Hulu Orders Comedy Series from Amy Poehler, Julie Klausner

/ Nov 18, 2014


Hulu continues to follow through on an earlier promise to invest more in original programming. Following straight-to-series orders of new projects from JJ Abrams and Jason Reitman, the company has picked up a half-hour comedy series from Amy Poehler.

“Difficult People” centers on two best friends living in New York, whose typical, irreverent behavior routinely lands them in some awkward situations. Created by Julie Klausner (“Billy on the Street”) and produced by Universal Cable Productions, the series will star Klausner and Billy Eichner (the “Billy” in “Billy on the Street”).

It’s the first collaboration between Hulu and Universal Cable, which is also producing “Hunters,” “Childhood’s End,” and “Magicians” for Syfy, and “Stanistan” and “Mr. Robot” for USA Network. “Difficult People” was previously in development at USA Network, which is owned by NBCUniversal.

“Difficult People” will also be produced by Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions (“Broad City”). Executive producers include Poehler, Dave Becky (“Louie”), and Klausner, who also wrote the pilot. The series will begin production early next year.

This makes the third major original programming commitment from Hulu in 2014. JJ Abrams is producing “11/22/63,” an event series based on Stephen King’s best-selling book about the JFK assassination. Reitman is producing “Casual,” a half-hour comedy series about a dysfunctional family headed by a bachelor brother and recently divorced sister.

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