9:00am PT by Natalie Jarvey
'ER' Heads to Hulu in Exclusive Streaming Pact
The doctors of County General Hospital have found a new home.
Hulu has nabbed the exclusive streaming rights to ER, bringing the entire classic medical drama to streaming for the first time.
in the pact with Warner Bros. Domestic Television, Hulu has licensed all 15 seasons (or more than 330 episodes) of the series. They will begin streaming on Sunday.
ER premiered on NBC in 1994 and helped to accelerate the careers of George Clooney, Noah Wyle and Julianna Margulies. The series was created by Michael Crichton and executive produced by John Wells with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and Constant c Productions. It became the longest-running primetime medical drama on television and was nominated for 124 Emmy Awards, the most of any drama, and winning 23 Emmys.
Clooney, who is now in business with Hulu on a new Catch-22 series, said of the news, "It was such an honor to be a part of this show. I was lucky to have worked with so many writers, actors and directors all at the top of their game. Most importantly I've made friends for a lifetime. I'm excited it will finally be streaming on Hulu."
The news, revealed ahead of Hulu's semi-annual appearance before TV press, capped off a series of announcements for the streamer.
Hulu also said that it has picked up U.S. streaming rights to a second installment of the British drama National Treasure. The series, which will debut in full on April 4, comes after Hulu picked up streaming rights to the first season. The new season, National Treasure: Kiri, will follow a young black girl who is about to be adopted by her white foster family. It was created and written by Jack Thorne.
Further, the streamer has announced that it has acquired March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step, a sequel to the 2005 documentary. March of the Penguins won the Academy Award for documentary the year after it was released. The follow-up, from filmmaker Luc Jacquet and featuring narrator Morgan Freeman, premiered last year in France.
March of the Penguins 2 joins a small but growing slate of Hulu documentaries, including The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years, Becoming Bond and Batman and Bill.
Hulu has also announced that Emmy- and Golden Globe- winning The Handmaid's Tale will return for a second season on April 25, and comedy Casual will bow its final season on July 31.