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truTV Greenlights “Backyard Bar Wars,” Hosted by Chris Distefano

Backyard Bar Wars

Everyone Wants a Bar Where Everybody Knows Your Name, So Why Not Build It Yourself?

truTV Greenlights “Backyard Bar Wars,” a Hilarious Send-Up of the Classic DIY Competition Series Hosted by Comedian Chris Distefano

Los Angeles (February 23, 2021) – truTV announced today that it has greenlit “Backyard Bar Wars,” a new home reno series with a comedic spin – each episode pits two neighbors against each other in the ultimate backyard build-off to see who can create the buzziest at-home bar on the block. Hosted by self-described “unhandy-man” comedian Chris Distefano, the 10-episode half-hour competition series from 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, will be filmed in and around Los Angeles and will premiere in July 2021. 

Said Corie Henson, EVP/Head of Unscripted Development, TNT, TBS, truTV: “It’s not what you drink, it’s where you drink it and who you’re drinking with.  ‘Backyard Bar Wars’ is an ambitious twist on your favorite neighborhood bar, and a custom bar in your own backyard is one of the coolest and most creative prizes ever.”

Said series host, Chris Distefano: “I'm so excited to be a part of this show; it was a blast shooting the pilot and I can't wait to get out there and get drunk and build stuff. Hope this show has insurance! Finally, I can show my girlfriend and my father that I am a real man! I am Chrissy the Tool!”

“Backyard Bar Wars” is not your average build show. Based on the rising trend of DIY at-home bars, “Backyard Bar Wars” is a send-up of the classic home reno show combined with hilarious moments of comedian and host, Chris Distefano, roasting the builders in a way that only he can. The one thing that’s not a joke are the bars themselves – viewers can expect jaw-dropping reveals that will leave everyone watching thirsty for a second round.

“Backyard Bar Wars” is executive produced by Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch, David Hale and Dan Snook of 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, for truTV. The showrunner is Reno Camozzi.  Chris Distefano is represented by Rick Dorfman, Authentic Talent and Literary Management, UTA and Cohen Gardner Law.

About truTV 

truTV, a WarnerMedia brand, is a bold, fresh entertainment network that gives viewers audacious content with laugh-out-loud moments and relatable characters. With millions of engaged fans across linear, digital and social channels, the cable network features a growing roster of critically acclaimed and fan-favorite, premium scripted, non-scripted and hybrid series, such as “Impractical Jokers,” “Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party,” “Tacoma FD,” “Top Secret Videos,” “Double Cross with Blake Griffin,” “Fast Foodies,” “Big Trick Energy” and more. truTV is also a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship each year. Website:

About 44 Blue Productions

44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, is an award-winning producer of non-fiction and unscripted content. Founded by Rasha and Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch, 44 Blue’s impressive slate of ground-breaking series includes new TLC show Backyard Bar Wars; Animal Planet’s top-rated and long-running Pit Bulls & Parolees; ID's Twisted Sisters; A&E’s twice- Emmy® nominated series Wahlburgers, and Nightwatch; Fox’s First Responders Live; Netflix’s Jailbirds; MSNBC’S critically acclaimed Lockup and its trio of spinoff series Lockup: Raw, Lockup: World Tour and Life After Lockup; Oxygen’s The Real Murders of Orange County; E!’s Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry; and OWN’s Gracie Award winning Married to the Army: Alaska. 44 Blue is represented by William Morris Endeavor.

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