HuTubeFlix: Hulu to Offer Seven Original Shows in 2013
If you’re one of the many people out there who prefer streaming TV shows on Netflix and Hulu over paying $40-$60 a month for cable, you probably were more than just a little giddy when House of Cards finally came out last month. Netflix’s first foray into producing its own original content proved that shows made for the web could be just as good, if not better, than most of what’s on network TV today. When House of Cards became a hit, the medium essentially received the rubber-stamp of success, leading several other companies to now jump head-first into producing shows shown exclusively online themselves. Now, Netflix’s main rival, Hulu, is upping the ante by offering seven original shows this year.
While Hulu technically did beat Netflix to the punch by launching their own programs almost a year before House of Cards first season premiere this February, its programming choices have so far paled in comparison. Battleground, the site’s first original program, is essentially a low-budget version of The Office that lacked any big-name stars and was deservedly panned by critics. But in the wake of House of Cards proving that professional, high-budget endeavors can pay off in multitudes, Hulu’s new shows indicated that they’re taking original content far more seriously.
Joining Hulu’s existant orignal programs (Battleground, Up to Speed, and A Day in the Life) will be four additional shows: We Got Next, The Awesomes, Don’t Quit Your Daydream, and Flow, which feature notable TV stars like Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker of SNL and Adrian Grenier of HBO’s Entourage.
Here are the full descriptions of Hulu’s new shows:
- We Got Next (2012): Four unlikely friends butt heads on the pick-up basketball court and on the sidelines of everyday life. Starring: Kenya Barris (THE GAME, ARE WE THERE YET?, AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL), Hale Rothstein (THE GAME, EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS), Danny Leiner (THE OFFICE, MODERN FAMILY, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, FREAKS AND GEEKS, HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE, DUDE WHERE’S MY CAR?
- The Awesomes (2013): An unassuming superhero and his cohorts battle diabolical villains, the ever-present paparazzi, and a less-than-ideal reputation as second-class crime fighters. Starring: Seth Meyers (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE), Michael Shoemaker (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON) and animation studio Bento Box (BOB’S BURGERS, ALLEN GREGORY).
- Don’t Quit Your Daydream: A cast of famous musicians travel across America in search of could-have-been musical artists to collaborate on a new song giving them a second-chance at stardom. Based on an award-winning documentary by Adrian Grenier and John Loar.Starring: Adrian Grenier; Produced by Virgin
- Flow: When Ed Dante, a hard-working kid from the wrong side of the tracks is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, he begins an epic quest to deliver true justice. To achieve his goal, he must discover the mysteries of an ancient art, uncover hidden worlds and become a hero to a generation. Starring: Michael “Dooma” Wendschuh (show creator, co-founder and president of sekretagent studios: ASSASSIN’S CREED II (2009), ARMY OF TWO (2008), ASSASSIN’S CREED (2007); David Belle (Founder of Parkour); Produced by Agility Studios (producers of The LXD) and the Shine Group (WHO KNEW? IT’S EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS, APPETITE FOR LIFE
While none of the new shows sound quite as monumental as House of Cards, they do at least show that web content is finally on its way to becoming the norm, a fact supported by just how ubiquotous streaming TV shows has become. Hulu itself saw users watch 2.5 billion videos in February, or, as Hulu preferred to put it, “1,000 videos a second.” So if nothing else, the days of having to wait months before (legally) watching your favorite TV shows online may finally be coming to an end.
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