Jul 16, 2012
Shaquille O’Neal is expanding his presence on the family of Turner Networks.
truTV has officially green-lighted a new internet based comedy series featuring the TNT NBA analyst, entitled Upload with Shaquille O’Neal. The show will feature Shaq and comedian hosts Gary Owen and Godfrey scouring the internet for and commenting on funny online videos, as well as creating their own viral videos.
“Shaquille O’Neal has such a great personality, and he really has a lot of fun with the format and the material in this new truTV series,” said Marc Juris, executive vice president and chief operating officer of truTV. “We’re really excited to be working with Shaq and the outstanding production team. This show is going to be a great fit with truTV’s comedic shows like Impractical Jokers and the upcoming Killer Karaoke.”
The show was created by entertainment veterans Vin Di Bona and Bruce Gersh’s FishBowl Worldwide Media, which also created the popular web series CuteWinFail. Shaq’s own entertainment company, Shaq Entertainment, and Tosh.0’s Mike Gibbons will join FishBowl as executive producers of the show.
“We are very excited to collaborate with Shaquille, truTV and Mike Gibbons on ‘Upload,’” said Bruce Gersh, CEO of FishBowl Worldwide Media. “Our creative team, headed by Susan Levison, developed a unique show that showcases Shaquille’s sense of humor, and his ability to identify the most outrageous videos online.”
“I’ve been a fan of truTV for a long time and I look forward to working with my good friends Gary Owen and Godfrey. I’ve always tried to entertain people and I know this show will deliver big laughs,” said Shaquille O’Neal. (via Press Release)
truTV has ordered ten episodes of the show, which will premier later this year.