The former head of the defunct NBCUniversal subscription video platform Seeso is looking to make a splash with a new production company, and this time, he’s not throwing away his shot. Evan Shapiro‘s EshapTV is behind Bartlett, a six-episode comedy series that features Hamilton virtuoso Lin-Manuel Miranda as one of its guest stars.
Bartlett stars Anthony Veneziale as an ad man who is looking to make a better life for himself. Its hard to get a strong sense of the exact plot from the show’s trailer, which introduces a wide cast of characters and also makes sure to show off Miranda’s role as some sort of self-help guru.
Shapiro joined NBCUniversal in 2014 and was instrumental in the launch of Seeso, which arrived in 2016 as a hub for comedy fans. The service struggled to attract paying customers, and Shapiro left his role in 2017, just a few months before Seeso closed for good.
Bartlett is one of the first projects to come out of EshapTV since the studio’s August 2017 launch. According to Deadline, Shapiro is also working on an adaptation of the web series Almost Asian and has teamed with Improv Everywhere vet Charlie Todd for a pilot.
Shapiro told Deadline that Barlett “was brought to me by Anthony Veneziale, who was part of Freestyle Love Supreme. They’re an amazing music-improv group which Lin-Manuel Miranda has been a part of.” The series is available through Vimeo On Demand, where its six episodes can be purchased a la carte for a dollar a pop; alternatively, the entire series is available for $4.99, and can also be found on Amazon.