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USA Viral Video Series Secures Hosts

by Denise Martin

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Martin Sargent

USA Network series pilot "eBaum's World" is firming up, recently signing stand up comic Martin Sargent and former WWE star Chris Jericho to host the project. If picked up to series, "eBaum's World" would join a growing roster of TV shows highlighting the best of viral video from the Web.

VH1 is having significant success on-air and online with "Web Junk 20," Bravo spun "Outrageous and Contagious" into a regular series after the one time special of that name drew a crowd and NBC is readying "The Net With Carson Daly" as a potential series.

Production on "eBaum's World" begins next month in Los Angeles. The project is based on the male-skewing viral video Web site, eBaum's World, which features a mix of humorous and shocking clips, some of them submitted by viewers. The TV translation will feature footage from the site as well as original content.

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Chris Jericho

USA is developing some seven projects in hopes of finding a late night companion for its wrestling franchise, which routinely draws monster audiences for "Monday Night Raw." Among the projects, "eBaum's World" is furthest along, moving forward to pilot at the end of January. Executives hope to order at least one series in time for a fall launch.

Host Sargent previously hosted the latenight talker, "Unscrewed With Martin Sargent" for Comcast's Tech TV (now G4). He launched the podcast "Infected" in November. Jericho worked with WWE from 1999-2005. Vaulted by wrestling, USA finished the first quarter atop basic cable. Fox TV Studios is producing "eBaum."

Meanwhile, USA sister network, Sci Fi Channel has announced "Stargate SG-1" executive producer/former star Richard Dean Anderson will guest star in several episodes of the show, starting with the series' 200th episode, set to bow this summer. He'll reprise his role as Gen. Jack O'Neill and make an appearance in spinoff "Stargate Atlantis."

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