Hulu Announces Slate Of New Original Programming Including Its First Original Scripted Series

During the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour, Hulu announced its original programming slate for the first half of 2012, including the launch on February 14 of its first original scripted series, “Battleground,” executive produced by JD Walsh, Hagai Shaham and Marc Webb (“The Amazing Spiderman,” “500 Days of Summer”).

In addition, Hulu will premiere the second season of its first original series, Morgan Spurlock’s “A Day in the Life” in March. And this summer, Hulu will offer exclusive access to acclaimed writer/director Richard Linklater’s first episodic documentary series, “Up to Speed.” All three shows will be available exclusively on the free, ad-supported Hulu service and the Hulu Plus subscription service.

“Battleground”
Hulu’s first original scripted series “Battleground” is set in the world of political campaigns in the battleground state of Wisconsin. Advancing the faux documentary-style workplace dramedy, “Battleground” explores the behind-the-scenes chaos of an unruly band of campaign workers and volunteers who leave behind ordinary lives for the madhouse. It’s about life on the campaign trail and the people who are drawn to it. Running the campaign of a distant third-place candidate, campaign manager Chris “Tak” Davis needs a team that is aggressive, smart and driven…or available. As the Wisconsin senate race begins to take on national implications, Tak must overcome corrupt politicians, staff in fighting, and his own personal vices to win the primary – all while a camera crew follows his every move. “Battleground” premieres Tuesday, February 14, 2012 – right in the heart of the GOP primary season. New episodes will launch every Tuesday on http://www.hulu.com/battleground.

Cast includes: Jay Hayden (“Chris ‘Tak’ Davis”); Teri Reeves (“Kara ‘KJ’ Jamison”); Jack De Sena (“Cole Graner”); Ben Samuel (“Ben Werner”); Lindsey Payne (“Lindsey Cutter”); Jordan T. Maxwell (“Jordan T. Mosley”) and Alison Haislip (“Ali Laurents”).

“A Day In The Life”
The first season of Morgan Spurlock’s “A Day in the Life” documented the ordinary lives of extraordinary people, from multi-platinum musician will.i.am and music sensation Girl Talk to street artist Mr. Brainwash and mogul Sir Richard Branson. Hulu renews its successful first original series to deliver 10 new episodes of “A Day in the Life.” For season two, Spurlock captures the daily routines of highly motivated individuals as they follow their passions, including actor Joel McHale, comedian Marc Maron and UFC fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller, among others. Spurlock and his producing partner Jeremy Chilnick produced “A Day In The Life” through Spurlock’s production company, Warrior Poets. For more, visit http://www.hulu.com/a-day-in-the-life.

“Up To Speed”
Filmmaker Richard Linklater, best known for his movies “Dazed and Confused,” “School of Rock,” “Waking Life,” and Oscar-nominated “Before Sunset,” has created a new docu-series for Hulu called “Up to Speed.” The show represents Linklater’s first foray into episodic 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. John Sloss and Dana O’Keefe will serve as executive producers of “Up To Speed” on behalf of Cinetic Media.