Check out our Winter TV Awards column to see what Hulu is lurking in its programming bag.
With another week in the rearview mirror, let's shift the racing focus of the Winter TV Awards to another streaming service: Hulu.
Though Netflix and Hulu supposedly play in the same paddling pool, the former releases so much content each year that it quickly becomes clear what has the potential to become an award winner and what is simply not to be sniffed at. As for the latter, without breakout hits like "The Handmaid & # 39; s Tale" being controversial – the ongoing Atwood adaptation hasn't aired an episode since August 2019, so it is no longer eligible for this season's awards – , Hulu has some of these on its hands, which could hit hits, many of which may be missing – and all of which deserve some consideration in the upcoming awards season.
Primarily among the Hulu competitors is the comedy "Ramy" of the second season. The series was created by Ramy Youssef and plays the lead role. It follows a first-generation American Muslim Arab who deals with socio-political and cultural challenges and works out how he fits into the world as a whole. While the series didn't see the leap into Emmy recognition many had hoped for, it garnered three major nominations, two for Youssef, one for acting and one for directing, and one for supporting actor in a comedy for a double Oscar – Award winner Mahershala Ali, who joined the show for its second season.
"Ramy" remains controversial this winter, not least as the series made its first major breakthrough in the awards scene with the Golden Globes. Youssef won an actor in a comedy or musical for his work in the first season. If the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is still feeling the love – which it could be since the organization has nominated Ali for film roles twice in the past three years – the show could be a major actor in time.
Speaking of comedy, there are many other players waiting in the starting blocks in Hulu. Check out The Great, which premiered earlier this year and showed the comedic talents of Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, and vaguely focused on the adventures and rise of Catherine the Great.
The series was created by Tony McNamara, who previously gained recognition for royal absurdity with an Oscar nomination for writing the script for "The Favorite." The series hit earlier. It's a big, bubbly series that is easy to get lost on, and the kind of show that viewers love when they like it.
Like other Hulu comedy players, too often overlooked is the fact that the streaming service is one of the best TV comedies currently on. Created by Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle and Sam Zvibleman, PEN15 plays Erskine and Konkle as teenage versions of themselves, surrounded by real teenagers, and explores some of the toughest times in their lives like back in 2000.
Despite its skepticism, which arouses skepticism, the “PEN15” concept forces the audience to relive the trauma and exhilaration of youth, but with a newfound pathos for their own uncomfortable existences. It's embarrassing, but at the same time delightful and tragic. But perhaps most importantly, it's extremely fun. Any awards show worth their money should find a way to recognize the innovation in storytelling harnessed by the series that dropped the first seven episodes of its second season in September.
Of course, it's not all fun and games on Hulu. There's also plenty of room for contemplative and beautiful limited edition series offerings, as Emmy voters found in Lenny Abrahamson's adaptation of Sally Rooney's novel "Normal People". As a coming-of-age story that encompasses class, sex, friendship and love, all set in a beautiful Irish setting, critics and audiences were enchanted by the series, which received nominations for writing, directing, casting and lead actors in a limited edition Series for Paul Mescal at the Emmys against ridiculously tough competition.
The limited series competition continues to grow day by day, but "Normal People" deserves to play in all categories.
Hulu also has the limited series "Little Fires Everywhere," which was adapted from the Celeste Ng novel of the same name. The series, with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington as disagreed mothers, received a solid critical response and five Emmy nominations, suggesting it could be a competitor with upcoming awards. If anything gets in the way, it could be the HBO offering and the Nicole Kidman vehicle "The Undoing", as it is currently unclear how many former "Big Little Lies" stars who are now starring in other melodramatically limited series , can be nominated at the same time without knocking out each other.