It seems to be a pretty common thing in today’s time that original series are being launched for online platforms. Websites like Hulu and Netflix seem to launch new shows every week. But don’t try to count out other websites just yet. AOL is launching a new season of Originals series with the premiere of “Park Bench.”
Today, UPI reports that the original web series starring Steve Buscemi will be premiering today with the first four batches of 10-12 minute episodes. The series format is a talk show ... well, actually it's more of a “talking show.” The 56-year-old “Boardwalk Empire” star interviews celebrities, comedians, and politicians, as well as the real people on the streets and bars of New York City.
AOL ordered a full season of 12 episodes that would be released in three monthly batches. Some of the celebrities that will appear in the web series’ first season will include Chris Rock, Rosie Perez, Colin Quinn and Mayor Bill DeBlasio. Fans are also able to use the hashtag #ParkBenchTheShow and can also follow @AOLOriginals to receive more information about the series and interact with other fans on social media.
AOL did not just stop with one show, though; they also added another series to their list with “Hardwired.” The 5-7 minute episodes are set to premiere on May 21st. The first season begins with a 10 episode order. Advertising Age also reports today that they will be 16 other originals series making their rounds soon, and will change the game of streaming videos. It was also reported that AOL’s video head Ran Harnevo had previewed a few of its series and says they will feature a slew of web series with only 8-12 episodes each with the exception of “Connected”, a half-hour series which has a 20 episode order.
"Our main goal is to go after authentic voices," Mr. Harnevo said in a statement. "Authenticity is really the common denominator of the slate."
AOL is whipping out some awesome ideas that will definitely go a long way. With other web series being renewed for streaming, soon we will be seeing another type of “House of Cards” series heading our way, and we wouldn’t have to pay to watch it.