Sure why not, in the midst of all the pomp around TV upfront season with networks announcing their fall lineups, web TV network Atom.com unveiled its shiny new slate of comedy web series today. There’s a lot to digest here, so we’ll start with just the news. As we reported earlier Atom’s flagship comedy The Legend of Neil returns for its 7-episode third season this summer and NYTVF-winning series Johnny B. Homeless has a 9-episode pickup starting June 15.
The slate actually begins today, with the premiere of M’Larky from creator Dan Fogler who stars as detective Black in a cop show well past its prime. Josh Warren stars as Detective John M’Larky, who with “his maniacal colleagues who go undercover in their pursuit of booze, broads and Colombian drug runners.” Also set to appear in the series are Gilbert Gottfried, Jeffrey Ross and Tony Hawk.
Scheduled web series:
Johnny B. Homeless: (9 episodes, debuts June 15, 2010) – Winner of the 2009 People’s Choice Award for best pilot at the New York Television Festival, Johnny B. Homeless is the saga of the ultimate partying couch surfer. Created by and starring Al Thompson (The Royal Tenenbaums, A Walk to Remember) and co-starring Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live).
Legend of Neil – Season 3: (7 episodes, debuts summer 2010) – The Streamy Award-nominated and hit Atom.com series returns for its third and final season. Season 3 follows Neil (aka Link), as he navigates through the latter stages of the classic video game “Legend of Zelda™” in an attempt to save the princess. Created by Sandeep Parikh and staring Tony Janning, Mike Rose, Scott Chernoff and Felicia Day.
Munchie the Agent: (8 episodes, debuts summer 2010) – The world’s worst Hollywood agent (a cat, naturally) shreds his celebrity clients when they come in to gripe about their careers, personal lives and his services. Each episode features a different guest star, including Tom Arnold, Rick Yune (Ninja Assassin) and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, Entourage). Created by David Weinstein, former writer at Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Dan Levy’s: Laugh Track Mashups: (4 episodes, debuts summer 2010) – Dan Levy returns after his series of hit Atom shorts in 2009 to mash up familiar sitcoms from the golden era of TV such as Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and Mr. Belvedere.
Scott Gairdner Sketch Comedy: (5 episodes, debuts summer 2010) – Fresh off his hit Insane Clown Posse spoof Juggalo News, Gairdner comes to Atom as “comedian in residence,” offering a steady stream of exclusive videos and blog posts.
Rahzel’s Rap Minute: (6 episodes, debuts fall 2010) – World renowned human beatboxer Rahzel of The Roots (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Teenage Dirtbag) brings us the latest in the most ridiculous music news through his beatboxing and celebrity impersonations.
Tommy Wiseau Untitled Horror Parody: (3 episodes, debuts fall 2010) – A creepy comedy starring cult horror director Tommy Wiseau (The Room) as the unfortunate Alex. From Studio 8 and Brock LaBorde.
Additional upcoming Atom releases, currently unscheduled:
Angry Old Man and Gay Teenage Runaway – Featuring Lonny Ross (30 Rock) and Fred Melamed (A Serious Man)
Ham Sandwich Time Machine – Written and directed by David Green
Hit of the Party – Created by Archie Gips (Blind Date) and Dennis Anderson (American Beauty)
Jason Nash Is Married – Created by and starring Jason Nash (The Shaman)
Patriot Dog – Created by and starring Natasha Leggero (Ugly Americans, judge on upcoming season of Last Comic Standing) and directed and co-written by Duncan Trussel (La La Land, Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Stay At Home Dad – From David Title (My Best Friend Is My P*nis)
The Fuzz – Created and written by Waverly Films (Chris Ford, Duncan Skiles and Jon Watts), Comedy Central’s splittingly hilarious and gritty puppet world comes to Atom in the form of five Webisodes
Top Rope – Directed by Web Emmy-nominated director Dave Seger (Webisodes for The Sarah Silverman Program and Community”)
Untitled video mashup series – Topical parodies from Scott Chernoff, formerly of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien video team
Several one-off videos (non web series) are also in the works with notable Atom creators, many of which will undoubtedly appear on the AtomTV block on Atom’s parent network Comedy Central.
Many of Atom’s recent hit-makers are also slated to return with all-new work, including cartoons from animator Dan Meth (“Toy Movies”), musical comedies from the Selwyn Bros (“White People Problems”), sports parodies from 12 Angry Mascots (“NFL Writers Room,” “March Madness Girl”) and videos from Sidecar Comedy (“Milk Men”), Jake Fleisher (“Intercourse With a Vampire”), Team Tiger Awesome (“Drunk Rocketeer”), Riegel & Blatt (“Ikea Song”), Jay Larson (“The Laundry Room”), Joe DeRosa (“Iron Manly”) and Mike Rotman (“Sketch of the Dead”
We’ll take a closer look at several of the web series in the lineup over the next few weeks. Until then, did anyone notice buried in the list, the untitled Studio 8 horror spoof series with The Room director Tommy Wiseau? Anyone who’s ever driven past Wiseau’s infamous creepy billboard in Los Angeles for his eternally running indie flick will know what I’m talking about. This is one to keep an eye on.