Hulu Nabs New Original Series From Lionsgate

Wilfred creators sell 10 half-hours to streaming service

Hulu has ordered 10 episodes of a new scripted supernatural comedy called Deadbeat from Lionsgate, with all episodes directed and exec produced by TV producing vet Troy Miller (credits include Netflix's reboot of Arrested Development, Brand X With Russell Brand and others). Hulu's current slate of originals includes The Awesomes, Quickdraw and the upcoming The Wrong Mans; the buy from Lionsgate seems to indicate enough initial success with The Awesomes to merit further investment.

The show is co-created by Cody Heller and Brett Konner, a story editor and a writer, respectively, on FX's oddball Elijah Wood comedy Wilfred; it will focus on a male medium who helps ghosts in New York "settle their unfinished business." Casting was not announced, but production is scheduled for this fall with airdates set for next year.

Interestingly, Brad Pitt's Plan B will produce the series; Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg are attached as producers. Gardner and Kleiner produced World War Z earlier this summer, starring Pitt. The show will be Esberg's first producer credit.

"On behalf of the Hulu team, we are very proud to be working with Cody, Brett, Troy and the talented executives of Lionsgate and Plan B on this uniquely funny and imaginative show," said Charlotte Koh, head of development for Hulu. "Deadbeat is a welcome addition to our growing slate of smart, distinctive original programming."

Lionsgate will distribute the show internationally.