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Why You Should Get Hulu Plus

10 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

There’s no denying the fact that online streaming platforms are the thing of now. Unrestrained by the finite schedules of broadcast, streaming networks, such as Netflix, are offering fans the opportunity to watch old (and original) programming on their TV, computers, or phones. Thanks to the success of Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards and the hype surrounding upcoming series, The Cosmopolitans and Transparent, Netflix and Amazon Prime are getting a lot of attention while Hulu has quietly ramped up its offerings — making it one platform everyone needs to get on board with.

With its own library of original shows (The Hotwives of Orlando) and online exclusives (Misfits, The Only Way Is Essex), going Plus is one thing you undoubtedly need to do this fall. Here’s why:

Original Content

While Hulu Plus constantly touts its large collection of online exclusives, it’s not always clear »

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The League: Season Six Ratings

4 September 2014 11:54 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Last year, thanks in part to The League moving from FX to Fxx, the comedy's ratings took a big dive. Thankfully for fans, it was renewed for a sixth season anyway. Will the ratings rise or fall lower? Will The League be renewed for season seven or will this be the end? Stay tuned.

The League follows a group of close but diverse friends who will do just about anything to win in their fantasy football league. Castmembers include Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll, Stephen Rannazzisi, Paul Scheer, Jon Lajoie, and Katie Aselton.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.

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'The League' sits shiva in season 6 premiere

3 September 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

If you need a quick example of The League’s sense of humor, see: main character Kevin pees his pants within the first few minutes of the season 6 premiere. And that’s one of the less humiliating thing to happen throughout the episode.

For the uninformed, The League follows a group of five men and one woman who get together each year to compete in a Fantasy Football league that results in pranks, deception, and overall chaos. Like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the characters don’t seem to have any sort of moral compass and are immune to sympathy. »

- Ariana Bacle

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'The League' Star -- Wes Welker Deserves a Molly Pass!!

3 September 2014 8:59 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Everyone should get off Wes Welker's ass about allegations he did Mdma during the Kentucky Derby ... so says "The League" star Paul Scheer who says the guy has earned the right to pop Molly! "If I was a football player, I'd be doing Molly too," Paul says ... "makes the game way more exciting!"The guy is hilarious ... and explains why he thinks a little molly every now and then might actually be able to help Welker's career. »

- TMZ Staff

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Tony Hale, Jack Black, Casey Wilson to guest on 'The Birthday Boys'

3 September 2014 8:47 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

It’s almost time to jump back in the pool: IFC has given sketch comedy The Birthday Boys—which counts Bob Odenkirk and Ben Stiller among its executive producers—a return date of Oct. 17 at 11:30 p.m.. And the boys are bringing some notable names to the party.

EW has learned exclusively that the 10-episode second season will feature appearances by Tony Hale, Dana Carvey, Casey Wilson, and Doris Roberts, along with both halves of Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Gass) and Tim & Eric (Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim). The guest list also includes Scott Aukerman, Chloe Bennet, »

- Dan Snierson

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Tony Hale, Jack Black, Casey Wilson to guest on 'The Birthday Boys'

3 September 2014 8:47 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

It’s almost time to jump back in the pool: IFC has given sketch comedy The Birthday Boys—which counts Bob Odenkirk and Ben Stiller among its executive producers—a return date of Oct. 17 at 11:30 p.m.. And the boys are bringing some notable names to the party.

EW has learned exclusively that the 10-episode second season will feature appearances by Tony Hale, Dana Carvey, Casey Wilson, and Doris Roberts, along with both halves of Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Gass) and Tim & Eric (Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim). The guest list also includes Scott Aukerman, Chloe Bennet, »

- Dan Snierson

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Preview: Deadpool Bi-Annual #1

2 September 2014 1:22 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Have you ever wanted to see the Merc With a Mouth throw down with a team of cybernetic, anthropomorphic animals? Well you’ve come to the right place because the gone (and also forgotten) 90s team of Brute Force makes their triumphant return to the Marvel fold in September’s Deadpool Bi-Annual #1 – written by Paul Scheer (star of The League & Ntsf:sd:suv) and Nick Giovannetti (Aliens vs. Parker) with art by Salva Espin (Deadpool vs. Carnage)

Deadpool is going to come face-to-snout with the some of the toughest and most absurd enemies he’s ever faced! When the Merc With a Mouth is hired by WaterWorld to protect their theme park from environmental activists, he had no idea that meant a heavily armed team of armored-up talking animals! A mechanized kangaroo with a machine gun is just the beginning! Don’t miss it when Scheer & Giovannetti take the Merc With a »

- Phil Wheat

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New on DVD Blu-ray August 26, 2014: 'Belle,' 'Portlandia,' 'Walking Dead'

25 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week


What's It About? This 18th century English romance is about Dido Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a biracial woman raised by her aristocratic great uncle and aunt, Lord and Lady Mansfield. She grows up alongside her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) as equals and best friends, but as they come of age, their differences become all too apparent -- to each other and to their would-be suitors. Meanwhile, Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) is facing a trial as Lord Chief Justice of England that could change the future of slavery. Will Dido find love on her own terms?

Why We're In: It's an elegant period piece perfect for Jane Austen fans, and it's a subtle but effective examination of the intersection of class and race in 18th century England. Mbatha-Raw is fantastic, and director Amma Asante has an excellent eye for detail.

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- Jenni Miller

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Which Hotwives of Orlando Character Is the Hottest Mess?

19 August 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Starting today, anyone with an internet connection and 23 minutes of free time can stream the season finale of The Hotwives of Orlando, the original Hulu series parodying the sprawling Real Housewives shows and the various franchises’ train-wreck stars. Like the reunion specials capping off Real Housewives seasons, the seventh episode of Hotwives reconvenes the titular narcissists (played by Casey Wilson and others) for a salacious update hosted by the show’s Andy Cohen–alike (Paul Scheer). Now that season one is in the books, Vulture closely examined the six O-Town hot messes and and ranked the Hotwives by their inherent hot-messness.6. Phenemon “Phe Phe” Reed (Tymberlee Hill) Real Housewives equivalent: Nene Leakes, Atlanta Husband: womanizing Rodney (Jerry Minor) Professions: lawyer, cake designer, Zumba instructor, foot model, Cpa, minister Hobbies: taxidermy, patronizing the Tools & Tapas strip club Events she hosted: Amanda’s Intervention Party, Group Staycation (with Weird Al as self-help »

- Jenna Marotta

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Paul Scheer on Hotwives of Orlando, The League, and His Unfunny Baby

5 August 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Three months after he and wife June Diane Raphael welcomed their first child, Paul Scheer is back in full gear. Currently filming the sixth season of Fxx’s The League (debuting September 3) and creating a series for HBO, Scheer also appears in and executive-produced the recently released Hulu series The Hotwives of Orlando. The spoof on Bravo’s Real Housewives series goes beyond mimicry, with well-crafted story lines that showcase the talents of a solid ensemble cast, including Angela Kinsey, Kristen Schaal, and Casey Wilson. On a break from shooting The League, Scheer spoke to us about shooting Hotwives in seven days “for no money,” what Andy Cohen might think about all of this, and being a proud member of the Upright Citizens Brigade cult.First, I should congratulate you on having a baby, which is very exciting.Oh my gosh, yeah, it’s crazy. He’s 12 weeks old. I »

- Adrienne Gaffney

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Comedy Central’s New Sketch Show Takes Suggestions From Social Media

28 July 2014 3:57 PM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

@midnight has been a hit for Comedy Central thanks to a simple combination of social media interaction of the off-the-cuff riffs of notable comedians. The cable channel's latest web series employs a similar formula. Cc:Studios has released Cc: Social Scene, where social media suggestions become comedy sketches. Each Cc: Social Scene episode begins on Twitter. Fans are given a subject and are invited to submit their ideas for a sketch based around that subject. For example, the first full episode takes the subject "Worst Break Up Lines" and turns it into a comedic scene about an overly-blunt pair of musicians. As evidenced by the above sketch, Cc: Social Scene boasts a strong cast. Paul Scheer serves as the host, and he headlines a group of performers that includes SourceFed host Lee Newton, Game Shop actor Barak Hardley, and actress Lilan Bowden

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Comedy Central Launches Improv Sketch Show Based on Viewer Tweets

28 July 2014 12:58 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedy Central is looping fans into a virtual nightclub with short-form digital series “Cc: Social Scene,” in which comics perform skits based on suggestions submitted via Twitter.

The six-episode weekly series, hosted by comedian Paul Scheer and directed by Rich Talarico, debuted last week on the Viacom-owned cabler’s YouTube channel and also is distributed via the website, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter.

The “Cc: Social Scene” ensemble cast includes Lee Newton, H. Michael Croner, Lilan Bowden, Jacob Womack, Jeff Sloniker and Barak Hardley. The first show revolved around the theme “worst breakup lines,” with others slated to include “what washes up on the beach,” “oddest combos at the BBQ” and “beach hogs,” inspired by beach horror stories.

The “Cc: Social Scene” series is sponsored by Redd’s Apple Ale. Users must be 21 and older to participate in the show via Twitter, using the hashtag #CCSocialScene.

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- Todd Spangler

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Event TV, ‘Housewives’ and HBO Shows Heat Up Parody Landscape

24 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TV parodies are gaining momentum thanks to social media and viral videos, with some popular Web series making the jump to TV. Yahoo got onboard in 2012, with dating-show spoof “Burning Love,” produced by Ben Stiller. Jimmy Fallon extends the reach of “The Tonight Show” with skits, designed for social sharing, that parody shows such as “Breaking Bad” (“Joking Bad”) and “Game of Thrones” (“Game of Desks”).

Why the swell in spoofs? “It becomes part of what used to be water cooler conversation and is now a social media conver-sation,” said IFC president Jennifer Caserta.

Epic Inspiration: The Spoils of Babylon

“When something becomes very popular, relevant or part of the cultural conversation, you know it’s arrived when people start to make fun of it,” Caserta said. IFC’s “The Spoils of Babylon,” a spoof of epic-scale television, is produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay of Funny or Die, »

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Casey Wilson and Kristen Schaal Talk The Hotwives Of Orlando, Shooting 7 Episodes in 7 Days, Reality TV, Gone Girl, and More

22 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Hulu original series The Hotwives of Orlando is a hilarious and raunchy parody of one of the most popular franchises in reality television.  It takes you inside the uber-exclusive and glamorous world of six hot housewives in the sexy city of Orlando, as they fight over pretty much everything, except for their love of shoes, plastic surgery and spending all of their husbands’ money.  The seven-episode series stars Casey Wilson, Kristen Schaal, Angela Kinsey, Tymberlee Hill, Andrea Savage, and show creators Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider. During the Hulu portion of the TCA Press Tour, co-stars Casey Wilson (who plays self-obsessed trophy wife, Tawny St. John) and Kristen Schaal (who plays former child star Amanda Simmons) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how this show came about, why they wanted to get involved, shooting all seven episodes in seven days, what they think of reality television, and »

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Hulu’s ‘The Hotwives Of Orlando’ Is Great, But Will It Draw Viewers?

15 July 2014 4:48 PM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Hulu has its Burning Love. The premium online video platform has released The Hotwives of Orlando, a seven-episode series that smartly pokes fun at Bravo's Real Housewives series. Much like Burning Love (which won Yahoo plenty of critical acclaim upon its release in 2012), The Hotwives of Orlando is a loving parody of its source material. Creators Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider have clearly done their research, since each character in their series parodies specific cast members from the show's various iterations. Real Housewives fans should love The Hotwives of Orlando most of all. For the rest of us, there is still plenty to enjoy. The Hotwives of Orlando's legitimately funny writing and acute genre awareness is buttressed by a strong cast. Familiar faces like Casey Wilson, Angela Kinsey, and Kristen Schaal all have leading roles, while supporting actors and guest stars add to each episode. Paul Scheer steals the »

- Sam Gutelle

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'Hotwives of Orlando': How do you parody what's already ridiculous?

15 July 2014 2:12 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Look, I don’t want any drama—I don’t want any drama—but I’m also not totally on board with The Hotwives of Orlando, a new Bravo-spoofing comedy that debuted on Hulu at midnight Tuesday. (Hulu Plus subscribers can watch all seven 22-minute episodes right now; Hulu Plus-less plebes can only see the first two today, while the rest will be released on a week-to-week basis.)

The basic gist: A large ensemble of ladies you already love (or should love), including Casey Wilson, Kristen Schaal, and The Office’s Angela Kinsey, don an assortment of skintight dresses and »

- Hillary Busis

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7 Days In a McMansion: The Making of Hulu's ‘Real Housewives’ Spoof ‘The Hotwives of Orlando’

9 July 2014 7:17 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Screaming is going streaming. “The Hotwives of Orlando,” a full parody season of Bravo's money-machine comes to Hulu on July 15. On Tuesday night, the cast, crew, producers, Paramount Digital Entertainment, and Hulu celebrated with a double-episode premiere at the Sherry Lansing Theatre on the Paramount Lot. Also read: ‘Community’ to Return for Season 6 on Yahoo Screen Bucking the the hierarchy of other Hollywood premieres, writers Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider gave the opening remarks: “Welcome to the Arclight,” they deadpanned. A cardboard cutout of executive producer Paul Scheer stood in for the real thing until he arrived late. Jack McBrayer and guests in t-shirts. »

- Mikey Glazer

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TV on Tap: Logo Honors Glbt Trailblazers, “Wilfred” Saved a Fan from Suicide and Did “True Blood” Recast an Actor Who Didn’t Want to Play Gay?

26 June 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


Saved By the Bell principal Dennis Haskins will by appearing on Jennifer Falls as the principal of Jennifer and Dina‘s high school — who is still in charge now that Jennifer’s daughter is in trouble.

This isn’t going to help with the people who already blame him for Brothers & Sisters‘ worst storyline. Buzzfeed claims that the reason Luke Grimes quit True Blood was that he objected to his character, James, having a romance with Lafayette. According to Buzzfeed, Grimes was fine if Lafayette had an unrequited crush on James, but he didn’t want to participate in a story where a mutual romance developed between James and Lafayette. On the other hand, this seems to confirm that True Blood‘s final season will include a romance for Lafayette.

True Blood‘s Nathan Parsons, being stunning.

Paul Scheer says that Ntsf: Sd: SUV:: is on indefinite hiatus, “We may revisit Ntsf, »

- Lyle Masaki

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Rian Johnson to direct Star Wars Episode 8: Reactions

21 June 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Star Wars fans were given a true shock on Friday (June 20) when Disney revealed that Breaking Bad's Rian Johnson will write and direct Episode VIII.

Johnson's most high-profile film so far has been the time-travelling action film Looper, but his new job comes with tremendous expectations and prestige.

Digital Spy collects reactions from actors, writers, directors and celebrity fans below (warning: some tweets below contain strong language that is Nsfw):

Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 20, 2014

Rian Mother Fuc*%#i^ Johnson!!!!! Congratulations on Star Wars buddy!! You are going to kill it. Send him love people @rianjohnson #Jedi

Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) June 20, 2014

Go go @rianjohnson x

— edgarwright (@edgarwright) June 20, 2014

Just heard that @rianjohnson will be writing/directing Star Wars Episode VIII. The best of all possible filmmakers.

#MaximumJoy #Congrats

Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 20, 2014


Brothers Bloom


Star Wars

@rianjohnson is the Bobby Fisher of movie chess. »

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TV on Tap: Martin Sheen to Play Jane Fonda’s Gay Ex-Husband, “Morning Joe” Doesn’t Get “Game of Thrones”

19 June 2014 4:36 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


Martin Sheen has joined the cast of Grace and Frankie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The upcoming Netflix comedy is about two rivals (Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda) whose marriages end when their husbands reveal they’re in love with each other. Sheen will play the husband of Fonda’s character.

Deadspin obtained all the complaints made to the FCC about Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after being drafted to the Rams on Espn. (Never mind that the FCC doesn’t regulate cable channels like Espn.)

This year’s Big Brother twist could reboot the game — providing that it lives up to the hype. Each week will have two Heads of Household, along with four nominees for eviction and HoH won’t be guaranteed safety. Those changes sound like they can destroy worn-out strategies like backdooring. (I will miss the times an angry alpha-jock houseguest demands to know if he’s being backdoored. »

- Lyle Masaki

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