Hulu Takes on Netflix with Summer Shows from Seth Meyers & Chris O’Dowd

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Two weeks ago, Amazon released a slew of pilots onto the web, throwing its hat into an arena that has thus far been dominated by Netflix. Now, however, Hulu has announced a summer line-up that looks surprisingly robust with both original shows and exclusive content.

Of course, pushing out a slate with original shows and exclusive airings of international and domestic content is not a new concept for Hulu. Previously, the streaming network has brought Fresh Meat, Mongrels, The Booth at the End, soap operas like All My Children and One Life to Live, Kevin Smith’s Spoilers and Battleground to its subscribers, but they seem to be raising the bar this time around with shows that will feature Chris O’Dowd, Seth Meyers, Eva Longoria, and a few other familiar faces.

Here’s a look at some of those new shows:

 

First up is the Irish-made Moone Boy, a UK broadcast sitcom that will air exclusively on Hulu here in the U.S. The show was created by former IT Crowd, Girls, and Bridesmaids star Chris O’Dowd, who looks right at home here as the imaginary friend of an awkward 12-year-old who he constantly steers in the wrong direction. Moone Boy debuts July 10th on Hulu, and O’Dowd’s other new series, Family Tree, debuts on HBO May 12th.

Hulu will also import episodes of Israeli drama Prisoners of War (which begins on May 28th), and by way of a BBC/Hulu co-production, The Wrong Mans, an action/comedy/thriller that co-stars former Doctor Who recurring guest star and Tony Award-winner James Corden. The Wrong Mans is set to debut in the fall.

Another exclusive show to Hulu is The Awesomes, an animated show from SNL Weekend Update host Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker that had been initially announced back in 2009 for MTV. The Awesomes debuts August 1st on Hulu. Here’s the synopsis:

After Mr. Awesome announces his retirement as leader of The Awesomes, a superhero task force, his not-so-super son Prock (Seth Meyers) fills the roster with previously rejected applicants, but despite their incompetence and general lack of ability, the team must band together to battle diabolical villains, the ever-present paparazzi, and a less-than-ideal reputation as second-class superheroes.

Former Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria will topline another animated series called Mother Up!, where she’ll play a former music executive and current mom. There was no trailer or release date for this one, but a fall debut is planned.

Hulu notes that this next show is a teen drama featuring an all Latino cast and crew. According to Hulu, the show was developed with:

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.

So all of a sudden I’m getting a DeGrassi vibe. Here’s a look at the synopsis:

“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.

Last year, Ronald D. Moore developed Hangtown, a western pilot with forensic and procedural elements. It never saw the light of day, but now we have Quickdraw, a western/forensics sitcom and Hulu original series from John Lehr, who previously created and starred in 10 Items or Less for TBS.

Here’s a the synopsis

From writer/director Nancy Hower and writer/star John Lehr, “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.

Will these shows be enough to separate Hulu from the (online streaming) pack? Clearly Netflix is trying a different strategy, pouring more money into individual shows in an effort to court known talent and buzz, while Amazon and, to a lesser degree, Hulu, employ more of a buckshot approach to programming.

In the end, though, are they really competing with anyone but themselves in terms of quality and talent? As it stands, it’s hard for one to say that these content venues feel like real networks because, historically, a lot of their shows never felt like they could actually make it on either broadcast or cable TV.

A show like House of Cards took a step toward toppling that perception earlier this year, and there are a few web series (Husbands, Bandwagon) that have done the same, but are any of these new Hulu shows going to build on that? We’ll have wait and see.

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Keep an eye on Screen Rant for more news about Hulu’s slate of new shows.

Source: The New York Daily News & THR

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  1. Hmmm…think I’ll stick to renting stuff from Netflix or picking through new show offerings on their individual websites. Or delve into my massive DVD collection for entertainment: Dark Shadows original TV series and X-Files series (I own both in their entirety), here I come.

  2. The only one I thought might be interesting was Quick draw. The trailer quickly fixed that though.

  3. Season 1 of Moone Boy was excellent, i saw it almost a year ago now. It sucks that it takes so long for shows from the UK to make to the US legally.

  4. I think that this new trend of online sites providing new shows is great in theory. I just don’t think that the content is there yet. Let me say that I absolutely loved House of Cards, all the new pilots from both Hulu and Amazon seem pretty bad. So far Netflix is the only one doing it right, everybody else seems interested in producing only comedies. Hopefully this new trend will give us more quality drama in the future.

  5. If I understand this correctly, Hulu isn’t exactly giving us new shows, just shows that haven’t been seen in the US. That’s got nothing on Netflix and Amazon!

  6. I will not be watching shows on hulu. I had hulu plus for a while, and they still they forced me to sit through 3 mins worth of ads. So I’m done with hulu.

  7. At first Hulu seemed like a nice idea. Day after episodes for Network TV series but after that there is nothing on Hulu. The movie selection on Hulu is just bad and outside of a handful of TV series there is nothing all that special about Hulu. Throw in the ads you have to sit through and watch even though you pay for their service and that just about makes the service a laughingstock. If they included series of HBO, Starz, Cinemax, Showtime, CBS, TBS, TNT, and so on then I think I would be okay with all the ads and it would warrant my money but right now I am going to stick with Netflix.

  8. Quickdraw is hilarious. It improv comedy in a sitcom format. The actors make up tbe dialogue. I’ve enjoyed it.

    The Awesomes isn’t horrible. I keep watching it.

  9. Moone boy is hysterical! Loved every episode!! I liked whites a lot! Wrong mans was worth the watch. When I’m bored I take a few episodes of Prameface. But my all time favorite show on any channel, network or streaming is hulu’s Misfits!!!! I love it! So good! So Addictive! And Simon, oh Simon! Watch it you will see! And I thought I would never like britsh television.

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