Stevie Ryan, the Los Angeles actress whose tough-chick character, Little Loca, emerged as one of the first stars of YouTube, is making the leap from the desktop to the small screen.
Ryan was named Thursday one of four hosts of the new CW reality series "Online Nation," making her the first YouTube star to land a paid TV gig.
"This was inevitable," said Josh Bernoff, an analyst with Forrester Research in Cambridge, Mass. "There is going to be a two-way membrane between television and the Internet, and you'll see people flowing in both directions."
Ryan will join a familiar online comedy duo, Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal (Rhett & Link), and a relative newcomer, Joy Leslie, on the half-hour, which will feature the best, funniest and most bizarre amateur Internet video clips.