US VoD service Hulu is expanding its slate of original programming in 2014, introducing new series including reality TV satire The Hotwives of Orlando.
The Hotwives of Orlando is a spoof of Bravo’s Real Housewives reality TV series and is produced by Paramount Digital Entertainment, the studio behind Burning Love, a Yahoo! satire of The Bachelor dating competition.
Meanwhile, Deadbeat, a coproduction with Lionsgate Television announced last summer, is a comedy about a medium who helps ghosts settle unfinished business.
Hulu will also release new episodes of six other exclusive shows including animated superhero comedy The Awesomes, and Bridesmaid actor Chris O’Dowd’s comedy Moone Boy.
Hulu’s teen drama, East Los High, which revolves around a fictional group of high school students in East Los Angeles, is scheduled to return this summer for season two.
On the acquisitions front, on January 14 Hulu will premiere the original Scandinavian version of 10-episode drama series The Bridge, distributed by ZDF Enterprises. In May, the company will also launch Canadian reality-style dance drama The Next Step, acquired from BBC Worldwide North America, which will run for 30 episodes.
It will also exclusively offer returning seasons of Fresh Meat, Pramface, Elite New Face, Line of Duty, Moody Family and The Only Way is Essex.
Hulu’s content budget was boosted US$750m last year after owners News Corp, Disney and NBCUniversal dropped plans for a sale of the business. Under new CEO Mike Hopkins the site has plans for some 40 original series “in coming years.”