Hulu About to Launch Its First Original Series

Aug 4, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Hulu has picked up its first original series, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog. The online streaming service has signed on to stream a documentary series from "Super Size Me" creator Morgan Spurlock, the story reports.

The show is called "A Day in the Life" and tracks first-hand accounts of famous people’s days, including Richard Branson and will.i.am, the piece notes. The six-episode program will debut Aug. 17.

The deal marks a departure for Hulu, which until now has been known for its streaming of previously aired shows and movies. Repeats will "continue to be the core of this business," said Andy Forssell, who oversees Hulu’s content acquisition and distribution. But the acquisition is indicative of Hulu’s plans to supplement repeat programming with other content.

Hulu earlier this year debuted "The Morning After," a five- or six-minute recap of the previous evening’s television schedule.

"A Day in the Life" will consist of 22-minute episodes. Forssell declined to comment on how much Hulu is spending on the series.

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