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Xbox original programming to include Seth Green comedy, Swedish sci-fi remake

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Posted on April 7, 2014 AT 02:02pm

As part of Microsoft’s ongoing effort to deliver the hyper-connected media future we don’t know we want, the company is bringing Sarah Silverman, a shark attack survivor, and Swedish robots to the Xbox One.

We first heard that Xbox Live would be getting Netflix-style original programming last E3, but a new profile from a new profile from Bloomberg has revealed exactly how eclectic that exclusive content will be. The lineup features projects from a few recognizable names, including a sketch-comedy show produced by Silverman and Michael Cera’s JASH collective and a stop-motion comedy show from Seth Green’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the same folks who brought us Robot Chicken.

Less star-studded efforts include Fearless, a reality series in which former Australian Navy diver Paul de Gelder travels the world to help people that “make the world a better place,” and Humans, a sci-fi drama being produced in conjunction with the UK’s Channel 4. An adaptation of the critically acclaimed Swedish series Äkta människor, Humans will explore a world where humanoid robot servants called Synths have become ubiquitous, clearly paving the way for a major character to eventually realize that, machines or not, they’re every bit as human as we are, dammit. A season of eight episodes is scheduled to begin filming this summer with a premiere tentatively slated for sometime in 2015.

This motley foursome joins Microsoft’s two previously announced productions, a Ridley Scott–produced Halo tie-in and a documentary series that’s debuting with a feature on the excavation of the infamous Atari landfill. According to Bloomberg, the first batch of programming will hit Xbox Live in June, though it’s not clear which of the announced shows will actually make that deadline.

Josh Harmon, Associate Editor
Josh Harmon picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn't looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Follow him on Twitter @jorshy. Meet the rest of the crew.

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