Sean Penn stars in Hulu’s The First. Alan Markfield/Hulu A year and a half after Hulu scored big with The Handmaid’s Tale, it continues its search for its next breakout series.Like a developing pitcher with a great fastball, it has a dominant go-to weapon—Handmaid’s was the first show from any streaming platform to win an Emmy for Best Drama. But it doesn’t have any other major players on the roster. Hulu has amassed an impressive library of existing series compared to its rivals Netflix and Amazon. It has created unique and flexible package options for its customers, and it had become the fastest-growing streaming service as of earlier this year. Yet when it comes to original programming, the creative and monetary backbone of any streaming platform, Hulu can’t seem to conjure up a worthy follow-up to its golden child.That’s not to say Hulu’s other originals are bad. The Stephen King–inspired horror … [Read more...] about Why Can’t Hulu Find Its Next Hit Series?
Actor T.C. Matherne says he's really just living in the moment — and who wouldn't?In the past 18 months, the Baton Rouge native who just turned 30 has gone from shooting a Popeyes commercial to working alongside Hollywood heavyweight Sean Penn. In between, he's guest-starred on "NCIS: New Orleans," and will be seen next year on HBO's "True Detective" and on the big screen in "Godzilla: King of the Monsters."For now, you can catch Matherne in the new Hulu streaming series "The First," in which he plays Jason, the assistant to space program director Laz Ingram (Natascha McElhone). Academy Award winner Penn, 58, stars as astronaut Tom Hagerty in the fictional story centering on efforts to send the first crewed mission to Mars.Matherne appears in seven of the season's eight episodes."It started out, I think, as a smaller part than it ended up being," Matherne says. "I think I was only written into maybe the first two episodes. So I went in for a week, and then the next week they … [Read more...] about ‘The First’: Baton Rouge actor takes off in new space series on Hulu
Streaming service gains on competitors DirecTV Now and Sling TV Sean Burch, provided by Published 8:03 am PDT, Monday, September 17, 2018 Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Hulu Hits 1 Million Live TV Customers Ahead of Emmys 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Before it looks to keep its Emmy success rolling on Monday night, Hulu has another milestone to celebrate: hitting 1 million Live TV subscribers. After launching its Live TV platform 16 months ago, the streaming service recently passed the mark, TheWrap has learned. Read the full article on The Wrap … [Read more...] about Hulu Hits 1 Million Live TV Customers Ahead of Emmys
0 Comments By Elizabeth Winkler Sept. 17, 2018 6:03 a.m. ET Disney DIS -1.27% may be better off battling Netflix without Hulu. The media giant will gain control of the video-streaming service as part of its acquisition of assets belonging to 21st Century Fox . FOX 0.09% But it still won’t have full ownership, and Hulu’s losses are mounting. Selling the unit would be a straightforward way for Disney to cut debt and free up resources for its own streaming endeavors. Hulu reported 20 million U.S. subscribers in May, compared with 58 million for Netflix at its latest quarter-end. Netflix also has 77 million international subscribers; Hulu has yet to venture abroad. The difference between the two, which launched streaming platforms around the same time, is that Netflix spent every day focused on winning subscribers, while Hulu focused on generating revenue for its owners. Ownership of Hulu is currently split four ways between Disney, Fox and Comcast —all … [Read more...] about Disney Doesn’t Need Hulu to Challenge Netflix
"I've always seen science and art as really cut from the same cloth," Willimon tells TheWrap Ashley Boucher, provided by Published 6:12 am PDT, Friday, September 14, 2018 Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 ‘The First’ Creator Beau Willimon Tells Us What the Hulu Drama Is ‘Actually About’ 1 / 1 Back to Gallery (Spoilers ahead for “The First” Season 1) Hulu’s new series “The First” is more about the journey to Mars, creator Beau Willimon says. It’s also about “human journeys” inward. Read the full article on The Wrap … [Read more...] about ‘The First’ Creator Beau Willimon Tells Us What the Hulu Drama Is ‘Actually About’