Online comedy network My Damn Channel has quite the reputation for picking up some of the best web series on the market—not to mention a few shelves worth of awards for it stable of hit series like Wainy Days, You Suck at Photoshop, and Easy to Assemble. But now as the New York-based network celebrates its third birthday, it’s looking ahead. And that means keeping it fresh.
Today the network unveiled what is clearly its largest new slate of programming to date, with ten new channels (or web series) ranging from small indie comedies to music series and even a pair of custom branded companion web series for TV and Film. The two new branded companion channels, one for Paramount’s upcoming comedy Dinner for Schmucks and another for Adult Swim’s web series-turned-TV show Childrens Hospital, will help pay the bills for the network letting it take some risks on lesser known—but well worth watching—indies like Spook House Dave! and Go Sukashi!.
There’s even a studio-backed web series in the new lineup, SUPEREGO, which comes out of Fox Television Studio’s 15Gigs as part of a pact between the two companies signed earlier this year. And Streamy Award red carpet host Mark Malkoff was tapped for his own channel on the network set to debut later this fall.
“We’re celebrating our third birthday this week by debuting an entire new programming line-up of branded channels and original series,” said My Damn Channel Founder and CEO, Rob Barnett. “We worship every creator, fan, and sponsor who support the most original new form of show business since television.”
Sure, last year had Keanu, but this year has animé spoofs, puppets and Don Was.
(descriptions below from My Damn Channel)
Spook House Dave!
Spook House Dave! is a sweet, creepy puppet series about a young boy named Dave who lives with a not-so-frightening family of monsters. A vampire, a witch, a werewolf, a mummy and a big green monster all bumble together to help a 12-year-old make his way in the world. Produced by Dragonfruit Studios, Spook House Dave! was created by Lucky Yates, Melissa Honabach, Michael Koziol and features a talented team of writers, puppeteers, and improv comedians.
John Soares and Justin Spurlock of Westhavenbrook Productions, and Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel present the quixotian superhero series Go Sukashi! Spoofing Japanese Sentai/Power Ranger shows, Sukashi was originally created by Japanese pop star Shoko Nakagawa. Westhavenbrook and TenNapel developed this new comedy series starring the world’s first Sand Dollar themed superhero who battles the “Hidden Rectanguloids,” beings from another dimension who want to destroy the world.
Childrens Hospital: Dr. Owen Maestro
Turner’s Adult Swim just launched the web comedy series, Childrens Hospital, which originally premiered on TheWB.com. Adult Swim partnered with My Damn Channel’s Wainy Days and Horrible People producer Jonathan Stern to executive produce, write and direct Childrens Hospital: Dr. Owen Maestro, a companion series of Adult Swim-branded videos featuring Human Giant alum Rob Huebel as his Hospital character ‘Dr. Owen Maestro.’ Adult Swim is airing the original Childrens Hospital web series Sunday nights at 10:30p E/P. The show stars Rob Corddry, Rob Huebel, Megan Mullally, Lake Bell, Malin Ackerman, Henry Winkler, Erin Hayyes and Ken Marino. All new episodes premiere on August 22nd.
Don Was: The Wasmopolitan Cavalcade of Recorded Music
Legendary producer Don Was has hosted the music destination on My Damn Channel since its launch in 2007. This summer, Was premieres the fourth season of The Wasmopolitan Cavalcade of Recorded Music, his weekly behind-the-scenes recording sessions with new and established artists. This season, Was will world-premiere live performance footage recorded during the Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue at Metro Detroit’s “Concert of Colors” annual diversity music festival earlier this summer.
Comedian and former Sopranos star Will Janowitz created, wrote and stars in this new comedy series from Fox Television Studios. Janowitz plays Dr. Charlie Knight, an eccentric, unconventional, often-volatile young therapist who needs a shrink more than the patients he treats.
My Damn Channel Presents: The Room
My Damn Channel’s first suspenseful drama is a psychological mystery created and directed by Anaïs Godard and produced by Lauren Spagnoletti. The Room is a game with rules. Truthfully answer the questions you are given, or you will not be able to leave The Room. The personal stories of the individual characters in this series are revealed by the end of each episode. The Room always uncovers a mystery. The Room knows the truth.
Dinner for Schmucks Channel
To promote the new Steve Carell/Paul Rudd comedy Dinner for Schmucks, Paramount enlisted My Damn Channel to produce original branded videos on a dedicated channel and throughout the My Damn Channel syndicated network. Leading YouTubers and ROFLcon bloggers including Molly Templeton (mememolly), David Jr., Joseph Birdsong, Gawker’s Lindsay Robertson, Matt Gross, Mark Malkoff and Jenn Kellas are featured in exclusive My Damn Channel videos shot at a recent, private screening of the film. These web celebs are interviewed by My Damn Channel’s host Grace Helbig, star of the network’s Daily Grace.
Coming Later This Summer
Easy to Assemble: Finding North
The third season of Illeana Douglas’ IKEA-sponsored comedy Easy to Assemble, which Advertising Age declared “the most-watched branded web show ever’ after the series’ second season reached 13 million organic views in just over three months returns to My Damn Channel this fall. Last season Easy to Assemble racked-up multiple Webby nods and a record seven Streamy Award nominations; winning for Best Ensemble Cast and Best Brand Integration. The series stars creator and writer Douglas who quits her Hollywood career to go work at IKEA and has co-starred an impressive cast of TV and film pros over its first two seasons including Justine Bateman, Craig Bierko, Tim Meadows, Jane Lynch, David Henrie, Cheri Oteri, Wallace Langham, Rob Mailhouse, Daryl Sabara, Eric Lange, Tom Arnold, Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Pollak and Ed Begley, Jr.. Easy to Assemble: Finding North continues with Illeana and crew arriving in Sweden where they are joined by new cast members Patricia Heaton, Fred Willard, Roger Fan, Mark Gantt, Wilson Cleveland and a returning Bierko.
The Mark Malkoff Channel
Comedian, writer, filmmaker and former Colbert Report staffer, Mark Malkoff has a proven ability to deliver unique entertainment experiences for brands. He consistently captures massive media coverage and millions of video views. Now, Mark Malkoff is bringing his special blend of pop culture video performance art to My Damn Channel. Malkoff first gained worldwide media attention for his video visits to all 171 Starbucks franchises in Manhattan on a single day in the summer of 2007. Malkoff’s next media-grabbing stunt happened when he moved into an IKEA in Paramus, New Jersey for a week while his NY apartment was being fumigated. Last summer, Malkoff lived on an AirTran jet for 30 days to conquer his fear of flying – breaking the Guinness World Record for most flights taken in a 30-day period with 135 flights. After that, he set out to prove New Yorkers weren’t rude, just misunderstood…and busy, so he convinced 155 individuals to carry him 9.4 miles across Manhattan. Last October, Malkoff traveled cross-country for four weeks in a Ford Fusion Hybrid to see how many U.S. mayors he could get to present him their key to the city. The Mark Malkoff channel will premiere in August.
My Record Collection
In 2009, My Damn Channel launched a new business called “RAMP” (Radio and Music Pros). Every weekday, thousands of radio and music pros get a free daily subscription to breaking industry news. “RAMP” is ad-supported with a companion website at www.MyDamnChannel.com/RAMP. This fall, former MTV host of 120 Minutes and current morning man on Rock 101.9 RXP in New York, Matt Pinfield, hosts a new video series for My Damn Channel called My Record Collection. Matt visits the homes of the biggest rock stars, comics and movie people on earth to talk vinyl and rock and roll. This series is seeking sponsors interested in brand integration inside a show that will guarantee millions of video views by tapping the music passion of fans who will get a private look inside the homes and music collections of A-list artists.