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.
AIRED ON 12/11/2013
Season 5 : Episode 8