Adam Ruins Everything -- which premieres this week -- and he explained how he almost ruined everything right from the get-go, so to speak, by going way too far and making everything way more complicated than it needed to be.
Hey, I don't think anybody is going to blame Adam Conover for wanting to make his show TOO successful in its approach, except for perhaps all the people involved with busting their ass to create that pilot episode. (But then most of them, if not all, probably still work on the show, so it was temporary blame if anything.) Plus, even though he might have come close to setting Adam Ruins Everything up to collapse beneath its own monumental efforts, everyone persevered, and the finished product looks like something that took several years to perfect.
Not that the concept itself was completely thrown together while making the pilot. Before making the jump to truTV, Adam Conover formulated the central idea for Adam Ruins Everything during his years at CollegeHumor, and it's completely understandable that he would want to up the ante when bringing the project to TV. A bigger budget never hurt anybody. At least when we're talking about a relatively small scale, and not blockbuster movie-sized budgets.
Don't go thinking that Adam Conover has any regrets about the way Adam Ruins Everything came into being, either. Here's what else he told me.
Indeed. It's already hard to find info-tainment shows like this that play up the entertainment value as much as the learning, while also maintaining that the learning be as fact-checked as possible. (The show posts its citations on the screen during the segments, already quieting the "Fake News" crowd before that chant came into being.) As well, half-hour shows are a better fit for opinions than facts, outside of Jeopardy! and truTV's own Hack My Life. But Adam Ruins Everything is jamming an hour's worth of show into a tighter packaging, and he's absolutely right that it's a singular oasis that looks like nothing else in either the scripted or unscripted worlds. Hard work pays off, everyone, and there's no debunking that.
Adam Ruins Everything Season 2 premieres on truTV on Tuesday, July 11, at 9:00 p.m. CT, and he'll be taking on all kinds of great topics this year, such as hospitals, binged weight loss, having babies and more. To see when all the other new and returning shows will hit the small screen without Adam Conover's presence -- such as truTV's other big premiere this week, Andrea Savage's I'm Sorry -- head to our summer TV premiere schedule.