Hulu showcased two new original series—Woke starring LaMorne Morris as an animator who suddenly realizes what all his Black friends were talking about, and Syrian documentary No Man’s Land—during its turn at the virtual Television Critics Association press tour on Friday. It also announced the second season of Pen15.
The Disney-owned streamer also announced second-season renewals for Love, Victor and Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi, and straight-to-series greenlights for The Girl From Plainville, starring The Great’s Elle Fanning, and six-part docuseries The Next Thing You Eat from chef-turned-content-creator David Chang and filmmaker Morgan Neville.
No Man’s Land and Woke are both premiering this fall along with the reboot of animated series Animaniacs, executive produced by Steven Spielberg; original documentary I Am Greta, about Swedish teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg; food series Eater’s Guide to the World; and horror anthology series Monsterland.
In addition, Selena Gomaz is executive producing and starring in Hulu original comedy Only Murders in the Building, along with Steve Martin and Martin Shorts. The series hails from co-creators and writers, Martin and John Hoffman (Grace & Frankie, Looking) who will executive produce along with Short, Gomez, This is Us creator Dan Fogelman and Jess Rosenthal.
“From renewals of fan and critic favorites Love, Victor and Taste the Nation, to exploring the true story of The Girl From Plainville and learning about David Chang’s deeply personal view at what’s next for the restaurant industry in The Next Thing You Eat, Hulu’s slate of original programming has never been stronger,” said Craig Erwich, SVP of originals, Hulu, in a statement. “Our content is driven by highly curated programming from best-in-class talent, and Hulu is dedicated to continuing to tell unique and inspired stories that our viewers crave.”
Meanwhile, the streamer canceled critical fave High Fidelity, starring and executive produced by Zoe Kravitz, after one season.
According to Hulu, it has surpassed 35 million subscribers and has seen a nearly 40% increase in engagement in 2020 as well as 43% gain in social-media interest.