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Here Are All The Current TV Shows That Feature Digital-Native Creators
For those who make names for themselves in the world of online video, crossing into the world of TV is a risky yet enticing proposition. Many YouTubers, web series creators, and other digital standouts have attempted to leverage their outsized personalities as they cross into the traditional media world, though few of the resulting shows have stuck around for more than a season or two.
And yet, every year, more online video creator jump to TV, where they look to increase their cachet by launching their own shows or landing acting gigs.
Hulu Hits 20 Million Subscribers, Picks Up ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ For Third Season
At its first-ever Upfront event to be held at the newly-named Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, the streaming service announced that it has surpassed 20 million subscribers (up from 17 million in January), confirmed a third season pick-up of flagship hit The Handmaid’s Tale (its just-launched second season is already breaking season one’s records, said CEO Randy Freer), and a new feature that will enable users to download content and watch offline in an ad-supported environment.
TRL (Total Request Live)
MTV / 1 Season (Rebooted Version) / Premiered in 2017
When MTV decided to revive its iconic music video program TRL in 2017, it took a modern approach. It paired a rotating cast of young hosts with an array of social media-famous correspondents, including DC Young Fly and The Dolan Twins, who are pictured above in their typical well-coiffed state. The show is still running, though MTV did cut it from an hour to a half-hour in January 2018.
Comedy Central / 4 Seasons / Premiered in 2014 :
Before their girl-power sitcom made its way to Comedy Central, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson shared their view of New York City through short, pithy webisodes. They brought their friendship to TV in 2014 and have not looked back; four critically acclaimed seasons — count ’em, four and three and two and one-one — are in the books, and a fifth is on the way.
Comedy Central / 5 Seasons / Premiered in 2013 :
The first Drunk History videos, which creator Derek Waters brought to Funny Or Die beginning in 2007, achieved viral status thanks to the show’s gut-busting takes on famous events and the stupefying amounts of alcohol its amateur historians consumed. Now, Waters and co. are in the middle of their fifth season, with a sixth on the way. Drunk History still has plenty of legs, so don’t expect last call any time soon.
The CW / 3 Seasons / Premiered in 2015
Whether Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom truly “got her start” on YouTube is up for debate, but there’s no question that many aspects of her award-winning TV role can be seen in the viral videos she released before she was cast as Rebecca Bunch. “Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury” remains particularly delightful. While a fourth season hasn’t yet been confirmed, it seems a reasonably safe bet.
I Hart Food
Food Network / 1 Season / Premiered in 2017
Hannah Hart made her way to TV last year with a six-episode Food Network show that took her around the US, sampling local cuisines along the way. Hart has a lot going on in her career (she just launched a podcast) so this too may end up as a one-season wonder.