'30 Rock,' 'Parenthood' Head to Hulu as Part of Massive SVOD Deal

Hulu will also premiere the Paul Reiser comedy 'There's Johnny' that was originally set to debut on the soon-to-be-defunct Seeso.
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30 Rock has found a new streaming home.

The Tina Fey comedy and acclaimed family drama Parenthood are two of the shows headed to Hulu as part of a massive SVOD deal between NBCUniversal and the streaming company, it was announced Wednesday.

As part of the pact, Hulu also will also premiere the new Paul Reiser period comedy There's Johnny, set against the backdrop of the Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, that was originally set to debut on NBC's soon-to-be-defunct streaming app Seeso. Other shows included in the agreement are Syfy's reality competition series Face Off and the U.K. series Made in Chelsea.

30 Rock will make its Hulu debut Oct. 1, just one day after it's set to leave longtime streaming home Netflix. Parenthood will hit Hulu sometime in early 2018. Parenthood, like 30 Rock, is currently available to stream on Netflix. Both shows also hailed in-house from Universal TV.

The pact also comes days after NBC signed a similar deal with Hulu for the entire library of Will & Grace ahead of that show's Sept. 28 revival on NBC.

NBCUniversal's decision to move more of its series library is a no-brainer given that the company owns a 30 percent stake in Hulu. The latest additions to Hulu's library come after it beat Netflix and Amazon to become the first streamer to win the Emmy for best original series for breakout drama The Handmaid's Tale. Thanks in no small part to the success of The Handmaid's Tale, as well as the acquisition of 7,500 TV episodes, Hulu has seen a 98 percent spike in subscribers since March.

NBC famously tried to its own streaming platform, the comedy-heavy Seeso, in 2016. The niche brand offered originals like The UCB Show, Take My Wife and Bajillion Dollar Properties, as well as episodes of classic NBC comedies like Parks and RecreationSaturday Night Live and yes, 30 Rock. However, it was confirmed Aug. 9 that the streaming service would be shut down by the end of 2017.
 
News of Seeso's impending demise came just weeks before the originally scheduled Aug. 24 launch of There's Johnny, which hails from exec producer Paul Reiser and stars Tony Danza. Subsequently, the premiere was delayed as producers had been trying to find a new home for the period comedy.
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