Freddie Wong battles Katy Perry for Super Bowl halftime audience

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During Sunday’s Super Bowl, millions of eyes will be glued to television screens watching Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz perform during the halftime show. But YouTube is making a play for some of those eyes with its own, live streaming halftime show, featuring some of the biggest names online.

The live stream, the company said on its blog, will include more than 20 YouTube stars. The show will entertain viewers with fake Super Bowl ads, musical numbers and stunts, according to Bloomberg.

Among the stars recruited by YouTube is Freddie Wong, the man behind the hit show “Video Game High School,” (VGHS) which Variety named as the best web series of 2013. Wong co-founded RocketJump, the production company that makes the series. RocketJump has clocked more than 1 billion views and 7 million subscribers through its YouTube channel. VGHS is also available through Netflix.

Forbes recently named Wong as one of Hollywood & Entertainment’s 30 Under 30, joining the ranks of Blake Lively, Zac Efron, Keira Knightley and Emma Watson. Another honoree from the publication’s list, Harley Morenstein, co-founder of web show EpicMealTime, will host the YouTube halftime show.

Just last week, Hulu announced that it will team up with Lionsgate, Wong, and the rest of his team for an original comedy series. The weekly 30-minute shows will give a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of a RocketJump video. While the release date has yet to be announced, curious fans will just have to catch Wong online during the Super Bowl for now.


Glee’s Harry Shum, Jr. to star in new superhero web series “Caper”

Actor Harry Shum, Jr. is best known for his role as Mike Chang on the hit TV series Glee. Shum danced and sang his way into the hearts of Glee fans all around the world ever since first joining the Glee club back in season one, and now he has signed on to appear in a brand web series slated to appear online coming up in 2014. The web series is called Caper and it will be released on the YouTube channel known as Geek & Sundry.

Caper is sure to become an instant hit with both superhero and comedy genre fans. The show follows four superhero characters portrayed by Shum, Abby Miller (Justified), Beth Riesgraf (Criminal Minds), and Hartley Sawyer (Young & the Restless). Where the comedy comes in, is that to give these modern day superheroes a chance to prove their superhero skills, these same characters will also double as their own villains.
Harry Shum, Jr. is no stranger to having a strong presence on the internet. Any search for his name will give fans a direct connection to him via such social networks as Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and of course YouTube, where his own personal video channel can be found. Shum fans should make sure to follow Shum’s future posts for updates about his new web series Caper.
Harry Shum, Jr. will appear in Glee
Harry Shum, Jr. is sure to put his heart and soul into this new project, and Glee fans are sure to follow him. Will Shum be dancing or singing on Caper? Glee fans everywhere can only hope that he will. Caper mixes both animation and live action on the screen, so that means anything is possible.
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