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Hulu at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour

July 31st, 2013 by Andy Forssell Acting CEO and SVP of Content

This morning at The Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, we had the opportunity to share with an audience of distinguished TV critics a few of the 10 new shows on our upcoming slate of Hulu Original and Exclusives Series.

We’ve been talking about our line-up of Hulu Original and Exclusive Series all year–from announcing our 2013 slate of shows in January, to giving a sneak peek to Madison Avenue advertising heavyweights at the Hulu Upfront in April.

We began the treasure hunt for smart, distinctive TV content in 2011, as we aspired to be a home for great TV and help viewers find and enjoy the shows they love. We introduced some initial shows—shows from both the U.S. and the U.K. —shows we looked at and said “this is really great TV,” and from the enthusiastic response from viewers like yourself, we found that many of you agreed.

Since 2011, we have continued to delight our audience by introducing shows we’ve hand selected just for them—shows they’re seeing for the first time, and falling in love with, on Hulu. This year, we continue to deliver the great TV shows you have come to expect and enjoy from us, and give you a reason to come to Hulu to watch shows you can’t find anywhere else. 

At the end of this year looking back, we will have launched about 20 titles, including shows like “The Awesomes” (launching tomorrow, Aug. 1), “Quick Draw” (Aug. 5), “Behind the Mask” (Oct. 29), “Mother Up!” (Nov. 6) and “The Wrong Mans” (Nov. 11), which we showcased today in front of a crowd of television critics.

We’re also excited to announce for the first time, several new exclusive shows we’re bringing to the service later this year: “Run” (Aug. 20), a powerful four-part drama about inner city life starring Olivia Colman (“Rev”) and Lennie James (“Line of Duty”), “Fugget About It” (Oct. 13), an outrageous animated sitcom about the misadventures of Jimmy Falcone, a former mob boss who enters witness protection in small-town Canada, and “The Strange Calls” (Oct. 19), about bizarre late-night phone calls in a place where people turn to chickens and mermen go to the school dance. Fans can also expect the returns of hit series found exclusively on Hulu and Hulu Plus, “Misfits” (season 5) and Chris O’Dowd’s “Moone Boy” (season 2).

You can expect to see our number of first-run titles double in the next couple of years as we find more and more great shows to engage and excite viewers. We’re getting bigger and we’re getting better, and today we’re giving you just a sampling of some of the original and exclusive shows you’ll see from us this year, and can expect to see from us in the coming years. Happy watching, and let us know what you think.

The Awesomes

Quick Draw

The Wrong Mans

Last comment: Sep 8th 2013 4 Comments
  • Sorry if finding ads was a surprise. As Joe mentioned, we do have ads because our content is so new and expensive to license. They help to offset these costs and keep the subscription cost low. We do try to make sure the ads you see are relevant to you and keep the duration significantly less than what you’d see on basic cable or satellite.

    Charlie M.
    Hulu Support

  • Jeff Hilburger says:

    The Commercials every 5-10 mins is very annoying and I was surprised to see them on a a Pay service.

  • Hey Adam,

    We focus mainly on current season TV content, so the movies we have will be more like classic films, documentaries, etc. We never claim to be commercial free, so I apologize for the confusion there. Our Ads help offset the cost of the streaming rights required for the current season TV we offer. We actually have the same amount of Ad breaks as traditional TV, but our Ads are 50% shorter in duration! As far as Supernatural goes, or any show for that matter, we rely on the Network & Content Owners to help establish what episodes we can offer. This has to do with the streaming rights put into place. I hope this clears things up for you, but please let me know if there is anything else I can address!

    Joe B.
    Hulu Support

  • Adam says:

    You guys need better movies…if i am paying monthly there is nothing worth watching….
    N u say y’all commercial free that is a lie.. I get ay least 2 commmercials every 5-10 min… N put
    The hole 8 season of supernatural on… I dont like jumping around episodes… U need to fix your site better hulu plus