Reel TV News: Justin Bieber & Zach Galifianakis Win Big at the Webby Awards! - 5/3/11

Heather's got the Reel TV News scoop today on Katie Couric's recently-announced replacement, Scott Pelley. CBS anchor Pelley will take over for Couric as anchor of the Evening News starting June 6th. Also, 'Hurt Locker' director Kathryn Bigelow reveals her plans in the works for a film depicting the hunt for and death of Osama bin Laden. The film is set to start filming this summer. And finally, the 15th Annual Webby Awards gave props to some of the internet's greatest memes and web series, and Justin Bieber wins for his April Fool's takeover of Funny or Die, while Zach Galifianakis racked in a whopping 4 awards for his series "Between Two Ferns." Check out the full scoop in the video link below! Reel TV News: 5/3/11

Introducing What's New In Web TV, Your Source For Updates On Original Web Series on SideReel!

Hey TV fans! Looking for new series to obsess over? Be sure to check out SideReel's library of web original series, ranging from laugh-out-loud comedies like Hardly Working, spoof-like news segments like Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, and Gossip Girl-esque dramas like Dial Star. To help you find out what's hot in original web shows, SideReel has a brand new segment, "What's New in Web TV," to keep you updated on new episodes, updated season kick-offs, and brand-new must-watch series from our favorite web sources. In the first edition of "What's New in Web TV," Alex has the scoop on Meryl Streep's upcoming guest spot in Lisa Kudrow's award-winning web show Web Therapy, and also gives recommendations based on her own show obsession, Very Mary Kate, which just moved to its new home on College Humor for its second season. Also, check out Crackle's brand-new series Backwash, which premieres November 15th and features a slew of celebrity cameos including Jon Hamm, Hank Azaria, Sarah Silverman, John Stamos, and more! Find out more by watching the link below! What's New in Web TV: 11/8/10

Web TV: Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis -- Funny Cuz It's Awkward

There's something about Zach Galifianakis (a stand-up comic who hails from North Carolina and has appeared in movies like The Hangover and, more recently, Dinner for Schmucks) that just makes him hilarious; maybe it's the awkward comedy, maybe it's the awkward appearance of a sometimes temperamental, mostly childlike fat guy with an epic beard. Regardless of what makes him funny, Galifinakis has a special brand of comedy that some people hate and most people love. His web series Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis captures that essence and throws on an extra layer of awkward for good measure. In it, he interviews other stars of the screen like Michael Cera, Natalie Portman and Ben Stiller in what may be the most uncomfortable question-and-answer sessions ever created. Read more at the source

Web TV: Funny or Die Relies on Social Networks and Wit in Winging Its Success

Funny or Die CEO Dick Glover has no idea what shows his site will be featuring when you read this. "Unless you tell me BP's going to do another oil spill," he says. But he's not sweating it. Founded in 2007 by Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy, and Adam McKay, with funding from Sequoia Capital, Funny or Die has made agility its biggest asset. The site relies almost exclusively on one-off, zeitgeist-driven comedy shorts, spreading the word among its 1.5 million Twitter followers and 1.1 million Facebook fans to attract as many as 10 million viewers a month who press play some 35 million times. "If there's a formula, then you're doing it wrong," Glover says. "It really is a social dynamic, being part of folks' lives in a meaningful way." Advertisers love those numbers, especially the site's success with the coveted demographic of 18- to 34-year-old males. According to Glover, the site is cash-flow positive and "essentially break-even" as it generates in the "tens of millions of dollars in ad revenue" annually. More at Source

Web TV: Zach Galifianakis Pulls In Kids And Adults Alike

Zach Galifianakis proved during a reading at the North Carolina that his fans still have a 'Hangover' from his performance in the movie. Considering that the reading at the library was for children, a number of adults also joined in to watch their favorite comedian at the event. After the end of the reading Zach Galifianakis stayed on the venue for another two hours and gave his fans some more laughs. He also signed on everything that was offered to him after the event. He read three children's books and one of them was written by his own father. Earlier he had joked at that he will read from his movie 'Hangover'. The reading by the comedian was attended by hundreds of children. Known for his quirky and almost bizarre humor, Zach Galifianakis became a household name after the smash hit 'Hangover'. He is also the host of the scripted celebrity interview show on a web series called Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis . In the videos, the star is seen taking interviewing to whole new level with some scripted comedy that is sure to leave the audience in splits. More at Source: Zach Galifianakis Pulls In Kids And Adults Alike

Web TV: 5 Behind-the-Scenes Stars of Web TV Pick Their Favorite Shows!

Jeremy Redleaf, creator, Odd Job Nation "I love Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis' show. I also love The Guild and The Bannen Way ." Andrew Bush, member of the sketch group Picnicface: "We're huge fans of Derrick Comedy , and we learned a lot from their experience with (feature film) Mystery Team. Personally, I'm a big fan of Jake Szymanski on Funny or Die, and we love Zach Galifianakis." Al Thompson, creator, Johnny B. Homeless and Lenox Avenue: "We Need Girlfriends was the first Web show I watched that was really good and really funny, it started back in 2006. Seeing that show was an inspiration for me, and then they got a deal with CBS, so it was encouraging." Randy Sklar, co-creator, Back on Topps; co-star, Held Up: "The best stuff on the Web, for me, is stuff I watch and I feel like it's as good as, if not better than, TV. Wainy Days ? I love David Wain. I would put Wainy Days up there with Stella and his movies. I don't look at is as 'oh, that's just his Web thing.' We like to think and hope that what we've done online stands with what we've done on TV and in movies." Susan Miller, co-creator, Anyone But Me : "I try to watch all of the series at least once to support those who toil in this crazy, difficult, wonderful Web universe, but we can't play favorites. Besides, our brains are too full of ABM at this point to be critical thinkers about other shows." Source

Boy Meets Reel: Introducing the Web Originals on SideReel

Are you bummed out about the end of the TV season? Don't worry, SideReel has a whole new section dedicated to shows that are totally independent of the TV schedule. Say hello to Web Originals ! Web Originals are shows that were made for distribution and viewing on the Web, but they're not just viral YouTube clips of cats. Take one of the most famous Web Originals, Red vs. Blue . This legendary machinima sitcom from Rooster Teeth Productions has been making people laugh since 2002, using video game characters as actors in a grand parody of science fiction and war. While they technically finished their run in 2007, Rooster Teeth is still making mini-series and sequels, all of them as weird and crazy as their predecessors. Each candy-like episode weighs in at under 10 minutes, and every one is a blast to watch. Felicia Day's gamer comedy The Guild is another great example of how good a Web Original can be, with its look at the dysfunctional lives of geeks. It's very reminiscent of The Big Bang Theory , and I highly recommend it. It even has a wildly popular music video, with the help of fellow Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog conspirator Jed Whedon. The Do You Wanna Date My Avatar? video was a certified hit on iTunes and Amazon, and is catchy in a cheesy '90s-dance way. Lest you think that the Web Originals section is made purely out of comedies like the strange talk show Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis , there is plenty more you can see on the page. There are lots of educational and how-to programs available, from the kids' Super WHY! to the DIY-oriented Make Magazine: Best Weekend Projects . There's action in Angel of Death and Trenches , drama in Anyone But Me , and much, much more. There's a whole world of programming, and we're only scratching the surface of what's available! So head on over to the Web Originals today, and start exploring the world of free online shorts. You'll even be able to find some shows directly aimed at expanding the universes of popular television, like Dexter: Early Cuts , the chilling prequel to Dexter . We'll be adding more and more shows as time goes on, so don't worry - you'll never have to watch reruns again!