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Fan Appreciation: More Movies

March 16th, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

Our content partners reached into their vaults for today’s Fan Appreciation reveal, pulling out a handful of movie titles for Hulu. There’s something for everyone, with titles ranging from In the Line of Fire, which stars Clint Eastwood as a Secret Service agent charged to protect the president from a psychopathic assassin (John Malkovich), to Bustin’ Loose, with Richard Pryor as an ex-convict who’s forced into driving a busload of kids across the country.

You’ll also find Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco, with Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale dancing away the end of an era (and a bit of Jennifer Beals and Robert Sean Leonard, too); the original The Blue Lagoon starring a teenage Brooke Shields; and the movie that made all of us wary about finding a roommate through the newspaper, Single White Female.

Meanwhile, the late great John Candy is a daft private eye searching for a kidnapper in Who’s Harry Crumb?, and Kevin Costner tries his hand as a naval officer/CIA agent in the 1987 thriller No Way Out.

For your consideration tomorrow: A lineup of Saturday morning-worthy animation. Check the Fan Appreciation page tomorrow for all the titles.

Rebecca (),
Editor

Last comment: Mar 17th 2009 5 Comments

More Episodes of Your Favorites

March 13th, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

More, more, more! You asked for more Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so for the second day of Hulu’s Fan Appreciation week, we knew we had to bring it.

And now Season 3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is available on Hulu. A longtime Buffy fan myself, this might be my favorite season of all: Not only does another slayer, Faith (Dollhouse‘s Eliza Dushku), arrive in Sunnydale, but this is the season with vamp Willow (see: The Wish) and a hell of a graduation day (the two-part season finale).

But wait, there’s more. In addition to Buffy, you can catch more seasons of these Hulu fan favorites:

- Outer Limits, the ’90s remake of the eerie sci-fi anthology. (We’re rolling out more seasons weekly, but select episodes will not be available.)

The A-Team, which needs no explanation; just enjoy Seasons 4 & 5.

House Hunters, the HGTV real estate series.

Deserving Design, Trading Spaces‘ Vern Yip’s home makeover show.

Chicago Hope, the ”other” 1990’s medical drama.

Da Vinci’s Inquest, the forensics series imported from Canada.

Hill Street Blues, the seminal cop show that made shows like NYPD Blue possible.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, a 1960s look at life on a submarine.

In addition, we’ve added more episodes of The Pretender, Lou Grant and Remington Steele. (Our content partners were unable to clear the music used in the missing episodes, though we’ll continue to work with them to get these online.)

In one of our blog posts yesterday, Jason pointed out that, if you started now, you could watch videos continuously on Hulu until January 7, 2010. With all this new content, I think it’s safe to say you’d be busy through the end of that week, if not longer, if you decided to try it out.

We have more on the way for Monday — check our Fan Appreciation calendar next week for all the updates.

Rebecca (),
Editor

Last comment: Oct 25th 2017 8 Comments

And the Winners Are…

March 12th, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

To celebrate Hulu’s one-year anniversary, we picked our favorite videos in a variety of categories and asked you to vote for your favorites. The winners are revealed on our Hulu Awards spotlight page, where you can see which clips cleaned up. Some categories were nearly too close to call, but others — “Shows we’d bring back,” anyone? — were determined in a landslide vote.

Your pick for the clip that keeps on giving wasn’t a surprise to me: It was one of my personal favorites, too. It’s The Office at its finest, a slow build that culminates in chaos, with each star displaying the character quirks we’ve all come to know and love.

Winner: Clips that will have us laughing in 15 years:

In the “Shows we’d bring back” category, I was expecting a close race between the critically acclaimed Arrested Development and fan-favorite Firefly. In the end, though, it’s no surprise Joss Whedon’s short-lived, futuristic space Western won the race in a landslide, given how fervent Whedon’s fans are.

Along the same lines, a close look at some Notable Trends brought another Whedon creation, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog to the top of our “Most Embedded” list, followed by the Presidential Inauguration and a string of SNL clips, including many of the political sketches that made the series a watercooler topic.

You can check out the other award winners and more notable trends from the Hulu Awards page, where you can watch the user favorites and click through to our chart-topping videos.

Thanks for voting, and thanks again to all our fans for making Hulu’s first year a lot of fun.

Rebecca (),
Editor

The Hulu Awards: Funniest Clip

March 2nd, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

With the Hulu Awards in full swing, you can vote on your favorite video in each of 10 categories as often as you like until March 11th. The first category — clips that will have us laughing in 15 years — represent some of the funniest, most timeless moments on Hulu.

As we compiled the list, we knew we had to include our most popular clip to date, the Cable PSA featured on Talkshow with Spike Feresten. As Mae struggles with the concept, one thing is clear: this little sketch was more effective at communicating the switch to digital TV than anything the networks and government produced.

Along with Mae, we have a recent clip from The Office, A Lesson on Fire. It’s a slow build, but the payoff is great: complete chaos in the Scranton office, thanks to Dwight’s important safety demonstration.

Next up, Jack lets a job applicant know the position is all his in Garkel from
30 Rock. The punchline comes at the very end, and demonstrates the sly humor that’s made the series an Emmy winner.

Send Conan O’Brien and Mr. T on an apple-picking adventure, and you’ve got comedic gold courtesy of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. I’ll let the clip speak for itself:

And finally, Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg crew came up with a special Christmas gift, one that’s easy to do in three simple steps: Dick in a Box. While the 2008 political coverage put Saturday Night Live back in the spotlight, some might say this digital short from late 2006 marked the return of the series.

And there you have the contenders for Clips that will have us laughing in 15 years. Vote for your favorite, then check out the rest of the categories, which we’ll be covering in the blog throughout the voting period. You can vote as often as you like; polls will close at 12:01 a.m. PST on Wednesday, March 11th. We’ll announce the winners on March 12 — Hulu’s one-year anniversary.

Rebecca (),
Editor

Last comment: Apr 28th 2009 7 Comments

Hulu Awards: Polls Now Open

February 26th, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

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For Hulu’s upcoming one-year anniversary, we’ve gone through thousands of videos to come up with some of our favorite videos currently available on hulu.com. We’ve narrowed the field down to 10 categories, recognizing everything from Family Guy and Saturday Night Live to the underappreciated shows we think deserve a second shot. Now we leave it up to youto vote for the best in each field.

You can go to the Hulu Awards spotlight page to see the contenders, watch clips and vote for your favorites. You can vote as often as you like — just click on the “vote” button underneath your pick for that particular category to cast your vote. Polls will close at 12:01 a.m. PST on Wednesday, March 11, and we’ll tally up the results then. Winners will be announced on our anniversary, March 12, when we’ll also reveal some viewer favorites on hulu.com and across the web.

Think you have a better choice for a song worthy of Rock Band, or any of the other categories? You can use the Hulu Awards discussion boards to share and discuss your top picks with the rest of the Hulu audience.

We’ve also set up a Hulu Awards widget that allows you to embed our picks directly on your web page or blog. Simply grab the embed code from the Hulu Awards page and then paste it on your site.

Stay tuned through the next few weeks for more insight into each of the Hulu Awards categories, and remember to vote often!

Rebecca (rebecca.harper@hulu.com),
Editor

Last comment: Apr 20th 2012 2 Comments