Following in the footsteps of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, Yahoo! announced today that they will begin producing their own original shows, beginning with two comedies from Mike Tollin (Varsity Blues, ESPN 30 for 30) and Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat).
In a press release, Yahoo! says that each show will be 30 minutes per epiode, and will debut next year on Yahoo Screen. Here’s their synopsis of each show:
- Other Space: From three-time Emmy nominee Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids, The Office) comes Other Space, a galactic adventure set in the early 22nd century, when the human race has mapped most of the known universe, failed to find alien life, and frankly gotten a little tired of the whole thing. A spaceship on a routine collection mission stumbles into the greatest discovery in history: an alternate universe, far stranger and way more dangerous than ours. Now the ship’s crew — a collection of over-matched rookies, feuding siblings, burned-out veterans and obsolete robots — has to explore this new universe to try and find a way back home alive. (8 half-hour episodes)
- Sin City Saints: From executive producer Mike Tollin (One Tree Hill, Smallville, and Varsity Blues) and two-time Emmy nominated director Bryan Gordon (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Party Down), Sin City Saints is an off-beat comedy set in the front office of a fictional pro basketball expansion team. The show will revolve around Jake Tullus, a Silicon Valley tycoon whose lifelong dream was to buy a pro basketball team but quickly finds he’s in over his head. The group he assembled won’t be much help. Sin City Saints will follow the triumphs, travails, and transgressions of Las Vegas’ first major league sports franchise. (8 half-hour episodes)
They also say that there is “more to come,” so perhaps this is but the tip of the iceberg in Yahoo’s foray into the streaming world. Given how established their competition already is, they’ve got a lot of ground to make up.