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SCOOP: The next time I hear yet another person whine about YouTube being only for home videos of cats flushing toilets and kids skateboarding, I’ll know how to respond. William Spencer, a kid from Colorado, has signed a deal to develop a skateboarding stunt series based […]

SCOOP: The next time I hear yet another person whine about YouTube being only for home videos of cats flushing toilets and kids skateboarding, I’ll know how to respond. William Spencer, a kid from Colorado, has signed a deal to develop a skateboarding stunt series based on his clips on YouTube for MTV, according to our sources.

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It’s the best example we’ve heard yet of a YouTube-to-TV success story; a guy gets picked up to do exactly what he does on YouTube — no changing his act, no guest roles on an existing show, no hosting a online clip show — on a major cable network. The deal was brokered by talent agency ICM, we’re told, which took Spencer as a client after finding him on YouTube.

Spencer has won a following for his undeniable talent and creative tricks — see the video embedded below where he jumps off buildings onto a skateboard, skates over cars, up walls, and onto other skateboards. Multiple people described it to us as parkour meets skateboarding.

The show, currently being called Hollarado (holla + Colorado), is in the process of being cast in Colorado, and is supposed to air next year. It will follow Spencer and a cast of friends as they challenge each other to perform better and crazier stunts.

We haven’t received an official comment from MTV yet, and will add to the story if we hear back.

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  5. thanks william spencer! thanks bam! thanks Sheckler and rob and big! who else can go on mtv and rape skateboarding? i cant wait for mtvs new show about heelys and waveboards… its gonna be awsome

  6. William Spencer i look up to you, you are the best, i gone to be the best i can in skateboarding because of you.

  7. because of you i learned to do some the crazy tricks you do but i will never be as good as you youre my idol

  8. i love you but.. i dont know . i like skateboarding because of you . you are…i dont know

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