Paramount Plus has ordered Players, a documentary-style comedy series that will explore the fictional League of Legends esports club.
Tony Yacenda, Dan Perrault and Dan Perrault co-created the series and executive produced it. They are the comedy minds behind Netflix's critically acclaimed American Vandal. This memorably gave us two riveting, albeit disturbing mysteries about fictional crimes involving dickvandalism and the mastermind of an explosive diarrhea incident.
A mockumentary will be shown as players. It follows an esports team that is trying to win a championship. There will be a clash between the egos of a 17-year old rookie and a 27-year-old veteran. What could go wrong?
Yacenda was the director of FXX's comedy series Dave. He will now direct Players. CBS Studios is producing the series in partnership with Funny Or Die. Funny Or Die was previously attached to Netflix's American Vandal. Paramount Plus provided little information beyond the statement that Players will explore the world esports.
The American Vandals two-series ran delivered genuinely inspiring plotlines about penis graffiti, and a Turd Burglar managing to somehow set a new standard for documentary storytelling. We were in for a treat.
Paramount Plus (formerly CBS All Access), has had only a few originals that have received much fanfare. This series, however, has the potential for being one of the biggest comedy launches by the service since its launch.