Hulu presented their upfronts this morning, which means a slew of Hulu news, including the fact that Pen15 and Ramy have been renewed (along with the already renewed Shrill), which is a big deal because these are exactly the kinds of insanely good, diverse comedies that Netflix is currently cancelling (and we’ll have a review of Ramy up soon). In fact, after more than a year as a YouTube TV subscriber, I switched to Hulu Live TV this week because it appears that YouTube TV is phasing out original programming, and most everything that I watch not on Netflix is already on Hulu, including the above three shows and The Handmaid’s Tale. Add to that, The Act, the forthcoming Catch 22 with George Clooney, this summer’s fourth season of Veronica Mars, and Castle Rock, and suddenly, Hulu is actually looking like a real competitor to Netflix, particularly with its stable of network sitcoms. It is legit, and it also appears that Hulu will be bundled with Disney+ in the fall, which makes it an even better streaming platform.
There’s a lot of good stuff (and potentially not-so-good) stuff coming, too, including a Four Weddings and a Funeral series from Mindy Kaling, a High Fidelity series with Zoe Kravitz in the lead, a David E. Kelley series with Nicole Kidman, a Ghostrider series, food-centric programming from Chrissy Teigen, a Theranos scandal movie with Kate McKinnon as Elizabeth Holmes, and an adaptation of Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere that could not be more perfectly developed (it will star Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, and Rosemarie DeWitt, and Lynn Shelton will direct half the episodes).
I don’t have to choose, because I gorge on television, but if I did, I’d probably choose Hulu over Netflix these days (especially after the cancellation of One Day at a Time and Santa Clarita Diet, you bastards).
Anyway, none of you are here for the Hulu News. You’re here for the S4 Veronica Mars teaser. It delivers.
Meanwhile, there’s also a trailer for season three of The Handmaid’s Tale, now with more Bradley Whitford and also Mrs. Waterford finally seeing the light.
The Handmaid’s Tale returns on June 5th. Veronica Mars launches on July 26th. It’s gonna be a good summer for TV.