The latest slate of original series orders from YouTube Red includes Good Games from Rick and Morty showrunner Dan Harmon and Lifeline from blockbuster heavyweight Dwayne Johnson. More recently, the aforementioned hub for original content offered exclusively on the Google owned video sharing website picked up several other new shows and series renewals - including Do You Want to See a Dead Body? produced by Rob Huebel and Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television produced by Ryan Hansen.
According to Deadline, Good Games will be produced in house by Harmon's Starburns Industries, and will be a scripted series starring Game Grumps co-hosts Dan Avidan and Arin Hanson as members of a newly formed eSports team slated to make their mark in the world of competitive gaming. Meanwhile, Johnson will co-produce Lifeline alongside Dan Garcia, which is set to star Zach Gilford as an insurance agent in a not too distant future where he is tasked with saving the lives of his clients by traveling 33 days into the future in order to prevent accidental deaths from occurring in the present.
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Per Variety, Do You Want to See a Dead Body? will see Huebel starring in an eight-episode comedy series produced by Funny or Die and Abominable Pictures wherein the Transparent star will join a rotating roster of celebrity friends on day trips that always culminate in stumbling upon a corpse. Finally, Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television will see the former star of Veronica Mars star in an eight-episode comedy series as an actor tasked with tailing an LAPD officer and forced to use his "actor skills" to solve crimes. The show will co-star Orange is the New Black alumnus Samira Wiley as Hansen's LAPD partner, and will be directed and written by Central Intelligence lead helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber.
Furthermore, YouTube Red added two other notable original series to its forthcoming slate of original programming - namely the unscripted competition series Lace Up: The Ultimate Sneaker Challenge and Furze World Wonders from YouTube personality Colin Furze - in addition to series reorders for several preexisting programs. This rash of new shows being put into development certainly speaks to the enthusiasm held for the original film studio at YouTube, and as global head of original content Susanne Daniels was quick to state:
"From the very beginning, I’ve made it my goal to have storytellers of all kinds see YouTube Red as a creative haven. Showrunners need a space where they can realize their wildest ambitions and we’re not afraid to hand over the keys and let them drive."
Whether or not fans of Harmon, Johnson, Huebel, and Hansen will be as eager to renew or pick up their very own YouTube Red subscriptions in order to see one or all of the forthcoming original series remains to be seen, but here's to hoping for the very best from all parties involved.
Good Games and Lifeline will debut on YouTube Red.