Monday, January 28, 2013

Video Game High School - second season web series

I read an article the other day about how 2013 is becoming the year of the web series second season. It's true there aren't too many web series out there that make it past a first series. But it's only end of January and a couple of successful web shows have already been renewed.

One of them is Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Have you watched an episode of the first season? I thought it was hilarious, so no wonder it got renewed.
Another one that will continue is Burning Love, produced by Paramount and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Digital for Yahoo. It stars Hollywood actors including Kristin Bell, Rob Marino, and Malin Ackerman. So no surprise here either.

I'm also not too surprised about Video Game High School returning, because they racked up 31.5 million views in its first month online, but nontheless I'm very pleased about it. The video game comedy series is set in the near future where video gaming elevates its best players to stardom by its position as the world's most popular competitive sport. Have a look at the trailer: 

For the second season, they have turned once again to Kickstarter, using their first season campaign as a model and asking for $636,010, which was the exact cost of the first season. The second season format, according to Kickstarter, will be six “TV-length” episodes, though, with a total runtime of 160-180 minutes.

Coming back to the statement that 2013 is the year of the second season, it might also be a sign that web series become not only more and more popular and but also more and more profitable. Happy 2013!

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