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Yahoo's making sitcoms? Here are 6 sure-fire comedy pitches

Philip Michaels | April 16, 2014
Forget about TV networks like NBC and CBS. Binge-watching original programming on streaming services like Netflix and Hulu? Yesterday's news. No, when it comes to seeking out entertainment, the forward-thinking TV viewer living on the bleeding edge of technology will fire up their web browser and surf over to Yahoo and its smorgasbord of original programming.

You've Got (Apple) Mail

Who needs high-priced writers to come up with scripts when Apple executives have already written out stories for you in easy-to-reenact email form? The latest Apple-Samsung trial has produced a treasure trove of fascinating correspondence from Apple bigwigs--and now that it's entered into evidence, there's nothing stopping Yahoo from producing dramatic re-enactments of those missives. Thrill as Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) promises a "holy war" against Samsung. Gasp as Phil Schiller (Gil Bellows) berates representatives from Apple's ad agency (special musical guests OK Go). And you won't want to miss the season finale to find out which Apple executive inadvertently hits Reply All.

Not In the Face

From the creators of Jackass, Johnny Knoxville and his gang hit the bars, restaurants, places of worship, and other public gathering spaces donning Google Glass while explicitly ignoring Google's suggest etiquette for its smart eyeglasses. Their mission: Find out how long it takes for ordinary citizens to stop being polite and start getting punchy. Their findings? Surprisingly quickly!

The Internet of Thing

You loved him in The Fantastic Four and The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Now Ben Grimm is back, and this time he's surfing the Web. Join The Thing (Michael Chiklis) as he takes us on a whirlwind tour of his favorite websites, YouTube clips, and cat pictures. Is it Clobberin' Time? If by "clobberin'" you mean taking lots of Buzzfeed quizzes, the answer is yes!

Marissa Explains It All

In this spirited sitcom, a wise-cracking tech CEO (Melissa Joan Hart) talks directly to camera to set you straight on all the things happening at her company, like telecommuting and why it's bad or spending $1.1 billion on Tumblr and why that's good. In a very special episode guest starring Katie Couric and David Pogue as the high-priced talent, Marissa learns how peer pressure from other companies can drive you to do things like develop your own original programming.


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