HULU’S WINTER 2020-2021 ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING SLATE
EATER’S GUIDE TO THE WORLD
Premiere Date: November 11 (binge)
Episode Count: 7
Genre: Unscripted Food Series
Synopsis: Discover the most surprising culinary destinations in Eater’s Guide to the World. Join narrator Maya Rudolph on a quest to find the most unexpected places to score an epic meal, while drinking and dining with the locals along the way.
Crew: Lauren Cynamon, Chad Mumm, Mark W. Olsen and Amanda Kludt serve as executive producers and the series is produced by Eater and Vox Media Studios.
NO MAN’S LAND
Premiere Date: November 18 (binge)
Episode Count: 8
Genre: Drama Series
Synopsis: No Man’s Land dives into the depths of the Syrian civil war through the eyes of Antoine, a young French man, in search of his estranged, presumed to be dead sister. While unraveling the mystery, piece by piece, Antoine ends up joining forces with a unit of Kurdish female fighters, fierce women and ISIS’ biggest nightmare, and travels with them in ISIS occupied territory. Antoine’s journey crosses paths with adventurers and anarchists, spies and innocent victims, and provides a unique look at the tragic events in Syria, and the way they affect the entire world.
Cast: No Man’s Land stars Félix Moati (The French Dispatch, Le grand bain), Mélanie Thierry (La Douleur, Au revoir là-haut) and James Purefoy (Altered Carbon, The Following, Rome) alongside Souheila Yacoub, Joe Ben Ayed, James Krishna Floyd, Dean Ridge, Julia Faure, François Caron and Céline Samie.
Crew: The Series is co-created by Ron Leshem (Euphoria), Maria Feldman (False Flag), Eitan Mansuri (When Heroes Fly), and Amit Cohen (False Flag) and written by Amit Cohen and Ron Leshem in collaboration with Xabi Molia (Commes des rois, Les conquérants). Oded Ruskin (False Flag) will serve as the director for all 8 episodes. No Man’s Land is produced by Maria Feldman for Masha Productions, Eitan Mansuri and Jonathan Doweck for Spiro Films, Caroline Benjo, Simon Arnal and Carole Scotta for Haut et Court TV, Christian Vesper for Fremantle and co-produced by ARTE France and Versus Production. Fremantle will distribute the series internationally.
Premiere Date: November 20 (binge)
Episode Count: 13
Genre: Animated Series
Synopsis: They’re back! The Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and the Warner sister Dot, have a great time wreaking havoc and mayhem in the lives of everyone they meet. After returning to their beloved home, the Warner Bros. water tower, the siblings waste no time in causing chaos and comic confusion as they run loose through the studio, turning the world into their personal playground. Joining Yakko, Wakko and Dot, fan-favorite characters Pinky and the Brain also return to continue their quest for world domination.
Cast: Rob Paulsen (“Yakko Warner” & “Pinky”), Tress MacNeille (“Dot Warner”), Jess Harnell (“Wakko Warner”), Maurice LaMarche (“The Brain”)
Crew: Steven Spielberg returns as executive producer of the series, with Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, and Amblin Television Co-Presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank also serving as executive producers. Animaniacs is produced by Amblin Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Animation. Wellesley Wild serves as Showrunner and Executive Producer, and Gabe Swarr serves as Co-Executive Producer.
Premiere Date: January 22 (binge)
Episode Count: 4
Genre: Drama Series
Synopsis: How far would you go to keep a secret? One rainy evening, Nathan is surprised by an unwelcome face from the past. Nathan has never been able to forget the worst night of his life: a party that led to the sudden, shocking death of a young woman. Only he and Bob, an eccentric old acquaintance, know what really happened… and they’ve resolved to keep it that way. But years later, Bob appears at Nathan’s door with terrifying news that threatens to tear Nathan’s world apart. Because Nathan has his own secrets now. Secrets that could destroy everything he has desperately fought to build for himself and his family.
Cast: Russell Tovey, Bertie Carvel, Amrita Acharia, Nina Toussaint-White, Amanda Root, Paul Bazely, Simone Ashley
Crew: The four-part series is written by Neil Cross and is inspired by the novel Burial, also written by Neil Cross (Luther, Hard Sun, Mama). Executive Producers are Euston Films Managing Director Kate Harwood (Dublin Murders, Hard Sun, Baghdad Central), alongside Executive Producer for Euston Films, Noemi Spanos (Dublin Murders), and Neil Cross. The series is directed by Niall MacCormick (The Victim, The Durrells, Doctor Thorne) and produced by Jonathan Curling (Tin Star, Baghdad Central). The Sister is a Euston Films (a Fremantle company) production for ITV and is distributed internationally by Fremantle. The series was commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill.
DOCUMENTARIES AND FILMS
I AM GRETA
Premiere Date: November 13
Synopsis: The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary from Swedish director Nathan Grossman. Starting with her one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament, Grossman follows Greta – a shy student with Asperger’s – in her rise to prominence and her galvanizing global impact as she sparks school strikes around the world. The film culminates with her extraordinary wind-powered voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City.
Subject: Greta Thunberg
Crew: Nathan Grossman (Director, Director of Photography), Cecilia Nessen (Producer), and Fredrik Heinig (Producer).
Premiere Date: November 20
Synopsis: They say you can never escape a mother’s love… but for Chloe, that’s not a comfort – it’s a threat. There’s something unnatural, even sinister about the relationship between Chloe (newcomer Kiera Allen) and her mom, Diane (Sarah Paulson). Diane has raised her daughter in total isolation, controlling every move she’s made since birth, and there are secrets that Chloe’s only beginning to grasp. From the visionary writers, producers and director of the breakout film. Searching, comes a suspense thriller that shows that when mom gets a little too close, you need to RUN.
Cast: The film stars Sarah Paulson and newcomer Kiera Allen.
Filmmakers: Aneesh Chaganty and written by Aneesh Chaganty & Sev Ohanian, the film is produced by Natalie Qasabian, p.g.a. and Sev Ohanian, p.g.a.
Premiere Date: November 25
Synopsis: Meeting your girlfriend’s family for the first time can be tough. Planning to propose at her family’s annual Christmas dinner – until you realize that they don’t even know she’s gay – is even harder. When Abby (Kristen Stewart) learns that Harper (Mackenzie Davis) has kept their relationship a secret from her family, she begins to question the girlfriend she thought she knew. HAPPIEST SEASON is a holiday romantic comedy that hilariously captures the range of emotions tied to wanting your family’s acceptance, being true to yourself, and trying not to ruin Christmas.
Cast: The film stars Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Daniel Levy, Mary Holland, Burl Moseley, Victor Garber and Mary Steenburgen.
Crew: Directed by Clea DuVall. Screenplay by Clea DuVall & Mary Holland. Story by Clea DuVall. Produced by Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner. Wyck Godfrey and Jonathan McCoy serve as executive producers.
THE ULTIMATE PLAYLIST OF NOISE
Premiere Date: January 15
Synopsis: Written by Mitchell Winkie, the film follows Marcus (Keean Johnson), an audio obsessed high school senior who learns he must undergo brain surgery that will render him deaf. He decides to seize control of his fate by recording the Ultimate Playlist of Noise – a bucket list of all his favorite sounds. Once he sets out, he meets Wendy (Madeline Brewer, who we also have in The Handmaid’s Tale), a wildly charming, struggling musician who is trying to escape to New York for her chance at a life-changing opportunity. Together they check off his list as they make their way across the country, until painful revelations force Marcus to face reality and his future without sound.
Cast: The film stars Keean Johnson, Madeline Brewer, Rya Kihlstedt, Ian Gomez, Emily Skeggs, Ariela Barer and Oliver Cooper.
Crew: American High’s Jeremy Garelick, Will Phelps, Ryan Bennett, and Michael Schade are producing alongside Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon of LD Entertainment.
DEREK DELGAUDIO’S IN & OF ITSELF
Premiere Date: January 22
Synopsis: Derek DelGaudio’s IN & OF ITSELF is an intimate and powerful story of identity and illusion. Conceptual storyteller Derek DelGaudio harnesses the events, ideas and experiences of the collective audience in an attempt to understand the illusory nature of identity.
Subject: Derek DelGaudio
Crew: Frank Oz (Director), Glenn Kaino (Producer), Vanessa Lauren (Producer), Jake Friedman (Producer), Stephen Colbert (Exec Producer), Evelyn McGee Colbert (Exec Producer), Daryl Roth (Exec Producer), Tom Wener (Exec Producer).
THE MIGHTY ONES
Premiere Date: November 9 (binge)
Episode Count: 10
Genre: Animated Kids Series
Synopsis: In every backyard, a secret world exists filled with tiny creatures. The Mighty Ones follows the hilarious adventures of a group of creatures: a twig, a pebble, a leaf and a strawberry. These best friends, self-named “The Mighty Ones,” live in an unkempt backyard belonging to a trio of equally unkempt humans whom they mistake for gods. Despite their diminutive stature, The Mighty Ones are determined to live life large and always have fun in their wild world.
Cast: Josh Brener, Alex Cazares, Jessica McKenna and Jimmy Tatro
Crew: The series is executive produced by Sunil Hall (Pickle and Peanut) and Lynne Naylor (Samurai Jack).
Premiere Date: November 19 (binge)
Episode Count: 13
Genre: Animated Kids Series
Synopsis: Inspired by the beloved DreamWorks Animation films, Trolls: TrollsTopia is the next chapter in the hair-raising adventures of the trolls. Now that Poppy knows there are other musical trolls scattered throughout the forest, she bottles up her endless positivity and invites delegates from every troll tribe in the forest to live together in harmony in a grand experiment she calls TrollsTopia!
Cast: Amanda Leighton, Skylar Astin, Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Jeanine Mason (Grey’s Anatomy, Roswell), Kevin Michael Richardson (Trolls World Tour, American Dad), Vladimir Caamaño, David Flynn, Ron Funches, Megan Hilty, Kat Graham, Walt Dohrn, Charles DeWayne, JP Karliak, Declan Churchill Carter, Kyla Carter, Lauren Mayhew
Crew: Executive Producer: Matthew Beans (Trolls: The Beat Goes On!)
THE HARDY BOYS
Premiere Date: December 4 (binge)
Episode Count: 13
Genre: Kids Series
Synopsis: After a family tragedy strikes, Frank Hardy (Rohan Campbell), 16, and his brother Joe (Alexander Elliot), 12, are forced to move from the big city to their parent’s hometown of Bridgeport for the summer. Staying with their Aunt Trudy (Bea Santos), Frank and Joe’s quiet summer quickly comes to a halt when they discover their dad, detective Fenton Hardy (James Tupper) has taken on a secret investigation. Realizing that their Dad may be onto something the boys take it upon themselves to start an investigation of their own, and suddenly everyone in town is a suspect.
Cast: Rohan Campbell as ‘Frank Hardy’, Alexander Elliot as ‘Joe Hardy’, James Tupper as ‘Fenton Hardy’, Keana Lyn Bastidas as ‘Callie Shaw’, Linda Thorson as ‘Gloria Estabrook’, Bea Santos as ‘Aunt Trudy’, Adam Swain as ‘Chet Morton’, Atticus Mitchell as ‘J.B. Cox’, Riley O’Donnell as ‘Biff Hooper’, Cristian Perri as ‘Phil Cohen’, Rachel Drance as ‘Stacy Baker’, Stephen R. Hart as ‘The Tall Man’
Crew: Athena Georgakli, Joan Lambu, Peter Mohan, Doug Murphy, Jason Stone, Pam Westman. The studio is Nelvana.
MADAGASCAR: A LITTLE WILD
Premiere Date: December 11 (binge)
Episode Count: 6
Genre: Animated Kids Series
Synopsis: Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria continue their big adventures in New York City. The foursome become babysitters for a new litter of tiny hedgehogs, Melman gets stuck in a firetruck, and Alex is accidentally mistaken for a large house cat. While their shenanigans may lead to sticky situations, the little pals always work together and make the best of whatever life throws their way.
Cast: Shaylin Becton, Tucker Chandler, Amir O’Neil, Luke Lowe, Jasmine Gatewood, Eric Petersen.
Crew: Executive producer Johanna Stein, co-executive producer Dana Starfield.
Premiere Date: January 15 (binge)
Episode Count: 12
Genre: Kids Series
Synopsis: Set 20 years in the future, Endlings is the empowering story of four teenagers in foster care who discover they’re not alone in the universe, even though sometimes it can feel like they are. Halfway across the world, Tuko is alone. After the death of her mate, Tuko becomes the last elephant in existence–what biologists call an endling. Her endling status summons to Earth a mysterious Alien who is on an intergalactic quest to save the last member of near-extinct species. After Tuko is collected, the Alien’s ship malfunctions and sends it on a crash course with the farm where Julia (Kamaia Fairburn), Johnny (Edison Grant), Tabby (Michela Luci) and Finn (Cale Thomas Ferrin) live with their foster dad, Mr. Leopold (Neil Crone). Before crashing, the Alien releases all of its cosmic collection into the fields and wilderness surrounding the property. This kicks off a high-action life-altering mission to retrieve these fantastical creatures before the local police, Tuko’s caretaker (Oyin Oladejo), or a secretive industrialist (Lisa Ryder) can. Along the way, four discarded teens discover that “endling” doesn’t have to mean the end; it can also mean a new beginning.
Cast: Kamaia Fairburn, Edison Grant, Michela Luci, Cale Thomas Ferrin, Neil Crone, Oyin Oladejo, Lisa Ryder.
Crew: From the Emmy Award winning Creator/Director J.J. Johnson (Annedroids; Dino Dan/Dino Dana). Sinking Ship serves at the studio.