Hulu to Debut Original Programming
The streaming service has announced a deal to do "A Day in the Life" with filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.
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August 04, 2011 by Rachel Cericola

It was kind of weird when Netflix first announced plans to air the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey show, “House of Cards.” Now, Hulu is following suit, planning its own original programming, with the help of documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.

Best known for his work in “Super Size Me,” Spurlock will capture “A Day in the Life.” Inspired by his own whirlwind experiences, Spurlock says, “I would describe ‘A Day in the Life’ as a documentary series that gives you a window to a world that you rarely get to see.”

The six half-hour episodes will have Spurlock following famous people for one day. The series kicks off on August 17 with mega-mogul Richard Branson. Other subjects will include songwriter/recording artist will.i.am, comedian Russell Peters, and musician Girl Talk. Spurlock says if the show continues, he’s interested in getting ideas from the audience and maybe even following a “regular Joe” or two.

New episodes of “A Day in the Life” will hit Hulu and Hulu Plus every Wednesday. “I think the greatest thing that Hulu presents is an opportunity for experimentation. It’s a chance and a forum where you can try different things,” says Spurlock.

“I think Hulu kind of represents this next step of convergence. It’s only going to be a matter of time before your television and your computer become one device. All of this entertainment is going to be in one place,” Spurlock says. “I think Hulu is representing the real transition of entertainment into that world.”

Oh—the transition has been taking place for quite some time. Hulu Plus is currently available on connected HDTVs and Blu-ray players from Samsung, Sony and VIZIO, as well as the PlayStation 3, the Sony Dash, and Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It’s also on Roku and the Sony Network Media Player. The service is expected to launch soon on LG and Panasonic products, the Xbox 360, Western Digital’s WD TV Live Hub Media Center and WD TV Live Plus Network Media Player, TiVo Premiere DVRs, and select Android mobile phones

Find out a little more about “A Day in the Life” in the interview with Spurlock below. 

 

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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