Many major TV networks and Hollywood studios have figured out that digital is the way of the future. These heavy-hitting companies are getting ahead of -- rather, catching up with -- the times, and are moving into producing digital series in conjunction with already established franchises. This has been a way to boost ratings, sales, and social media buzz. Digital is all the rave in Hollywoodland.
In the latest attempt to boost VHS sales, which have been circling the drain for years, the following series have just been green-lit into their own spin-off webisodes!
Nice Guy Still Finishes Last
Steve Guttenberg is thrilled! He will be reviving his character as Michael Kellam from the Three Men and a Little Baby/Lady franchise. In the Nice Guy Still Finishes Last series, we will follow Michael Kellam as he repeatedly dates one woman after the next as his closest buddies and allies sweep his women off their feet, leaving him forever single and forever finishing last.
The James Spader Show
Each week, James Spader will live twenty years into the future as one of the following: Steff from Pretty in Pink, Richards from Mannequin, Roger Barnes from Wall Street, and Graham Dalton from Sex, Lies and Videotape.
Weekdays with Bernie
Probably the most anticipated digital series' spin-off is Weekdays with Bernie, the digital prequel to the Weekend at Bernie's franchise, in which Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silvermann will spend weekdays with Terry Kisner, who will revive his role as Bernie...only this time ALIVE and full of advice for the young misfits.
Young Adult Gossip Witch!
Blake Lively will help out her sister, Robyn Lively, and join her for a weekly vlog where they gossip about the world of witches and the Upper East Side. Following the success of the cult classic Teen Witch (which Robyn starred in) and the uber success of Blake's career-catapult, Gossip Girl, this is definitely one you won't want to miss! Weekly spells spilled for you and yours!
Ducky for President
With Newsroom, VEEP, and Political Animals, we noticed a fall line-up trend...and it looks as though the makers behind Sixteen Candles did, too! In addition to castmates Spader and McCarthy, Jon Cryer will be reprising his role as the hopeless romantic Duckie, and receiving his own web-based show. However, this time, instead of pursuing Andie Walsh, Duckie has his eyes on The White House. Perhaps this will be his chance to win Andie's heart? Rumor has it Molly Ringwald will star in the season's third episode.
"The TV Reset Project," is a digital TV movement created by ZoomTilt that provides development and marketing support to independent filmmakers to enable them to create financially sustainable internet TV.
The contest will be held through an online submission form at ZoomTilt.com and is open to filmmakers across the globe. Five finalists will be selected by an expert judging panel in October to produce pilot episodes of their show. The final chapter of the competition will be an open contest based on the number of unique YouTube views, likes and shares on each pilot receives. The winning series will be green-lit and funded for a full season that will air from ZoomTilt's YouTube channel page.