Web TV Hot or Not

Reviews of independently produced web series

The Clean-Up Crew

Goodbye 500 channels of crap on the tele…hello webisode! I love technology and I enjoy being able to tappety-tap my keyboard and immediately have access to a new series.  I found “The Clean-Up Crew” which means, I found CSI and Funny in a compact little web series! “The Clean-Up Crew” is about Frank’s Crime Scene Steam-N-Clean, a premiere biohazard removal company that is followed around by a documentary crew, covering  the not-so everyday struggles of a quirky crime scene cleaning company.

THE CLEAN-UP CREW episode 1 from Clean_Up_Crew

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THE CLEAN-UP CREW episode 1

I never found crime scenes humorous before, but the writing in this series is so good that I found myself giggling at gruesome, bloody murder sites.  The episodes begin with excellent teasers, my favorite, always landing clever jokes before the pithy intro and leaving you wanting more at the end of the show.

It’s a high quality production starring Dale Midkiff as Dan Dahler, the sort of “David Brent” leader of the team and Richard Riehle as Frank, the owner. His logo idea for the front of the company t-shirt is “Got Guts”. CUC is USC’s first webisode and has won the grand prize for Best Comedy Pilot in Sony’s Crackle.com Comedy Pilot Competition.

THE CLEAN-UP CREW episode 3 (part 1 of  2) from Clean_Up_Crew

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THE CLEAN-UP CREW episode 3 (part 1 of 2) If you like The Office and/or CSI

For more info on the creators, cast, crew or to see all of the episodes, check out their website:

www.clean-up-crew.com

“The Clean-Up Crew” is definitely HOT!!!

June 10, 2009 Posted by | Comedy | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Two Fans

Brought to you by MWG Entertainment, this web series is about Kate Maxwell, a hot girl with a nice house, relationship issues, and 2 guys who live there with her because they, um, are her fans. This 16-episode series turns out to be 16 episodes too many.  The 2 fans love her and guide her through life with do’s and don’ts and helpful hints. I’m not sure if the 2 fans are supposed to be a figment of her imagination or if they are actually there, painting her toenails and straightening her hair. It’s not clear how they even got there in the first place.

In the world of sitcoms, the trope of the absurdly loyal friend has been done a gazillion times before–and also a gazillion times better.  Aside from the inexplicable cameo appearances, the acting is as bad and unbelievable as the scenarios depicted in the episodes. Who on earth would believe that this girl can’t find a boyfriend and struggles with loneliness? It’s just not realistic that she couldn’t get a date or find a job without advice from 2 socially inept geeks. The pattern here is that the show can’t decide whether it is reality or fantasy, and so it fails at both.

“My Two Fans” is definitely NOT hot!!!

June 10, 2009 Posted by | Comedy | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Celebrities Anonymous

“CELEBRITIES ANONYMOUS” piqued my interest. It’s a show about women who get dumped by famous men and have to deal with the aftermath of paparazzi, tabloids and their replacements. With no one to turn to but each other for help, they start a support club.  Some of the humor comes from not being able to move on because unlike ordinary break-ups, it’s much harder to do while seeing your ex’s face plastered all over the newsstands.   I found myself addicted by episode 3 and profoundly irritated that there were not more than five.

CELEBRITIES ANONYMOUS Episode 1 from Lindsay Zir

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CELEBRITIES ANONYMOUS Episode 1

The writing is terrific, the jokes play well and the production value is GREAT.  I also need to add that the acting is nothing to snub your nose at.

Celebrities Anonymous” is definitely HOT!!!!!

June 9, 2009 Posted by | Comedy | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

   

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