Hulu Introduces Its 2014 Slate of Original Programs

Hulu's 2014 Programs
Tyler Labine stars in 'Deadbeat' (Photo Courtesy of Hulu)
Hulu’s slate of original programming this year is set to include new series Deadbeat as well as new seasons of East Los High, The Awesomes, Moone Boy, Behind the Mask, Rev, and Quick Draw. Announcing the slate, Hulu Originals Head of Development Charlotte Koh said, “Originals are a rapidly expanding part of Hulu’s business. We’re excited to offer our users an exclusive variety of distinctive, smart, and entertaining shows in 2014 that showcase some of the best talent making television today, both in the U.S. and around the world.”


The Awesomes Season Two
Premieres: Summer 2014
The Awesomes is an animated show for adults that combines the thrills of comic book storytelling with the irreverent and inspired comedy that is the hallmark of show co-creators Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker. It is the story about the greatest superhero team in history, The Awesomes, and what happens after all the most powerful members leave. Season two is set to feature new supervillains and superheroes as the team takes on new challenges, which might include an unexpected love triangle, under the leadership of Professor Doctor Awesome (“Prock”), voiced by Meyers. Meyers and Shoemaker’s friends from the comedy world will return to voice the team, including Ike Barinholtz (Muscleman), Kenan Thompson (Impresario), Paula Pell (Gadget Gal), Taran Killam (Frantic) and more. Season two will be executive produced by Meyers, Shoemaker and Broadway Video’s Andrew Singer. The Awesomes is a Hulu co-production with Broadway Video, animated by Bento Box Entertainment. 10 episodes.
Behind the Mask Season Two
Premieres: 2014 TBD
Acclaimed docuseries Behind the Mask, created by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Josh Greenbaum (The Short Game) and Occupant Entertainment, will once again take viewers on a behind-the-scenes adventure into the world of being a sports mascot, capturing their triumphs and disappointments experienced both inside and outside the suit. Season two will profile new fascinating characters at the high school, college and professional levels. Behind the Mask is executive produced by Occupant Entertainment partners Felipe Marino and Joe Neurauter as well as executive Kate Sharp. 10 episodes.
The Bridge
Premieres: Jan. 14, 2014
A woman is found murdered in the middle of the Øresund Bridge – right on the border between Sweden and Denmark. The Swedish and Danish police are called to the scene and find what at first looks like one murder turns out to be two. The bodies have been brutally cut in half and made to form one single corpse. This double murder is just the beginning of a series of crimes committed to call attention to various societal problems. The Swedish and Danish police find themselves in a race against the clock in a deadly showdown. Recently adapted for U.S. audiences by FX, the BAFTA-nominated series, The Bridge is distributed by ZDF Enterprises. 10 episodes.
Premieres: April 9, 2014
Deadbeat, the first co-production between Hulu and Lionsgate Television, is a 10-episode half-hour supernatural comedy directed and executive produced by Troy Miller (Flight of the Conchords, Arrested Development) through his banner Dakota Pictures. Co-created by Cody Heller and Brett Konner, and produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg at Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, the subversive comedy stars Tyler Labine as Kevin Pacalioglu, a hapless but gifted medium who will go to any lengths to help New York’s ghosts settle their unfinished business. Brandon T. Jackson plays his best (and only) friend, Roofie. Cat Deeley stars as Camomile White, a glamorous celebrity medium who is Pacalioglu’s rival and nemesis. 10 episodes.
East Los High Season Two
Premieres: Summer 2014
Welcome back to East Los High! 2013’s breakthrough Hulu drama returns hotter than ever as romance, sex, dancing and mystery once again fill the halls with a new cast of students at East Los High. Ceci (Danielle Vega) returns to coach the Bomb Squad, struggling to take the unruly dance team to state championships. Working as a single mom, Ceci faces new challenges with a hot new boyfriend who turns out to be more than meets the eye. Things get heated as mysterious turns of events make it another breathtaking year. Featuring an all Latino cast, co-created by Carlos Portugal and Kathleen Bedoya, East Los High Season Two is produced by Prajna Productions, The Alchemists, Into Action Films, and Population Media Center. More than 15 leading public health organizations advised on the scripts and content to address teen issues related to relationships and sexuality in a meaningful way. 12 episodes.
The Hotwives of Orlando PosterThe Hotwives of Orlando
Premieres: 2014 TBD
A parody of one of the most popular franchises in reality television, The Hotwives of Orlando takes you inside the uber-exclusive and glamorous world of six hot housewives livin’ large in Central Florida’s sexiest city, Orlando. The show follows a cast of ladies as they fight over pretty much everything except for their love of shoes, plastic surgery, and the pursuit of spending all of their husbands’ money. The Hotwives of Orlando stars Casey Wilson, Angela Kinsey, Kristen Schaal, Tymberlee Hill, Danielle Schneider and Andrea Savage with supporting performances by Kate Walsh, Weird Al Yankovic, Joey McIntyre, Stephen Tobolowsky, Paul Scheer and many more. The series is brought to Hulu and Hulu Plus by Paramount Digital Entertainment, the studio behind the Emmy-nominated series Burning Love and is produced by Emmy Award-winning executive producer Jonathan Stern and executive producer Paul Scheer. Seven (7) episodes.
Moone Boy Season Two
Premieres: April 24, 2014
International Emmy award-winning, critically acclaimed family comedy Moone Boy is about a young boy growing up in a chaotic and creative household in late 1980s Ireland. Martin Moone and his not always helpful imaginary friend Sean Murphy, played by Chris O’Dowd get into more trouble in the second season of O’Dowd’s semi-autobiographical comedy. It’s now 1990 and things are changing in the Moone household with the prospect of a new arrival in the family and blooming love for Martin. A Sprout Pictures, Baby Cow, Hot Cod Productions and Grand Pictures production, Moone Boy is available on Hulu and Hulu Plus courtesy of BBC Worldwide North America. Six (6) episodes.
The Next Step
Premieres: May 2014
Dance like everybody’s watching. This reality-style teen drama follows the lives of a group of dancers at The Next Step Dance Studio as they attempt to win the regional dance championships. The tightly knit team of dancers train, rehearse and hang out together within a well-established social order led by star dancer Emily and the E-Girls, a band of dancers who are used to running the studio. A new girl joins the team, challenging alliances and social balance of the studio as the regional championships quickly approach. A Temple Street production, The Next Step is made available to Hulu and Hulu Plus by BBC Worldwide North America. 30 episodes.
Quick Draw Season Two
Premieres: Fall 2014
Quick Draw is a comedy western set in 1875 centering on Sheriff John Henry Hoyle (John Lehr), a recent Harvard graduate, who brings the latest criminology and forensics techniques to the wild west town of Great Bend, Kansas. Season two of the procedural western comedy starts off with a bang, literally, promising more laughs, romance and gun-slinging action. Cole Younger is back and badder than ever, but hot shot Hoyle aims to stop him. Deputy Eli (Nick Brown), saloon owner Honey Shaw (Allison Dunbar), outlaw Pearl Starr (Alexia Dox) and undertaker Vernon Shaw (Robert Clendenin) return. The series is co-created and executive produced by Nancy Hower and John Lehr and co-executive produced by Keith Raskin. 10 episodes.
Rev. Season Three
Premieres: Summer 2014
Rev. is a BAFTA award-winning comedy series following the enormous daily frustrations and moral conflicts of an inner-city vicar Rev. Adam Smallbone, played by co-creator Tom Hollander. Big questions are asked of Smallbone and his wife Alex, played by double BAFTA-award winning Olivia Colman, as they adjust to life as new parents at St. Saviour’s. A host of new and returning characters join the band of lost but loveable misfits in the parish, including Hugh Bonneville and Joanna Scanlan. Rev. is directed by Peter Cattaneo, and is a Big Talk production made available on Hulu and Hulu Plus by BBC Worldwide North America. Six (6) episodes.
Source: Hulu
-Posted by Rebecca Murray

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