Facebook's original TV lineup includes LaVar Ball and Mike Rowe

From Engadget - July 5, 2017

One of the new shows, Returning the Favor, features Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe. In the series, he will highlight people across the country who do exceptional work in their communities. The second show is not named yet but is a reality series starring LaVar Ball and his family. Ball is the father of Lonzo Ball -- a basketball player with the LA Lakers -- and soon to be UCLA players LiAngelo and LaMelo.

Facebook's desire for original TV programming has been no secret and to help lead the push the company hired CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen in 2016 and former MTV executive Mina Lefevre earlier this year. In May, it was reported that Facebook could launch up to two dozen original shows this summer and according to the Wall Street Journal, the company has offered up to $3 million per episode.


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