Hulu Announces Original Programming Slate

"The Hotwives of Orlando"
"The Hotwives of Orlando"
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Several familiar faces are returning to Hulu this year.

The video streaming service announced its lineup of original programming on Wednesday and the list is dominated by returning series. Among the renewed shows are Chris O’Dowd’s semi-autobiographical comedy Moone Boy and Seth Meyers’ animated superhero series The Awesomes.

News series airing on the site include supernatural comedy Deadbeat and reality TV satire The Hotwives of Orlando.

In total, Hulu will air 12 returning series and four new series under its Hulu Originals banner. They will join the website’s catalogue of more than 86,000 television episodes and 2,900 television series.

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Charlotte Koh, head of development for Hulu Originals, said the service’s slate of original shows are meant to complement its existing catalogue and find fresh approaches to popular genres.

“We think about how a show is complementary and how it won’t compete with what’s on the service already,” she said. “You want to create an environment for the consumer where they feel like there’s variety.”

In its second season, The Awesomes will feature new and returning characters voiced by Saturday Night Live castmembers and alums. Hulu said the series' first season ranked among the top 10 most-watched shows each week that a new episode aired.

Hulu has also renewed East Los High for a second season. The drama was popular on Hulu and ranked in the top five shows on Hulu Latino, the company said. Docuseries Behind the Mask and western comedy Quick Draw will also be back for second seasons.

Premiering on Hulu this year is The Hotwives of Orlando, starring Casey Wilson (Happy Endings), Angela Kinsey (The Office) and Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Concords). The series was executive produced by Jonathan Stern (Childrens Hospital) and Paul Scheer (NTSF:SD:SUV).

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Scheer said they approached working with Hulu the same as working with a cable network.    

“It’s a destination,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “That’s the cool thing about them. We got to make a real TV show that is not just a web series.”

Also new to the schedule is Deadbeat, a co-production with Lionsgate Television that stars Tyler Labine (Reaper) as a medium who exterminates ghosts in New York City. Koh said Lionsgate was instrumental in helping Hulu assemble the cast, which includes Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) and Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder).

Scandinavian drama The Bridge, which was recently adapted by FX, and Canadian reality dance series The Next Step, will also air on Hulu this year.

In addition, the site will air new seasons of Fresh Meat, Pramface, Elite New Face, Line of Duty, Moody Family and The Only Way Is Essex. Those shows previously fell under the Hulu Exclusive banner, but will now be designated Hulu Originals.

In October Hulu appointed Fox executive Mike Hopkins to the role of CEO. He announced in December that Hulu was on track to bring in $1 billion in annual revenue and had surpassed five million Hulu Plus subscribers.

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