YouTube is turning to familiar faces for one of the first projects under is original content initiative. The streaming service has teamed up with Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, the guys behind the wildly popular account Smosh, and Defy Media to introduce a new scripted comedy, reports Variety. The upcoming show, Part Timers, is set to premiere early next year.
An 11-episode first season is planned for the comedy, which will star Padilla and Hecox as employees at an aging pizzeria and arcade called Pork E. Pine’s. The job is apparently the worst ever, but the duo and their co-workers will have “the best time ever,” according to a new preview. Not even handling a 6-foot-tall porcupine-costumed colleague will take the fun out of their days.
Fans will be excited to know that Part Timers will be available for free on YouTube, rather than appearing exclusively on YouTube Red, which requires a $10-per-month subscription. We have a sponsorship deal to thank for the decision, so be prepared to see Schick Hydro razors worked into the show itself. According to YouTube and Defy, the appearances will be “organic.”
Padilla and Hecox teamed up over ten years ago and began uploading homemade videos to YouTube. Over the years, their popularity (not to mention views) has skyrocketed, and the Smosh duo now has over 35 million subscribers across their channels. They’ve ventured well beyond short videos, even starring in a comedy movie released this summer, Smosh: The Movie.
The Smosh guys will be joined on screen in Part Timers by Casey Webb, Natalie Whittle, Cat Alter, Noah Grossman, and Jade Martz. In addition to starring, Padilla and Hecox also serve as executive producers, along with Barry Blumberg, Jared Hoffman, and Chris Pollack of Defy, and Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg. Kate VanDevender is the showrunner, while Laura Murphy directs. Series writer Ryan Finnerty doubles as a producer, and Paul Germain serves as a consulting producer.
Part Timers is set to debut on the Smosh YouTube channel on January 11, 2016.