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What to Watch: 5 Web Series Worth Checking Out

January 28, 2013 Leave a comment

NBC’s Grimm gives us something to grin about, renown restaurateur Bobby Flay makes being healthy look — dare we say — fun, and child phenoms make us all feel lazy. Plus, you heard it here first: Coin-flipping may determine who walks off with an Oscar next month.

Grimm Web Series | In the first episode of the four-part series, Bud (Danny Bruno), an Eisbiber, stops by Rosalee’s (Bree Turner) spice shop to obtain a hair loss cure for … “a friend.” Silas Weir Mitchell also stars in this humorous little ditty that will tide fans over until the show’s March 8 NBC return.

Prodigies | This engaging and inspiring series highlights the exploits of young and talented whiz kids from around the world. In the most recent episode, Brooke Raboutou embodies the true spirt of grit. And she’s only 11 years old. She’s a rock climbing phenom, who has broken all sorts of world records while conquering some of the globe’s most challenging peaks.

Bobby Flay Fit | Behind on executing those New Year’s resolutions? Celeb chef Flay’s seven-part web series may give you just the kick in the pants you need. Episodes cover a variety of topics key to developing a healthy lifestyle, such as moderation, motivation, discipline, support and more. In the first episode we learn that it’s okay to eat pasta (all together now) in moderation.

Behind the Ballot | Behind-the-scenes film buffs will fall hard for this new series, which highlights oft-overlooked crafts categories such as production design, makeup and hair styling  film editing, sound editing, and costume design. The first panel features an interesting conversation among cinematographers Daryn Okada (Mean Girls), Theo Van de Sande (Blade) and Mandy Walker (Australia). Not only do they discuss what makes good cinematography, they also talk about their individual voting process. New episodes will unspool weekly up until Oscar night.

Here’s Why You’re Wrong About the Oscars | Another series focused on Hollywood’s biggest night, this one promises to be a lively debate about nominees who won’t win an Oscar. Participants can’t laud their own picks. Rather, they must weigh in on why a fellow pundit’s favorite won’t walk away with a statue. Are you following? The first episode explores the best director Oscar category and pits the work of David O. Russell against the work of Steven Spielberg.

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ABC Family to Launch Pretty Little Liars Web Series, Pretty Dirty Secrets

August 22, 2012 Leave a comment

ABC Family is launching a new weekly spin-off web series Pretty Dirty Secrets, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. The eight episodes will begin immediately following the Aug. 28th finale and continue to take place in Rosewood until the show’s Halloween episode in October.

Starring cast members Brant Daugherty (Noel), Yani Gellman (Garrett), Vanessa Ray (CeCe), Brendan Robinson (Lucas) and Drew Van Acker (Jason), the series will take place in the local Halloween store where the town is preparing for the big festivities. A new character, played by Aerial Miranda, will also be introduced.

As fans may remember, the town costume store was a very important location in last year’s Halloween prequel. It was there that Alison met Jenna for the first time and it was also where we saw the creepy masked person (the same mask as above) that appeared throughout.

Will new suspects arise and will familiar faces become more mysterious?

Pretty Dirty Secrets will air every Tuesday, beginning on Aug. 28, at 5 PT/8 ET on ABCFamily.com.

What to Watch: 5 Web Series Worth Checking Out

August 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Fred Armisen (Portlandia) gesticulates wildly while attempting to check into a hotel, Yelp reviews go viral, Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld) takes Ricky Gervais (The Office) on a fear-filled joy ride, and Marvel All Winners Squadmakes it’s debut.

The Front Desk | Bradley Fishbourne’s (Armisen) vow of silence combined with a mistaken identity problem make this episode the funniest one to date.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee | Gervais holds on for dear life as Seinfeld zips him around New York in his 1967 Austin Healy 3000.

Real Actors Read Yelp Reviews | Actors (real ones, mind you) hilariously perform dramatic readings of yelp reviews on camera. Our fave evaluation was the one containing the phrase “incinerated everything in my intestines.”

Coffey Chat | Shannon Coffey has a really weird sense of humor. And we dig it. In this episode, she talks about drawing. She also introduces us to her handsome Cat Boyfriend. For real.

Marvel All Winners Squad | Featuring non-mainstrean superheroes such as Howard the Duck and Squirrel Girl, this motley crew answers to a guy named Mr. Fish. We anxiously await their first assignment.

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H+: The Digital Series – New Teaser

July 26, 2012 Leave a comment

premieres August 8 (Youtube)
New episodes every Wednesday

A groundbreaking new series by acclaimed producer Bryan Singer, H+: The Digital Series takes viewers on a journey into an apocalyptic future where technology has begun to spiral out of control… a future where the world’s population has retired its cell phones and laptops in favor of stunning new device by Hplus Nano Teoranta, an innovative technology company that has found a way to connect the Internet to the human mind 24 hours a day.

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Warner Premiere, Dolphin Entertainment and Bryan Singer present a Bad Hat Harry/Hip Entertainment Production
Executive Producers: Beatriz Acevedo, Doug Greiff, Lance Sloane, Marc Berliner, Bill O’Dowd, James Henrie, Philip von Alvensleben, John Cabrera, Cosimo De Tommaso, Stewart Hendler
Created and Written By: John Cabrera & Cosimo De Tommaso
Produced By: Bryan Singer, Jason Taylor
Directed By: Stewart Hendler
Series Premiere: August 8, 2012
Studio: Warner Bros.

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5 Web Series Worth Checking Out

July 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Tom Hanks enters the web series fold, the speed of massless particles gets dissected, kids’ stories come to life in a colorful composition, and Jerry Seinfeldcreates a web series about “nothing” and — no surprise — it’s hilarious.

Electric City | The brainchild of Tom Hanks, this 20-episode series debuted over three nights this week. Sci-fi and post-apocalyptic themes are married with an animation style that is reminiscent of FX’s Archer to produce an intriguing story. Hanks voices the lead character with Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men), Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love), Paul Scheer (NTSF:SD:SUV::) and Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time) also starring.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee | Jerry’s back! Showcasing observational humor at its best, Seinfeld chauffeurs his celeb friends around in one of his many fancy cars all while chatting over coffee. Longtime pal Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Seinfeld’s 1952 VW Bug guest star in the first episode, which had us loudly cracking up more than a few times. Here’s hoping this web series runs for nine seasons.

Minute Physics | Given all the news about the Higgs Boson in recent days, we thought it would be apropos to revisit one of our favorite informational web series, Minute Physics.

Written By a Kid | In this new series by the Geek & Sundry gang, kids dream up a story and a film crew brings them to life. The first episode features a tale by a young lad named Brett called “Scary Smash.” Dave Foley guest stars as the milk truck driver and Joss Whedon plays Gerald the S.Q.U.A.T. (yes, you read that correctly) team leader who is brought in to fight the monster. Give this kid an Oscar!

Dexter Early Cuts: All in the Family | The third season of the web series that explores Dexter Morgan’s past returns with “All in the Family.” Grim illustrations combined with the dark narration from Miami’s most notorious vigilante provide superb bonus content for die-hard Dexter fans.

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Untitled Web Series… – Teaser Trailer

July 1, 2012 Leave a comment

It isn’t Doctor Who. It isn’t Inspector Spacetime. However, if you’re into either of those entities, you might want to check out something completely different called Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time. That certainly is a mouthful.

Before it can go flying through the vastness of space and time inspecting things, the upcoming web series has put a new teaser trailer and a collection of set photos out into the world for your perusal.

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Julia Stiles Starring In New Web Series About The World Of High Priced Escorts

June 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Julia Stiles’ last job on TV may have been having a “complicated” relationship with America’s favorite serial killer on Showtime’s Dexter, but now she’s tackling a different sort of challenge: rich lonely businessmen. Stiles is currently starring in the new web series Blue, which airs on Youtube and premiered last week. The show airs on the YT original content channel “Wigs”, and is the channel’s latest project to feature a strong female character at its center.

Stiles plays the title character of Blue, a high-priced escort to any one able to purchase her services. While sleeping with her clients does put food on the table, that’s hardly the only task Blue performs in her day to day life. The series is being directed by Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs), and his approach to the character seems to have been one of the main things that drew Stiles to the part – “I’ve always been fascinated by what happens when people pay for sex and what happens when they do it,” Stiles said. “I was really impressed with how [García] approached [the sensitive subject] with such empathy and compassion. What was fresh and appealing to me [about the character Blue] was that she’s not just one role. You get to see a full, well-rounded person. She’s a mom, a daughter, a friend, an escort, and an accountant.”

Another focus of the show is on Blue’s relationship with her teenage son – “We protect each other, but we also push each other’s buttons,” said Stiles. “I think eventually Blue is going to lose her patience [with him]. Because that’s what happens sometimes with moms who are tired and compromised.”

Blue airs new installments on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. Six episodes have been posted so far, with six more still to come. The first show can be watched below, although as you might imagine with such subject matter, the content is rather NSFW.

 

Categories: WEB SERIES

What to Watch: 5 Web Series Worth Checking Out

June 8, 2012 1 comment

Miss your weekly fix of 30 Rock’s Tina Fey? Have you been hate-watching The Bachelorette? These web series could be the solution to your June TV gloom.

Burning Love | Ken Marino stars as fireman-turned-reality-show-contestant Mark Orlando in a star-studded spot-on spoof of The Bachelor. Backed by Ben Stiller, this reality-TV farce also stars Kristen Bell (House of Lies), Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) and comedian Michael Ian Black. A notable Friends star, one who experienced a very public real-life break-up, makes a cameo in the first episode.

Daybreak | Tim Kring (Heroes) has created a suspenseful, five-episode series that’s loosely connected to his current network series, Touch, by way of a dodecahedron. (Think role-playing dice. No? Google it.) Episodes are directed by 24‘s Jon Cassar and star 90210’s Ryan Eggold and Disturbia’s Sarah Roemer. The plot centers around a global conspiracy that involves the mystical 12-sided shape.

The Flog | If you are having a bad day, just watch Felicia Day (of The Guild) operate heavy machinery with such glee that you will have no choice but to feel better.

7 Minutes in Heaven | Tina Fey does a 1.5-second impression of Sarah Palin and shows us the hand signal for “Lemon, out.”

Sonia’s Travels | The adorably engaging Sonia Gil talks travel. From how to say bonjour correctly to a history lesson about champagne, this show succeeds in being charming and informative.

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