Hot Date, which started as a short-form video web series on College Humor, is about to take the linear TV plunge, launching Wednesday, November 8 at 8p and 11p on Pop TV.
Electus/Big Breakfast adapted and packaged the series, as it did for tru TV’s Adam Ruins Everything – an exercise that [...]", which started as a short-form video web series on College Humor, is about to take the linear TV plunge, launching Wednesday, November 8 at 8p and 11p on Pop TV.
Arnett makes a special appearance this season along with a line-up of guest stars, including Kevin Pollak (“The Whole Nine Yards,” “Mom”), Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Recreation”), and Mena Suvari (“American Pie” franchise, “American Beauty”).
Murphy, two College Humor comedians who also star in the “Hot Date” digital series, which has garnered over 100 million views to date.
Executive produced by Will Arnett (“Arrested Development,” “30 Rock”) and Electus production company Big Breakfast (“Adam Ruins Everything”), HOT DATE chronicles the hilarious social mores of dating, sex and marriage in a 10-episode series.
For Hot Date, a major part of that meant allowing Em and Murph to showcase their robust skillset in character work by playing multiple roles an episode (in addition to versions of themselves), including recurring characters that show up throughout the season.
So it’s evolved from the hyper-focused “couple on a date” setup into a series that encompasses the entire dating , with multiple storylines and characters in every episode – Em and Murph playing many of them, alongside some great guest stars including Will Arnett (who’s also a series EP), Kevin Pollak, Ben Schwartz and Mena Suvari.
For comedies in particular, there needs to be extreme clarity of idea and clarity of voice.
If a short form digital series has this, and is bolstered with extreme talents like Em and Murph who can execute on the comedy, it’s got great potential to find an audience on television.
They really let us experiment and find this show’s voice.
Cynopsis: What are the biggest challenges adapting a web series for linear TV? Kelly-Clyne: The format for the Hot Date web series was very simple – Em and Murph sitting across from each other at a dinner table.
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It took off online fairly quickly, and people really loved Em and Murph’s take – today, the web series has more than 100 million total views.