The success that Netflix has been having with their original series offerings has caused other internet companies to want to get in the game. We reported last week about Yahoo putting out six of their own shows and Amazon has also joined the original streaming content fray with twelve pilot episodes that have been posted for viewers to vote on. With all these companies producing their own content, we now find out that AOL wants in the original series game.
AOL announced that they will be premiering 15 different web series to be hosted on their site, AOL Originals. Among the shows will be a show hosted by Nicole Richie (you might remember her from the groundbreaking show The Simple Life) that will be based on her Twitter feed and the brilliance she can share with us all on fashion and parenting (side note, if you need parenting advice from Nicole Richie, please send me your address so I can have child protective services come take your kids away from you).
There will also be a compelling show from Sara Jessica Parker (pictured) showing us what we all have been dying to see, the behind the scenes life of what it takes to be a ballerina. Finally AOL is listening to America. How many times have we as a people demanded a show based on ballerinas? I can’t wait to see this. If I had to guess, the behind the scenes would have many scenes of women binging and purging and guys in tights. I’m sure it’s compelling.
Another show, and I’m not making this up, will star the sister of Sophia Vergara, Sandra Vergara. This kind of thing makes me angry that none of my brothers have gotten famous enough to get me my own TV show. Now what exactly would Sandra Vergara have a TV show for you ask? Well, she is going to share with us the lucky viewers, her secrets on style and fashion. Apparently one of the secrets is to have a famous sibling. That always helps (just ask Frank Stallone).
Gwyneth Paltrow (one of my least favorite people in the world) will also be hosing a show where she will be preaching at us about how much better she is than everyone else. Her and her personal trainer Tracy Anderson will be hosting a show about women who have changed their lives through diet and exercise. Now I don’t know about you, but I for one love it when a skinny person like Paltrow who has all the money in the world to have personal trainers and chefs talks about how you too can get skinny. All you need to do is not be lazy and focus. Of course if you had a personal trainer and personal chef it would be easier but hey, you aren’t Gwyneth Paltrow so quit your bitching.
Not to be left out of the TV food show craze, AOL will also have two different food shows hosted by celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito and comedian Anthony Anderson. DiSpirito’s show will teach people how to make authentic Italian dishes that are under 350 calories and Anderson’s show will travel across the United States showing off the best home cooked dishes in America.
There are other shows too that AOL will be featuring and you can go to their AOL Originals site to learn more about them. I wanted to share with you what I thought were the highlights of their entry in to the original programming game. After checking out some of their shows, I think AOL might be better suited to go back to focusing on email.