By Sahil Patel
Hulu has debuted a new “exclusive” series called “Run,” starring Lennie James of “Snatch” and “The Walking Dead” fame. The premise is as follows:
“Run” paints a dark, gritty picture of the underside of modern-day London. This four-part series weaves together seemingly unconnected characters into a harrowing — but ultimately life-affirming — tale of urban life.
Hulu has made all four episodes available at once. Each episode runs for a TV-like 42–44 minutes. But that’s because “Run” is a TV show. While some are dubbing the show as an original series from Hulu, the drama aired on Channel 4 in the UK just last month; Hulu now has the exclusive rights to stream it in the US. It’s not unlike what Netflix is doing with its upcoming original-but-not-really “Derek” from Ricky Gervais. That comedy, which arrives on Netflix next month, also aired first in the UK, on Channel 4 as a matter of fact.
This isn’t the first time Hulu has exclusively licensed an international series for streaming in the US. It certainly won’t be the last. That said, it once again brings up the question: If you’re watching like “Run” or “Derek” or “House of Cards,” which are only available for viewing on digital platforms, are you watching television or are you watching a web series?
James is currently starring in another AMC drama, “Low Winter Sun,” which you have probably heard about while watching every harrowing episode of “Breaking Bad.”