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MTV Picks Up YouTube Series from Comedy Writer Morgan Evans

MTV (other), MTV’s short-form digital content studio, ordered an eight-episode second cycle of “The Untitled Web Series That Morgan Evans Is Doing,” featuring short-form fictionalized accounts of the New York writer-actor’s life.

Evans funded the 15-segment first season of the series through Kickstarter in 2011, which is available on YouTube. The series was nominated for a 2013 Writers Guild Award for original new media writing.

The show’s second run will debut in early fall on MTV.com, MTV smartphone and tablet apps and MTV’s YouTube channel, rechristened as “The Untitled Show That Morgan Evans Is Doing for MTV.”

“Morgan is somebody we discovered via this series he did on YouTube, and we thought he was great talent,” said Colin Helms, MTV’s SVP of connected content.

Helms said the show is an example of the programmer’s goals for MTV (other), established two years ago, which is to function as an incubator for undiscovered writers, directors and actors. “We want to bring new talent into the MTV ecosystem,” he said, adding that the digital projects will be considered for potential TV development.

Morgan (pictured above left, with Jonathan Daniel Brown of “Project X”) created, directs and stars in the show. Guests slated to appear in MTV’s “Untitled Web Series” season two include: Neil Casey (“Inside Amy Schumer”), Abbi Jacobson (“Broad City”), Nicole Byer (“Girl Code”), Ely Henry (“Suburgatory”) and Melissa Ponzio (“Teen Wolf”).

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MTV last year signed Evans to host the online-only “Teen Wolf After After Show” on its digital platforms and also serve as a staff writer for MTV (other) to create new projects. Evans also wrote, directed and starred in the sketch-comedy original short “Teachers’ Lounge” for MTV (other).

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