I get a lot of emails about new web series and I've been sitting on them trying to figure out how to spin an article out of them. With online video continuing to soar in terms of advertising and marketing I think that we, here at ReelSEO, forget that there's also a ton of online video solely for entertainment purposes. After all, there has to be some content to run those in-stream ads against right? Well, I guess I found my spin. Here's a list of new web series with some quick synopsis that you might like to place some ads against… See what I did there?!
I'm just going to list these in chronological order of the emails I received. That way there's no favoritism in my listings. It's a simple FIFO system, first in, first out (it's a programming thing). Plus, everyone gets their moment in the spotlight!
The Mop And Lucky Files – Small But Mighty Productions
First brought to my attention way back in mid to late August (I told you I've been compiling emails for some time), by Chloe Taylor.
THE MOP AND LUCKY FILES is directed by veteran network television director and actor Scott Paulin and stars a crop of talented working Los Angeles actors.
On a whim and without resources, Mop and Lucky start a business of their own: Personal Espionage. They set up shop in the only place they can afford, a public storage facility. Unbeknownst to them, this storage facility is actually a lair kept by two Irish-American step-children of the East Coast Mob. As fate would have it, the girls crack their first case. They are officially PES (personal espionage specialists). This new life leads them into bizarre cases, Mob entanglement, personal enlightenment and, of course, dating woes.
Written and Created by: Jennifer Erholm & Chloe Taylor
Directed by: Scott Paulin
RESTAURANT BAR PATRON
GIRL IN RESTAURANT
CHOCOLATE SHOP CASHIER
CHOCOLATE SHOP CUSTOMER 1
CHOCOLATE SHOP CUSTOMER 2
CHOCOLATE SHOP PASSERBY
MAN READING SCRIPT
Ty B. Compton
Lisa Blake Mitchell
The show can be seen at www.mopandlucky.com.
(Thanks for the coffee Chloe!)
Harder Than it Looks
Brought to my attention by M. Miller Davis and premiered on August 29th…
The show stars Kelsey Darragh, Ayden Mayeri and Sam Richardson (Montreal “Just For Laughs” Comedy Festival). It was written and directed by Seth Weitberg (Mash Up) and features appearances by TJ Miller (The Goodwin Games), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory), Maribeth Monroe (Workaholics), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) and more.
“Harder Than It Looks” is about two young, hot disasters who completely rely on each other to get through life’s new-adult challenges.
Guest Stars: TJ Miller, Carly Chaikin, Maribeth Monroe, Steven Yeun
Written & Directed by: Seth Weitberg
Produced by: M. Miller Davis
Executive Producer: Seth Weitberg
Music by: Jesse Case
The show airs Wednesdays at HarderThanitLooks.com, where you can also find additional video content and production photos. The first season is made up of 8, 3 to 5-minute episodes.
See, no coffee and still made the list!
The Bill Murray Show Starring Mark Malkoff – My Damn Channel
My Damn Channel had the premiere of Save the Supers and now I get perpetual emails from them as they continue to launch news shows, etc. That's due to them having a proper PR person and all, right Katie?
On September 20, My Damn Channel premiered a new feature called “Throwback Thursday,” in which they’ll highlight an archived video on the homepage each week. First up, in honor of the season premiere of Parks and Recreation, a Wainy Days episode guest starring Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman and that crazy wife of his, Megan Mullally! Tune in on September 26 for the finale of Save The Supers with guest star Seth Green. Also coming up: new episodes of Status Kill and the popular vlogs Daily Grace, Coffey Chat and Answerly.
On October 9, Mark Malkoff's video quest to get actor Bill Murray to visit his home continues with a new episode of The Bill Murray Show Starring Mark Malkoff featuring the multi-talented Jeffrey Gurian.
The new feature “Throwback Thursday” returns on October 11, featuring a classic episode of popular series Daddy Knows Best starring Steve Rannazzisi in honor of the season premiere of FX's fantasy football series The League. Co-op Of The Damned also pays tribute to the return of popular TV series The Walking Dead on October 11 with "Brains (Walking Dead Tribute Remix)." Daily Grace continues with new episodes Monday through Friday, vlogger Shannon Coffey has new episodes of Coffey Chat each Tuesday, and how-to/advice series Answerly entertains with new episodes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
And you probably thought I wasn't reading those emails you sent me…
F$@k a Therapist – Meetinghouse Productions
Stems from a Twitter feed that was following a man's journey through psychotherapy. Just goes to show, there's comedy in everything. Thanks Tonya!
The Story: The President of Meetinghouse, Jason Cilo, works with a big range of comedians and is always looking for fresh voices. He started following a twisted and dark – and clever – Twitter feed about one man’s journey with psychotherapy, “F$@k a Therapist,” and figured that the neurotic Tweets had to be written by a top comic hiding behind anonymity. Jason tracked the writer down and found, to his surprise, that that he was an undiscovered talent named Seven Davis, Jr.
Davis, a freelance writer and music producer, has lived through some rough times and had some real world struggles, and he is doing great now (though it’s not easy.) Throughout his highs and the lows, however, one thing has remained consistent: he has an excellent ability to translate his troubles and world view into short concise 140 character comedy. Jason’s obsession with Seven’s Tweets had a touch of magical timing – he was searching for content around which he could create an animated web series and he decided to turn Seven’s Tweets into just these video shorts. Billy Kimball of The Simpsons introduced Jason to Powerhouse Animation, a leading group of animators, and they forged an alliance with Meetinghouse, adding Seven to the mix. Viola – from sadness to elation.
Meetinghouse is planning on premiering a new episode every few weeks at the website.
Fresh off the Plane – Ryan Turner Productions
This one came straight to me from Ryan Turner…ahh the power of email!
Fresh off the Plane is an awkward comedy web series centering on a random group of foreigners living together in the same apartment. Think “Friends” meets “The Office” but swap in immigrants from all over the world. Each episode focuses on a specific character from a specific part of the world and the different comedic interactions that arise when these people's lives crash together. Many people that move into big cities live with an assortment of random people they have never met before and it's none more common than in LA.
Alexandra Harris, Brandon Morales, Adam Hunter, Sasha Feldman, Choni Francis, and Heather Wilds
Directed By Ryan Turner
Written By Adam Hunter
It seems they're going for a more sedate form of comedy than you might normally see online. That's cool, we can dig it.It's on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/fopwebseries