Hulu launches original scripted programming with political drama 'Battleground'

Hulu announced today that the TV and movie streaming website will debut its first original scripted series, the political docudrama Battleground, on Feb. 14. Starring a cast of mostly young unknowns, the show chronicles a hardscrabble primary campaign for the Wisconsin senate. “People hate politics but they love elections,” exec producer J.D. Walsh said in a release. “Campaigns are about good versus evil, our team versus yours, relationships, temptations, power, unimaginable triumphs and heartbreaking defeats. I’m interested in the people behind the people.” You can check out the trailer for the show below: 

Hulu also announced the offbeat travel show Up to Speed from director Richard Linklater (School of Rock), which follows historian Timothy “Speed” Levitch as he tours forgotten monuments (like “the luckiest subway grate in New York City”). It debuts this summer. And in March, the second season of Morgan Spurlock’s A Day in the Life begins its 10-episode run, chronicling a single day of a celebs like Community‘s Joel McHale, comedian Marc Maron, and UFC fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller.

The announcement follows rival Netflix’s aggressive move into scripted programming, including a new season of Arrested Development and executive producer David Fincher’s political drama House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey.

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