Hulu has taken the wraps off a slate of new original programs to roll out this year. USA Today reports that the lineup includes "Hotwives of Orlando," which the story describes as "a spoof of Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives’ franchise that stars Casey Wilson, Angela Kinsey and Kristen Schaal as catfighting vixens."
Also on tap is the supernatural comedy "Deadbeat," starring Tyler Labine and Cat Deeley, which is set for 10 episodes with the first due to premiere April 9.
"Hulu also plans new seasons of several returning series including ‘The Awesomes,’ a superhero cartoon from Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker, coming this summer; ‘Behind the Mask,’ a documentary about sports mascots; ‘East Los High’ (summer), a teen drama; ‘Moone Boy’ (April), a family comedy starring Chris O’Dowd; ‘Quick Draw’ (fall), a comedy Western; and ‘Rev’ (summer), a British series about an inner-city vicar," the story reports.
The programming will be offered via Hulu Plus, with some material available on the free Hulu site, the report notes.
"Hulu co-produced ‘Deadbeat’ with Lionsgate studio, and is merely the outlet for ‘Hotwives,’ which hails from Paramount Insurge, the studio behind ‘Burning Love,’ a similar parody of ‘The Bachelor,’" the report notes. "But both fit the service’s quest for projects with ‘an irreverent sense of humor,’ says development chief Charlotte Koh."
Koh adds: "We’re not afraid to take a chance on shows that will require a certain amount of proactive discovery on the part of the audience."