Hulu Previews New Original and Exclusive Programming for 2013
Hulu's new Original and Exclusive Series announcement is chock full of superheroes-in-training, rogue French cops, high-energy mascots and more. All shows will be available on Hulu.com and the Hulu Plus subscription service.
Hulu's original programming returns later this summer with its first animated Hulu Original Series "The Awesomes," co-created bySaturday Night Live's head writer Seth Meyers and Emmy-winning producer and SNL alum Michael Shoemaker ("Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"). In its second co-production with BBC via BBC Worldwide Americas, Hulu will also present "The Wrong Mans," a comedic thriller created by and starring Tony Award-winner James Corden ("Gavin and Stacey") and Mathew Baynton ("Spy"), directed and produced by Jim Field Smith ("Episodes"). Hulu will also debut docu-series "Behind the Mask" which explores the secret world of sports mascots. The project is created by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Josh Greenbaum and produced by Felipe Marino and Joe Neurater's Occupant Entertainment.
Kicking off in January 2013, Hulu Exclusive Series will premiere exclusively on Hulu and Hulu Plus, including French crime thriller "Braquo," the second seasons of hit Israeli series "Prisoners of War," britcoms "Pramface" and "Fresh Meat," and the fourth season of cult reality drama "The Only Way is Essex" ("TOWIE"). Also joining the line-up is "Mother Up!," an animated adult comedy series starring Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives").
In the past two years, Hulu has launched four distinctive Hulu Original Series from top creative talent, with more in development. Meanwhile, the Hulu Exclusive Series lineup has also expanded to offer viewers 20 premium television shows available exclusively on-demand in the U.S. on Hulu and Hulu Plus. "It's a thrill to share what we have planned in 2013," said Andy Forssell, Hulu's SVP of Content. "We're working with innovative showrunners such as Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker, Josh Greenbaum and James Corden and Mathew Baynton, while releasing a full slate of highly anticipated series exclusive to stateside audiences with beloved stars like Eva Longoria."
HULU ORIGINAL SERIES
Premieres: Summer 2013
"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 ("SNL") and Michael Shoemaker ("Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"). It is the story of the greatest superhero team in history, The Awesomes, and what happens after all the most powerful members leave. The team is led by the possibly under-qualified Professor Doctor Awesome, voiced by Meyers, who is determined to bring these funny-if-flawed superheroes to glory. Meyers and Shoemaker called upon their many friends in the comedy world to voice the characters, including some of "Saturday Night Live's" most celebrated cast and alumni Kenan Thompson, Bill Hader, and Taran Killam. This first animated Hulu Original Series is executive produced by Meyers, Shoemaker, and Broadway Video. Ten (10) episodes. http://www.hulu.com/the-awesomes
"The Wrong Mans"
For fans of: "Spy," "The Office" (U.K.), "Peep Show," "Hot Fuzz," "Chuck"
Premieres: Summer 2013
From Tony Award-winning actor and writer James Corden ("Doctor Who," "Gulliver's Travels," "Gavin & Stacey") and Mathew Baynton ("Peep Show," "Spy," "Gavin & Stacey"), the series centers on Sam (Baynton), and Phil (Corden), two lowly office workers who become caught up in a deadly criminal conspiracy after Sam discovers a ringing phone at the scene of a horrific car crash. Answering this phone turns his world upside down, as he and Phil soon realize it's up to them to step up and save the day. They are in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the wrong skills. They are The Wrong Mans. Hulu's second co-production with BBC brokered by BBC Worldwide Americas, the series is directed and produced by Jim Field Smith ("Episodes," "Butter," "She's Out of My League"). Six (6) episodes. http://www.hulu.com/the-wrong-mans
"Behind the Mask"
For fans of: "Hard Knocks," "Hoop Dreams," "Project Greenlight"
"Behind the Mask" takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes adventure into the colorful and never-before-seen world of sports mascots. Through the eyes of four dedicated performers at the high school, college, minor league and NBA pro levels, "Behind the Mask" takes an authentic look at the sports world's most unsung heroes. Funny, entertaining, and at times poignant, this show tells the moving stories of these real-life Clark Kents, capturing their highs and lows, both inside and outside the suit. "Behind the Mask" is created by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Josh Greenbaum and produced by Occupant Entertainment ("Better Living Through Chemistry," "The Wackness"). Ten (10) episodes.http://www.hulu.com/behind-the-mask
HULU EXCLUSIVE SERIES
"Fresh Meat" (Season Two)
For fans of: "Misfits," "The Inbetweeners" (U.K. & U.S.), "Skins" (U.K. & U.S.), "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Coupling," "The Real World," "Greek" and "Peep Show"
Premieres: January 13, 2013
New episodes premiere every Sunday beginning on January 13th; All episodes will be available on Hulu and Hulu Plus beginning March 3rd
"Fresh Meat" is a BAFTA-nominated comedy drama series about the hilarious and painful truths of being a student from Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong ("Peep Show"). The perils and joys of house sharing in those first university years continue in the second season of this painfully amusing drama. Expect more errors of judgment from JP, the entitled public school boy with good teeth (Jack Whitehall), the crushingly insecure Kingsley (Joe Thomas), the tightly-wound girl next door Josie (Kimberley Nixon), socially-awkward Howard (Greg McHugh), hard-living VOD (Zawe Ashton) and desperate to be cool Oregon (Charlotte Ritchie). The six housemates return to their shared house for the rest of their first year as students with more awkward moments, reinventions and appalling behavior. "Fresh Meat" is made by Objective Productions an ALL3MEDIA Company and made available on Hulu and Hulu Plus from ALL3MEDIA International. Eight (8) episodes. http://www.hulu.com/fresh-meat
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