Facebook’s Two New TV-like Shows
When Facebook announced they were planning to move to high-quality, scripted video content, many wondered what that content would look like, particularly since they want to have shows that cover many genres. Facebook programming is beginning to take shape.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Facebook has recently greenlit a docu-series that centers around the outspoken family of Los Angeles Lakers first-round draft pick Lonzo Ball and another series with everyone’s favorite, long-time reality show host, Mike Rowe.
Rowe, best known for starring in Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” and narrating “Deadliest Catch,” will travel the U.S. to tell the stories of do-gooders in a show called “Returning the Favor.”
The other series will focus on the Ball family of Chino Hills, California. Even if you don’t follow college or professional basketball, it would be hard to miss the outspoken patriarch LaVar Ball as he continually boasts to the world about the superior basketball prowess of not only Lonzo Ball, but his two up-and-coming younger brother hoopsters.
Facebook continues to work with top Hollywood talent agencies to develop top-tier television shows that are projected to be $3 million an episode. But while those are still in development, other lower budget shows are ready to go which include “Strangers,” a relationship drama aimed at millennials and the game show “Last State Standing.”
In a push to quickly build out their programming, Facebook is also looking at acquiring canceled network shows. They’re currently in talks to acquire “Loosely Exactly Nicole,” which was canceled last year by MTV.
In a statement to The Wall Street Journal last week, Facebook VP of Media Partnerships Nick Grudin said, “We’re supporting a small group of partners and creators as they experiment with the kinds of shows you can build a community around—from sports to comedy to reality to gaming. We’re focused on episodic shows and helping all our partners understand what works across different verticals and topics.”