12:48pm PT by Natalie Jarvey
YouTube Group Dude Perfect Lands CMT Show
YouTube comedy group Dude Perfect is heading from computer screens to television screens.
CMT announced on Thursday that it has picked up a comedy and live-action series from the quintet with the working title The Dude Perfect Show.
Hailing from Rob Dyrdek's Superjacket Productions, the series will follow the lives of five best friends from Texas who have gained social media fame for their trick shots and other comedy stunts. The former high school basketball players and college roommates, alongside their panda mascot, will give a glimpse into what it's like to dream up new viral videos, work with celebrity guests, prepare for live performances and meet their fans. The show is set to premiere in 2016.
"Way beyond the insane trick shots, these guys are truly an All-American brotherhood that turned a passion into an amazing business," said executive producer Dyrdek. "This show will give their fans and the world an inside look at their camaraderie and the fun they have behind the viral hits they produce."
The group, which consists of Tyler Toney, Cody Jones, Garrett Hilbert, Coby Cotton and Cory Cotton, began making YouTube videos together in 2009 and have since accumulated more than 6.6 million YouTube subscribers and amassed 1 billion online video views.
Shane Nickerson is producing alongside Dyrdek for Superjacket Productions. Jayson Dinsmore and Matthew Trierweiler are executive producing for CMT.
Dude Perfect is the latest in a string of YouTubers making the jump to television. Comedian Grace Helbig landed a late-night comedy series on E! earlier this year; the Fine Bros. have several projects currently in production; and Todrick Hall recently premiered an unscripted series on MTV.
Dude Perfect announced their new show with CMT with the following video: