Hulu Announces Three New Original Series, Including an Animated Witness Protection Sitcom, and Puts Dates on Several More

One day your grandkids will say to you, "You used to watch shows on a television? Loser." And then you'll cry because you'll be old and unable to control your emotions and bowels. But your kids will have a point. The television set has one foot in the grave, and if you don't get hip to the new tech, you will be a loser.

Hulu is trying to help you out with that, and today it (re?)confirmed premiere dates for several previously announced series and released some details on three brand-spankin'-new shows. Let's run 'em down:


The Awesomes (August 1)

This animated series comes from Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer Michael Shoemaker. It follows a league of superheroes that's crippled when its most prominent member departs, leaving control of the organization to a new guy (voiced by Meyers). You can watch the premiere episode now if you have Xbox Live. Just fire up the console and scroll around, you'll find it. 


Quick Draw (August 5)


This half-hour comedy is also... a Western! Set in 1875, Quick Draw tells the story of a Harvard-educated professor-turned-sheriff of a small Kansas town. While its residents are impressed with his sharp-shootin', he just wants to solve crimes using forensic methodology. 


Run (August 20)

How about some drama? Run is a four-parter about a quartet of seemingly unconnected people in an inner city. Olivia Colman and Lennie James star. You'll probably laugh, you'll probably cry. 


Fugget About It (October 13)

Another animated series, this one about a big-time mob boss who enters the witness protection program and relocates to Canada. Here's a tagline that should give you an idea of what we're looking at: "It's a fish-out-of-water story, but these fish are sharks!"


The Strange Calls (October 19)

This supernatural comedy follows a cop demoted to night watch in a boring town as he teams up with a weirdo to investigate various paranormal activities. The Hulu press release promises the following: "a place where people turn into chickens, mermen go to the school dance, and a mysterious radio jingle can transform you into a lawn-mowing zombie."


Behind the Mask (October 29)

Ever wonder what the inside of a mascot's head smells like? Well this show, a behind-the-scenes look at the costumed figures who prance around at sporting events, better tell us.


Mother Up! (November 6)

In this half-hour animated comedy produced by and starring the voice of Eva Longoria, a woman goes goes from being a big-city music exec to being a suburban mom of two kids. The key words here are "Eva Longoria." 


The Wrong Mans (November 11)

This BBC co-production comes to America exclusively on Hulu and is about a pair of office workers who accidentally get involved in a conspiracy when one of them finds a cell phone at the scene of a car accident. It looks like a black comedy, but it's also light enough to feature some Belle & Sebastian on the soundtrack. 


Also announced were the U.S.-exclusive returns of the U.K. series Misfits, which is coming back for Season 5, and Moone Boy, which will be back for Season 2. Misfits you probably already know; it's about super-powered teens. But Moone Boy is also worth a look. It stars Chris O'Dowd (The IT Crowd, Family Tree) as the imaginary friend of a young Irish kid who's trying to not get his ass kicked in school and also dealing with his family. It's good, and Season 1 is available on Hulu now. Go watch it.

Any of these sound good to you? Quick Draw and The Wrong Mans look pretty solid to me.

 

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Dec 12, 2013
I prefer the original Misfits. Nathan was a fucked up piece of AWESOME!
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Aug 01, 2013
None jump out at me.
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Aug 01, 2013
But what about Booth at the End...?
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Aug 01, 2013
The Strange Calls sounds interesting. Quick Draw & The Wrong Mans seem OK, but I am not sure they're funny enough. I will give the first episode of both a try though.
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Aug 01, 2013
I was hoping for some more humour from The Awesomes trailer, but the premise is good enough for me to check out.

Run sounds like Six Degrees, and I've always had a thing for those interconnected dramas, so I might give that a go too. Same with The Wrong Mans.

I sort of want Misfits to finish so that I can watch it all at once, and Moone Boy looks really interesting.
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Aug 01, 2013
So . . . Quick Draw is a procedural mystery period-drama comedy western.
What could possibly go wrong?

we should start a write-in campaing asking the producers to add in a character who is an alien ghost.
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Aug 01, 2013
pass on all of them
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Aug 01, 2013
The bigger problem here is one of perception. Netflix is more known for appearing on a television and Hulu is more known for appearing on a computer. Both can be accessed in both places, but it's still the common stigma. All I can think is how cheap and lame a Hulu original must be. When I heard "cartoons," I thought "They must look cheaper than that Car Talk cartoon that was on PBS five years ago."
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Aug 01, 2013
True, but Lilyhammer looked just as cheap.
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Aug 01, 2013
I may be a bit biased, since I don't have Hulu Plus, but based on the trailers and descriptions, none of these really seem to be must-watch shows. That's not to say they can't be entertaining shows (the most interesting seem to be The Wrong Mans, The Awesomes and possibly Strange Calls), but I don't know if this set of shows will be able to compete with what Netflix has to offer. Though, again, I may be biased since I have and love Netflix.

Also, I have to agree with JT_Kirk, Quick Draw looks horrible.
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Aug 01, 2013
Fugget About It is a Canadian production that airs late night on the Teletoon channel in Canada. Funny...?...meh....
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Jul 31, 2013
So these are on Hulu, which means they'll have more commercials than if they aired on network, eh? Cannot stand Hulu due to the offensive over the top pushiness of their ads.

The Awesomes looks like a show that Comedy Central would put on and then cancel.

Quick Draw could be awesome were it not... that. If that trailer is accurate, yikes, what a misfire (pun intended).

The Strange Calls sounds interesting, The Night Stalker (the tv show, not the serial killer) meets something else. Ok, I petered out on that one, sorry. But it could be watchable.

Behind The mask, what was that trailer supposed to tell me? It didn't look like anything.

Yeah, nobody wants to watch Eva Longoria be an animated sitcom mother. This stinks of hollywood elitism thinking they're the only thing that matters. And that's coming from someone literally born and raised in Hollywood.

The Wrong Mans, had to fast-forward past the "what's Hulu" gags, sorry. And then the trailer said absolutely nothing, looked nice though.

The Strange Calls gets my singular vote.
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Aug 01, 2013
Hulu ads crossed from pushiness to harassment a long while ago. I use to watch a lot of stuff on there, but thankfully, my cable company now has most everything On Demand except for ABC Family stuff. It's honestly such a relief not to have to sit through endless insurance, credit card, power drink, and cereal commercials over and over again and again..

I can't understand why they don't see how awful that is and limit one product commercial per episode per show. If they did that, I might be fine with it. To be that clueless and/or greedy is unbelievable. Then again, they heartlessly slaughtered the message board community for each show in favor of forcing Facebook on people, so I shouldn't be surprised.
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Aug 01, 2013
TWC's On Demand has commercials and can't fast forward (FF)/skip. :(
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Aug 01, 2013
My TWC OnDemand has fast forward/skip for a lot of shows, it's the carrier that decides to restrict and add commercials.
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Aug 04, 2013
Hmm, I am using the RC from TWC. Maybe that's the problem? However, DVR says it can't be FF so I doubt it is the RC? :(
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Aug 03, 2013
I'm using the DCX3400 as well, but not the version of the OS that connects to the TWC Android/iOS apps (I'm planning on clearing it out and getting that one soon). Also, I'm not using the remote supplied, I'm using universal remotes with the 30-second skip button (the old TWC remote let you remap buttons to do that, but the new one that looks the same doesn't).
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Aug 03, 2013
Captain Kirk: Interesting. Hmm! Which DVR? I am using Motorola DCX3400 with its iGuide.
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Aug 03, 2013
I'm also in LA.
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Aug 03, 2013
Really? Where? I am in L.A. area.
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Aug 01, 2013
It varies, I guess. I just watched NBC's Camp the other night without a single break. Usually, NBC shows have a Leno or rFallon commercial each break unless promoting something like Grimm each time.
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Jul 31, 2013
it's a shame that Moone Boy is only on Hulu, it's a good show but I don't think many people will find it there.. plus it'd be nice if they'd put it on Blu-ray..

Misfits' series 5 will be it's last. also a shame that it's not on Blu-ray in America, even though it is in the UK.

the only other one I'd be interested in is Run, but I don't like to stream stuff on my computer, I watch TV to get AWAY from the computer lol
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Aug 01, 2013
Is that true about Misfits? I just said in my comment above that I was waiting for it to finish so I could watch it all at once.
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Aug 01, 2013
yeah, E4 announced it in April or so.. I'll have to break down and order a complete 1-5 set from the UK (since the Blu-rays are region free) once it finally ends, I'd been holding out.
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Jul 31, 2013
Run was on Channel 4 about two weeks ago. Its meant to be really good. Moone Boy is also worth a look. Nowt else here to interest me.
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