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‘The Annoying Orange’ TV Series Fills out Human Cast

22 April 2012 4:35 PM, PDT

The made-for-television iteration of The Annoying Orange web series is set to broadcast on Cartoon Network in June 2012. If you’re a fan of the program and/or account for at least one of the over one billion aggregate views the series has accumulated across all its online installments and/or decide to tune into its TV premiere, you’ll notice a few conspicuous differences between what you’ll see on cable and what you’ve seen on the internet. One, the run-time will be way longer. 30-minute television episodes will be comprised of two 15-minute segments. And two, at least one of the characters will be human. The Collective Digital Studio (which is the company developing and producing The Annoying Orange television program) announced earlier this month YouTube star and purveyor of things cute, awesome, and terrible Toby Turner (aka Tobuscus) had joined the cast of Cartoon Network’s »

- Joshua Cohen

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Jon Hamm and More ‘Mad Men’ Go Bowling with the Nerdist

21 April 2012 3:35 PM, PDT

Can Jon Hamm get it in the 1-3 pocket at just the right angle? Can Matthew Weiner finesse a 7-10 split? Can Rich Sommer do something for charity with his clothes on? Can Vincent Kartheiser act conventionally normal in a social setting? Can online video audiences be entertained by the creator and cast of Mad Men going head-to-head against a handful of self-defined nerds in a bowling competition? Yes. Probably Not. I’m kinda hoping the answer is “No.” No idea! And you’ll have to wait for the next installment of Chris Hardwick’s All-Star Celebrity Bowling to find out. But here’s a teaser, complete with a bowling-themed Mad Men intro custom made courtesy of Nerdist to entertain you until then. Chris Hardwick’s All-Star Celebrity Bowling is a weekly battle royale taking place in the lanes and not over the lines where the winning team receives $10,000 to »

- Joshua Cohen

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I Liked American Hipster’s YouTube Channel Before it was Cool

20 April 2012 1:03 PM, PDT

Good news for aspiring hipsters (who/whatever you are)! American Hipster’s new YouTube channel has launched with three weekly original shows. Are you rolling your eyes already, thinking “that’s so like…yesterday?” That’s excellent! You’re probably riding on your fixie right into the middle of American Hipster’s target demographic, and you should absolutely be writing this article for me. And now you’re thinking, “Ugh, I would, but I’m not really into Tubefilter now that they have this fancy pants redesign.” Fair enough, you darling ironist! I hope someday to ride on the handlebars of your penny-farthing. But what about the American Hipster YouTube Channel!? Ok, ok…American Hipster, from San Francisco-based creative studio Seedwell, snagged a YouTube Originals Channel last fall. Their first slate of three weekly series premiered last month. Obviously, the channel is by and about hipsters and the things they like (or pretend to like, »

- Nayla Wren

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Welcome to the New Tubefilter!

20 April 2012 9:38 AM, PDT

First things first. Welcome to the new Tubefilter! It’s been a long-time coming, but hopefully you’ll find it worth the wait. It’s been our goal since 2007 (that’s when we first started to exhaustively cover and find the best stuff within the online video fray) to help you discover and keep track of all the online video industry initiatives and programming worth knowing. We care about quality online video entertainment, whether that quality online video entertainment comes in the form of shows from major motion picture studios and television networks, branded entertainment from advertising agencies, or stellar original web series from independent content creators and new media studios. If the programming is good, we’ll help you find it, and fill you in on who’s involved. If the initiatives are newsworthy, we’ll tell you about them. We follow the industry, its content, its creators, its casts, »

- Joshua Cohen

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Hulu Reveals Originals From Adrian Grenier, Seth Meyers at Upfronts

19 April 2012 10:10 AM, PDT

Today Hulu unveiled four new original series to a crowd of about 500 at their digital upfront, which took place at the Times Center in New York this morning. Part of the Digital Content NewFronts that kicked off this week, the Hulu upfront included several of the most prominent digital-ad buyers on Madison Avenue and executives from marketers like BMW. Here's a breakdown of the slate: The Awesomes, an animated series about comically flawed superheroes, from Saturday Night Live star Seth Meyers and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon producer Michael Shoemaker Don't Quit Your Daydream, a series about struggling musicians, from Entourage star Adrian Grenier We Got Next, a comedy based on friendships made on the basketball court from Kenya Barris from Are We There Yet?, Hale Rothstein from Everybody Hates Chris, and Danny Leiner from The Office Flow, a fantasy series from video game industry star Michael Wendschuh based around »

- Drew Baldwin

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‘Blair Witch’ Director to Launch Zany ‘As Seen on TV’ Informercial Series

17 April 2012 5:48 PM, PDT

Cult indie horror favorite The Blair Witch Project director Daniel Myrick has teamed up with digital advertising and marketing agency engage:bdr for Reemco, a comedy series co-produced by Family Guy and Shameless star Alex Borstein. The 10-part series will follow the life and family of a famous fictional TV pitchman, Gilbert T. Reem. "When I was growing up, during the holidays there were commercials for home improvement products from this manufacturer Romco, who produced devices like inside-the-egg scramblers, pocket fisherman, and other wacky home gadgets," Myrick told Tubefilter. Since then, an entire subculture of 'as seen on TV' products has emerged with the pitchman at the front of the movement—think Vince from Sham Wow and Slap Chop. In its spoof of infomercial culture, the series will include a slew of faux-advertisements for Reemco's line of fictional products, blurring the lines between fiction and reality—a hallmark of Myrick's creations. »

- Drew Baldwin

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‘Pioneer One’ Kickstarts New Sci-Fi Drama ‘Control’

17 April 2012 9:35 AM, PDT

Pioneer One is a Webby-nominated dramatic sci-fi online original series about Martian cosmonauts created by Josh Bernhard and Bracey Smith and funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign and subsequent fan donations. Its sixth and final episode was released in December 2011 by way of the BitTorrent-friendly Vodo distribution network. By then, installments of the series had been downloaded a total of 3.5 million times and viewers had contributed nearly $100,000 to see the story to completion. That’s not a bad ending for Bernhard and Smith’s first foray into creating compelling content by way of crowd-funding, so the pair just launched another Kickstarter campaign to see if they can duplicate (or do better than) their previous results. Control is a pilot for another dramatics series set in the “Mission Control of a manned space mission, written as a hybrid of Apollo13 and The Westing Wing in style and tone.” Here’s the »

- Joshua Cohen

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Sci-Fi Fanatics Get io9 News in Video From the Future

16 April 2012 5:10 PM, PDT

Gawker Media may have lost a Fox News Mole late last week, but it gained an original web series. io9, the sci-fi obsessed arm of Nick Denton’s internet behemoth, which attracts a very respectable 2.2 million monthly readers of the 18.6 million in Gawker Media’s aggregate audience (that visit one or more of the eight sites under the umbrella of Gawker either despite, or because of a semi-recent, network-wide redesign) partnered up with new media studio Revision3 for a greenscreened, talking-heads online original featuring io9 Editor-in-Chief Annalee Newitz and io9 writer Esther Inglis-Arkell talking about things people who know what the Tardis is will enjoy. The program is called We Come From the Future and in its premiere installment Newitz and Inglis-Arkell bring a new dimension to the text of io9, with a voiced intent to cover in video “all the same things you’re used to seeing on the website. »

- Joshua Cohen

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Smosh to Launch Animated YouTube Channel with Industry Vets

16 April 2012 12:26 PM, PDT

Smosh, the banner by which BFFs Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla have been entertaining online video audiences and Pokemon enthusiasts since YouTube’s inception, has amassed over 1.3 billion views and over 4.5 million subscribers on the world’s largest video sharing site in the past six years. That’s one heck of a fan base. Hecox, Padilla, Smosh-owner Alloy Digital, Smosh President and Alloy Digital Evp Barry Blumberg, and the world’s largest video sharing site believe that fan base wants to watch cartoons in addition to the familiar erratic comedy and user-driven reality stylings of two talented young twentysomethings. Shut Up! Cartoons is Smosh’s soon-to-debut animated YouTube channel, which is one of the 96-or-so that make up the first round of the YouTube Originals Initiative. It was conceived of by Blumberg, who, before joining the Smosh team back in 2006, was responsible for the development and production of notable »

- Joshua Cohen

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