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Shaquille O’Neal is getting the Tosh.0 treatment.
TruTV has greenlighted Upload with Shaquille O’Neal, a series centered on the former basketball star scouring the Internet in search of the funniest online videos to comment on as well as creating his own viral videos and parodies. He will be joined on-screen by host Gary Owen (Think Life a Man) and Godfrey (The Mr. Men Show).
The project, which has been granted a 10-episode order at the Turner-owned cable networ best known for such series as Hardcore Pawn and Operation Repo, hails from tru and FishBowl Worldwide Media, founded by industry veterans Vin Di Bona and Bruce Gersh. FishBowl’s Di Bona, Gersh, Susan Levison and Beth Greenwald, along with Tosh.0’s Mike Gibbons and Shaq Entertainment’s Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton and Mike Parris will serve as executive producers.
“Shaquille O’Neal has such a great personality, and he really has a lot of fun with the format and the material in this new truTV series,” said truTV EVP and COO Marc Juris. “This show is going to be a great fit with truTV’s comedic shows like Impractical Jokers and the upcoming Killer Karaoke.”
For his part, O’Neal is no stranger to the small screen. In addition to his work as an NBA analyst for truTV’s sister company TNT, he has been the face of such unscripted efforts as ABC’s 2007 transformation show Shaq’s Big Challenge and ABC’s 2009 entry Shaq Vs.
“I’ve always tried to entertain people,” added O’Neal, “and I know this show will deliver big laughs.”
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