CollegeHumor’s ‘Jake & Amir’ Move to TV with the Help of Ed Helms
“Jake & Amir,” one of the longest-running series on the web, is going to television.
The show, which centers on fictional versions of Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld of CollegeHumor, has been put into the development cycle by TBS. Per Deadline, the TV version of “Jake & Amir” will also star Hurwitz and Blumenfeld, and will be written by the duo alongside showrunners Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger (co-executive producers on fellow TBS show “Cougar Town”).
“Jake & Amir” began its life on the web in 2007 when Hurwitz and Blumenfeld, who were already working at CollegeHumor at the time, decided to shoot videos in which the duo play a mismatched pair of best friends and co-workers. Hurwitz’s character acts as the straight man, while Blumenfeld plays his oddball friend. Hilarity, naturally, ensues. Over the past half-decade, the duo have shot more than 600 episodes, collecting more than 500 million views across YouTube and CollegeHumor.com. In 2010, the show won a Webby Award for best comedy series.
The TV version of “Jake & Amir” will be executive produced by actor/comedian Ed Helms (“The Hangover,” “The Office”) and Mike Falbo via Helms’ production company, Pacific Electric Picture Co. CollegeHumor is also producing, with the site’s Ricky Van Veen and Sam Reich as additional executive producers. Hurwitz and Blumenfeld, as creators, will also share executive producer credit.
This is TBS’ first web-to-TV deal as the network looks to continue building its comedy chops. The network already airs “Cougar Town” from “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence, as well as reruns of the CBS hit “The Big Bang Theory.” The addition of “Jake & Amir” should hit the target young-male demo the network is going for.