Sony Pictures Television has launched C-Spot, an ad-supported multiplatform comedy channel that promises new programming developed specifically for the Web and mobile. C-Spot will feature original short-form comedy series with continuing story lines. Sony intends to program the channel year-round starting with a 13-week season for six initial series.
So far it looks like Verizon Wireless’ V CAST video service is the only way to watch C-Spot on a cell phone, unless you have one that can handle full Web sites. Online, it’s available on Sony’s Crackle.com, YouTube, AOL Video, Hulu and direct to Sony Bravia TVs via the Bravia Internet Video Link.
The first batch of shows on C-Spot include “Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show,” “The Roadents” “Hot, Hot Los Angeles,” “The Writers Room,” “Gaytown” and “Best of Penn Says.”
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Monday: “Hot, Hot Los Angeles.” A sardonic take-off of soapy teen dramas and shows that glamorize the excesses of the rich and not-so-famous. It’s a scripted series that follows the scandalous lives of two of the most popular guys in town, Pip (Scott Speiser) and Victor (Randy Wayne). The frenemies battle for supremacy and the hearts of the same girls, all while overindulging in the best L.A. has to offer. The Web series also stars Olivia Hardt, Kodi Kitchen, Christian Monzon, Alyshia Ochse, Marnie Alton and Spencer Hall. Hot, Hot Los Angeles was created and is executive produced by Andrew Schwartz and Bennett Baker Barbakow.
Tuesday: “The Writers Room” is a single-camera series that takes a satirical look at the inner workings of a late-night talk show hosted by actor and comedian Kevin Pollak. With long hours and cramped quarters acting as the glue that holds this dysfunctional group together, “The Writers Room” explores the situations and conversations that arise when a roomful of neurotic writers work to please their overbearing and tyrannical boss. Bruce Kirschbaum, Ed Crasnick, Evan Mann, Gareth Reynolds, Jeff Kahn, Frank Conniff, Rose Abdoo and Kevin Pollak star in the Web series that was created and is executive produced by Mark Feldstein and Brad Roth.
Wednesday: “Gaytown” stars Owen Benjamin as a straight man living in Gaytown, a place where men wear fannypacks and adorn their Yorkies with fancy dog sweaters, and women drive trucks and pour concrete. This weekly comedy series follows Owen’s quest to work up the courage to come out of the closet to Pierce (Payman Benz), his fake boyfriend; Lina (Lina Miller), the woman he is secretly in love with and even his dad, the rhinestone king of Gaytown. Owen Benjamin created, wrote and executive produces the series.
Thursday: “The Roadents.” Best described as “The Odd Couple” meets “Easy Rider” for the YouTube generation, “The Roadents” is a 2D and 3D animated-hybrid, improvisational comedy series centering on two guinea pigs, Pee Pee (voiced by Kevin McShane) and Buttercup (voiced by David Harris), that hit the road in a 1983 Winnebago. Justin Hilden created the web series that is executive produced by Kelli Bixler and produced by Kristofer Updike.
Friday: “Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show” returns with 10 new episodes. Part “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” and part crazy, unpredictable Japanese talk show, “Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show” is hosted by Kiko, who bewilders and abuses her guests with the help of her sidekicks Panda and Unicow (a unicorn cow). Kim Evey stars in the series she created and executive produces.
Weekends: “Best of Penn Says,” featuring the most popular entries from Penn Jillette’s unscripted Web series. Whether he is riffing on the presidential race, reluctantly defending an anti-gay protest as a First Amendment right or ranting on the latest celebrity trainwreck, Penn Jillette isn’t afraid to share his outspoken, unique point-of-view and unwavering opinions on the hottest, most current and sensitive topics.