Yahoo Announces Two Original Comedies from the Makers of ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘The Office’
If you’re looking for still more TV programming to watch online, you’re in luck. Along with launching a new travel magazine and a new instant updates service for NFL fans, Yahoo‘s announced two new original comedies and a live concert streaming channel coming to Yahoo Screen in the coming months. The shows come from critically acclaimed creators and, Yahoo hopes, will bring more viewers to Yahoo properties.
New Yahoo Comedies
Just as rumors hinted at the beginning of the month, Yahoo is upping its game when it comes to scoring original TV programming from big names in the entertainment industry. Next year Yahoo will launch two new 30-minute comedies on Yahoo Screen, both of which will consist of eight episodes. Yahoo Screen can be accessed from a desktop computer, the Yahoo Screen mobile app, Apple TV or Roku.
The shows look entertaining, and the names involved are impressive:
- Other Space: From three-time Emmy nominee Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids, The Office) comes Other Space, a comedy about space exploration in the 22nd Century. As a space mission made up of “over-matched rookies, feuding siblings, burned-out veterans and obsolete robots” stumbles into a freaky alternate universe and have to find their way out, Other Space is set to give us the laughs and lovable characters Feig has brought us before.
- Sin City Saints: It was the lifelong dream of Silicon Valley tycoon Jake Tallus to buy a pro basketball team some day. In Sin City Saints we see that he and his assembled management group are in over his heads as they try to get the team running. From executive producer Mike Tollin (One Tree Hill, Smallville, and Varsity Blues) and two-time Emmy nominated director Bryan Gordon (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Party Down), Sin City Saints is bound to come with the drama and offbeat humor needed to draw in a committed audience.
Besides these shows, Yahoo’s chief marketing officer Kathy Savitt hints that there’s more to come. “We’re thrilled to kick off our long-form programming with critically acclaimed creators Paul Feig, Mike Tollin and Bryan Gordon,” Savitt wrote, “and we will continue to work with entertainment’s top creators to bring you fresh, innovative and original shows you can watch anytime, anywhere.”
Concert Streaming, Real-Time NFL Updates and More Coming to Yahoo Live
Besides upping the quality of its original programming, Yahoo is also looking to gain a larger presence in the world of live streaming content. Yahoo’s new Live Nation channel on Yahoo Screen will stream one live concert a day from Live Nation on Yahoo Screen beginning this summer – and what a great time of year for free concerts. Kellogg’s is the first brand to announce a sponsorship deal with Live Nation on Yahoo Screen.
Come football season Yahoo will also be partnering with the NFL to bring a new personalized tool called NFL Now to Yahoo Sports. The service will provide fans with instant game highlights of in-progress matchups along with stats and analysis of their favorite teams and players.
As if all this new entertainment content wasn’t enough, Yahoo will also be the exclusive digital destination for the Spiderman 2, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and X-men Days of Future Past premieres.
Introducing Yahoo Travel
Yahoo is launching a new site dedicated to travel stories and guides. Called Yahoo Travel, the site will take cues from Yahoo’s existing Yahoo Tech and Yahoo Food properties to include similar features and native advertising.
Users planning (or simply dreaming about) upcoming trips can visit Yahoo Travel for city guides, travel stories and budget advice from some of the top thought leaders in the travel industry, including Laura Begley Bloom, former Deputy Editor of Travel + Leisure, Jo Piazza, best-selling author and former Executive News Director for In Touch and Life & Style; and Yahoo Travel’s Greg Keraghosian. Content will be media rich, sporting videos and photography to accompany the written word.
What do you think about Yahoo’s latest additions?
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