Believe it or not, the "Soup" franchise of TV snark soon will surpass both Law & Order and CSI in the number of separate-but-equal editions of a single-concept television program, as the trades announced overnight that the G4 network will launch Web Soup on June 7, with host Chris Hardwick (Hard 'N Phirm, MTV's Singled Out, and currently recurring on G4's Attack of the Show) examining the highs and lows of Internet videos.
Airing Sundays at 9 p.m., Web Soup will feature segments such The Daily Upload, This Week in FAIL and Things You Can’t Un-See. G4 President Neal Tiles said: “Not only can Chris Hardwick dole out hilarious off-the-cuff commentary, he also possesses a deep knowledge of digital culture, which makes him the ideal host for Web Soup. We are excited to put G4’s spin on this popular franchise.”
This will make four projects from the same executive producers ostensibly serving up weekly one-liners about high-profile foibles caught on camera. Danielle Fishel dishes about celebrity fashion mishaps each week on The Dish for The Style Network, which debuted last summer. Matt Iseman tackles sports bloopers both on and off the field in Sports Soup for the Versus (VS.) network, which arrived last fall. And then there is the original, formerly Talk Soup, and now just The Soup, which has provided a career stepping-stone for Greg Kinnear, Aisha Tyler and now Joel McHale.
We can only wonder what happens when a show comes along that's a reality contest featuring athletes in horrible outfits on the Internet. How will they decide who gets to mock it? Or will they have a special crossover episode like they do for the CSIs?