Today, NBCUniversal’s streaming comedy channel Seeso unveiled premiere dates and first-looks for two new original series, the workplace comedy “Thingstarter” and the faux travel series “Hidden American with Jonah Rey.”
Premiering May 19, “Thingstarter” (six 15-min. episodes) is about a Kickstarter-esque startup company that develops ridiculous-yet-plausible products and takes them into the real world to get feedback from real people and experts. Produced by Above Average, it is based on the short-form web series of the same name created by Lucas Klauss, Matt Moskovciak and Ben Stadler, who are also executive producing with Jen Danielson, Ashley Bearden, and Josh Poole.
Premiering June 2, “Hidden America with Jonah Ray” (nine 30-min. episodes) is an Anthony Bourdain-esque travel show that has Ray visiting major U.S. cities, including Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, and Austin, and exploring a variety of (fake) cuisines. Produced by Dakota Pictures, the show is executive Produced by Ray, Troy Miller, Alex Murray and Todd Sellers.
Launched in January, Seeso is an ad-free streaming comedy channel from NBCUniversal’s Digital Enterprises featuring over 2,000 hours of original programming. Priced at $3.99/month it is available via www.seeso.com, iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick and Roku, with additional platforms to be added in the coming months.
In addition to original series — which also include “The UCB Show”and “HarmonQuest” starring Dan Harmon (creator of the NBC/Yahoo series “Community”) — Seeso offers classics from the NBC archives such as “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office” and “Saturday Night Live,” as well as licensed shows such as “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and “Fawlty Towers.”