For web savvy individuals under 35, Hulu and Hulu Plus have are bookmarked on our computers and a primary way to watch the television shows you didn’t have time to watch the night before. Therefore with the increase in original programming, and expanded deal with the networks, it is no surprise that Hulu Plus subscriptions passed the 4 million mark. With four new original series, and several exclusive series set to debut this year, I am positive that Hulu will continue to grow with content and in viewers and subscribers.
BRAND NEW ORIGINAL SERIES
THE AWESOMES (PREMIERES AUGUST 1ST 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 about 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. Ten (10) episodes.
QUICK DRAW (PREMIERS SUMMER 2013)
Quick Draw is a comedic half-hour western set in 1875 that centers on a Harvard-educated sheriff and his quest to introduce the emerging science of forensics to an unruly Kansas town. Though the citizens of Great Bend, Kansas are generally unimpressed with Sheriff Hoyle’s (Lehr) educational pedigree, they come to appreciate his sharp mind and sharper shooting as he and his reluctant Deputy Eli (Nick Brown) hunt down robbers, murderers, and the dangerous riff-raff that have plagued the town for years. Eight (8) episodes.
BEHIND THE MASK (PREMIERS FALL 2013)
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. Ten (10) episodes.
THE WRONG MANS (PREMIERES FALL 2013)
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. Six (6) episodes.
HULU EXCLUSIVE SERIES
PRISONERS OF WAR (PREMIERES MAY 28TH 2013)
The series follows the journey of two soldiers as they return to their families after 17 years in an enemy prison. Uri and Nimrode struggle to fit back into society and viewers watch as each makes an effort to restore old relationships and initiate new relationships. As they attempt to start their lives free from captivity, they go through a number of examinations and questionings by a military psychologist. Before long it is discovered that their stories do not match and an undercover investigation ensues. At the same time of this investigation, Uri and Nimrode are on a quest for answers tied to their own captivity. In the second season, the secret continues to be unraveled, but more mystery and unanswered questions are now added to the equation. Fourteen (14) episodes.
EAST LOS HIGH (PREMIERES JUNE 3RD 2013)
East Los High is not your typical high school. Dance, sex, romance and mystery are at the heart of this inner city school in East L.A. where two teenage cousins, Jessie, a 16-year-old virgin, and Maya, a troubled runaway with a violent past, fall in love with Jacob, a popular football player. With this forbidden love triangle, Maya, Jessie and Jacob, along with their close friends, must face true-to-life decisions throughout a turbulent year that will mark their lives forever. A Hulu Exclusive Series, “East Los High” features an all Latino cast, director, writers and creators—many hailing from East L.A. More than 15 leading public health organizations such as Advocates for Youth, Voto Latino, California Family Health Council and Legacy LA, among others, advised on the scripts and content to address teen issues related to relationships and sexuality in a meaningful way. Twenty-Four (24) episodes.
MOONE BOY (PREMIERES JULY 10TH 2013)
Moone Boy, is a warm family comedy series about a young boy growing up in a chaotic and creative household in late 1980s Ireland. A semi-autobiographical series written by and starring Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids,” “Girls”) as the imaginary friend of 11-year-old Martin, the youngest child in the large, loud Moone family. Headed by Martin’s songwriter father, who longs to be an artist and his frazzled mother, this is a family with a lot of love where everyone tends to pull in different directions. Martin has a unique view of life, dealing with enterprising school bullies with the help of his imaginary friend, who also narrates his adventures. But while most boys would dream up a superhero sidekick, Martin’s pal is a man in his mid-30s with the most common name in Ireland. Six (6) episodes.
MOTHER UP! (PREMIERES FALL 2013)
Mother Up! is a 13-episode, half-hour animated comedy series chronicling the misguided attempts at parenthood of Rudi Wilson (Eva Longoria), a disgraced former music exec, as she transitions from the towers of Manhattan to the carpool line of suburbia, where she finds herself alone and hopelessly underequipped to manage her two kids and new life. Bringing her street smarts and urban lifestyle to the suburbs, Rudi confronts the endless challenges of parenthood with a series of misguided improvised solutions, putting her life on the line like never before. Thirteen (13) episodes.
SOAPS on HULU
All My Children and One Life to Live (PREMIERED APRIL 29TH 2013)
Hulu is proud to premiere new daily, half hour episodes of two of the longest running, storied, and respected TV franchises: All My Children and One Life To Live. All My Children revolves around the lives of the residents of fictional Pine Valley. For nearly forty years, this town has seen the trials and tribulations of its dynamic families. One Life to Live follows the complicated lives of three main families: the wealthy Lords, the powerful Buchanans and the strong-willed Cramers. The quiet simplicity of small town living is often interrupted by the drama between them yet despite the struggles, strong family bonds keep them united.
HULU SPOTLIGHT SERIES
The High Road
The High Road is a series of short films starring renowned chef, restaurateur, author, and television personality Mario Batali. Each episode features a celebrity or interesting personality who joins Mario for insightful, candid conversation and a unique adventure to unexpected locales in Mario’s beloved New York City.
Sundays at the Greek
Sundays at the Greek is a weekly music series featuring some of the best bands in the world performing live from “America’s Best Small Outdoor Venue” in the heart of beautiful Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California. Hosted by Carson Daly, each episode features a concert experience complete with backstage access: full song live performances, interviews with the bands, behind-the-scenes features, celebrity fans and much more. This is concert television like you’ve never seen it before!
Money Where Your Mouth Is
A new comedic game show for the man’s man that takes all that great man knowledge your wives and girlfriends deem “useless”, and put it to good use for trumping buddies and snagging their most prized possessions. It’s The Man Show meets MTV’s Remote Control with a little Pawn Stars sprinkled on top.
Love 15 (Alloy show)
A magical, heartfelt series about a middle class, Latino girl who has a scholarship to an elite Prep School. As she approaches her Quinceanera, she battles the “Sweet 16″ politics of friendships, boyfriends, and the wealthier Mean Girl “Heathers” in her class.
I have been watching some of my favorite television shows on hulu for the last two years, and last year I took the bullet and got a hulu plus subscription too. For a television buff like me this was the perfect solution, to the new age problem, which do you watch when three of your shows are on at the same time? I am soooo thankful to prospect park and hulu for airing new episodes of my favorite soaps, it has been the highlight of my year so far, and I watch every morning before heading to class. I am excited to see East Los High, the feel of which reminds me of a mix of Degrassi and South of Nowhere. I like most things that come out of Alloy so Love 15, will most definitely get at least 1 shot. The Wrong Mans and behind the mask both seem like two shows that would be thrilling entertainment. Hulu has become a leader in these new types of “web series”, and I am very excited as to what they will continue to come up with. So what will you be watching? Anything sound good to you on hulu? Anything you want me to check out and review, before you waste your time? Let me know in the comments!