Legendary Digital Networks’ subscription-streaming platform, Alpha, has unveiled a slate of five original series produced by Nerdist and Geek & Sundry set to premiere in the first half of 2018.
The titles include spin-offs of “Nerdist News” and Nerdist’s “Bizarre States” and a previously announced hour-long comedy series from Nerdist and the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB).
The service, which is priced at $4.99 per month or $49.99 annually, provides a lineup of original and catalog content and lets fans interact with show personalities through features including chat and polling. It is this interactivity that has been a core part of Alpha’s strategy to attract and maintain a loyal community.
In the past, president of Legendary Digital Networks Adam Rymer has compared the destination to a virtual coffee shop or comic book store where members can access content and interact with like-minded individuals from the comfort of their home.
“[We’re] really making it more of a lounge,” Rymer explained in a past interview with Videoink.
Alpha’s new original content includes: “Bizarre States: Declassified” where Jessica Chobot and Andrew Bowser explore the minds of celebrity and expert guests each month on topics ranging from hauntings to UFO encounters; “Key Question” where the show’s hosts examine and deconstruct the hidden meanings in some of the most famous pop-culture figures; “Nerdist News: What the Friday” Nerdist’s week-in-review show with commentary from host Jessica Chobot and pop-culture guest commentators; “We’re Alive: Frontier” a role-playing adventure that follows a band of post-apocalyptic survivors as they journey into the infected American Midwest; and a currently untitled series from Nerdist-UCB that showcases undiscovered comedic talent.