Hulu expands original content with multiple new series
Hulu has confirmed several new series for 2014, including a comedy featuring Kristen Schaal (“Bob’s Burgers”, “Flight of the Conchords”). This marks a giant leap forward for Hulu’s original programming lineup, a genre that has seen tough competition as Netflix and Amazon expand their own offerings.
The company announced that they now serve, “five-million Plus subscribers and 30 million Hulu.com users.” In a post on the official Hulu Blog the company stated, “We hope that one of your New Year’s resolutions includes watching something new on our service. Perhaps that something new is a comedy about a ghost exterminator, or a Nordic crime drama, or a show that takes place in a faraway, exotic setting…such as Orlando.”
Among the list of original series there are; Tyler Labine as medium Kevin Pacalioglu in “Deadbeat”, “The Hotwives of Orlando,” “The Awesomes,” and “Quick Draw” will also make a return this year. Dramas “East Los High” and “Line of Duty” will head to the service, as well as “The Next Step” and “The Only Way is Essex” and season two of Elite New Face.”
HULU ORIGINALS 2014 HIGHLIGHTS (as described by Hulu)
“The Awesomes” Season Two Premieres: Summer 2014
“The Awesomes” is an animated show for adults that combines the thrills of comic book storytelling with the irreverent and inspired comedy that is the hallmark of show co-creators Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker (“Late Night with Seth Meyers”). It is the story about the greatest superhero team in history, The Awesomes, and what happens after all the most powerful members leave. Season two is set to feature new supervillains and superheroes as the team takes on new challenges, which might include an unexpected love triangle, under the leadership of Professor Doctor Awesome (“Prock”), voiced by Meyers. Meyers and Shoemaker’s friends from the comedy world will return to voice the team, including Ike Barinholtz (Muscleman), Kenan Thompson (Impresario), Paula Pell (Gadget Gal), Taran Killam (Frantic) and more. Season two will be executive produced by Meyers, Shoemaker and Broadway Video’s Andrew Singer. “The Awesomes” is a Hulu co-production with Broadway Video (“Saturday Night Live”), animated by Bento Box.
“Behind the Mask” Season Two Premieres: 2014 TBD
Acclaimed docuseries “Behind the Mask,” created by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Josh Greenbaum (“The Short Game”) and Occupant Entertainment, will once again take viewers on a behind-the-scenes adventure into the world of being a sports mascot, capturing their triumphs and disappointments experienced both inside and outside the suit. Season two will profile new fascinating characters at the high school, college and professional levels. “Behind the Mask” is executive produced by Occupant Entertainment partners Felipe Marino and Joe Neurauter as well as executive Kate Sharp.
“The Bridge” Premieres: Jan. 14, 2014
A woman is found murdered in the middle of the Øresund Bridge – right on the border between Sweden and Denmark. The Swedish and Danish police are called to the scene and find what at first looks like one murder turns out to be two. The bodies have been brutally cut in half and made to form one single corpse. This double murder is just the beginning of a series of crimes committed to call attention to various societal problems. The Swedish and Danish police find themselves in a race against the clock in a deadly showdown. Recently adapted for U.S. audiences by FX, the BAFTA-nominated series, “The Bridge” is distributed by ZDF Enterprises.
“Deadbeat” Premieres: April 9, 2014
“Deadbeat,” the first co-production between Hulu and Lionsgate Television, is a 10-episode half-hour supernatural comedy directed and executive produced by Troy Miller (“Flight of the Conchords,” “Arrested Development” through his banner Dakota Pictures. Co-created by Cody Heller and Brett Konner (“Wilfred,” “The Inbetweeners”), and produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg at Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, the subversive comedy stars Tyler Labine (“Reaper”) as Kevin Pacalioglu, a hapless but gifted medium who will go to any lengths to help New York’s ghosts settle their unfinished business. Brandon T. Jackson (“Tropic Thunder”) plays his best (and only) friend, Roofie. Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance”) stars as Camomile White, a glamorous celebrity medium who is Pacalioglu’s rival and nemesis.
“East Los High” Season Two Premieres: Summer 2014
Welcome back to East Los High! 2013’s breakthrough Hulu drama returns hotter than ever as romance, sex, dancing and mystery once again fill the halls with a new cast of students at East Los High. Ceci (Danielle Vega) returns to coach the Bomb Squad, struggling to take the unruly dance team to state championships. Working as a single mom, Ceci faces new challenges with a hot new boyfriend who turns out to be more than meets the eye. Things get heated as mysterious turns of events make it another breathtaking year. Featuring an all Latino cast, co-created by Carlos Portugal and Kathleen Bedoya, “East Los High” is produced by Prajna Productions, The Alchemists, Into Action Films, and Population Media Center. More than 15 leading public health organizations advised on the scripts and content to address teen issues related to relationships and sexuality in a meaningful way.
“Elite New Face” Season Two Premieres: Feb. 14, 2014
From sidewalk to catwalk, “Elite New Face” is an episodic series documenting an incredible, fast-paced global journey for young, aspiring models from every corner of the world. The second season is a cinematic, impressionistic journey following the intensely emotional adventure from initial interviews to model boot camp, and the ultra glamorous World Final in Shenzhen, China. The pressure is on as Elite scouts, agents, stylists, model coaches and photographers mentor the contestants to transform only 15 of the 350,000 contestants into supermodels. Discover how Cindy, Gisele, Stephanie and Alessandra got their start and who will be the one with the Elite Model Look. “Elite New Face” is an Elite Media production brought to Hulu by FilmBuff.
“Fresh Meat” Season Three Premieres: Feb. 9, 2014
“Fresh Meat” is a British Comedy Award-winning series about misspent youth and the grubby days of student life from Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (“Peep Show”). While they’re no longer freshmen, the six reluctant housemates return older, but not wiser, as they embark upon their second year of university. Expect even more errors in judgment and troubles with the opposite sex, all while welcoming a new housemate with a steep learning curve. “Fresh Meat” is made by Objective Productions (“Peep Show”) an ALL3MEDIA Company.
“The Hotwives of Orlando” Premieres: 2014 TBD
A parody of one of the most popular franchises in reality television, “The Hotwives of Orlando,” takes you inside the uber-exclusive and glamorous world of six hot housewives livin’ large in Central Florida’s sexiest city, Orlando. The show follows a cast of ladies as they fight over pretty much everything except for their love of shoes, plastic surgery, and the pursuit of spending all of their husbands’ money. “The Hotwives of Orlando” stars Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings”), Angela Kinsey (“The Office”), Kristen Schaal (“Flight of the Conchords”), Tymberlee Hill (“Drunk History”), Danielle Schneider (“Upright Citizens Brigade”) and Andrea Savage (“Step Brothers”) with supporting performances by Kate Walsh, Weird Al Yankovic, Joey McIntyre, Stephen Tobolowsky, Paul Scheer and many more. The series is brought to Hulu and Hulu Plus by Paramount Digital Entertainment, the studio behind the Emmy-nominated series “Burning Love” and is produced by Emmy Award-winning executive producer Jonathan Stern (“Childrens Hospital”) and executive producer Paul Scheer (“NTSF:SD:SUV”).
“Line of Duty” Season Two Premieres: March 2014
“Line of Duty,” the Royal Television Society award-nominated series created by Jed Mercurio, returns for a second season. The explosive new police corruption story ignites with the ambush of a police convoy that takes the lives of three officers and seriously injures a protected witness. With only one sole surviving officer, the Deputy Chief Constable takes charge and assigns AC-12 to the case. The investigation proves to be a complex case rich in unexpected twists and turns, and suspicion soon arises that AC-12’s most valuable witness could be their prime suspect. ”Line of Duty” is produced by World Productions (“The Bletchley Circle”, “United”) series available on Hulu and Hulu Plus courtesy of Content Media. Six (6) episodes.
“Moody Family” Season Two Premieres: Spring 2014
After living through the “Moody Christmas,” brace yourself for a second season of eight uniquely Moody occasions with Australia’s most dysfunctional family. Over the course of a year, “Moody Family” captures a snapshot as the Moodys come together in spite of each other, between tangled love affairs, a divorce and a new romance. The AACTA award-winning series stars Patrick Brammall (“The Strange Calls”), Jane Harber (“The Secret Life of Us”), Tina Bursill (“Offspring”) and Darren Gilshenan (“Top of the Lake”). A Jungleboys Production (“Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting”), “Moody Family” is available on Hulu and Hulu Plus courtesy of DCD Rights. Eight (8) episodes. http://www.hulu.com/moody-family
“Moone Boy” Season Two Premieres: April 24, 2014
International Emmy award-winning, critically acclaimed family comedy “Moone Boy” is about a young boy growing up in a chaotic and creative household in late 1980s Ireland. Martin Moone and his not always helpful imaginary friend Sean Murphy, played by Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”) get into more trouble in the second season of O’Dowd’s semi-autobiographical comedy. It’s now 1990 and things are changing in the Moone household with the prospect of a new arrival in the family and blooming love for Martin. A Sprout Pictures, Baby Cow (“Gavin and Stacey,” “Mighty Boosh,” “Alan Partridge”), Hot Cod Productions and Grand Pictures production, “Moone Boy” is available on Hulu and Hulu Plus courtesy of BBC Worldwide North America.
“Mother Up!” Season One Returns: Jan. 15, 2014
“Mother Up!” is a 13-episode, half-hour animated comedy series chronicling the misguided attempts at parenthood of Rudi Wilson (Eva Longoria), a disgraced former music exec, as she transitions from the towers of Manhattan to the carpool line of suburbia, where she finds herself alone and hopelessly underequipped to manage her two kids and new life. Bringing her street smarts and urban lifestyle to the suburbs, Rudi confronts the endless challenges of parenthood with a series of misguided improvised solutions, putting her life on the line like never before. Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”) and Mass Animation’s Yair Landau (“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”) and Michael Shipley (“Family Guy,” “American Dad”) are executive producers. The series was developed by Rogers Media and co- produced by Breakthrough Entertainment and Bardel Entertainment, in association with Mass Animation.
“The Next Step” Premieres: May 2014
Dance like everybody’s watching. This reality-style teen drama follows the lives of a group of dancers at The Next Step Dance Studio as they attempt to win the regional dance championships. The tightly knit team of dancers train, rehearse and hang out together within a well-established social order led by star dancer Emily and the E-Girls, a band of dancers who are used to running the studio. A new girl joins the team, challenging alliances and social balance of the studio as the regional championships quickly approach. A Temple Street (“Orphan Black”) production, “The Next Step” is made available to Hulu and Hulu Plus by BBC Worldwide North America. 30 episodes. http://www.hulu.com/the-next-step
“The Only Way is Essex” Season Seven Premieres: Jan. 25, 2014
Life imitates soap; real people, real lives—maximum entertainment! In season seven of this BAFTA award-winning series, with their glamour most certainly still intact, those young and beautiful Essex partygoers are turning into entrepreneurs. With their sights set on success, the ambitious bunch still find themselves caught up in emotional fireworks and jealous rages as they fall in and out of love with each other in England’s fake tan capital. “The Only Way is Essex” is produced by Lime Pictures (“Big Brother,” “Hollyoaks”) and made available on Hulu and Hulu Plus from ALL3MEDIA International.
“Pramface” Season Three Premieres: April 6, 2014
“Pramface” is a heart-warming comedy series that follows teen parents Jamie (Sean Michael Verey) and Laura (Scarlett Alice Johnson) as they come to terms with the enormity of having a baby in their lives. Just like any first time parents they’re tired, anxious and broke. But they’re finally a proper couple now – at least as far as Jamie’s concerned. Laura’s not so sure. Will they move in together and be a happy little family or will they split for good? “Pramface” is a Little Comet/BBC Comedy co-production made available to Hulu from BBC Worldwide Americas. Six (6) episodes. http://www.hulu.com/pramface
“Quick Draw” Season Two Premieres: Fall 2014
“Quick Draw” is a comedy western set in 1875 centering on Sheriff John Henry Hoyle (John Lehr), a recent Harvard graduate, who brings the latest criminology and forensics techniques to the wild west town of Great Bend, Kansas. Season two of the procedural western comedy starts off with a bang, literally, promising more laughs, romance and gun-slinging action. Cole Younger is back and badder than ever, but hot shot Hoyle aims to stop him. Deputy Eli (Nick Brown), saloon owner Honey Shaw (Allison Dunbar), outlaw Pearl Starr (Alexia Dox) and undertaker Vernon Shaw (Robert Clendenin) return. The series is co-created and executive produced by Nancy Hower and John Lehr (“10 Items or Less,” “Jailbait”) and co-executive produced by Keith Raskin (“Key & Peele,” “The League”).
“Rev.” Season Three Premieres: Summer 2014
“Rev.” is a BAFTA award-winning comedy series following the enormous daily frustrations and moral conflicts of an inner-city vicar Rev. Adam Smallbone, played by co-creator Tom Hollander (“Pirates of the Caribbean”). Big questions are asked of Smallbone and his wife Alex, played by double BAFTA-award winning Olivia Colman (“Broadchurch”), as they adjust to life as new parents at St. Saviour’s. A host of new and returning characters join the band of lost but loveable misfits in the parish, including Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) and Joanna Scanlan (“The Thick of It”). “Rev.” is directed by Peter Cattaneo (“The Full Monty”), and is a Big Talk production (“Spaced,” “Hot Fuzz,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”) made available on Hulu and Hulu Plus by BBC Worldwide North America.
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