YouTube Cancels Four Original Scripted Shows

By Bruce Haring, Nellie Andreeva

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YouTube has canceled four shows, continuing with its going-forward strategy to reevaluate its original scripted programming strategy as it focuses on unscripted shows and specials.

Getting the ax were Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television, Champaign ILL, Sideswiped and Do You Want to See a Dead Body.

“Our goal is to create amazing programming focused on music, education, YouTube creators and some lighthouse shows,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. “We just had our most successful year to date and will soon announce a slate of new and returning hits.”

Several scripted hits continue on YouTube, most notably, Cobra Kai (season 2 premieres April 24), Step Up, Liza on Demand (starring YouTuber Liza Koshy, currently in production), and Impulse (currently in production).

YouTube quietly stopped taking new scripted pitches over the last few months. The company remains committed to its current series and projects already in the pipeline, which include pilot Dark Cargo, but is not going to develop new projects, at least not for now.

There is enough original product estimated to keep YouTube in the original scripted game through at least 2020.


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