Atom.com Launches Second Season of Hit Web Series ‘Legend Of Neil’
NEW YORK, July 27 /PRNewswire/ — Digital comedy network Atom.com, COMEDY CENTRAL’s exclusive partner and anchor brand for original digital programming, announced that the second season of “Legend Of Neil” has launched, following a standing-room-only screening and Q&A at Comic-Con this weekend. With nearly one million plays, the hit Web series by creator Sandeep Parikh built one of the Web’s most enthusiastic fan bases in 2008. Season two of the “Legend Of Neil” debuts with the official release of episode 7 today at http://legendofNeil.Atom.com.
“Legend Of Neil” chronicles the reluctant adventures of our reluctant hero Neil (Tony Janning), a gas station attendant who gets sucked into “The Legend Of Zelda” after a night of heavy drinking, and is forced to become Link, the game’s elfin hero, on a quest to save the princess. The series was a hit among Web users and particularly gamers, who also know Parikh from his work as an actor in Felicia Day’s “The Guild,” a popular Web series set in the world of massively-multiplayer online games. Day (also seen in “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” and “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”) appears in “Legend Of Neil” as Neil’s tiny foul-mouthed fairy love interest.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to get season two out to the fans after another very successful collaboration with Atom.com,” said Parikh. “We really tried to step things up across the board and expand the world. Neil will revisit many of our favorite characters from season one and stumble upon a plethora of new ones. And, of course, at some point you’ll see Neil in his underwear.”
Seven new episodes will debut during season two of “Legend Of Neil,” with new episodes premiering every other Monday (episode 8 will debut August 10, followed by the advance-buzz-laden musical, episode 9, on August 24). MTV2 is helping Atom celebrate the premiere of the second season by playing each episode from season one on-air at 11:00 p.m., beginning today and continuing on July 28, 29, and 30, and August 3 and 4.
The reach of Atom.com network extends far beyond its popular Web site, reaching almost every screen that plays video. Elsewhere on the Internet, Atom channels are featured on iTunes (which is currently selling the complete first season of “Legend Of Neil”), AOL, AT&T, Bebo, Dailymotion, Veoh, xBox Live, and Parikh’s Effinfunny.com site. On television, the weekly “Atom TV” series (TV-MA) features original Atom comedy videos and top user videos on COMEDY CENTRAL every Monday night at 2:30 a.m. On mobile phones, Atom has prominent channels on Verizon Wireless’ V CAST as well as AT&T’s CV and AllTel.
Atom.com, a division of Viacom Inc.’s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks, is a digital comedy network for young men that reaches millions of consumers each month on the Atom.com Web site and millions more through multiplatform distribution on television, mobile phones, and the Internet. Drawing on a strategic partnership with COMEDY CENTRAL and its own 10-year history of online video innovation and leadership (formerly as AtomFilms), Atom.com delivers Web comedy like nobody else.