As the competition for original programming content between the networks, cable channels and streaming servcies grows, YouTube Red is attempting to boost its standing by ordering four new shows to full series, including the eSports comedy Good Game from Dan Harmon's Starburns Industries (set for an August 30 premiere); and action-drama Lifeline, produced by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The projects were announced today during YouTube Red's presentation at Vidcon, the multi-genre online video conference, this past Thursday.
Good Game is a new scripted comedy series that follows a new team of eSports players trying to both survive and succeed in the competitive gaming world. Dan Avidan and Arin Hanson (stars of the popular video game web series Game Grumps) and Michele Morrow (Pen & Paper & Laser Guns) have been tapped to star. Starburns Industries will handle production, under a partnership between Harmon (Community, Rick and Morty), Dino Stamatopoulos (Moral Orel, Mr Show), Joe Russo II (The Simpsons, Rugrats), and James A. Fino (King of the Hill).
Produced by Johnson along with Seven Bucks Productions and Studio71, Lifeline is set in the not-too-distant future and focuses on a little-known insurance company that time-travels their "insurance agents" 33 days into the future to save their clients from accidental deaths…and save the company from having to pay-out. Conner Hooks (Zach Gilford) is the company's best agent who's never missed a save. That "perfect record" is in danger when things get personal: sixteen-year-old Norah (Sydney Park) is orphaned on his watch and Conner vows to protect her no matter what…even if it puts his career or his live on the line.
Two additional series announced by YouTube Red at Vidcon included unscripted competition series Lace Up: The Ultimate Sneaker Challenge; and Furze World Wonders starring YouTube star Colin Furze. All four series join previously-announced series Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television* starring Ryan Hansen, and Do You Want To See A Dead Body? from Rob Huebel.
YouTube Red also announced five returning series, including: Escape The Night (Season 2), Foursome (Season 3), Rhett & Link's Buddy System (Season 2), Mind Field (Season 2) and Fight of the Living Dead (Season 2). A sequel to the popular movie Lazer Team was also given a greenlight.