7 items from 2012
As my colleague Kate Kulzick pointed out last week, NBC has chosen to use the boost in ratings they’ve gained from their exclusive Us airing of the 2012 Summer Olympics to try and give some of their new shows a running start. Among the crowd that they’re hoping gains, and retains, an audience from the Olympics are two half-hour comedies; Animal Practice, about a cranky veterinarian and the staff of his hospital, and Go On, about a sportscaster and the members of his group therapy session. Intrigued at the promise of new comedies from NBC, which has, in recent years, created interesting shows such as Community, Parks and Recreation, and 30 Rock, I decided to see what the pilots of these shows promised for the future.
From first glance, this show is seemingly a tired retread of a lot of things we’ve seen before, with no real addition. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Because animated comedy Hell & Back didn’t already boast a bulging cast list, directors Tom Gianas and Ross Shuman have added yet another name to the roster. Susan Sarandon has climbed aboard, and she’ll be voicing an angel named Barb.Hell & Back finds best mates Remy (Nick Swardson) and Augie (TJ Miller) journeying into the Inferno to rescue a mate who has accidentally been dragged down there.The voice cast includes (very deep breath) Mila Kunis, who signed on in March, Jennifer Coolidge, Rob Riggle, Danny McBride, Bob Odenkirk, Kerri Kenney, Michael Pena, David Koechner, JB Smoove, Brian Posehn, Greg Proops, Seth Morris and Jay Johnston, among others. Suffice to say, it’ll be distinctly R-rated, no-holds-barred comedy.With a script by Robot Chicken veterans Zeb Wells and Hugh Sterbakov, it’s going through the stop-motions right now and is set for release… Well, it hasn’t locked that particular detail in just yet, »
Rob Michael Hugel (I Hate Being Single) turns up on a quirky vlog to give dating advice, the online arm of Lorne Michaels’ production company premieres two new web series with Saturday Night Live stars, and First Dates’ Toby Harris (Seth Morris) might actually land a second date.
Coffey Chat | If you miss Hugel (I Hate Being Single), this is the perfect way to get your Rmh fix. He offers up tips on dating with Shannon Coffey on her web show Coffey Chat. None of the advice is what you would call practical, but it’s all chuckle-worthy.
- Sheryl Rothmuller
First Dates with Toby Harris | Funny or Die writer Seth Morris stars in and writes for this new series about the awkward things than can happen on first dates. Office worker Kinsey brilliantly guests in the latest episode as Toby’s verbally and sexually aggressive date. Somewhere, Angela Martin is blushing.
Squaresville | Another Kickstarter success story, this show was created by film maker Matt Enlow. In the first episode, we meet high school »
- Sheryl Rothmuller
CSI creator Anthony Zuiker has teamed up with Yahoo for Cybergeddon, a scripted drama set in the world of cybercrime. The plot revolves around a female government agent who has a falling out with the law and is on the run herself, while pursuing a master hacker who wants to bring the world to its "cyber-knees." Episodes of Cybergeddon will premiere in the fall in an exclusive window on Yahoo!, and then be packaged together into a 90-minute feature available on digital platforms and DVD. Yahoo's video initiatives, now more popular than Vevo, are continuing Yahoo's trend of tapping Hollywood talent for high profile series, including its recently announced comedy slate, which includes shows from Seth Morris, Saturday Night Live writer Mike OBrien, and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Digital. In October, Zuiker announced original YouTube channel BlackBoxTV with Tony E. Valenzuela and the Collective Digital Studio. Cybergeddon is financed by Dolphin Media, »
- Drew Baldwin
Today Yahoo revealed its slate of original comedy slate, which includes shows from Seth Morris, Saturday Night Live writer Mike OBrien, and Ben Stiller's Red Hour Digital. All the shows in new slate will debut on Yahoo Screen, the site’s revamped video hub that launched last fall with a slate of original programming including shows from mega-star Tom Hanks and America’s Funniest Home Videos producer Vin di Bona. Yahoo original video programming attracted over 35 million unique visitors in December 2011, and had 20 of the top 25 most watched online web series in December 2011, according to comScore. Here's the lineup: Funny or Die presents First Dates With Toby Harris (Funny or Die) Starring Seth Morris, First Dates With Toby Harris is a series that takes us on a journey of ill-fated first dates with the lovable (sometimes deplorable) and always single Toby Harris. Set in Los Angeles, each episode centers »
- Drew Baldwin
Yahoo says that it’s already the “top online destination for comedy” with 1B streams of original material — and hopes to reinforce its claim on that title with some new Web-based video series. Seth Morris will star in First Dates With Toby Harris, a 12-episode series of 3-to-5 minute videos from Funny or Die; Yahoo doesn’t say when it will launch. A scripted comedy Burning Love from Paramount Pictures/Red Hour will spoof reality TV shows beginning this spring. Sketchy from Principato Young/Electus promises 26 weeks of topical shorts. 7 Minutes in Heaven from Broadway Video will run 10 weeks and feature conversations with SNL writer Mike O’Brien. Odd News from Yahoo Studios will run 24 weeks with Greg Proops serving up the week’s most unusual headlines. And beginning March 19, Hackerazzi from video producer David Morgasen will offer 14 weeks of “embarrassing celebrity videos.” »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
7 items from 2012
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