The two shows, Other Space and Sin City Saints, will launch on Yahoo Screen next year. Each series will be eight episodes long and 30 minutes each in duration that can be viewed via desktop, on the Yahoo Screen mobile app or via Apple (AAPL) TV or Roku streaming devices.
CEO Marissa Mayer and CMO Kathy Savitt announced the shows at the Digital Content NewFronts event in New York. During the presentation appearances, included by New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and Minnesota Timberwolves player Kevin Love, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The two shows were a part of the 100 projects that Mayer and Savitt had reviewed as part of an initiative for the search company to find its own hit original series. The Journal had reported in early April that Yahoo! was looking to acquire four Web series that would rival episodic shows from Netflix (NFLX) and draw viewers to the site with original programming.
According to a blog post by Savitt on Monday, Other Space, created by three-time Emmy nominee Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids, The Office) is a "galactic adventure set in the early 22nd century, when the human race has mapped most of the known universe, failed to find alien life, and frankly gotten a little tired of the whole thing. A spaceship on a routine collection mission stumbles into the greatest discovery in history: an alternate universe, far stranger and way more dangerous than ours. Now the ship's crew -- a collection of over-matched rookies, feuding siblings, burned-out veterans and obsolete robots -- has to explore this new universe to try and find a way back home alive."