Press release from Hulu, Aug. 13, 2018:
MINDING THE GAP
Premiere Date: August 17
Crew: A film by Bing Liu. Executive produced by Steve James.
Synopsis: Compiling over 12 years of footage shot in his hometown of Rockford, IL, in MINDING THE GAP, Bing Liu searches for correlations between his skateboarder friends’ turbulent upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity. Liu weaves a story of generational forgiveness while exploring the precarious gap between childhood and adulthood.
CRIME + PUNISHMENT
Premiere Date: August 24
Crew: A film by Stephen Maing. Executive produced by Laura Poitras.
Synopsis: CRIME + PUNISHMENT examines the United States’ most powerful police department through the efforts of a group of active duty officers and a private investigator who risk their careers and safety to bring light to harmful policing practices which have plagued the precincts and streets of New York City for decades. Amidst a landmark class action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, director Stephen Maing chronicles the real lives and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons.
Episode Count: 4
Premiere Date: All Episodes, August 24
Cast: Series stars Phoebe Tonkin (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals), Ewen Leslie (Top of the Lake), Leeanna Walsman (Wentworth), Hazem Shammas, Nicole Chamoun, Jacqueline McKenzie (Deep Blue Sea), Joel Jackson, and Robert Rabiah.
Crew: The series is produced by Matchbox Pictures. Showrunner & writer Belinda Chayko heads a writing team that includes Matt Cameron and Phil Enchelmaier.
Synopsis: On a yachting holiday from Darwin to Indonesia, five Australians come across a broken-down fishing boat, full of desperate asylum seekers. The Australians decide to help, towing the refugees, but when they wake the next morning the fishing boat is gone. Five years later, they meet some of the refugees again and learn the truth. Someone cut the rope between the two boats and, as a result, seven people died when the fishing boat sank. The revelation drives a wedge of mistrust between the Australians, as they grapple with protecting themselves and doing the right thing. The refugees struggle with their desire for justice and, possibly, revenge. Old secrets come to light, relationships are shattered and lives are put in danger. And one question hangs over it all – who cut the rope?
I LOVE YOU, AMERICA WITH SARAH SILVERMAN
Episode Count: 11
Premiere Date: September 6
Cast: Sarah Silverman
Crew: I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman comes to Hulu from Funny Or Die and is executive produced by Sarah Silverman, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Amy Zvi, Gavin Purcell, Bellamie Blackstone, Dave Ferguson and Funny Or Die’s Joe Farrell.
Synopsis: Serving heady concepts in a big, bready, aggressively silly sandwich, Silverman tackles the symptoms of why we are where we are today. With monologues about this very moment coming from her personal point of view, this show aims to venture out of our echo chambers and connect unlike-minded people. The show reunites ourselves with compassion and empathy without missing a comedic beat.
Episode Count: 8
Premiere Date: All Episodes, September 14
Cast: Series stars Sean Penn, Natascha McElhone, LisaGay Hamilton, Hannah Ware, Keiko Agena, Rey Lucas, James Ransone, Anna Jacoby-Heron, Brian Lee Franklin, and Oded Fehr.
Crew: Executive Producers include creator and showrunner Beau Willimon and Jordan Tappis for Westward Productions.
Synopsis: Sean Penn leads an ensemble cast in this near-future drama about a crew of astronauts attempting to become the first humans on Mars. Under the direction of visionary aerospace magnate Laz Ingram (Natascha McElhone), the crew contends with peril and personal sacrifice as they undertake the greatest pioneering feat in human history.
INTO THE DARK
Year-round Event Series
Episode Count: 12
Series Description: In partnership with Blumhouse Television, Into The Dark is a horror event series from prolific, award-winning producer, Jason Blum’s independent TV studio. The series includes 12 super-sized episodes, with a new installment released each month inspired by a holiday and will feature Blumhouse’s signature genre/thriller spin on the story.
Premiere Date: October 5
Cast: Tom Bateman, Rebecca Rittenhouse, David Hull, Aurora Perrineau and Ray Santiago
Crew: Written by Paul Fischer and Paul Davis. Directed by Paul Davis.
Synopsis: A sophisticated hitman with a cynical view on modern society finds his work made more difficult when he has to transport a body on Halloween night, but everyone is enamored by what they think is his killer costume.
“Flesh & Blood”
Premiere Date: November 2
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Diana Silvers, Tembi Locke and Meredith Salenger
Crew: Written by Louis Ackerman. Directed by Patrick Lussier.
Synopsis: Kimberly, a teenager suffering from agoraphobia, has not left the house since her mother’s murder, which remains unsolved. While under the care of her doting father on the eve of Thanksgiving, Kimberly begins to suspect that she is in danger, and that it’s always the ones you love that hurt you the most.
LIGHT AS A FEATHER
Episode Count: 10 Episodes
Premiere Date: All Episodes, October 12
Cast: Series stars Liana Liberato, Haley Ramm, Ajiona Alexus, Brianne Tju, Peyton List, Dylan Sprayberry, Jordan Rodrigues, Brent Rivera, Chachi Gonzalez, Alex Lange, and Dorian Brown Pham.
Crew: Created and executive produced by R. Lee Fleming, Jr. Produced by AwesomenessTV, Wattpad, and Grammnet.
Synopsis: An innocent game of “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board” goes wrong when the five teen girls who played start dying off in the exact way that was predicted, forcing the survivors to figure out why they’re being targeted – and whether the evil force hunting them down is one of their own.
Episode Count: 13
Premiere Date: All Episodes, December 21
Cast: Series stars Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, Allegra Acosta, Annie Wersching, Ryan Sands, Angel Parker, Ever Carradine, James Marsters, Kevin Weisman, Brannagh, James Yaegashi, Brittany Ishibashi, Kip Pardue, and Julian McMahon.
Crew: Marvel’s Runaways is executive produced by series co-showrunners/writers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (The O.C. and Gossip Girl) along with Marvel’s Head of Television and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger). Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski will produce as well. Marvel’s Runaways is a co-production with Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios.
Synopsis: The Runaways have left their homes (and evil parents) behind and now have to learn to live on their own. As they scavenge for food, search for shelter, and take care of one another, our kids begin to realize that, for better or worse, they’re stuck with each other. And it’s up to them to take down PRIDE once and for all. But someone sent a mysterious message to Jonah… Is there a mole in the Runaways? Meanwhile PRIDE is focused on finding their children, and Jonah has his own dangerous plan in mind.