10:35am PT by Kate Stanhope
'Casual' Renewed for Fourth and Final Season at Hulu
The end is near for Casual.
Hulu has renewed the series for a fourth and final season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The last eight-episode season will premiere sometime in 2018. The renewal comes two and a half months after the end of season three.
Starring Michaela Watkins and Tommy Dewey, Casual marked one of the streamer's first forays into original scripted programming. Launching in 2015, the half-hour also helped usher Hulu into the awards-season conversation, earning a Golden Globe nomination for best TV series musical or comedy that same year.
Zander Lehmann created the Lionsgate TV series, while Liz Tigelaar serves as showrunner. The two executive produce with Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook.
The decision to end Casual comes as the streamer is preparing to launch the high-profile, high-concept comedy Future Man from exec producer Seth Rogen in November. The series finale of The Mindy Project, which Hulu acquired midway through its run after three seasons on Fox, will air in November.
While Hulu found success on the drama side this past year with The Handmaid's Tale, which helped it become the first streamer to win the Emmy for best drama series, growth of original comedies has been slower, with canceled originals including The Awesomes, The Hotwives and Deadbeat. Next month, Hulu will launch another scripted original comedy, There's…Johnny. From executive producer Paul Reiser, the period entry was originally set to premiere in August on NBC's Seeso before the broadcaster decided to shutter the streamer.
Hulu also recently bowed its first talk show, Sarah Silverman's I Love You, America.
Hulu has also been aggressive with SVOD deals in recent months, acquiring 30 Rock and Will & Grace, among others. Thanks to the success of The Handmaid's Tale and the addition of more than 7,000 new episodes of television, subscriptions have skyrocketed 98 percent. Earlier this year, the streamer brought in AMC veteran Joel Stillerman to oversee content strategy.
Lionsgate TV's originals slate also includes CMT's Nashville, which airs next day on Hulu; E!'s The Royals; OWN's Greenleaf; CBS' MacGyver remake; Epix's political comedy Graves; and Netflix's Dear White People series adaptation.