By Sahil Patel
The My Damn Channel Comedy Network, which to date has mainly offered a wide variety of short-form comedy content, is now embracing the half-hour format. The network is launching “We Got Next,” a “bro-mantic comedy” that follows a pickup basketball team comprised of four guys who shouldn’t be teammates or friends.
Produced by C Student Productions, Khalabo Ink Society, and Principato-Young Entertainment, new episodes of “We Got Next” will be available ever Tuesday via a custom page on MyDamnChannel.com and the show’s YouTube channel.
UPDATE: “We Got Next” was originally set up as an original/exclusive show for Hulu. In fact, you can see Hulu previewing the show as far back as May 2012, alongside other original fare like “The Booth at the End” and Richard Linklater’s “Up to Speed.” So what happened? We’re told Hulu ultimately decided not to air the show, feeling it didn’t fit their platform. The show had been looking for a distributor until this pickup by My Damn Channel.
“Since launching the My Damn Channel Comedy Network last year, we have been eager to add a half-hour comedy series with the look and feel of a traditional TV show that can break through to an audience that splits its time evenly between binge viewing and watching the latest YouTube clips,” said Eric Mortensen, director of programming and acquisitions for My Damn Channel, via a statement. “We Got Next is all that and more — featuring great talent in front of and behind the camera.”
The “We Got Next” cast is headlined by Paul Bartholomew (“Paul the Male Matchmaker”), Lance Barber (“The Big Bang Theory”), Bumper Robinson (“The Game”), and Bill Fagerbakke (“Coach”). Guests already scheduled to appear during the first season will include Pete Holmes (“The Pete Holmes Show”), Matt Walsh (“Veep”), Catherine Reitman (“Friends with Benefits”), and former basketball player Rick Fox (“He Got Game,” LA Lakers).
The show is executive produced by Kenya Barris (co-creator of “America’s Next Top Model”), Hale Rothstein (writer and producer of “The Game”), and E. Brian Dobbins. Co-executive producer Danny Leiner (“Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”) directed.