What? Hulu 2014 lineup will include new seasons for original series.The series “Deadbeat,” “East los High” season two and “The hotwives of Orlando” will be launched this year.
Why it matters? Originals are a rapidly expanding part of Hulu’s content. This is particularly interesting for the Hispanic market as “East los High” has an all Latin cast. Other content distributors such as Netflix are also expanding their production of original content.
“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,” said Charlotte Koh, head of development, Hulu Originals.
Hulu has also announced the second season renewal of the series “East Los High,” the first English-language series with an all-Latino cast. This teen drama was one of the top 10 most popular shows on Hulu and Hulu Latino throughout the summer of 2013.
The comedy “Deadbeat,” directed by Troy Miller (“Arrested Development”) and starring Tyler Labine (“Reaper”), Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance”) and Brandon T. Jackson (“Tropic Thunder”) will launch on April 9, 2014. “Deadbeat” is Hulu’s first co-production with Lionsgate Television.
Hulu will distribute reality TV satire “The Hotwives of Orlando” from Paramount Digital Entertainment (“Burning Love”). The show 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”) as six of Orlando, Florida’s housewives who are ready to drink, fight, and cry, sometimes all at the same time.
Adding to its selection of internationally series, Hulu will release the original Scandinavian version of the drama series “The Bridge,” recently adapted for U.S. audiences by FX, as well as the Canadian hit reality-style dance drama “The Next Step,” acquired from BBC Worldwide North America.
The second season of Chris O’Dowd’s semi-autobiographical comedy “Moone Boy” will make a return to the service this spring. In the second half of 2014, Hulu will release second seasons of Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker’s animated hit “The Awesomes” featuring the voices of many current and former “SNL” members, Josh Greenbaum’s compelling docu-series “Behind the Mask” and John Lehr and Nancy Hower’s clever Western comedy “Quick Draw.”