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Before you ask: it's not about Scientology.
In 2016, Hulu will continue to build and develop new series as part of its attempt to compete with the glut of original scripted programming coming down the pike from every single TV network in existence. Joining James Franco's 11.22.63 is the intriguing new series The Path. Created, written, and executive-produced by Jessica Goldberg (Parenthood) alongside Jason Katims (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights), The Path (formerly The Way) follows the struggles of a family at the center of a controversial faith-based movement (don't call it a cult!) and each episode will take an in-depth look at "what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want," according to Hulu. The series is part mystery-thriller and part romance, all wrapped up in the mysticism of faith and religion.
In the series, Hannibal's Hugh Dancy takes on another complicated character as Cal Roberts, the charismatic face of the movement, which Goldberg told reporters during the Television Critics Association winter previews on Saturday is not based on Scientology. Also appearing is Michelle Monaghan (True Detective), who plays Sarah, and Aaron Paul returns to TV playing Eddie, her conflicted husband who suffers a crisis of faith.
Paul, who won three Emmys for his performance as Jesse Pinkman on AMC's Breaking Bad and is the son of a Baptist minister, said he wasn't looking to jump back into TV this quickly, but once he read the scripts for The Path, he was sold. "I read them and I just could not ignore the material," Paul said. "It was just so gripping, so beautifully written, and well done.... I just fell in love."
Check out the first official trailer below.
The entire first season of The Path premieres March 30 on Hulu.