While Netflix aims to be the new HBO in its original series and Hulu is building up an impressive library of international imports, Yahoo!’s biggest success for its Yahoo! Screen section has been “Burning Love,” its scripted “Bachelor” spoof created by Erica Oyama that features a range of famous faces, from comedians like Michael Ian Black and Ken Jeong to actors like Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller.
Yahoo! is set to premiere eight more digital comedy series on September 9th, and in the vein of “Burning Love,” the new originals feature plenty of celebrity cameos and involvement. The site has premiered trailers for four of the eight today, and announced plans to premiere nearly all of the episodes of the fall slate on the 9th, alongside the complete “Saturday Night Live” archives, which the company made an exclusive year-long deal for in April.
“Ghost Ghirls” is a comedy co-produced by Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite company and starring Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci as best friends and paranormal investigators. Drunk History’s Jeremy Konner co-created and directed the series. “Losing It With John Stamos” is an unscripted series in which the “Full House” star interviews different celebrities about their first times — it’s executive produced by Morgan Spurlock.
“Tiny Commando” is created by Ed Helms and Jacob Fleisher and stars Zachary Levi as a four-inch tall former Navy SEAL who was shrunk in a military experiment. Gillian Jacobs plays his sidekick and Helms his nemesis, with Ryan McFaul (“NTSF:SD:SUV”) directing. And “We Need Help” stars Cheryl Hines and Rachael Harris in a “Curb Your Enthusiasm”-esque comedy in which the two play exaggerated versions of themselves who share a beleaguered assistant.