This morning, Hulu held their Upfront at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. It started with a polished video intro hosted by Seth Rogen, who also has a new show coming to the network this fall. Hulu announced the addition of several hit network shows to their lineup, including family drama and NBC hit This is Us, and Donald Glover’s breakout comedy Atlanta. They also inked a deal today to add channels from Scripps Networks, including HGTV and The Food Network.
There are new comedies coming to the network in the coming year, including Seth Rogen’s sci-fi comedy Future Man, which stars The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson playing a janitor who beats an unbeatable video game, and is chosen as the savior to rescue the world from its upcoming demise.
Another new comedy coming this summer, features left wing comedy darling Sarah Silverman, who will be hosting a weekly series from Funny or Die called I Love You, America produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The show promises to see people from both sides of the political spectrum, while in the end showing that everyone is the same, no matter which way you lean.
Original Hulu dramas also being added are Castle Rock, an amalgam of Stephen King characters produced by JJ Abrams, Marvel’s Runaways,” from Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, and The First, about the first human mission to Mars, created and written by House Of Cards’ Beau Willimon. Also added is The Looming Tower, based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer-winning book about 9/11, starring Alec Baldwin, Jeff Daniels and Peter Sarsgaard.
Hulu also confirmed a season two for The Handmaid’s Tale and a season three for The Path.
Their biggest announcement, huge for cord cutters, is that starting this fall, they will officially launch Hulu Live TV with 50 channels for $39.99 a month (beta versions start today). In addition to their normal programming, Hulu will be offering live, as it airs content for all four of the major networks ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX as well as other major networks including CNN, ESPN, and MSNBC.
Hulu hasn’t added any comedy specials yet to compete with Netflix and Seeso, but as they continue to add more and more original content, it’s only a matter of time.