With a little less than a week to go before the writer-backed web series portal Strike.TV launches, it’s time to take a closer look at some of the first shows on the debut lineup. Fresh off their announcement of a content distribution deal with YouTube and Joost, the site has released the trailer (above) for its highly-touted office comedy, Global Warming starring SNL’s Kristen Wiig and The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi. The series is written Daily Show writer Rob Kutner and Sheryl Zohn (Penn & Teller: Bullshit). Even Mindy Kaling (The Office) makes an appearance Mandvi’s heartless IT call center boss.
Aside from the recent Tina Fey as Sarah Palin hoopla, Kristen Wiig has been dominating the resurgence of Saturday Night Live with her zany, fully-committed Groundlings-bred characters. (See: “Surprise Party” and “Penelope“). Even her film roles are scene stealers, playing Katherine Heigl’s antagonizing co-worker Jill in Knocked Up and John C. Reilly’s girlfriend in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. This time she plays a more reserved, but still adorable Kristine, a office woman longing for a relationship that means something.
Aasif Mandvi is also no stranger to the TV-to-film crossover with roles opposite Ricky Gervais in Ghost Town and Robert De Niro in Analyze This. Comedy fans best know Mandvi as a staple for Jon Stewart’s Middle East coverage on The Daily Show. (See: “Aasif Mandvi is Brown“) In Global Warming, he’s a hopeless romantic tech support rep in India who strikes up a long distance relationship of sorts with Wiig through a series of mutally flirtatious IM chat sessions. The official premiere is Monday October 28th when Strike.TV finally cuts the ribbon and sets loose its wealth of professionally written series.