Here's a shocker: one of the funniest series running right now isn't even on television.
Ben Stiller's "Burning Love" series has been a hit online for several months now, skewering ABC's "The Bachelor" and similar series with some top notch comedic talent. Which is why it was puzzling that the series had not been picked up by a cable network and instead languished in relative obscurity on its website.
Well, that has now been rectified, as E! Network announced Monday that it has picked up the series. Even better news: the premiere date is right around the corner, starting February 25th as a lead in to Chelsea Handler's "After Lately".
Ken Marino ("Party Down") stars in the series as our lovelorn bachelor, dimwitted and shallow firefighter Mark Orlando, attempting to find everlasting love the only way possible: his own reality series. Michael Ian Black ("Stella") hosts the show and helps Mark navigate his way through the bevy of beauties he must choose from.
The bachelorettes hold plenty of star power themselves, including Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars"), Jennifer Aniston ("Friends"), Malin Akerman ("Watchmen"), June Diane Raphael ("NTSF:SD:SUV::), and Ken Jeong ("Community").
"E! viewers love clever comedy, and 'Burning Love' is a hilarious parody of one of pop culture’s biggest franchises that is perfect for our audience," said Cyndi McClellan, president network strategy and E! News at E! "We recognize that good content can come from anywhere and are excited to bring this popular web sensation to television in a meaningful way."