Hulu releases trailer for ‘Battleground,’ its first original TV series


Hulu and Netflix now have even more in common: both streaming services will soon offer original programming. About two weeks ago Netflix debuted the first trailer for Lilyhammer, an original dramedy about a New York gangster who has to move to Norway. Now Hulu has debuted the trailer for Battleground, a new Office-like dramedy following the ups and downs of a Wisconsin Senate race. It premieres Feb. 14. 

Here’s the description: “By executive producers JD Walsh, Hagai Shaham (“The Details”), and Marc Webb (“The Amazing Spider-Man”, “500 Days of Summer”), Battleground is a workplace dramedy set in the world of political campaigns. Head campaign strategist Chris Tak Davis and his staff strive to win a Senate seat for their underdog candidate in a race with national consequences. Set in Wisconsin, a real battleground state, Tak and his team manipulate the 24-hour news cycle, new media, and social networking to navigate the unpredictable ups and downs of state politics. All the while, a documentary crew exposes the behind-the-scenes chaos of idealistic twenty-somethings trying to make a difference.”

This isn’t the only original series Hulu has planned either. As we previously reported, the TV streaming service is working on a series with Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, 30 Days) called A Day in the Life, as well as Up to Speed, made by Richard Linklater. A Day in the Life, which follows celebrities in their daily life, will premiere in March, and Up to Speed is expected sometime this summer. 

This news comes after Hulu’s announcement that it now has 1.5 million Hulu Plus subscribers. The streaming company is also spending $500 million on content this year.

We’re not exactly blown away by the first trailer. Hopefully Hulu’s investment in Battleground will pay off.