Hulu will adapt Margaret Atwood’s sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

MGM and Hulu announced today that they will be adapting “The Testaments,” Margaret Atwood’s sequel to her novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

The series has been key in establishing Hulu’s reputation as a home for original content. It was the first streaming original to win an Emmy for Best Drama, and was recently renewed for a fourth season.

The novel, meanwhile, was published back in 1985. The show followed its blueprint during its first season, telling the story of a woman named June (played by Elisabeth Moss), trapped in a dystopian, patriarchal society called Gilead.

Then, without additional source material to draw on, the show’s creative team came up with their own plot for seasons two and three. It sounds like Atwood’s sequel (scheduled for publication on September 10) avoids covering the same ground by jumping 15 years into the future.

It’s not clear whether “The Testaments” will become a spinoff series on Hulu, or if story elements will simply be incorporated into later seasons of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The official announcement simply says the studios are talking to series showrunner Bruce Miller about “how the upcoming novel can become an important extension to the immensely popular award-winning series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.'”

“Margaret Atwood is one of the visionary storytellers of her generation,” said Hulu’s senior vice president of originals Craig Erwich in a statement. “From her award-winning poetry, short-stories and novels, Margaret has continually pushed boundaries and broken barriers to bring innovative stories to life.”

The Handmaid’s Tale gets greenlight for season 3

The Handmaid’s Tale, America’s favorite dystopian drama, will return for a third season.

Hulu announced the news this morning on the heels of revealing it has hit 20 million subscribers for its streaming service.

The second season of The Handmaid’s Tale is currently airing on Hulu, with the third episode to available today.

The series is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel by the same name. In it, humanity has become mostly infertile, leading a conservative militia to overtake the country and enslave the remaining fertile women as childbearers for the “upstanding” families of the regime.

In Season One, the story was focused on exposition of the new world as well as our main character, Offred (June) and her life as a Handmaid. Season 2 seems to be expanding on that world and our main character, showing both the good and the bad of her character’s personality.

The Handmaid’s Tale is far and away Hulu’s most popular and critically acclaimed original series, winning five Emmys last year, including one for Best Drama series.

If you want to learn more about The Handmaid’s Tale, make sure to check out the latest episode of TC’s Original Content podcast.

Hulu’s upcoming shows include ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ and a Blumhouse horror anthology

Hulu is announcing several new shows this morning at the Digital Content NewFronts, running the gamut from romantic comedy to horror.

On the romance front, the streaming service has placed a series order for an update of Four Weddings and a Funeral, which will be written and executive produced by Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton. The pair previously worked together on The Mindy Project, which started out as a series on Fox before becoming a Hulu Original.

Will Kaling be appearing on-screen in the new show? Hulu’s announcement doesn’t say.

As for horror, Hulu unveiled a new series called In The Dark, which will be produced by Blumhouse Television, the TV arm of the studio behind horror hits like The Purge, Split and Get Out. Each episode will be a feature-length standalone.

And rather than releasing all of them at once, or even every week, Hulu will air a new episode on the first Friday of each month — apparently each episode of will tie in to a holiday during the month it airs. The first segment, “The Body,” will air on October 5 and tell a selfie-oriented Halloween story.

Hulu also picked up Ramy, a show based on the comedy of Ramy Youssef. This is the streaming network’s first series order from A24, the independent studio that released Lady Bird, Moonlight and Ex Machina.

In addition to announcing new titles, Hulu revealed that The Handmaid’s Tale has been picked up for a third season — no surprise, since the show won Hulu its first Emmy Awards and is also one of the service’s most-watched dramas.

Hulu also said it’s reached a deal to become the exclusive subscription streaming home for ABC’s The Good Doctor, and for future DreamWorks Animation feature films.

And the company announced that it’s passed 20 million subscribers, with plans to add offline viewing.

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Original Content podcast: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is even more intense in season two

While streaming and bingeing seem increasingly synonymous, Hulu’s biggest hit The Handmaid’s Tale actually feels like an anti-binge.

Some of that is just Hulu’s release strategy, where it doesn’t release an entire season at once, but instead comes out of the gate with a handful of new episodes (two this week for the launch of The Handmaid’s Tale season two), then reverts to a more traditional episode-per-week schedule.

But there’s also the fact that as good as it is, The Handmaid’s Tale is a tough show to watch. After each episode, you may want to relax a bit before returning to the dystopian future of Gilead, which is run by religious reactionaries who have stripped most women of their rights.

Season one introduced us to Gilead, and to our main character June (played by Elisabeth Moss), who’s been enslaved because she’s one of the few remaining women who can bear children. With season two, the plot gets moving right away, which makes it hard to offer our thoughts without giving away crucial details. Still, we gave it a shot in the latest episode of the Original Content podcast.

We also cover all the new shows and movies that Netflix has coming in May, the expansion of CBS’ streaming service to Canada and Anthony’s initial impressions of Avengers: Infinity War.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You also can send us feedback directly.

Hulu releases a new trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2

We’re exactly 28 days away from the premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2. That may seem like a long time, but Hulu has mercifully released a new trailer.

The first season ended on the same note as Margaret Atwood’s novel by the same name, with Ofred in a van not knowing whether she was headed toward freedom or punishment for her rebellion. Season 2 marks the series departure from the book that it’s based on, moving into uncharted territory.

In the trailer, we see a number of familiar faces, including Ofred, Moira, Nick, Serena Joy, Commander Waterford, and Aunt Lydia, along with a few new faces. We also get a glimpse into the Colonies, which were spoken of quite a bit in the first Season but never shown.

The Handmaid’s Tale received critical acclaim last year, and even took home four Emmys last year for Outstanding Drama Series, Support Actress, Lead Actress, and Writing for a Drama Series.

Season 2 premiers on April 25 on Hulu.

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ returns to Hulu on April 25 (and here’s a new trailer)

 The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale has been a home run for Hulu — the series has been embraced by awards voters, and it was one of the streaming service’s most-watched dramas last year. This weekend, Hulu has been working to build up anticipation for the 13-episode second season, with the release of the first images and the announcement that the show will return sometime… Read More

Hulu announces April release date for The Handmaid’s Tale

 Hulu on Friday released the first images of the next season of The Handmaid’s Tale, announcing that the next season will be released in April. Unfortunately, they weren’t any more specific than that. Another lingering question is whether or not Hulu will continue on with its weekly release of episodes for Season 2. In the first season, Hulu released the first three episodes at… Read More