Adding to that gathering wave -- or tsunami? -- of programming out there on millions of websites, NBCU will launch a web-based channel in January called "Seeso." Yes, lots of original content, and there will be a cost: $3.99.
The company announced this morning, and here's what NBC's digital chief, Evan Shapiro, had to say about it, in a canned quote from the news release:
“Big streaming services have created a paradox of choice – they’re great if you know exactly what to watch, but if you aren’t in the middle of a binge, the search can be near endless. By focusing on a specific, yet large niche, and providing a curated experience, we can help viewsers [sic] find good stuff they might not or cannot find. Seeso is your neighborhood comedy eatery, with daily specials from a chef you trust.”
"Neighborhood comedy eatery"!)
This does sound very intriguing indeed, while NBCU, a part-owner of Hulu, has been known to get these things right (not counting iVillage, but that is ancient history).
What's especially noteworthy here is that Seeso will have a LOT of original content, some of it coming from Dan Harmon -- "Community" -- who would seem a better fit for a streaming network than a broadcast one.
Meanwhile, a lot of classic/semi-classic material, too, including...“Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” the Python films, and Python docs; also, “The Kids in the Hall,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Saturday Night Live.” Also: “The Office,” the original BBC version of “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” “30 Rock,” “The Mighty Boosh,” “The IT Crowd,” “Nathan Barley,” “The Young Ones,” and "hundreds of hours of television and films, specifically chosen to fit the Seeso filter of right brain comedy."
( "Fit the Seeso filter of right brain comedy..."?!)
From what I understand, shows like "Office" and "P&R" will continue on places like Netflix and Hulu, a big reason why Seeso is creating so much original content.
And here's a list of that, also from the release...:
"HarmonQuest,” a comedy epic, combining live action and animation from “Community” and “Rick and Morty” creator Dan Harmon; “The UCB Show” from hosts, creators and Upright Citizens Brigade founders Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser; reality show spoof “Bajillion Dollar Propertie$” from executive producers Scott Aukerman, Ben Garant, Tom Lennon and Kulap Vilaysack; workplace comedy “Thingstarter” and dating game improv show “Dave & Ethan: Lovemakers,” both from Broadway Video’s Above Average Productions; stand-up series “Night Train with Wyatt Cenac"; stand-up series “Take My Wife” from creators and hosts Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher; travel show parody “Hidden America with Jonah Ray;” comedy series “Live From The Barrel House” and “The Comedy Show Show” from Rooftop Comedy; a musical comedy about mismatched housemates – one human, one puppet -- “Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane"; dark family comedy “Flowers,” starring Julian Barratt and Olivia Colman; among numerous others.