Rainn Wilson’s coming back to TV, except this time it’s through his YouTube channel SoulPancake. Participant Media’s Pivot television channel, which launched on August 1, 2013, will air segments of Wilson’s SoulPancake starting August 25, 2014.
Separated into six 15-minute clips, Mixtape by SoulPancake will package together several of Wilson’s sketches, including Metaphysical Milkshake, Science of Happiness, Art Attack, and Stories From the Street.
Boasting over 1.3 million subscribers, SoulPancake is one of the most popular channels on YouTube. Combining Wilson’s sense of humor with normally taboo topics (like religion and poverty), the channel’s not afraid to ask some of life’s harder questions. In the series “Metaphysical Milkshake,” for example, Wilson essentially “kidnaps” interviewees (like colleague Mindy Kaling from The Office or Tesla founder Elon Musk) into the back of his 1970s van to discuss philosophical topics with them.
Pivot uses a mix of original and acquired programing, films, and more to cater to millenials ages 18-34. The channel’s hoping to use SoulPancake’s success online to reach a broader network audience. It’s following in the tracks of the family-friendly The Hub Network (by Discovery Communications and Hasbro), which picked up SoulPancake’s Kid President series earlier this year.
Mixtape by SoulPancake will air on Monday nights at 8:30 p.m. EST on Pivot.