Hulu Announces Slate of New Originals and Returning Series

Hulu plans to air 12 returning series and four new series under its Hulu Originals banner this season. The streaming video service recently announced its lineup, including renewed shows such as Seth Meyers’ animated superhero series “The Awesomes,” Chris O’Dowd’s comedy “Moone Boy,” docuseries “Behind the Mask,” western comedy “Quick Draw” and popular drama “East Los High.” Premiering this year includes “The Hotwives of Orlando,” “Deadbeat,” “The Bridge” and “The Next Step.”

Reality TV satire “The Hotwives of Orlando” stars Casey Wilson, Angela Kinsey and Kristen Schaal. Supernatural comedy “Deadbeat” stars Tyler Labine, Cat Deeley and and Brandon T. Jackson.

“In addition, the site will air new seasons of ‘Fresh Meat,’ ‘Pramface,’ ‘Elite New Face,’ ‘Line of Duty,’ ‘Moody Family’ and ‘The Only Way Is Essex.’ Those shows previously fell under the Hulu Exclusive banner, but will now be designated Hulu Originals,” explains The Hollywood Reporter.

“In its second season, ‘The Awesomes’ will feature new and returning characters voiced by ‘Saturday Night Live’ castmembers and alums. Hulu said the series’ first season ranked among the top 10 most-watched shows each week that a new episode aired.”

“We think about how a show is complementary and how it won’t compete with what’s on the service already,” said Charlotte Koh, head of development for Hulu Originals. “You want to create an environment for the consumer where they feel like there’s variety.”

Hulu currently features more than 86,000 television episodes and 2,900 television series.

In related news, a new report from Morgan Stanley suggests that Amazon and Hulu could slow Netflix growth this year.

“While the rate of consumers discontinuing their subscriptions may be approaching record lows — a projected 3 percent by the end of 2014 — lead analyst Scott Devitt writes that increased competition from Amazon Prime Instant, Hulu Plus and HBO GO could take away Netflix’s ability to grow its subscriber base in 2014,” reports Forbes.