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Viral vid skein secures hosts

Sargent, Jericho sign for 'eBaum's'

USA Network series pilot “eBaum’s World” is firming up, signing standup comic Martin Sargent and former WWE star Chris Jericho to host the project.

If picked up to series, “eBaum” would join a growing roster of TV shows highlighting the best of viral video from the Web. VH1 is having significant success on-air and online with “Web Junk 20”; Bravo spun “Outrageous and Contagious” into a regular series after the onetime special of that name drew a crowd; and NBC is readying “The Net With Carson Daly” as a potential skein.

Production on “eBaum” begins next month in Los Angeles. Project is based on the male-skewing viral video Web site eBaum’s World, which features a mix of humorous and shocking clips, some of them submitted by viewers. TV translation will feature footage from the site as well as original content.

USA is developing some seven projects in hopes of finding a latenight companion for its wrestling franchise, which routinely draws monster auds for “Monday Night Raw.” Among the projects, “eBaum’s” is furthest along, moving forward to pilot at the end of January (Daily Variety, Jan. 26). Execs hope to order at least one series in time for a fall launch.

Vaulted by wrestling, USA finished the first quarter atop basic cable in all key demos and total viewers.

Fox TV Studios is producing “eBaum.” Simon Andreae exec produces via his Incubator production banner.

Sargent previously hosted the latenight talker “Unscrewed With Martin Sargent” for Comcast’s Tech TV (now G4). He launched the podcast “Infected” in November. Jericho worked with WWE from 1999-2005.

Meanwhile, USA sister net Sci Fi Channel has announced “Stargate SG-1” exec producer-former star Richard Dean Anderson will guest star in several episodes of the show, starting with the series’ 200th episode, set to bow this summer. He’ll reprise his role as Gen. Jack O’Neill and make an appearance in spinoff “Stargate Atlantis.”