Snapchat Grows Its Streaming Content With Tekashi 6ix9ine Series and More
Moving beyond its messaging platform, Snapchat jumped into the streaming entertainment arena in 2016 with its first original. Since then, the company—under its parent Snap Inc.—has expanded its menu of video streaming content that includes scripted horror anthologies, comedies, drama series, and docuseries.
Catering to the palate of its users, Snap Originals is ready to lift the lid on its slate of programming that is due to be released beginning this fall. Here’s an overview of what’s to come from the mobile app.
New orders include a Tekashi 6ix9ine series and a YouTube star
One of the docuseries coming to the platform is titled Tekashi69 VS the World. It’s produced by Complex and centers on the embattled rapper’s career and his current legal troubles. Look out for it this fall.
YouTuber Nikita Dragun will give fans an inside look at her life with Nikita Unfiltered, set to air in 2020. The transgender beauty mogul will share bits of her life in the docuseries including her first time dating a woman, Deadline reports.
Mental health stories added to the lineup
Mind Yourself explores the real lives of young people who are managing mental health issues such as OCD, PTSD, and body dysmorphia. The anthology series is totally unscripted and will drop in winter.
Another show, Everything’s Fine, is a comedy about a bipolar college kid trying to navigate the music business. It’s due out next spring.
A mix of reality and scripted newbies are arriving soon
Driven will showcase PTG365, a luxury automotive company that sells to high-end clients but also gives back by helping single moms and low-income clients purchase cars, regardless of their socioeconomic status.
The unscripted show will premiere in winter 2020 along with The Honeybeez, a reality series about the plus-size dance team at Alabama State University.
Save Me is a scripted series about a homeschooled student who sets out to find his “missing online classmate and crush.” It’s due to drop in 2020.
Sports fans will want to watch Players, a scripted show about the son of a professional basketball player who relocates from a small Indiana town to Los Angeles when his father is traded. He too is a baller and will have to learn how to adjust to his new settings. Per Business Wire, it airs this fall.
Snap Originals are returning with new seasons
Fans who already familiar with Snap’s streaming shows will be happy to learn that several have been renewed. Among them are the Bhad Bhabie’s docuseries Bringing up Bhabie, the scripted series The Dead Girls Detective Agency, the drama Two Sides, and comedy Kappa Crypto.
Snap Inc. has seen levels of success comparable to network television’s numbers in terms of viewership. The Observer reports that last year, 28 million people watched the season finale of Endless Summer, one of the platform’s docuseries. Other shows have raked in between 10 and 20 million views.
Additionally, a few celebrities inked streaming deals with Snap for their own shows, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Hart, and Serena Williams. The best part? They’re easily watchable from the “Discover” tab in Snapchat and they’re free.