Hulu Bows Four New Hulu Original Series31 Jul, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Netflix gets the press, but Hulu has more than twice the number of original programs
Hulu July 31 presented four new original series at The Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, bringing to 20 the number of original series the online content aggregator will have launched by the end of the year.
New exclusive shows launching later this year include, “Run” (Aug. 20), a powerful four-part drama about inner city life starring Olivia Colman ("Rev") and Lennie James ("The Walking Dead"), “Fugget About It” (Oct. 13), an animated sitcom about the misadventures of Jimmy Falcone, a former mob boss who enters witness protection in small-town Canada, and “The Strange Calls” (Oct. 19), about bizarre late-night phone calls in a place where people turn to chickens, and mermen go to the school dance.
Meanwhile, Hulu, which is co-owned by The Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox and NBC Universal, said previously-announced original series, “The Awesomes” launches Aug. 1; “Quick Draw” (Aug. 5); “Behind the Mask” (Oct. 29); “Mother Up!” (Nov. 6), and “The Wrong Mans” (Nov. 11).
Hulu, which was recently taken off the auction block, is planning to increase original and third-party content offerings after its corporate parents pledged an additional $750 million in funding.
“You can expect to see our number of first-run titles double in the next couple of years as we find more and more great shows to engage and excite viewers,” CEO Andy Forssell wrote in a blog about the announcements.