Hulu has ordered a new TV show from executive producers Amy Poehler and Dave Becky — Difficult People. The comedy will star Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner and go into production in early 2015.
Here’s their press release:
HULU GREENLIGHTS STRAIGHT-TO-SERIES ORDER FOR AMY POEHLER’S “DIFFICULT PEOPLE” FROM UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS
Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner Set to Star
LOS ANGELES, CA – November 18, 2014 – Hulu today announced a straight-to-series pick-up of Difficult People from executive producers Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation) and Dave Becky (Louie). The half-hour comedy series marks the first collaboration between Hulu and Universal Cable Productions and is set to start production early next year.
Difficult People hails from Julie Klausner (Billy on the Street) who stars alongside Emmy(R)-nominated Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner. As best friends living in New York City, their typical, irreverent behavior lands them in some very awkward situations. Klausner wrote the pilot and will also serve as an executive producer for the series.
In addition to the 7th (and final) season of Parks and Recreation, Poehler and recently announced new partner Brooke Posch’s Paper Kite Productions produces the hit shows Broad City on Comedy Central and NBC’s Welcome to Sweden.
“I tend to enjoy funny people creating and starring in comedy programs, and Julie and Billy are the funniest around,” said Poehler.
Difficult People joins Hulu’s growing slate of original programming, including recent straight-to-series pick-up orders for CASUAL, a comedy series from Jason Reitman and 11.22.63, an original event series from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, based on Stephen King’s best-selling book.
“Amy Poehler, Billy Eichner, and Julie Klausner are a dream team of comedic possibilities. We look forward to bringing this hilarious view of the world to Hulu with our partners at Universal Cable Productions,” said Craig Erwich, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Hulu.
The series also joins recent pick-up orders for Universal Cable Productions, which include Hunters, Childhood’s End and Magicians at Syfy; and Colony, Stanistan and Mr. Robot at USA.
“Working with the immensely talented trio of Amy Poehler, Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner on Difficult People has been an incredible experience and it definitely delivers on the title of the show in a hysterical way,” said Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, Universal Cable Productions. “We’re excited to collaborate on our first original series with Hulu and are looking forward to doing many more.”
Hulu is a premium streaming TV destination that seeks to captivate and connect viewers with the stories they love by creating amazing experiences that celebrate the best of entertainment and technology. As we pursue this mission, we strive to continue to redefine and reinvent the TV-viewing experience.
About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. UCP’s content library spans classics such as Emmy-award winning, Monk, and cult favorites Psych, Battlestar Galactica and Warehouse 13. UCP’s programming can be seen across various networks, including: Covert Affairs, Dig (March 2015), Playing House, Royal Pains, Satisfaction and Suits on USA Network; Ascension (Dec. 2014), Defiance, Dominion, and 12 Monkeys (Jan. 2015) on Syfy; Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce (fall 2014) on Bravo; Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray; and Side Effects on Awesomeness TV/YouTube. Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.
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