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Here come the 'Fact Checkers': a new Web series

August 17, 2010 | 12:01 pm

If only we had a little Russell and Dylan in our lives over here at Show Tracker.

Who are Russell and Dylan? Fictional magazine fact-checkers who stop at nothing to check on ridiculous celebrity facts. And we do mean ridic! Among their investigations: whether Luke Perry's house is haunted, if Alex Trebek shaves against the grain, and does Dave Navarro really insist that tears of a virgin, beetles and finger sandwiches be provided backstage at every venue he plays?

Russell and Dylan are the lead characters in the new NBC Digital Studios series, "FCU: Fact Checkers Unit," which premieres Tuesday. Based on a 2008 short film of the same title, the series was created by Peter Karinen and Brian Sacca, who also play Russell and Dylan respectively in the film and the Web series.

"FCU: Fact Checkers Unit" follows Russell and Dylan's fact-checking exploits working for Dictum magazine. The three episodes available today, "Paranormal Factivity," "Fear of Flying" and "SPF 125" feature guest appearances by Luke Perry ("Beverly Hills, 90210"), Donald Faison ("Scrubs") and model Karolina Ku. Kirsten Schaal ("Fight of the Conchords") plays a troubled magazine staffer.

The remaining five episodes will premiere every Tuesday and will feature guest stars Alex Trebek (“Jeopardy”), Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction, Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”), Pauley Perrette (“NCIS”) and Zach Gilford (“Friday Night Lights”). Each episode is five to six minutes in length.

The series, a partnership with Samsung Electronics, is produced by Tom Bannister. Karinen and Sacca met as students of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Since 2003, they have been writing and performing together. 

The original short film can be viewed here.

The first three episodes of "FCU: Fact Checkers Unit" can be viewed after the jump.

-- Maria Elena Fernandez

Photo: Peter Karinen, Luke Perry and Brian Sacca in "Paranormal Factivity." Credit: NBC Universal

Videos Credit: NBC Universal