I can’t imagine it’ll be anywhere on the level as Rick & Morty, but people are probably going to tune in nonetheless.
After all, we’re talking about Dan Harmon. It’s the co-creator of Rick & Morty, creator of the Community sitcom, host of the Harmontown podcast and more recently a writer on the upcoming Marvel blockbuster Doctor Strange.
So if Harmon and his company decides they want to write a sitcom about a bunch of players trying to become professional esports stars, then chances are I’m going to watch. Harmon’s savage style of humour would certainly fit within the world of video games, especially if something like Call of Duty or Counter-Strike becomes the game of focus.
According to Variety, the esports sitcom is one of a few seasons YouTube has announced for their subscription-only YouTube Red service. The series will feature Game Grumps’ Arin Hanson and Dan Avidan, and will be a series of half-hour scripted shows. The announcement adds that Jesse Cox and Michele Morrow will also star, with Dan Harmon credited as the executive producer.
Untitled comedy from Dan Harmon’s Starburns Industries: Created by gaming-industry professionals Michele Morrow and Jesse Cox, who also will appear as actors in the series about a newly formed team of esports players trying to make it to the top in the cutthroat world of competitive gaming. The six-episode series will debut on Game Grumps’ YouTube channel in 2017. Executive produced by Dan Harmon (“Community,” “Rick & Morty”), Michael Waldron, Steve Levy, Arin Hanson and Brent Lilley, along with Morrow and Cox. Sarah Carbiener and Erica Rosbe (“Rick & Morty”) will serve as showrunners and writers, as well as co-EPs.
The biggest problem I can see amongst all this is how you get away from the boring, tired images of people sitting down at their computer chairs, staring at screens. Something akin to The League could work quite well too, where the esports element just becomes a lynchpin for what happens around the characters.
But that’s a problem for the future. There’s no information as to when the series will see the light of day, but we’ll let you know when more news breaks.