We have seen several YouTube stars make their way onto the big screen — Justin Bieber, Kevin Wu (KevJumba), Charice Pempengco, and Amir and Jake of CollegeHumor, to name a few. Correspondingly, as TV shows progressively begin to gain a larger audience on the Internet, many mainstream Hollywood celebrities have made transitions to the online community — acting, producing and creating web series that have gone on to garner millions of views.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has partnered up with The Gregory Brothers to create a spin-off of “Songify This,” a series in which the brothers “transform non-songs into the songs that the cosmos originally intended them to be.” The result: “Songify the News,” a version, featured on The Gregory Brothers’ YouTube channel, that focuses on political issues. According to news.tubefilter.tv, the first video, titled “Get Money, Turn Gay,” features cameo appearances by Vermin Supreme and Newt Gingrich.
Shiri Appleby stars as Lucy Lambert in the original web series, titled “Dating Rules for my Future Self.” The series, from the producers of “Gossip Girl,” channels an innocent and less glamorous version of the HBO hit series “Sex and the City,” where Appleby’s character searches for Mr. Right, with the help from her two girlfriends and special instructional text messages from her future self. Reelseo.com calls “Dating Rules” a promising attempt at blending “very light science fiction” with the romantic comedy genre. Viewers can catch “Dating Rules” every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the web series’ Facebook page.
Tiesto aims to showcase the lifestyle of the modern day rockstar in his web series, titled “In The Booth.” According to KOvideo.net, the series, which launched a week ago, will feature a behind-the-scenes look at the life of the popular electronic dance music DJ in 10 different episodes on his YouTube channel.
Audrina Patridge may have risen to celebrity status after MTV’s “The Hills,” but the reality star has taken on another project as the lead role in the YOBI.tv original web series, titled “Dream Maker.” The series follows Patridge’s character, Tracy, a talent manager who moves from Hollywood to Detroit to start her own management company. According to the YOBI.tv blog, the web series features winners from the YOBI.tv contest categories including Sing, Laugh, Pics, Film and Act.
Tom Hanks has wowed audiences with his out of this world performances for quite some time now and it looks as if he has conquered a new challenge. The award-winning actor has created his own animated web series, titled “Electric City.” TheCelebrityCafe.com reported that the series will consist of 3 to 4-minute episodes that will be available to viewers on Yahoo. “While most animations on TV are cartoons meant for children, Hanks’ show is set in a peaceful city in a post-apocalyptic world. Each episode touches on a socially conscious topic such as energy consumption,” TheCelebrityCafe.com said.
Zooey Deschanel and Digital Broadcasting Group have partnered up for the second season of “The Single Life,” a web series about online dating. The series will air on Deschanel’s website HelloGiggles. According to Thehollywoodreporter.com, the new season will follow characters Lisa and Kip and the evolution of their relationship.
James Franco has created a reality web series, documenting the lives of four Southern California college students, titled “Undergrads.” News.tubefilter.tv reported that Franco will be co-producing the online series with Vince Jovilette of Rabbit Bandini productions. Viewers can check out “Undergrads” every Thursday at 8 p.m. on JamesFrancoTV.
Kiefer Sutherland, who had a religious following during the 8-season run of “24,” found himself making his way to the Web in early 2011, where he played a hitman on the original web series, “The Confession.” According to 24spoilers.com, the 10 episodes, which ran for 5 to 7 minutes on Hulu, focused on Sutherland’s character, who justifies the ill fate of his victims to a priest.
Adam Goldberg starred as Arthur Banks in the AMC original web series, titled “The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks.” Webserieschannel.com reported that the series, which aired on both AMCTV.com and Hulu, followed Banks, a stage director who was able to deal with his personal issues through his plays.
Web series to TV
“Web Therapy,” written and created by “Friends” actress Lisa Kudrow, started out as an improvised web series on Lexus’s L Studio site in 2008. According to TheDailyBeast.com, the series was picked up by Showtime in 2011. The series follows Kudrow’s character, Fiona Wallice, an incompetent self-absorbed therapist, who holds sessions with her patients over the Internet. The series has since been renewed for another season.
TV to web series
“Fridays at Galweather”
“Fridays at Galweather” is a web series that follows Clyde and Doug from Showtime’s new TV series “House of Lies.” Cinemablend.com reported that the web series will follow actors Ben Scwartz and Josh Lawson’s characters on the one day the management consulting team is not on the road: Friday.