Category: Hulu

Hulu announces new Kevin Smith movie review show and other originals

Kevin SmithKevin Smith continues to expand his multimedia empire (and give his pals a place to yak) with a new movie-themed show on Hulu this summer. "Spoilers" is hosted by Smith and is described not as a show to review movies but to "revere" them.

"I have always wanted to do a show that provides an open forum for real fans to discuss real movies in real time," Smith said in a statement.

The show will feature Smith and special guests gushing over the latest blockbusters, picking apart favorite scenes and debating any bit of minutiae that comes to mind.

In additon to Smith's movie series, Hulu will also introduce "Up to Speed" from producer Richard Linklater: The show follows tour guide Timothy "Speed" Levitch as he explores the more "off-the-beaten-path" tourist spots in America (less Grand Canyon and more luckiest subway grate in NYC). The reality travelogue premieres in August.

Also in August is the premiere of the site's comedy series "We Got Next," about a pickup basketball team of four guys, which captures their patter and advice-giving (usually terrible). Paul Bartholomew, Lance Barber, Bumper Robinson and Bill Fagerbakke star. The series was co-created by Kenya Barris, who also co-created "America's Next Top Model."

The site will also introduce several exclusive series, including the British shows "Rev.," "Derren Brown: Inside Your Mind," "Pramface" and "The Promise" and the Canadian series "The Yard" and "Little Mosque."


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Photo: Kevin Smith. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Associated Press.

Hulu adds new original series, including 'The Awesomes' from Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers

Hulu hosted its upfront presentation in New York on Thursday and unveiled its latest original programming additions, including an animated series from "Saturday Night Live" head writer Seth Meyers.

"The Awesomes," from Meyers and fellow "SNL" writer Michael Shoemaker, is described as, "An unassuming superhero and his cohorts battle diabolical villains, the ever-present paparazzi, and a less-than-ideal reputation as second-class crime fighters." It's expected to debut on the site sometime in 2013.

The site is also set to debut a travel series called "Up to Speed," which follows tour guide and historian Timothy "Speed" Levitch to forgotten and obscure tourist destinations around America, such as San Francisco's shoe garden and the luckiest subway grate in New York City. It will debut this summer.

"We Got Next" will debut later this year and features four friends who bond on the basketball court as they deal with the realities of their lives. Kenya Barris, Hale Rothstein and Danny Leiner star.

The site also announced an upcoming reality music competition called "Don't Quit Your Daydream," featuring a cast of all-star musicians traveling the country in search of struggling musicians to collaborate on a possible new hit song.

And "Flow," from creator Michael "Dooma" Wendschuh, whose company worked on the first two "Assassin's Creed' video games and David Belle, the French founder of parkour (that sport where people run up walls).


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Photo: Seth Meyers. Credit: Mike Coppola / Getty Images.


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