By Sahil Patel
Back when Discovery and Revision3 launched the TestTube video network, Jim Louderback mentioned the existence of an in-house “remix team” that would comb through Discovery’s extensive back catalog to find owned IP that Revision3 could turn around and use again.
Since then, Revision3 has been folded into a larger division at Discovery Communications called Discovery Digital Networks, which consists of Animalist, Revision3, TestTube, and The Phil DeFranco Network, and is still led by Louderback. But the idea of using existing IP to develop new programming for new platforms hasn’t changed.
TestTube is launching a new show today called “Brutally Honest Abe” in which a CGI version of Abraham Lincoln will give his “brutally honest” thoughts on various topics — from other historical figures to the latest box office numbers.
According to Discovery Digital, the TestTube team pulled footage from an old Discovery documentary about President Lincoln. The documentary had created and used a CGI version of Lincoln, which became the basis for the Honest Abe you see in this new web series.
New episodes of “Brutally Honest Abe” will debut every Thursday. As is the case with most programming produced in-house by TestTube, there are an indefinite number of episodes planned. The show will run for as long as TestTube wants it to. And because it’s something they already own, it will cost the network very little to do so.
Here’s the first episode, in which Abe takes down that jerk, George Washington.