Breaking News – Hulu Presents Upcoming Original Series “The Dropout,” “Life & Beth,” “The Girl from Plainville,” and “Conversations with Friends” at the 2022 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour

HULU PRESENTS UPCOMING ORIGINAL SERIES “THE DROPOUT,” “LIFE & BETH,” “THE GIRL FROM PLAINVILLE,” AND “CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS” AT THE 2022 TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION WINTER PRESS TOUR

Today, during the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour, Hulu presented the company’s lineup of upcoming original programming, including the highly anticipated limited series “The Dropout” based on the ABC News podcast starring Amanda Seyfried and Naveen Andrews; comedy series “Life & Beth,” which marks Amy Schumer’s return to TV alongside Michael Cera; limited series “The Girl from Plainville” starring Elle Fanning, Colton Ryan and Chloë Sevigny; and limited series “Conversation with Friends,” adapted from the best-selling novel by Sally Rooney – all of which join the company’s collection of premium Original content.

Please see below for premiere date announcements and official trailers/teasers that debuted out of Hulu’s Winter TCA. News includes:

· Premiere dates for “The Girl From Plainville” (March 29), “Woke” season two (April 8), “Love, Victor” third and final season (June 15), and “Conversations with Friends” (May)

· Trailers for “The Dropout” and “Life & Beth”

THE DROPOUT
PREMIERE DATE: MARCH 3, 2022
GENRE: Limited Series
SEASON: 1
EPISODES: 8 episodes, weekly (3 at launch)
SYNOPSIS: Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception. Hulu’s limited series “The Dropout,” the story of Elizabeth Holmes (Amanda Seyfried) and Theranos, is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye?
CAST: Amanda Seyfried, Naveen Andrews
CREDITS: The series is executive produced by showrunner Elizabeth Meriwether, Liz Heldens, Liz Hannah, Katherine Pope, Rebecca Jarvis, Victoria Thompson and Taylor Dunn. Michael Showalter directs multiple episodes and also serves as an executive producer along with his Semi-Formal Productions producing partner Jordana Mollick. The series comes to Hulu from Searchlight Television and 20th Television. This is Searchlight Television’s first production.

LIFE & BETH
PREMIERE DATE: MARCH 18, 2022
GENRE: Comedy Series
SEASON: 1
EPISODES: 10 episodes, all-at-once
SYNOPSIS: Beth’s life would look pretty great on paper. Impressive to everyone she grew up with. She makes a good living as a wine distributor. She’s in a long term relationship with a successful guy and lives in Manhattan. When a sudden incident forces Beth to engage with her past her life changes forever. Through flashbacks to her teen self, Beth starts to learn how she became who she is and who she wants to become. We’ll go on her journey towards building a bigger, bolder and more authentic life. Learning to express herself and living in an intentional way. A trip down memory lane is a strong source of trauma, comedy and moving forward.
CAST: Amy Schumer, Michael Cera, Susannah Flood, Violet Young, Kevin Kane, Yamaneika Saunders, Laura Benanti, Larry Owens, Michael Rapaport, Rosebud Walker, LaVar Walker
CREDITS: “Life & Beth” is written, directed, executive-produced and starring Amy Schumer and executive-produced by Kevin Kane, Daniel Powell and Ryan McFaul. The series is produced by Endeavor Content.

THE GIRL FROM PLAINVILLE
PREMIERE DATE: MARCH 29, 2022
GENRE: Limited Series
SEASON: 1
EPISODES: 8 episodes, weekly (3 at launch)
SYNOPSIS: “The Girl From Plainville” is inspired by the true story of Michelle Carter’s unprecedented “texting-suicide” case. Based on the Esquire article of the same name by Jesse Barron, the limited series explores Carter’s relationship with Conrad Roy III and the events that led to his death and, later, her conviction of involuntary manslaughter.
CAST: Elle Fanning, Chloë Sevigny, Colton Ryan, Cara Buono, Kai Lennox, Norbert Leo Butz
CREDITS: From UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, the Hulu Original limited series is written and executive produced by co-showrunners Liz Hannah (“The Post”, “The Dropout”, “Mindhunter”) and Patrick Macmanus (“Dr. Death”), and also executive produced by Fanning and Echo Lake’s Brittany Kahan Ward. Consulting producers include Barron and Erin Lee Carr (“I Love You, Now Die”). Kelly Funke oversees for Macmanus’ Littleton Road Productions.

WOKE
PREMIERE DATE: APRIL 8, 2022
GENRE: Comedy Series
SEASON: 2
EPISODES: 10 episodes, all-at-once
SYNOPSIS: Cartoonist Keef Knight is now a popular activist on the rise, but he’s facing a world where “woke” has become big business. Can Keef and his friends bring about real change, or is it just about the dollar$? And can Keef navigate this new world without destroying what he’s become? Inspired by the life and work of artist Keith Knight, “Woke” continues to upend Black nerd and activist culture, deftly satirizing with a wink and a smile.
CAST: Lamorne Morris, T. Murph, Blake Anderson, Sasheer Zamata, JB Smoove
CREDITS: “Woke” is developed by Marshall Todd and Keith Knight. The co-creators serve as executive producers alongside Anthony King, Maurice “Mo” Marable, Richie Schwartz, John Will, Will Gluck, and Eric Christian Olsen. The comedy is a co-production between ABC Signature and Sony Pictures Television Inc.

CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS
PREMIERE DATE: MAY 2022
GENRE: Limited Series
SEASON: 1
EPISODES: 12 episodes, all-at-once
SYNOPSIS: “Conversations with Friends” follows Frances (Alison Oliver), a 21-year-old college student, as she navigates a series of relationships that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.
CAST: Alison Oliver, Joe Alwyn, Sasha Lane, Jemima Kirke
CREDITS: “Conversations with Friends” is executive produced by Ed Guiney, Emma Norton, and Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures. Lenny Abrahamson also serves as an executive producer, as well as Tommy Bulfin and Rose Garnett for the BBC. The series is an Element Pictures production for Hulu and BBC Three. Endeavor Content is handling international sales. Catherine Magee serves as series producer and Jeanie Igoe serves as producer.

LOVE, VICTOR
FINAL SEASON PREMIERE DATE: JUNE 15, 2022
GENRE: Comedy Series
SEASON: 3 (Final Season)
EPISODES: 8 episodes, all-at-once
SYNOPSIS: This season finds Victor going on a journey of self-discovery — not only deciding who he wants to be with, but more broadly, who he wants to be. With their post-high-school-plans looming, Victor and his friends are faced with a new set of problems that they must work through to make the best choices for their futures.
CAST: Michael Cimino, Rachel Hilson, Anthony Turpel, Bebe Wood, Mason Gooding, George Sear, Isabella Ferreira, Mateo Fernandez, James Martinez, Ana Ortiz, Anthony Keyvan, Ava Capri
CREDITS: The film’s original writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger serve as executive producers alongside Brian Tanen, Rick Wiener, Kenny Schwartz, Jason Ensler, Isaac Klausner, Marty Bowen, Adam Fishbach, Wyck Godfrey, Pouya Shahbazian and Adam Londy. The series is produced by 20th Television, a part of Disney Television Studios.

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