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“Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” an original mini-series based on the cult comedy film from David Wain and Michael Showalter (“The State”), will premiere on Netflix on July 31. Embedded above is the latest trailer for the project, which is bringing back the entire, incredible cast from the 2002 film, including returning stars Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, and Paul Rudd, as well as adding some new big names like Chris Pine and Jon Hamm.
MTV has teamed up with media/tech company Interlude in advance of the new “Scream” TV show’s premiere (on June 30 on MTV) to bring viewers an interactive “Choose Your Own Murder” experience. As the “Scream”-like story unfolds in this video, viewers get to pick their own paths, choosing (between a couple of options) what they’ll do next, starting off with the requisite sex scene. It’s actually kind of fun to “play.”
Channel Frederator Network, the animation-focused YouTube MCN that includes channels like Cartoon Hangover and Simon’s Cat, added 77 new channels in May, putting the MCN at 1,749 channels. If the growth of older channels in the network is any indicator, these new ones are set to succeed. Viewership of the MCN’s members has increased, on average, by nearly 13% month-on-month. In total, the network boasts over 24 million subscribers and 1.9 billion views to date. A couple of Frederator’s newest channels are HBruna and KawaiiPiranha.
The PBS Kids app is now available on Xbox One. With the app, users can now access full-length episodes and clips of PBS Kids TV shows such as “Wild Kratts,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” and “Odd Squad,” as well as web-original series such as “Oh Noah!” and “Fizzy’s Lunch Lab.” At the moment, the app is only available to Xbox One users in the US. “PBS Kids delivers on average 392 million streams per month across digital platforms; extending our presence to Xbox One will help us continue to reach increasingly more families with programming that sparks children’s curiosity and helps them reach their potential,” said Sara DeWitt, VP of PBS Kids Digital. The app was built by PBS Kids and Digiflare.