More evidence that TVs are becoming obsolete emerged on Monday with the announcement that Jack Black is producing "Ghost Ghirls," a paranormal Web comedy scheduled to debut next spring.
The series, which will run for 12 episodes, will star Maria Biasucci, Amanda Lund, Jason Schwartzman and Molly Shannon. According to Entertainment Weekly, Black will be featured in a cameo role.
“'Ghost Ghirls' is the funniest idea for a TV show that we’ve seen since I’ve been in the business,” Black said in a statement. “Jeremy Konner is an electrifying director, and Amanda and Maria are dynamite comedic talents. I’m very proud to be associated with such a powerful project.”
CNET reports that the series is being developed by Black's production company, Electric Dynamite Productions and Yahoo! Screen.
The "Kung Fu Panda" star seems to have an interest in supernatural humor as of late. On Thursday, the actor, Seth Rogen and Rainn Wilson participated in a reading of "Ghostbusters." Directed by Jason Reitman (whose father Ivan Reitman directed the 1984 film), the reading took place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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Black is one of many high-profile film talents to capitalize on the popularity of Web-exclusive content.
In July, Tom Hanks collaborated with Yahoo to release the animated Web series "Electric City." "X-Men" director Bryan Singer released the online science fiction series "H+" in August.
Jennifer Garner and Julia Stiles have starred in projects that air on the popular YouTube channel WIGS. Funnyman Zach Galifianakis hosted the mock talk show "Between Two Ferns," which has aired sporadically on FunnyorDie.com from 2008 to 2012.
Lisa Kudrow, who began starring in "Web Therapy" on LStudio.com last year, is another celeb that has headlined a Web series. The cameo-heavy comedy was picked up by Showtime this year and currently airs on the network.
Black's performance in this year's black comedy "Bernie" earned him considerable praise from critics. Directed by Richard Linklater, the film is based on the 1996 murder of Marjorie Nugent, a wealthy 81-year-old East Texas widow who was killed by her companion, Bernhardt Tiede.
Black is up for a Best Actor Golden Globe award for his portrayal of the title character.
The 43-year-old will soon be seen in "Frank or Francis," opposite Steve Carell and Elizabeth Banks, as well as "Wild Oats," alongside Jon Voight a paranormal Web comedy scheduled to debut next spring.