Adam Conover Interview: ‘Adam Ruins Everything’

“Emmy voters, drop us a nom!” declares Adam Conover, a contender for Best Informational Program and Best Nonfiction Writing for the truTV series “Adam Ruins Everything.” The series comically debunks myths and misconceptions that viewers may take for granted, and in its previous season it even tackled award shows, so Conover understands the value of an awards campaign. “I’ll just be real upfront and say, toss us a nomination if you think the show deserves it because I’d sure appreciate it.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Conover above.

The second season of the show, which aired from July 2017 to April 2018, “ruined” a wide range of topics including weight loss, college, dating, the suburbs and even having a baby. Some of the show’s segments were more controversial than others, like the one about redlining. It showed how federal policy blocked African-Americans from home-ownership after World War II, exacerbating America’s racial wealth gap for generations. “That got push-back from racists,” Conover explains. “They were just mad about it because they’re racists and they don’t like people pointing out that racism is real.”

But other criticisms have been more reasoned than that, and the show takes its mission so seriously that it actually ruined itself. The episode “Emily Ruins Adam” turned the tables to issue corrections and clarifications of past topics that the show tackled. “That’s something that had been a goal of ours for a very long time,” Conover reveals. “We were really excited to be able to do it.”

Then at the end of season two the show looked even further back with “Re-Animated History,” a fully animated series of six episodes that busted historical myths about the Revolutionary War, the Renaissance and more. “We really enjoy doing those history episodes,” and exploring “the true story behind the history you think you know.”

There’s so much untapped potential in the past, and in other fields of study as well. “There’s so much comedy about the news,” Conover notes, but “where is all the comedy about history, about science, about philosophy, about language? There’s this whole area of incredible stuff that we could explore.”

The show returns for its third season this fall, and it will begin with a controversial subject the show has avoided in the past, though Conover won’t spoil exactly what it will be. In general, he and his team “look the top ourselves every episode … What story haven’t we told? What format haven’t we done? What situation haven’t we seen? So we look to top ourselves every single time, and that’s what you can expect to see.”

Do you hear that, Emmy voters?

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