Two weeks after casting itself as a curator of trending social-media items for a millennial audience getting news and information in new ways, Time Warner’s HLN unveiled a new slate of programs aimed at showcasing the most immediate items making waves on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.
“HLN is driving a development slate with a key goal in mind: debunk the myth that the world of social media is only about videos of cats riding skateboards,” said Albie Hecht, the network’s exec veep and general manager, in a prepared statement. “News that is shared can inspire a wide spectrum of programming and HLN’s ripped from the social media headlines approach will mirror what consumers are really doing digitally.”
The new shows in development consist of:
“Keywords”: Billed as a game show of search and tag trivia for internet addicts. Contestants are challenged to guess a search term from five keyword clues. Created by HLN program development.
“I Can Haz NewsToons”: HLN scours the internet for the most original e-cards, caricatures and doodles. Show will also bring political and social cartoonists from the world of print to TV. Produced and created by Fred Siebert (Adventure Time, Cartoon Hangover)
“One.Click.Away”: HLN digs into such stories as the unused wedding dress for sale on Craigslist and the people behind those strange and hilarious roommate ads. Created by author John D. Williams Jr.
“Vacation Hunters”: .Two vacation adventurers, and their travel agent teams, compete against each other to stretch a vacation dollar as far as humanly possible, based on viewer tweets. Produced and created by Tom Lynch (South of Nowhere, The Secret World of Alex Mack)
“Videocracy”: —This series counts down the most talked-about entertainment ripped from social media. Hosts and a team of panelists comment on the stories and the people creating the shared content everyone is talking about. Created by My Damn Channel, with Rob Barnett, with Warren Chao and Charlie Singer executive producing.
“#What’sYourFomo”: This app will collect your list of FOMO’s (Fear Of Missing Out) and guarantees that you never miss a thing. J-law gifs? Ugly sweaters? Lamping? This app was conceived by HLN staff during its December 2013 offsite.