Seth Meyers’ schedule just got even busier. He’ll return to Saturday Night Live with new “Weekend Update” co-anchor Cecily Strong by his side on Sept. 28, before taking over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon in February. Now, Hulu has ordered a second 10-episode season of The Awesomes, the animated superhero comedy he created with his Late Night with Seth Meyers producer Mike Shoemaker. The announcement comes today, as Part 1 of the show’s two-part season 1 finale hits Hulu. It concludes Sept. 26. READ FULL STORY
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To (incorrectly) paraphrase LL Cool J, don’t call it a network. The idea of TV is definitely shifting, especially given Netflix’s 14 Emmy nominations this year, and Hulu is helping push that concept even further, to the point that it doesn’t relate to the traditional network model.
“We’re not really a network, we’re not really a studio,” Hulu acting CEO Andy Forssell told reporters during the Television Critics Association press tour Wednesday. “We’re a distributor at heart.” Forssell says Hulu goes out “looking for voices,” as opposed to networks that try to find shows that fit their point of view. “If there’s a theme, it’s that there is no theme.”
But like a network, Hulu has a full slate of new shows, four of which had panels during today’s TCA presentation: The Awesomes, Quick Draw, The Wrong Mans, and Behind the Mask. And, as Forssell promised, the shows run the genre gamut from action-comedy and docuseries to western-comedy and animated superhero adventure.
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In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly out Friday, Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker tell EW about The Awesomes, the 10-episode animated superhero series they created, debuting Aug. 1 on Hulu. But the duo, who met at Saturday Night Live in 2001, also chat about their next adventure: Late Night With Seth Meyers. Shoemaker guided Jimmy Fallon’s transition to late night and will be Meyers’ producer when he inherits the show in February 2014.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What kind of conversations are the two of you having at this point?
Seth Meyers: One of the main things we’re doing now, which will be the most essential part of the success of the show, is staffing. You’re trying to find people who you trust and like their comedic voices. That’s been a really fun part of this summer so far. I don’t think we’re gonna try to deconstruct the late night model. But I feel like every time one of these shows succeeds, it’s because it’s built around the strengths of the host. So we’re trying to recognize my strengths. [Laughs]
Michael Shoemaker: Seth being delighted with other people is my favorite thing to watch. Watching Seth set someone up for a joke and then have it appear is the most satisfying thing. He did Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld. Watching that, I realized every time I would pause, I was grinning, and it was just because he was having such a good time. That’s what I want to see.
Meyers: It was like the greatest four hours of my life. There was a reason I looked happy.
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Hulu upfronts: Exclusive art from Seth Meyers' 'The Awesomes,' plus Chris O'Dowd's 'Moone Boy' gets a premiere date
One of the first things Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker realized they had in common when they met at Saturday Night Live in 2001 was a love of comic books. They always thought it’d be fun to do an animated show for adults about superheroes, and around 2006, the idea for The Awesomes began to crystallize. But it didn’t become a reality until they found the 10-episode series a home at Hulu, where it will premiere Aug. 1 (after a planned screening and panel at Comic-Con in July). The story revolves around the greatest superhero team in history, The Awesomes, and what happens after all the most powerful members leave. Those remaining are led by Professor Doctor Awesome (a.k.a. Prock), voiced by Meyers, who’s attempting to fill his father’s shoes. Meyers and Shoemaker, now a producer at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, spoke to EW to give us a rundown of the characters seen in our exclusive image above.
After that, we’ve got premiere dates for more of Hulu’s recently announced original programming (like Eva Longoria’s animated Mother Up!) and exclusive series (such as Chris O’Dowd’s British TV hit Moone Boy). READ FULL STORY
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