1:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Runaways,' 'Future Man' Score Second Season Renewals at Hulu
Hulu is staying the course with the Marvel drama Runaways and the Sony Pictures Television-produced comedy Future Man.
The streamer has handed out second season renewals for Runaways and Future Man. The sophomore seasons of both will be 13 episodes each; that's up three for Runaways and on par with Future Man's first season.
From Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, Runaways is based on Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man) and Adrian Alphona's comic series. The show revolves around a group of teens who discover that their parents are part of an evil crime organization. Gregg Sulkin leads the cast of the Marvel Television and ABC Signature project that counts Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory and Fake Empire's Lis Rowinski among its producers.
While Hulu, like fellow streamers Netflix and Amazon, does not release viewership information, Runaways has received positive reviews (The Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg called it "a lot of fun") and good feedback from viewers (it has a 90 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and is certified 83 percent fresh among critics).
The renewal keeps Marvel in business at Hulu and Runaways as part of a 2018 slate that also includes Freeform's Cloak and Dagger, FXX animated entry Deadpool, FX's Legion, Fox's The Gifted (which is expected to earn a second season), ABC's Agents of SHIELD and Netflix's interconnected roster Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. (The futures of Netflix mashup The Defenders and ABC's poorly reviewed Inhumans are yet to be determined.)
Future Man, meanwhile, stars The Hunger Games alum Josh Hutcherson as a janitor by day/gamer by night who is recruited to travel through time in order to prevent the extinction of humanity. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (This Is the End, Preacher, Superbad), Matt Tolmach (Spider-Man, Jumanji, Rock That Body) and James Weaver (This Is the End, Neighbors, Preacher) executive produce.
At Hulu, Runaways and Future Man are part of a scripted originals roster that includes Emmy and Golden Globe winner The Handmaid's Tale, Harlots, The Looming Tower, Shut Eye, Hard Sun, Castle Rock and The First, among others. A decision on second-year drama Chance has not yet been determined.
For Schwartz and Savage, meanwhile, Runaways continues the duo's hot streak after The CW picked up rookie drama Dynasty for a full season.