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Workshop the series debuts Season 2 today on Hulu after inking a distribution deal with the network earlier this spring. Creator Nate Golon is calling it the first half-hour web comedy to premiere on the site, and looking back over our records, he may be right. “As an added bonus, we’ve also posted episode 2, since people were patient enough to wait an extra week,” said Golon on the launch. That means you’ll need to earmark about 44 minutes for this comedic look inside the world of struggling LA actors. 20 minutes in, we’d have to say it’s worth it. Six episodes total are due out this season, adding up to a whopping 132 minutes of comedy. [Workshop on Hulu]

ElfQuest came to life last night with the SAG screening and release of the “fan imagined” trailer for a would-be series based on the popular comic book series. While it sadly is just a trailer (below), producer-actors Stephanie Thorpe and Paula Rhodes did manage to pull together some of the most beautiful ladies of web series all in one project—Jessica Rose, Taryn Southern, Taryn O’Neill, Cathy Baron, Shannon Nelson, Melanie Merkosky, Casey Mckinnon, Traycee King, Jamie Blair, Angie Cole and Shanrah Wakefield. Oh, and on the other side of the coin are Sam Proof, Charlie Bodin and Beau Ryan. While the movie rights are tied up a Warner Bros., which just renewed its option on ElfQuest, it’s unlikely this will go much further without some serious blessing from the WB marketing team. [ElfQuest on YouTube]

Erin Brown’s Hot on the Red Carpet decided to field trip it out to New Jersey to see what the real-life Jersey Shore townies were up to in her latest episode (below). Brown picked the right night to stalk the scene, running into Vinny, Pauly D, a pseudo “Situation”, and Snooki getting arrested. [Hot on the Red Carpet on YouTube]

Cadillac tapped @nerdist himself Chris Hardwick to host a new web series, Business Unusual, aimed at freshening up the luxury car brand from its Arnold Palmer image. For some reason they aren’t allowing embedding of the episodes, so you’ll have to click over to the series hub on CNN if you actually want to watch. [Punchline Magazine]

White Collar Brawler is gearing up for season 2 with the release of its new trailer, plus a pseudo-rain-soaked plea for fans to vote them up in the YouTube NextUp competition. “If we win, we get a $35,000 grant to help get WCB season 2 off the ground,” said creators Zach, Kai and Nate in a recent email. Heding their bets in case that doesn’t come through, the team said they are “currently pitching sponsors and distribution partners to help get the funding to make WCB 2 a reality.” [White Collar Brawler]“Let’s Dance” a video short (below) from director John Alan Thompson made for Playboy TV’s TV for 2—don’t worry it’s safe for work—is mind-blowing in its use of stop motion live actors on paper sets, not to mention touching. “The everyday distractions of work, bills and technology inflict a thousand cuts on the most important thing in our lives: love. Filmed in stop-motion with live actors in a world made entirely of paper, ‘Let’s Dance’ is the story of one couple, as their connection struggles to survive the mundane and chaotic forces of the modern world.” [“Let’s Dance” on Vimeo]

Sci-fi comedy SOLO: The Series launched the trailer to its latest season—Season 1.5—this week ahead of the debut of new episodes April 12. Creator and star Jonathan Nail tells us he is making a much bigger push with the show on YouTube, even hosting a giveaway of and Apple TV and iPad 2 just for subscribers on the channel. So unless you’re already stocked up on Apple gear, it might not hurt to throw the SOLO team a little YouTube subscribe love. [SOLO on YouTube]

We Break Hearts, the first drama web series from creator Brett Register’s Absolute Disaster banner, is all over Dailymotion this week with a massive front page takeover. The three-part series, which just released Part II, stars Maxwell Glick as a “lovelorn loser on a quest to find love at any cost.” Jessica Rose and Craig Frank (wish him Happy Birthday today) also star. [We Break Hearts on Dailymotion]

Ovation TV launched a Short Film Contest sponsored by Poppt, looking for films under 20 minutes in a number of genres. Still time to start something from scratch as they are accepting submissions from March 7 to May 13. “The Top Film winner will have his or her film aired on the Ovation television network and receive a two night trip to Los Angeles, CA for a screening of his or her film at LACMA, a meeting with an entertainment executive and Adobe production software.” [Ovation TV]

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