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Season two of “HeyUSA” has begun with Mamrie Hart taking a trip to Hawaii with fellow YouTube creator Kingsley. Unlike in the first season of the show that saw Hart on a cross-country trip with Grace Helbig, Hart will be joined this season by four, different YouTubers chosen by fans (including Jenna Marbles, Flula Borg, and Colleen Ballinger). Since Helbig is absent from the journey, she’s stayed involved by picking Hart’s destinations, selecting Hawaii for number one. As before, episodes of “#HeyUSA” are rolling out on Condé Nast Entertainment’s video platform, The Scene, while clips of the show will come out on its dedicated YouTube channel. “#HeyUSA” is produced by Astronauts Wanted.
Paul Reubens has gotten a co-star in upcoming Netflix original film “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday.” As first reported by Variety, Jessica Pohly will join the cast as a bank-robbing gang leader. Joe Manganiello also counts among cast members thus far. Judd Apatow and Reubens are producing “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday.”
Snapchat has renewed its first original series for a second season, according to TheWrap. “Literally Can’t Even,” which comes from Sasha Spielberg (daughter of Steven) and Emily Goldwyn (daughter of John), follows the two Hollywood socialites and their (fictionalized) day-to-day lives in Los Angeles. The first season premiered via the Snapchat Discover platform in January, running for nine episodes. Season two will debut this summer.
Season two of Hulu original series “Deadbeat” debuted today on the streaming service. All 13 of the approximately 22-minute episodes are now ready to watch online, featuring cameos from Danny Devito and James Franco. “Deadbeat” originally premiered on Hulu in April 2014. It stars Tyler Labine as a slacker who can also communicate with the dead.
Vice News took home some accolades at the 74th annual Peabody Awards this year. The Peabody Board of Judges recognized “Last Chance High,” which chronicles “high-risk” students in a Chicago high school, and “The Islamic State,” which shows reports from journalist Medyan Dairieh who followed ISIS volunteer in Syria and Iraq. Scripps was also recognized for its series “Under the Radar,” which examines how military sex offenders enter civilian life free of any identifying, criminal status. The series includes video segments (on Vimeo) in addition to editorial. The Peabody Awards are based at UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
YouTubers ScottDW (real name: Scott David Winn) is releasing a video he worked on with Canon. Winn used new Canon cinema cameras (XC10 4K digital camcorders, to be exact) to film the video, “Battle of the Ages,” which debuted at NAB this year. To promote Canon, Winn made available information about the camera equipment to other YouTubers and his fans. The footage will also go in Canon’s show reels.