Hulu Reveals Originals Slate for 20148 Jan, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
New programming includes first Hulu series created by Lionsgate
Hulu Jan. 8 unveiled a slate of original programming in 2014, a lineup that includes both new and returning episodic series.
Original programming is rapidly being adopted by subscription streaming and premium TV services such Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu and Starz as a means of upping brand awareness and establishing themselves as more than distributors of third-party content.
Supernatural comedy "Deadbeat," directed by Troy Miller ("Arrested Development") and starring Tyler Labine (“Reaper”), Cat Deeley ("So You Think You Can Dance") and Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder) launches April 9. "Deadbeat" is Hulu’s first co-production with Lionsgate’s television production unit.
Hulu will also release the original Scandinavian version of the drama series “The Bridge,” recently adapted for U.S. audiences by FX, as well as the Canadian hit reality-style dance drama “The Next Step,” acquired from BBC Worldwide North America.
Hulu is exclusively distributing reality TV satire "The Hotwives of Orlando,” from Paramount Digital Entertainment . The show 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") as six of Orlando, Florida’s hottest housewives who are ready to drink, fight and cry, sometimes all at the same time.
Returning originals include a second season of Chris O’Dowd’s semi-autobiographical comedy "Moone Boy,” and teen drama "East Los High," featuring the first all-Latino cast in an English-language series. In the second half of 2014, Hulu will release second seasons of Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker’s animated show "The Awesomes," featuring the voices of many current and former "SNL" members, Josh Greenbaum’s docu-series "Behind the Mask,” and John Lehr and Nancy Hower’s Western comedy "Quick Draw." Tom Hollander also returns in season three of "Rev.”
"Originals are a rapidly expanding part of Hulu’s business," Charlotte Koh, head of development, Hulu Originals, said in a statement.