Hulu's new original comedy series Deadbeat is both familiar and different at the same time.
Although the show features a typical TV conceit — a protagonist has one amazing skill, but the rest of his life is a disaster — when you add in ghosts and a large quantity of controlled substances, you get something you'd be hard pressed to ever find on your TV dial.
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The series, created by Wilfred writers Cody Heller and Brett Konner, stars Reaper's Tyler Labine as Kevin "Pac Man" Pacalioglu, a stoner medium who helps ghosts resolve their unfinished business so they can move on to the afterlife...
He sees dead people! Hulu is scaring up laughs with its new original series Deadbeat, starring Reaper vet Tyler Labine as Kevin Pacalioglu, a New York medium who can successfully communicate with ghosts to help them solve their unfinished business but struggles to gain control of his own life.
Deadbeat also stars So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley as rival medium Camomile White and Brandon T. Jackson as Kevin's best friend, Roofie. Brett Konner and Cody Heller (Wilfred) serve as writers and executive producers. All 10 episodes will be available for streaming beginning on April 9.
In Hulu's new half-hour comedy Deadbeat, two mediums — one real and one fake — are at odds.
Hulu announed Wednesday its 2014 original programming slate, which includes new original series starring Reaper's Tyler Labine and Happy Endings' Casey Wilson, as well as new seasons of such returning shows as Seth Meyers' The Awesomes and Chris O'Dowd's Moone Boy.
After surpassing five million subscribers and earning more than a $1 billion in revenue in 2013, the streaming service is making an even bigger bet on first-run programming on Hulu and Hulu Plus in 2014, according to Charlotte Koh, Hulu's head of original programming development.
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"I think the last year was a very solid foundation for us to continue to build our original business upon," Koh tells TVGuide.com....
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