There is one thing you can say about sites that stream movies and television shows… they aren’t bound to the same rules as the networks are. Especially when it comes to scheduling. There is no scheduling.
They’ve developed three original shows. Spoilers is peaking my interest the most. Kevin Smith hosts a show dedicated to talking about films. Not so much a review show but rather a fan based discussion with “animation, reenactments, interviews and passionate conversation” about the summer films they (and most likely we) love. Spoilers premieres next week on June 4th. Set your reminders.
The two other Hulu Originals are “We Got Next”, which is about four friends that play basketball together, but somehow mess up each others lives with their antics. And the other original is “Up To Speed”, a travel show with Speed Levitch, a host that takes viewers around the country explaining how objects have influenced our history. It’s produced by Richard Linklater (“Bernie,” “Dazed and Confused”).
Again, the cool thing about streaming sites is they can do things other media sources can’t. Like find interesting shows around the world and present them to the audience. Some of these shows don’t fit cable or network programing guidelines because they may be the wrong demographic, or they might be too few episodes in a season.
“Rev.’ is a comedy about a vicar (minister) that gets uprooted from the country and sets up in the big city. “The Yard” looks like the cast of Goodfellas were turned into kids and put in a school yard. Pramface deals (comically) with the woes of a couple of teens that have one night of fun, but suffer the fertile consequences. Derren Brown amazes people on the web, as he’s done in England, with magic tricks and illusions. And The Promise is a dramatic mini-series about a girl Erin, who lives in present day Israel, and her grandfather, who was part of the peace-keeping force in Palestine at the end of WWII. Little Mosque comically portrays a Muslim family that lives in Canada. And last but not least we have The Booth at the End, a sort of fantasy or supernatural drama about a nameless man who offers you a deal in order for you to get what you most want. It was featured last summer on Hulu, and the second season will be coming this summer. I watched the first season (only 5 episodes) and I can tell you, the first 5 minutes were the most compelling 5 minutes ever, until you see the last 5 minutes. I’ll be reviewing this one on The Funky Q Review.
So that’s it. Check back with Hulu this summer or follow them in the various ways that you can. I’ll make an effort to post on any programming I catch. Later.