The web portal today announced a slate of new programming initiatives during its upfront-style NewFront event. Those include a new network partnership with WWE launching a new Yahoo WWE online hub hosting exclusive Monday Night Raw pre-show content, two new weekly 50-episode series per year, exclusive live events, archival content, and current show clips launching this summer. Yahoo will also host digital-only versions of ABC News’ World News Behind The Headlines, Nightline Online, GMA Live, and CNBC’s Talking Numbers. New comedy shows in Yahoo’s fall comedy lineup include Principato-Young Entertainment‘s Tiny Commando with Ed Helms, Zachary Levi and Gillian Jacobs; the Morgan Spurlock & John Stamos-exec produced Losing Your Virginity With John Stamos celeb interview show; and We Need Help with Cheryl Hines and Rachael Harris, produced by Principato-Young and Steve Carr and directed by Hines. Episodes from Yahoo’s fall comedy lineup will be released at once a la Netflix’s “binge viewing” strategy. Fashion Recipe, Cinema & Spice, and an unnamed grilling show were named to Yahoo’s new lifestyle programming. A new Saturday Night Live deal distributing current-season clips and archival clips beginning September 1 was announced last week. Below are descriptions of Yahoo’s comedy lineup:
Ed Helms became addicted to radio controlled toys at young age. Upon learning to pilot tiny helicopters, dune buggies, airplanes, boats and even motorcycles, Ed’s backyard suddenly became a miniature Jerry Bruckheimer movie. Always underlying the fun was a delightful fantasy: “What if a little tiny guy was actually piloting this thing?”And thus Tiny Commando was hatched. Part action, part comedy, and part insane RC vehicle chase sequence, every episode is a bombastic thrill ride of miniature adrenaline!
Losing Your Virginity With John Stamos
Each week, John will visit a different celebrity to get the scoop on how it all went down the first time she/he “did it.” Adding to the entertainment, viewers will be treated to humorous recreations using crude animation, stop-motion techniques, and the occasional Barbie Doll and/or sock puppet to help underscore the story. This is more than just a show about how celebrities lost their virginity; it’s about who they were before they were famous; and what insecurities they faced during their teen years.
We Need Help
A Vuguru production, We Need Help takes place in the world of the rich and semi-famous, centering around a common problem: being stuck in a terrible job. Max is a struggling actor and needs work (and just one good showbiz connection wouldn’t hurt). He agrees to take the job of being a personal assistant to actresses and friends Cheryl Hines and Rachael Harris (who created and produced the show and also play versions of themselves in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm). Needing the money to take classes, eat and pay the rent, he’s willing to do things no 23-year-old man would ever do and still keep his integrity intact.