truTV to Debut UPLOAD WITH SHAQUILLE O’NEAL on 2/21
Shaquille O’Neal is about to put his own hilarious spin on online videos when truTV’s brand new series Upload with Shaquille O’Nealpremieres Thursday, Feb. 21, at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Each week on the show, Shaq and his comic friends – co-hosts Gary Owen (Think Like a Man) and Godfrey (The Mr. Men Show) – will scour the internet looking for the funniest online videos and comment on them. They will also make their own viral videos, pull pranks and create parodies of current pop culture stories.
To help the trio in their comic antics, Shaq and his friends will be joined by special guest comedians. Among the guests lined up for the show’s first season are Michelle Buteau (Vh1’s Big Morning Buzz Live, Latino 101), Dillon Garcia (La Chamba), Tiffany Haddish (Who Wants to Date a Comedian?), Arnez J (Def Comedy Jam), Al Jackson(Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing), Loni Love (Chelsea Lately, Kickin’ It), Eliza Skinner (CONAN), Aries Spears (MADtv, The Underground), Baron Vaughn (Fairly Legal) and Ali Wong (Savages, Are You There Chelsea?).
Among his many accolades during his 19-year playing career, Shaquille O’Neal was chosen as one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players, ranks fifth all-time in NBA scoring history (28,596 points scored), won the Rookie of the Year award (1993) and MVP award (2000) and was named All-NBA 14 times. Additionally, his career includes four NBA Championships-three with the LA Lakers (2000-02), where he was named NBA Finals MVP for all three championships, and one with the Miami Heat (2006). The 15-time NBA All-Star and three-time NBA All-Star MVP (2000, 2004, 2009) also won two scoring titles (1995, 2000). He appeared in 1,207 regular season games, averaging 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.3 blocks in 34.7 minutes per contest throughout his career, which included playing for the Orlando Magic, LA Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. He is currently an NBA analyst for TNT’s Sports Emmy?-winning Inside the NBA studio show and also offers analysis on NBA TV, which is jointly managed by the NBA and Turner Sports.
truTV has ordered 10 episodes of Upload with Shaquille O’Neal, which is executive-produced by FishBowl’s Vin Di Bona, Bruce Gersh, Mike Gibbons, Greg Heller, creative team leader Susan Levison and Beth Greenwald, along with Shaq Entertainment’s Shaquille O’Neal, Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton and Mike Parris.
FishBowl Worldwide Media is an independent Production Company founded in 2010 by entertainment industry veterans Vin Di Bona and Bruce Gersh, with the creative team led by Susan Levison. This next generation studio is a transmedia storyteller developing properties for film, television, digital platforms and brands by partnering with marketers, digital companies and ad agencies in addition to the Hollywood creative community. Currently, FishBowl is in production on several unscripted television series including “Offbeat,” which recently aired on Fuse, as well as series for Bravo and VH1. FishBowl also has projects in development at Animal Planet, MTV and Logo. On the scripted side, projects have been sold to NBC, Fox, ABC, CW, Comedy Central, and Adult Swim. FishBowl Worldwide Media is headquartered in Los Angeles.
Shaq Entertainment, founded by basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal and entertainment industry vet Jeff Clanagan, is a vertically integrated entertainment and new media company. The company has established itself as a leader in the promotion and management of live urban-themed stand up comedy events, as well as the leading producer and distributor of urban comedy in the television, DVD and digital markets.
truTV, one of cable’s fastest growing brands, offers a wildly entertaining look at the real world through outrageous characters, unpredictable situations and irreverent storytelling. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. households, truTV features such popular original series as Impractical Jokers, Killer Karaoke, Hardcore Pawn, Hardcore Pawn: Chicago, Lizard Lick Towing, Storage Hunters, South Beach Tow, Full Throttle Saloon, Black Gold and World’s Dumbest, as well as the upcoming Upload with Shaquille O’Neal. In addition, truTV is a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. During the daytime, the channel features expert trial coverage under the name In Session.
truTV is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.