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'Runaways,' 'Castle Rock,' And A New Sarah Silverman Series: Is Hulu Just Showing Off Now?

By Tori Preston | Industry | October 9, 2017 |

By Tori Preston | Industry | October 9, 2017 |

In the past handful of days, thanks to New York Comic Con and Hulu’s own marketing efforts, we’ve gotten a taste of the programs coming soon to the streaming service. And while we know it’s simply a coincidence that all this fresh hot newness is landing at the same time that Netflix has revealed it’ll be hiking the subscription fees for its Standard and Premium services, it’s hard not to look at these trailers and think “Damn, Hulu just threw down the gauntlet!” Of course, if Hulu is investing in original programming the way Netflix has, it may only be a matter of time before they raise their fees as well.

But that’s a worry for another day! Right now let’s just bask in glow of Marvel teen angst, Stephen King’s small town Maine, and whatever the hell Sarah Silverman is up to! In order of premiere date:

I Love You, America

Admit it — that’s a title very few people could say with a straight face these days, let alone sing an anthem about. Luckily we have the effervescent Sarah Silverman to tackle our conflicted feelings with a shit-eating grin. The question is — can even she mine laughs out of this subject matter? We’ll find out when the show launches this Thursday, Oct. 12th (with new episodes streaming weekly).

Here’s the synopsis:

From inciting treason to telling poop jokes, Sarah Silverman has created her fair share of online chatter. With I Love You, America, she’s looking to connect with people who may not agree with her personal opinions through honesty, humor, genuine interest in others, and not taking herself too seriously. While it’s great to connect with like-minded people, Silverman feels it’s crucial, now more than ever, to connect with un-like-minded people. I Love You, America comes to Hulu from Funny or Die and is executive produced by Sarah Silverman, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Amy Zvi, Gavin Purcell and Joe Farrell.


Netflix may have the street-level vigilantes of Marvel on lockdown, but Hulu is getting into the Marvel game with their own super-powered comic book show — only this one is full of diverse teens on the run in sunshiny L.A. Oh, and it’s based on a beloved comic created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, and adapted for the screen by the minds behind Gossip Girl, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. So, you know, there’s some pedigree. Which is fitting, because these teens are about to discover that their parents are ACTUAL GODDAMN SUPER-VILLAINS. Remember when you used to think your parents sucked? Yeah, it’s like that only with magicians and mad scientists and aliens and dinosaurs and mutants and some light human sacrifice. NBD. Here’s the trailer, and no your eyes aren’t deceiving you: that is definitely James Marsters (Spike!) as one of the dickhole dads.

Runaways premieres November 21st on Hulu.

Castle Rock

Stephen King. That’s basically all you need to know about this mysterious new J.J. Abrams-produced drama coming to Hulu sometime in 2018. It’s set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, which has appeared in numerous Stephen King stories over the years. It draws from King’s works, but seemingly doesn’t adapt any single story from them. There will be familiar characters, like Scott Glenn’s Alan Pangborn, and then there will be new residents created just for the show. The cast includes Melanie Lynskey, André Holland, Terry O’Quinn… oh, and the original Carrie (Sissy Spacek) as well as the disturbingly sexy new Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) also star. Seemingly not as their other King characters… but I mean, I’m not willing to make any assumptions.

It’s impressive just how little this first look gives away about the plot, while still being compelling as hell. Shawshank is going to play a part somehow? Missing children, upstairs floods, dusty pianos, and burning VHS tapes? Whatever, I’ll watch it.

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Tori Preston is deputy editor of Pajiba. She rarely tweets here but she promises she reads all the submissions for the "Ask Pajiba (Almost) Anything" column at [email protected]. You can also listen to her weekly TV podcast, Podjiba