YouTube Red’s new series, Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television* — starring, natch, Ryan Hansen and The Handmaid’s Tale Samira Wiley — plans to make the most of that asterisk.

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In the case of the show’s main titles, by Chicago-based Sarofksy, it lets viewers know that even though the title says the protagonist is solving crimes on television, it’s really okay if viewers watch the streaming series on their phones.

The main titles also draw from crime series of the ‘70s, with its divided screens and portraits of characters aiming guns. Within that, the sequence shows the main characters using all sorts of different technology to watch their show.

“This treatment allowed us to introduce Ryan and Samira while also setting up the show-within-a-show idea, and the different viewing platforms,” said Sarofsky lead designer Duarte Elvas in a statement. “Secondary design elements such as crime scene tape and the split screens also helped establish the crime-show vibe.”

Besides Hansen and Wiley, the series also features celebrities playing bizarro versions of themselves, including Joel McHale, Donald Faison, Eric Christian Olsen, Jon Cryer and Kristen Bell.

The series premiered globally on YouTube Red on Oct. 25.


Network: YouTube Red

Creator: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Executive Producer/Showrunner: Beau Bauman

Executive Producers (Thank You, Brain! Productions): Krysia Plonka, Tracey Baird

Associate Producer - Post (Thank You, Brain! Productions): Justin Pittman

Main Title Production Company: Sarofsky

Executive Creative Director: Erin Sarofsky

Executive Producer: Steven Anderson

Lead Designer: Duarte Elvas

Producer: James Babiarz

VFX Supervisor: Matt Crnich

CG Director: David Hyatt

Creative Finishing/VFX Artist: Cory Davis

Designer: Alex Kline, Jeff McBride, Brody Davis, Spencer Seibert

Finishing Assistant/Junior Editor: Erik Uy

Assistant Editor: Zoe Kraft

Junior Designer: Maggie Cummings


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