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It’s Tuesday and time for our picks of the week. This week we’re looking back at some of our favorites that haven’t been active in a while but are definitely worth another look. Web series are evolving every day, but sometimes you have to look back at where we’ve been.
Internet Commenter Series
The first episode of the Internet Commenter Series debuted just over a year ago (August 17th, 2007), but its parody remains just as relevant today. As the internet has expanded from tech savvy households into the mainstream, combined with the anonymity that the internet provides, we have discovered just how dumb some people’s thoughts really are. In this series, the staff at CollegeHumor shows us what things would be like if people’s real world behavior mirrored their online etiquette. It was ranked #4 on our Top 5 Internet Culture Parodies of All Time List.
Supermarket of the Stars
Originally a 2004 short film called Supermarket of the Stars, in which actress Illeana Douglas pretends to give up acting to work at a grocery store, it later became a pilot called “Illeanarama – Supermarket Of The Stars.” Though never picked up, the pilot became an instant hit on YouTube, being nominated for three TV Guide Awards by the end of 2007. Douglas is bringing back much of the cast in her new IKEA-backed series, Easy To Assemble, later this fall.
Trapped In The Closet
You have to appreciate R. Kelly’s pioneering musical web series that really opened the door to celeb-driven musical series (Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog). It’s now fully up at IFC.com where you can catch all 22 episodes of the ground-breaking 2007 ‘hip-hopera’ series.