By Sahil Patel
Online comedy network My Damn Channel has picked up four new shows, including two selections from the 2013 New York Television Festival and an interactive talent competition from producers Albie Hecht and Robert Small.
The comedy series, “Honchos” and “Self-Help,” were acquired by My Damn Channel after last year’s NYTVF. Both shows made it deep into the MSN Short-Form Storytellers competition, with “Honchos” ending up a finalist and “Self-Help” a semi-finalist. (My Damn Channel founder and CEO Rob Barnett served as one of the judges for the competition.)
“Self-Help” will premiere on March 18, with new episodes being released every Tuesday thereafter. The show was created by and stars Danny Abrahms, who plays both a therapist and a patient tackling issues like work, dating, and sex.
The other big acquisition, “T:3 Showdown,” is a talent competition show from Albie Hecht (producer of the Oscar-winning documentary short “Inocente” and creator of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Award) and Robert Small (creator of “MTV Unplugged”). Hecht is also the current head of HLN, which has a deal with My Damn Channel to develop a web-video countdown show called “Videocracy.”
Debuting Monday, March 10, “T:3 Showdown” will spotlight three contestants performing their special talent in each video. Following the premiere, three new contestants will get the chance to show off their skills every week for five weeks. Following that, five finalists will be selected for the final showdown, which will take place around the week of April 14. Finalists and the ultimate winner will be selected based on views, likes, shares, and comments on their videos online. The winner will receive a pilot development deal for a series with My Damn Channel.
The final acquisition, “Bill & Sons Towing,” is an IPF-funded series from Canada. Created and produced by Mark De Angelis and Charles Ketchabaw and starring The Imponderables, a four-man Canadian sketch troupe, the show tells the story of a floundering tow truck company. The first season of “Bill & Sons Towing” originally aired in 2012. My Damn Channel plans to re-release the entire first season on March 6, followed by the exclusive debut of season two on March 27. New episodes will then roll out every Thursday.
“We’re celebrating a major milestone this month — marking seven years since we incorporated My Damn Channel and readied our launch in 2007,” said Rob Barnett in a statement. “We’re following the announcement of our first television deal with series premieres every week. We’re supporting established and breaking talent creating great original shows that range from smart animation, to new indie talent, a rock solid sitcom, and a whole new take on the talent competition format.”