AOL, Yahoo announce new original series, bank on star power

You've got shows: AOL is making a big addition in its original series library, announcing that it will add 16 original, unscripted programs featuring major Hollywood talent such as James Franco, Steve Buscemi, Zoe Saldana, Mike Epps and others.

In the show Making a Scene, Franco and several friends will recreate classic movie scenes, while Saldana will host My Hero, in which actors "surprise the friend or family member who helped shape them into the person they are today," according to an Adweek story.

AOL's similar unscripted programs, City Ballet with Sarah Jessica Parker and #CandidlyNicole with Nicole Richie, are online hits, with both garnering sponsorships from Citibank and Verizon. They were renewed for an additional season in April.

In a similar vein, Yahoo added to its original series play, announcing two new original comedy programs, Reuters reported. Paul Feig, creator of Freaks and Geeks, will produce Other Space, a "galactic adventure." Meanwhile, executive producer Mike Tollin and director Bryan Gordon of Smallville fame will offer up Sin City Saints, a series that follows the owners of a pro basketball expansion team. Set to premiere next year, Yahoo will post both eight-episode series in their entirety on its website.

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- Reuters has this story

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