YouTube Red Orders Projects From Rob Huebel and Ryan Hansen
The subscription service has also greenlighted sneaker-design competition series 'Lace Up' from producer Ken Mok.
YouTube is bulking up on comedy for its subscription service.
The Google-owned streamer has ordered projects from Childrens Hospital’s Rob Huebel and Party Down’s Ryan Hansen that will both stream on YouTube Red, its $10-per-month video subscription service.
In Do You Want to See a Dead Body?, Huebel will go on adventures with famous friends including Adam Scott, Judy Greer, Terry Crews, Craig Robinson and John Cho. The Transparent actor is executive producing along with Owen Burke, Nick Jasenovec and Jonathan Stern. Dead Body, which has an eight-episode series order, is being produced by Abominable Pictures and Funny or Die.
Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television is a half-hour comedy from the Veronica Mars star in which the LAPD partners with actors to help its homicide team solve murders. Hansen stars as himself, with Samira Wiley guest starring as his no-nonsense partner Detective Mathers. Guests include Joel McHale, Jon Cryer and Kristen Bell. Rawson Marshall Thurber created and wrote the series, which has been picked up for an eight-episode order, and he is also directing. The show is executive produced by Thurber, Scott Stuber, Beau Bauman, Krysia Plonka and Tracey Baird.
"From the very beginning, I've made it my goal to have storytellers of all kids see YouTube Red as a creative haven," YouTube original content chief Susanne Daniels said Thursday in a statement. "Showrunners need a space where they can realize their wildest ambitions, and we're not afraid to hand over the keys and let them drive."
In addition to the two comedies, YouTube has also picked up a competition series for Red.
Lace Up: The Ultimate Sneaker Challenge, which hails from producer Ken Mok of America's Next Top Model and sneaker designer D'Wayne Edwards, will show footwear designers competing to create the next great sneaker.
The eight-episode project, which will debut on YouTube Red this fall, is produced by Lagardere Sports, Pensole and Hollywoodlaundromat.com.
Adande Thorne, the YouTube star who goes by the name Swoozie, will host Lace Up, which will feature 12 competitors operating in four teams to design a shoe. The team that wins will have the opportunity to work on a product with Adidas.
Lace Up is executive produced by Mok, Edwards, Paul Buscemi, Alexandra Dell, Steve Berkowitz, Michael Wortsman and Greg Drobnick. It was created by Wortsman and Edwards.