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Microsoft already has six TV series lined up for Xbox and more are coming (updated)

Microsoft already has six TV series lined up for Xbox and more are coming (updated)
Steve Dent
Steve Dent|@stevetdent|April 7, 2014 3:07 AM

Though Microsoft has yet to produce any original TV programming, it has Netflix-like ambitions, according to a report from Bloomberg. Xbox's TV studio, headed by ex-CBS exec Nancy Tellem, now has at least six series in production and three in development. Those include a sketch show from JASH (founded by Sarah Silverman, Michael Sera and others), a Seth Green stop-animation series and Humans, based on a creepy Swedish thriller about replicant-like robots. Those go along with the previously announced Halo TV series produced by Steven Spielberg, a Halo "digital feature," soccer reality show Every Street United, and an Atari documentary. Xbox's new chief Phil Spencer said all shows will be selected to help draw users to the Xbox platform, and won't be approved unless there's a gaming or interactive angle. There are also a number of others under consideration, so hopefully the budget can stretch to a series with giant brawling robots.

Update: Microsoft has told us that the JASH sketch comedy show and Seth Green stop-animation projects are under under development, not in production. The post has been updated to reflect that. Check after the break for a complete list of announced projects.

In Production:

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  • "Halo" television series, executive produced by Steven Spielberg
  • A multi-film documentary series produced by Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn of Lightbox. The first project centers on the rise and fall of Atari
  • Live event coverage of the Bonnaroo music festival in June 2014
  • "Every Street United," an unscripted series focused on the global search for soccer's most gifted and undiscovered street footballers
  • "Halo" digital feature project with 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions
  • "Humans," a bold new drama in partnership with the UK broadcaster Channel 4, produced by Kudos

In Development:

  • "Fearless," an unscripted series starring Paul de Gelder, an Australian Navy bomb clearance diver and shark attack survivor
  • A sketch comedy show with comedy collective JASH – founded by Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim and Eric, and Reggie Watts
  • A hybrid stop motion animation project by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, creators of the longest running stop-motion show on television, "Robot Chicken"
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Microsoft already has six TV series lined up for Xbox and more are coming (updated)