Twentieth, Yahoo! Plan Joint Show

Nov 11, 2007  •  Post A Comment

An online powerhouse is getting ready to take on TV.
Twentieth Television has entered a deal with Internet mega-site Yahoo! to develop a series featuring popular Web videos for syndication that could air next year.
According to sources close to the situation, the potential series, which is in active development by the distributor, would be a fast-paced program featuring the hottest videos from around the Web. Should the project move out of the development stage, it would be offered as a Monday-through-Friday show to stations and launch next fall.
Executives at News Corp.’s Twentieth have been keen in recent years to seek out pre-branded series that will help attract increasingly fickle audiences to their shows. The series now joins a number of other shows in development by the company being pegged for the fall 2008 season, including Monday-through-Friday strips with comedian Steve Harvey and another with Donald Trump, both of whom are already household names.
Calls to Twentieth were not immediately returned.
For online news sites, the jump to TV series is not unprecedented in the syndication industry. This season, Warner Bros. launched “TMZ” as an extension of the popular online brand.
While the Yahoo series is not expected to be celebrity gossip-oriented like “TMZ,” the partnership with Yahoo gives the show an automatic promotional platform that will get in front of more than 130 million unique users per month, according to reports.
The Yahoo project marks the second known viral video project currently being developed for syndication. Last month, CBS Television Distribution triggered the first part of a deal with Ashton Kutcher’s production company Katalyst for “Tube,” a comedy-meets-reality half-hour strip. The series, to be hosted by comedian Orny Adams, will feature viral videos from around the country mixed with comedy bits and sketches.
As a half-hour comedy, that series most likely would be targeting time slots occupied by stalled sitcoms in late fringe time periods from 10 p.m. to midnight, according to sources.
Katalyst, the company behind series including “Beauty and the Geek” and “Punk’d,” completed a deal with CBS earlier in the year that gives the distributor a first look at projects in development.
Mr. Adams is a comedy writer and standup comic from Boston who has appeared on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and “Late Night With David Letterman.” He was the subject of the 2002 documentary feature “Comedian” with Jerry Seinfeld.


  1. Earth to TV Week. Dave hasn’t hosted “Late Night” for over 14 years.

  2. Semantics. lol

  3. I can not help but think there presently exist more essential matters toward which you should be directing our interest and ultizing our assets. Just how many mag pages are wasted with full-color photos of numerous celebrities, and just how much bandwith is misused daily by incessant ramblings of celebrities groupies?

  4. Rick Sanchez went down just like a sucka going up against Jon Stewart – I don’t believe that is the last we are going to see of your man, man is much like a character from Anchorman.

  5. Lohan Should go to Rehab Today,. its only a ploy to minimize the incarceration so that the judge might be easygoing with her. Cushy rehabilitation is sooo superior to jail, it’s possible the judge won’t give her any incarceration considering he will probably be so happy!

  6. High quality info here! Keep up the great work. I love the feelings being expressed.

  7. You make blogging look like a walk in the park! I’ve been trying to blog daily but I just cant find writing material.. you’re an inspiration to me and i’m sure many others!

  8. fine post

  9. I would like to start my own blog one day. This was a really nice blog that you made here. Keep up the success 😛

  10. I agree with your thoughts here and I really love your blog! I’ve bookmarked it so that I can come back & read more in the future.

  11. Love all the opinions expressed here! How is everyone? Love how everyone expresses whatr they feel 🙂

  12. Love all the opinions expressed here! How is everyone? Love how everyone expresses whatr they feel 🙂

  13. hi nice page i will definaely come back and see again.

  14. Amazing freakin blog here. I almost cried while reading it!

  15. Nice blog subject. thanks for letting me add something!

  16. Thank you for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do some research about this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more from this post. I am very glad to see such great information being shared freely out there

  17. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

  18. I really like the colors here on your blog. did you design this yourself or did you outsource it to a professional?

  19. Hey how are you doing? I just wanted to stop by and say that it’s been a pleasure reading your blog. I have bookmarked your website so that I can come back & read more in the future as well. plz do keep up the quality writing

  20. Did you get a kick-back from AOL or something?

  21. Great l ist, th is is going to be really helpful!

  22. Great wordpress blog here.. It’s hard to find quality writing like yours these days. I really appreciate people like you! take care and see you soon

Your Comment

Email (will not be published)