Topps’ online video comedy series starring the Sklar Brothers is back with new episodes.
Armed with a new sponsor, Back on Topps, the original online series produced by Michael Eisner’s new media studio Vuguru and The Topps Company, Inc., kicked off its second season on Monday. Comedy duo Jason and Randy Sklar (ESPN Cheap Seats, Layers) created and star in the series.
The show was nominated for an Emmy last year.
Back on Topps is a fictitious, behind-the-scenes journey into one of the world’s most recognizable and iconic sports companies. The second season picks up where the first season left off when a Christian dating service rents space at Topps, testing the brothers’ faith in restraint and making things even more unpredictable at the office. Topps works its new sponsor, Dick’s Sporting Goods, into the show, by having Leyland and Leif Topps (played by the Sklars) retreat to Dick’s, their fortress of solitude where they can work through their problems while testing out nine irons and camping gear. Along the way, they enlist the council of stars from Major League Baseball and the WNBA in their quest to prove that their love of all-things sports will save the day.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Randy and Jason on a second season of Back on Topps,” said Topps’ CEO Michael Eisner. “Their unparalleled knowledge of sports and pop culture, combined with their unique brand of comedy is what makes this series work.”
“The fact that Ron Artest is still recording music, means that we will always have a job making fun of sports,” said Randy and Jason Sklar. “Back on Topps provides the perfect outlet to lampoon a sports world that includes Olympic figure skaters running meth rings.”
FOXSports.com will post new episodes of Back on Topps every Monday, providing fans an exclusive 12-hour window to view each new episode on the site. In addition to the series’ dedicated website www.BackonTopps.com, Back on Topps will also be distributed on leading video sites such as My Damn Channel, YouTube, Blip.tv, Metacafe, Sling, Dailymotion and iTunes.
“We’re excited to bring the Sklar brothers’ offbeat humor back to FOXSports.com’s millions of users through this exclusive relationship with Vuguru,” said Ed Bunnell, VP of Programming for FOX Sports Interactive. “Our goal is to deliver the best content experience for sports fans on the Web, and Back on Topps is a great, entertaining fit next to our news, highlights and analysis.”
Dick’s Sporting Goods will serve as the lead sponsor of the series with several scenes taking place at the national retail sporting goods giant.