Upcoming Hulu Shows We Can’t Wait to Watch
For some time, it seemed like Netflix was the place to go for great original shows, while Hulu was seriously lacking on that front. But over the past few years, Hulu has dramatically improved its slate of originals; in 2017, it became the first streaming service to win an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series for The Handmaid’s Tale.
Some of Hulu’s other great original content has been 11.22.63, Runaways, and Casual. At the moment, the streaming service has an insane number of projects in the works, including some that could compete with Netflix’s biggest hits.
Here’s a look at all of the upcoming Hulu shows we’re excited to watch.
1. Castle Rock
It seems like Castle Rock may be Hulu’s answer to Stranger Things. This new show is based on the work of Stephen King, but it’s not an adaptation of any one particular book. Instead, it’s a new story set in the town of Castle Rock, which pops up in a lot of King’s work.
Based on the trailer alone, the show definitely reeks of King; it even has Bill Skarsgård, the actor who played Pennywise, and Sissy Spacek, the actress who played Carrie. The rest of the cast includes of André Holland (Moonlight), Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures), Jane Levy (Suburgatory), Scott Glenn (The Leftovers), and Terry O’Quinn (Lost).
The show is produced by J.J. Abrams. As is typical of Abrams, the plot itself is still fairly mysterious. But the show will air on Hulu sometime in Summer 2018.
Next: This new horror anthology show will be released just in time for Halloween.
2. Untitled Blumhouse horror series
Blumhouse is the studio behind some of the best horror films of the past 10 years, including Get Out, Paranormal Activity, and Insidious. Now, they’re headed to Hulu with a new horror anthology series.
Like The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror, every episode of this untitled show is going to be its own story. According to Variety, though, there will be a minor narrative through-line connecting them. But unlike Black Mirror, Hulu is planning to release one episode a month. The streaming service has already ordered 12 episodes, which will air over the course of one year.
We don’t yet have any more information about the show. But the first episode will air in October, just in time for Halloween.
Next: This show comes from the creator of one of Netflix’s biggest shows.
3. The First
Beau Willimon created Netflix’s first huge hit, House of Cards. He left the show after Season 4, and now, he’s heading to Netflix’s competitor with his latest series.
The First is created by Willimon, and it’s about the first manned mission to Mars. The story will focus both on the astronauts and their journey, as well as on the astronauts’ families and the ground team, according to Deadline.
For The First, Hulu has signed on a huge star: Sean Penn, who is taking on his first major TV role with this series. Hulu has given The First a straight-to-series order. There’s no specific premiere date yet, but it will come out sometime in 2018.
Next: This show is looking to be Hulu’s Game of Thrones.
4. Queen of Shadows
Everyone who makes TV wants their own Game of Thrones. Now, Hulu hopes that Queen of Shadows can be theirs.
Like Game of Thrones, Queen of Shadows is based on a popular series of fantasy books with “throne” in the title: Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass, which starts off by following an 18-year-old assassin getting out of prison in the kingdom of Adarlan and competing with other assassins to serve as the king’s champion.
According to Deadline, The 100‘s Kira Snyder will write the adaptation, with Anna Foerster (Underworld: Blood Wars) directing the pilot.
Next: This classic ’90s show is being revived for Hulu.
As the TV revival boom continues, the latest classic show to make a return is Animaniacs. Hulu has already ordered two seasons of an Animaniacs revival, which Steven Spielberg will once again executive produce. Yakko, Wakko, and Dot will all obviously be back, as will Pinky and the Brain, who will make appearances in each episode, according to Hulu.
We’re going to be waiting some time for this show, though; it’s not scheduled to come out until 2020.
Next: This show will be an adaptation of a classic novel.
Joseph Heller’s classic novel, Catch-22, is a hilarious look at a World War II squadron where a bombardier tries desperately to be sent home; the squadron is full of ridiculous characters like Major Major Major Major. It received a feature film adaptation in 1970, but now, it’s getting the television treatment.
George Clooney is set to produce a miniseries based on the book for Hulu. In addition to producing, Clooney will also star as Colonel Cathcart on the show, which has received a series order, according to Variety.
The book is only about 450 pages long, and so Hulu doesn’t plan to stretch this series out for longer than necessary; it will only consist of six episodes.
Next: This show will be an adaptation of a classic movie.
7. Four Weddings and a Funeral
Mindy Kaling recently completed her sitcom The Mindy Project, which aired its last three seasons on Hulu. Kaling will continue her relationship with Hulu with a new show, Four Weddings and a Funeral.
This show will be based on the film of the same name starring Hugh Grant. According to Deadline, though, the plan is for this to be an anthology series, with each season taking place in a different location but with the lead being the same.
Kaling is set to write and executive produce the show.
Next: This show is another adaptation of a classic movie.
8. The Warriors
Speaking of Hulu shows based on movies, there’s also The Warriors, based on the 1979 movie about a New York City gang (which was based on the Sol Yurick novel of the same name).
Deadline reported in 2016 that Anthony and Joe Russo would adapt the movie into a one-hour drama series for Hulu. The Russo Brothers have been working with Marvel for the past few years, and they’re the directors of Avengers: Infinity War. However, they previously worked in TV on comedies like Arrested Development and Community.
We haven’t heard about this project since 2016, though, so it’s unclear when The Russos will get around to directing the pilot; they probably won’t have time until after finishing Avengers 4.
Next: This true crime series could be Hulu’s Making a Murderer.
9. The Act
After the success of shows like Making a Murderer, Hulu is getting into the true crime game with its new anthology show, The Act. According to Deadline, each season of The Act will follow a different true crime case, with the first being based on the 2016 BuzzFeed article, “Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom To Be Murdered.”
Written by Michelle Dean, that article followed the case of a single mom, Dee Dee Blanchard, who convinced everyone that her healthy daughter Gypsy was gravely ill. When Dee Dee turned up murdered, no one suspected that Gypsy was responsible.
The show comes from writer Nick Antosca, who also created the SyFy horror anthology Channel Zero.
Next: This new show comes from one of the executive producers of Lost.
10. Locke & Key
Based on the Joe Hill comic book series, Locke & Key follows three siblings who move to their ancestral home in Maine after their father’s murder, only to discover the house’s magical keys that give them otherworldly abilities.
Hulu has now ordered a TV adaptation, with Carlton Cuse (Lost), Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange), and Lindsey Springer (Colony) serving as producers, according to Deadline.
Originally, Andy Muschietti (It) was to direct the pilot, but he was replaced by Derrickson in 2017.
Next: This show is based on a video game series.
The Hitman video game series has already been adapted into two films: 2007’s Hitman and 2015’s Hitman: Agent 47, the latter of which was a reboot but neither of which was a hit. Now, yet another adaptation is in the works, though this one is a TV show instead.
Deadline reported in November 2017 that a Hitman show is now in the works. The pilot is being written by Derek Kolstad, who wrote both John Wick films. Adrian Askarieh and Chuck Gordon, producers of the Hitman movies, will also produce this show.
According to Deadline, Hulu is hoping that Hitman will become one of its flagship shows.
Next: This show stars Chris Pine as a real-life political figure.
12. Untitled Robert F. Kennedy series
Hulu announced in September 2017 that it is working on a new series about Robert F. Kennedy.
Starring in the lead role will be Chris Pine. The show comes from Todd E. Kessler, who has written for shows like The Good Wife. The show will be based on the book Bobby Kennedy: The Making Of A Liberal Icon by Larry Tye.
Like Hulu’s previous show about a Kennedy, 11.22.63, this will be a limited series.
Next: James Franco and Seth Rogen are teaming up for this high school show.
13. Untitled James Franco & Seth Rogen high school show
James Franco and Seth Rogen were first introduced on the high school series Freaks and Geeks, and now, they’ve got another high school show in the works. According to Variety, Franco and Rogen are teaming up to produce a new hour-long high school drama set in the 1990s. Author Kelly Oxford will be writing the script.
This project was announced before multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual harassment against James Franco, but we haven’t yet heard anything about the show being canceled.
Next: Another new comedy series comes from one of the producers of 30 Rock.
From Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) and June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie) comes the new half-hour comedy Unhinged. According to Deadline, the show will follow a middle-aged suburban woman who becomes unhinged, having grown tired of playing nice all the time.
Wilson and Raphael will write and produce the show. Wilson will also star as the main character. 30 Rock executive producer John Riggi has signed on to produce as well.
Next: This show stars an actress who just recently finished up starring in a popular sitcom.
After the end of 2 Broke Girls, Kat Dennings has landed her next comedy. Dollface stars Dennings as a young woman who, after being dumped by her long-time boyfriend, must rekindle the female friendships she had been neglecting for years, according to Deadline.
The show is created by Jordan Weiss, who previously worked on People of Earth. The pilot will be directed by Stephanie Laing (Veep). Margot Robbie will also produce with the same team she collaborated with on I, Tonya.
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