AOL slices into Big Apple with another original show

Dubbed “Park Bench,” the new series will follow actor Steve Buscemi as he soaks up the sites and citizens of New York City.

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"Park Bench" follows actor Steve Buscemi (center). AOL

AOL continues to play catch-up with the likes of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu with plans to launch yet another original show.

Set to start filming in New York City this month, "Park Bench" is AOL's take on an unscripted celebrity reality show but with a Big Apple twist. The series will feature actor Steve Buscemi as he takes viewers on a tour of his daily life, bumping into people and places along the streets of New York. Calling the show a "first-hand misadventure," AOL said that Buscemi will discuss everything from pop culture to current events with his fellow New Yorkers.

"We're excited to include Park Bench as part of our new slate of AOL Originals," Gabriel Lewis, head of AOL Studios & AOL Originals, said in a statement. "We strive to produce and showcase programming that captures unique and authentic personalities, and this series will give audiences a glimpse into Steve's world like they've never experienced before."

Produced by Olive Productions and RadicalMedia, the first season of "Park Bench" will air online in the United States. RadicalMedia is also teaming up with distributor FremantleMedia to try to bring the series to the global TV market.

"Park Bench" joins a growing stable of other AOL Originals. Last year, the online company launched a lineup of short Web-based series featuring such A-list celebrities as Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow. On Tuesday, AOL announced plans for "Connected," its first full-length series, also set in New York.

Buscemi will have to fit the show in between his performances in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," a role that has earned him a Golden Globe award.

"Having lived and worked in New York my whole life, I'm ready to take advantage of all it has to offer," Buscemi said in a statement. "I just need to lay down for five minutes."

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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