Lots o’news in the watch-on-your-computer front today: First, as we hoped, ABC/Disney has signed a deal with Hulu to put their content on the popular site. Hurray! Full-length episodes of Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Private Practice, Ugly Betty, Scrubs, Greek, Hope and Faith, Less Than Perfect, Wizards of Waverly Place, Phineas and Ferb, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, General Hospital, The View, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager are all Hulu-bound as part of the deal.
Second, Sony announced that it’s adding more original content to its own Web video site Crackle. “Dusty Peacock,” a comedy series created by Kevin James, is set to debut this summer, and “The Bannen Way,” a drama about a reformed con man, is set for later this year.
I’m basically a Web-only viewer at this point, so more content online makes me a happy panda. But as TV moves more and more online, I’m wondering when we’re going to get our first bonafide Web-only celebrity or perfect show or amazing movie – one whose success doesn’t mean moving from the Web to TV or the big screen. Major, high-profile journalism is no longer synonymous with print media; at some point, major, high-profile entertainment won’t be synonymous TV or film. How far away is that day?
Just for fun, here’s my favorite Web-only series maybe ever, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. I’ve watched it, oh, 10 times, and it doesn’t get old: