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Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Hulu announces slate of original shows, starting with a series from Kevin Smith


(Hulu.com)
Hulu on Monday announced a slate of new original and exclusive “TV” shows that begin premiering on June 4 on Hulu and the Hulu Plus subscription service.

The summer slate announcement kicks off with “Spoilers,” a half-hour movie "revue" for rabid fans, hosted by filmmaker Kevin Smith (“Clerks,” “Red State”). "Spoilers" launches on Hulu and Hulu Plus on June 4.

In Hulu’s announcement Smith said the show will not so much “review” movies as “revere them,” because rabid fans are “the people I want to hang with.”

In August, Hulu will launch travel series “Up To Speed” by filmmaker Richard Linklater (“Bernie,” “School of Rock,” “Dazed and Confused”) and starring Speed Levitch ("The Cruise").

August also brings the premiere of “We Got Next,” described ad an edgy male comedy co-created by Kenya Barris (co-creator of “America’s Next Top Model”) and Hale Rothstein (writer, producer of “The Game”).

Hulu also plans to offer seven TV shows never before available to U.S. audiences —  “Rev.,” “The Yard,” “Pramface,” “Derren Brown: Inside Your Mind,” “The Promise” and “Little Mosque” — and the second season of sci-fi thriller, “The Booth at the End.”

Here are HULU’s descriptions of its slate:

“Spoilers”
For fans of: “Inside the Actors’ Studio,” “Comic Book Men,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “Conan,” “The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon”
Premieres: June 4, 2012
New episodes premiere every Monday beginning on June 4; Entire series available on August 6
Kevin Smith's Movie “Revue” – This multi-act film extravaganza mixes lively group chats, interviews with movie and pop culture icons and animated shorts. Each week, Kevin, special guests and movie lovers passionately sound off on the year's most anticipated summer blockbusters, gushing over their favorite scenes and debating the details frame by frame. The series, produced by SModCo, premieres on June 4th on Hulu and Hulu Plus at www.hulu.com/spoilers. Ten (10) episodes.

“Up To Speed”
For fans of: “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” “The Cruise,” “Waking Life,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Exit Through the Gift Shop”
Premieres: August 2012
A Travel Show About The Road Less Traveled – This new travel series was created by filmmaker Richard Linklater (“Bernie,” “Dazed and Confused”) and represents his first foray into episodic TV storytelling. Each week “Up to Speed” follows tour guide, historian and flaneur Timothy “Speed” Levitch (“The Cruise”) as he visits the monumentally-ignored monuments of America’s cities, from the shoe gardens of San Francisco to the luckiest subway grate in New York City. The series, produced by Cinetic Media, premieres on Hulu and Hulu Plus in August.

“We Got Next”
For fans of: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “The League,” “Men of a Certain Age”
Premieres: August 2012
A Bro-mantic Comedy – “We Got Next” is a raunchy, sarcastic and out-of-bounds half-hour show about a pick-up basketball team of four guys who should never have been friends in the first place. Each week, the guys’ courtside banter consistently escalates into a run of terrible advice and poor decision-making. Cast includes Paul Bartholomew (“Paul The Male Matchmaker”), Lance Barber (“Big Bang Theory”), Bumper Robinson (“The Game”) and Bill Fagerbakke (“Coach”). Executive produced by Kenya Barris (co-creator of “America's Next Top Model”), Hale Rothstein (writer, producer of “The Game”) and E. Brian Dobbins, with co-executive producer Danny Leiner (“Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle”) directing. The series premieres in August on Hulu and Hulu Plus.

“Rev.”
For fans of: “The Office” (U.K.), “Peep Show,” “Spaced,” “Parks & Recreation,” “House”
Premieres: June 3, 2012
New episodes premiere every Sunday beginning on June 3; Entire series available on August 26
Meet The Rev. Adam Smallbone. From a sleepy, rural parish, the newly promoted vicar has moved to the busy, inner-city world of St. Saviour's in East London. It's a world in which he has little experience, and it shows. It really shows. “Rev.” is a contemporary sitcom about the enormous daily frustrations and moral conflicts of an inner-city vicar. Cast includes Tom Hollander (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Olivia Colman, Steve Evets, Miles Jupp, Lucy Liemann, Simon McBurney and Ellen Thomas. Originally broadcast on BBC Two in the U.K., the show has received widespread critical acclaim, winning the 2011 BAFTA’s “Best Sitcom,” and nominated for the 2012 BAFTA’s “Best Sitcom,” and Hollander receiving a nod for “Best Male Performance in a Comedy Program.” The series premieres on Hulu and Hulu Plus on June 3rd from BBC Worldwide Americas Digital Distribution. Six (6) episodes in season one; seven (7) episodes in season two.

“The Yard”
For fans of: “South Park,” “Family Guy,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Summer Heights High,” “The Wire,” “Archer,” “Arrested Development”
Premieres: June 7, 2012
New episodes premiere every Thursday beginning on June 7; Entire series available on July 12
A mockumentary miniseries that originally aired on HBO Canada, “The Yard” offers a bizarre juxtaposition of two rival cliques of elementary school children, where tension develops much like the quintessential crime-family thriller. The show has comically been referred to by Canadian television critics as “‘The Wire’ and ‘The Sopranos’ with kids.” The cast and crew have respectively been nominated for the 2012 Young Artist Award and the 2011 Directors Guild of Canada Award. The series, brought to Hulu by Entertainment One (eOne) and produced by Whizbang Films, premieres on Hulu and Hulu Plus on June 7th. Six (6) episodes.

“Derren Brown: Inside Your Mind”
For fans of: “Criss Angel,” “Penn & Teller: Tell a Lie,” “Fact or Faked,” “Mythbusters,” “Lie to Me,” “Psych,” “The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon,” “Conan”
Premieres: July 7, 2012
New episodes premiere every Saturday beginning on July 7; Entire series available on July 28
Derren Brown is a performer like none other in the world. He uses psychology, magic, showmanship and suggestion to achieve things that for anyone else would be impossible. In the U.K., he is multi-award winning performer and has done a variety of huge and baffling stunts including predicting the national lottery and playing Russian roulette on live TV. Brown brings his elaborate feats to U.S. audiences in this specially shot compilation. His technique challenges traditional preconceptions of magic in the grand tradition of Houdini and modern performers such as Penn & Teller, David Blaine and Criss Angel. However, Brown’s mind-reading of unsuspecting, everyday people gives magic a new angle that never ceases to amaze. The series premieres on Hulu and Hulu Plus on July 7th. Four (4) episodes.

“The Booth at the End” (Season Two)
For fans of: “The Booth at the End” (Season One), “Lie To Me,” “Bones,” “Castle,” “Grimm,” “Touch,” “Lost,” “Psych,” “Fringe,” “The X-Files”
Premieres: July 2012
Xander Berkeley, best known for his roles as “George Mason” in FOX’s “24” and “Percy” in The CW’s "Nikita," stars as an enigmatic man occupying the corner booth of a diner. He possesses the power to grant desires, contingent upon recipients performing mysterious tasks. This half-hour psychological thriller begs the question: “How far would you go to get what you want?” Directed by Adam Arkin (“Justified,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), season two premieres on Hulu and Hulu Plus in July. Five (5) episodes.

“Pramface"
For fans of: “My So Called Life,” “New Girl,” “Awkward,” “Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “Up All Night,” "Skins” (U.S. and U.K.), “Hart of Dixie,” “One Tree Hill,” “Teen Mom”
Premieres: July 19, 2012
New episodes premiere every Thursday beginning on July 19; Entire series available on August 23
Jamie and Laura are two young, free and single teenagers who, after hooking up at a party, soon find they have a very big complication on their hands. Laura is pregnant. So even though they barely know each other, they now have one thing in common – and it’s getting bigger. “Pramface” brings humor and heart to a tricky subject, following these two unexpected parents-to-be as they try, and frequently fail, to negotiate family, sex and what happens once nine months is up... The series premieres on Hulu and Hulu Plus on July 19th from BBC Worldwide Americas Digital Distribution. Six (6) episodes.

“The Promise”
For fans of: “Homeland,” “Munich,” “Persepolis,” “Pillars of the Earth”
Premieres: August 11, 2012
New episodes premiere every Saturday beginning on August 11; Entire series available on September 1
With nearly a decade of extensive field research on the part of award-winning writer and director Peter Kosminsky, “The Promise” is a BAFTA-nominated, four-part political thriller and love story. The serial drama examines the origins of the Middle East conflict in events that took place under British rule sixty years ago. The bold and honest series cuts between the life of Erin, an 18-year old Londoner in present day Israel and Gaza, and that of her military grandfather who was part of the British peace-keeping force in Palestine at the end of the second World War. The miniseries garnered widespread critical acclaim upon its airing in the U.K. and was subsequently nominated for “Best Drama Serial” by both BAFTA and Royal Television Society. The series premieres on Hulu and Hulu Plus on August 11th. Four (4) episodes.

“Little Mosque”
For fans of: “Modern Family,” “Arrested Development,” “Parenthood”
Premieres: June 28, 2012
New episode premiere every Thursday beginning on June 28; Entire series available on August 23
“Little Mosque” is a light-hearted and comedic fish-out-of-water tale about a small Muslim community that rents the parish hall of a small town church to use as a mosque. The multi award-winning, half-hour series features a cast of both Muslims and non-Muslims in storylines that the New York Times says “explore the funny side of an often misunderstood life.” “Little Mosque” has received awards from around the world including the prestigious “Search for Common Ground Award” for promoting cross-cultural understanding. It has been lauded for its frank and authentic portrayal of real issues within the Muslim community as well as its delicate balance of the irreverent with the reverent. “Little Mosque” is available in 90 countries including Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, United Arab Emirates and Turkey. Produced by WestWind Pictures, “Little Mosque” will premiere on Hulu and Hulu Plus this summer. 91 episodes.

Hulu was founded in 2007; NBC parent NBCUniversal, Fox parent News Corporation, ABC parent The Walt Disney Company, Providence Equity Partners, and the Hulu team share in the ownership of the company.

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