By Sahil Patel
Hulu is set to announce its original programming lineup for 2014, which includes returning series “The Awesomes,” “Quick Draw,” and “Behind the Mask,” as well as previously announced new shows like “Deadbeat,” at CES today.
In terms of new programming, Hulu has set the premiere date for “Deadbeat,” a supernatural comedy starring Tyler Labine (“Reaper”), which will premiere on Hulu and Hulu Plus on April 9, 2014. The comedy follows Labine’s character, a medium who helps New York City’s ghosts settle unfinished business and make their way into the afterlife. Brandon T. Jackson (“Tropic Thunder”) and Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance”) star alongside Labine in the 10-episode first season. Directed and executive produced by Troy Miller (“Arrested Development”), the show comes from co-creators Cody Heller and Brett Konner (“Wilfred) and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment. It is also Hulu’s first co-production with Lionsgate Television.
Hulu will also announce the acquisition of a reality TV satire from Paramount Digital Entertainment. “The Hotwives of Orlando” will star Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings”), Angela Kinsey (“The Office”), Kristen Schaal (“Flight of the Conchords”), and Tymberlee Hill (“Drunk History”) as some of Orlando’s hottest housewives. A premiere date hasn’t been determined for “The Hotwives of Orlando,” which is Paramount’s second web series parodying the reality TV format. The studio distributed all seasons of “Burning Love,” which first aired on Yahoo.
Of the other major announcements, Hulu is also renewing “East Los High” for a second season. The teen drama is notable for being an English-language series with an all-Latino cast. Hulu says the show was one of the 10 most popular shows on Hulu and Hulu Latino last summer. The second season will premiere later this summer.
Hulu will preview its entire originals slate, which also includes the animated comedy from Seth Meyers “The Awesomes,” the western “Quick Draw,” and the documentary series “Behind the Mask.” All three shows will return in 2014 for second seasons.
The full Hulu Originals and Exclusives slate can be previewed below. As is custom with Hulu, the company will also exclusively distribute international programming like “Moone Boy,” “The Next Step,” and “Rev.” on a first-run basis in the US. So in a sense, those are Hulu Originals too, but then we’re just getting into semantics.
HULU ORIGINALS 2014 HIGHLIGHTS
“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 (“Late Night with Seth Meyers”). 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 (“Saturday Night Live”), animated by Bento Box Entertainment (“Bob’s Burgers”). 10 episodes. http://www.hulu.com/the-awesomes
“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. http://www.hulu.com/behind-the-mask
“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. http://www.hulu.com/the-bridge
“Deadbeat” — 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 (“Wilfred,” “The Inbetweeners”), and produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg at Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, the subversive comedy stars Tyler Labine (“Reaper”) 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 (“Tropic Thunder”) plays his best (and only) friend, Roofie. Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance”) 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” 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. http://www.hulu.com/east-los-high
“The 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 (“Happy Endings”), Angela Kinsey (“The Office”), Kristen Schaal (“Flight of the Conchords”), Tymberlee Hill (“Drunk History”), Danielle Schneider (“Upright Citizens Brigade”) and Andrea Savage (“Step Brothers”) 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 (“Childrens Hospital”) and executive producer Paul Scheer (“NTSF:SD:SUV”). Seven (7) episodes. http://www.hulu.com/hotwives-of-orlando
“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 (“Bridesmaids”) 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 (“Gavin and Stacey,” “Mighty Boosh,” “Alan Partridge”), 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.http://www.hulu.com/moone-boy
“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 (“Orphan Black”) production, “The Next Step” is made available to Hulu and Hulu Plus by BBC Worldwide North America. 30 episodes. http://www.hulu.com/the-next-step
“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 (“10 Items or Less,” “Jailbait”) and co-executive produced by Keith Raskin (“Key & Peele,” “The League”). 10 episodes. http://www.hulu.com/quick-draw
“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 (“Pirates of the Caribbean”). Big questions are asked of Smallbone and his wife Alex, played by double BAFTA-award winning Olivia Colman (“Broadchurch”), 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 (“Downton Abbey”) and Joanna Scanlan (“The Thick of It”). “Rev.” is directed by Peter Cattaneo (“The Full Monty”), and is a Big Talk production (“Spaced,” “Hot Fuzz,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”) made available on Hulu and Hulu Plus by BBC Worldwide North America. Six (6) episodes. http://www.hulu.com/rev