Digital studio Astronauts Wanted has unveiled a shiny new development slate comprising eight series starring established and emerging social influencers, including Kian Lawley and JC Caylen, Timothy DeLaGhetto, Kingsley, Alexa Losey, and Hannah Witton.
“This really interesting new generation of creators and top talent reflect the spirit and creativity of their fans, which is right where we want to be,” stated Judy McGrath, president of Astronauts Wanted — and the former chairperson/CEO of MTV Networks, who created the company alongside Sony Music Entertainment. While Astronauts Wanted is behind projects like Hey USA and A Trip To Unicorn Island, its new slate represents the company’s first foray into categories like food, fashion, and sketch comedy.
Lawley and Caylen, for instance, will play themselves as well as all of the surrounding characters in the loosely scripted H8ters, about two videogame store employees who despise the social media heartthrobs and spend every day planning their demise.
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And DeLaGhetto will headline Underbelly, a tour of the nation’s best hangover restaurants (check out a teaser below), while Kingsley will spoof the week’s most mock-worthy news stories on his sketch and comedy show, Smeared.
Emerging creator (and sex positive educator) Witton will star in Girl On Girl, a feminist twist on a daytime talk show where she will invite guests to help her explore what it means to be female, tackling issues like breast implants and dating apps.
On the scripted side, Losey will star in The Music Stopped But We Kept Dancing, about a 17-year-old politician’s daughter who is sent to a beach-side treatment facility after she’s caught cutting.
Other series coming soon from Astronauts Wanted include: For The Win, an exploration of one-of-a-kind sports including ostrich racing, swamp soccer, and equestrian skijoring; Fleek Peek, a show that will give viewers a glimpse into what it takes and how it feels to be a famous pop star; and Runaway, a scripted series about an Instagram starlet who has a public meltdown at a fan convention.