By Sahil Patel
Hulu is partnering with Lionsgate Television, the TV division of Lionsgate, on a new half-hour supernatural comedy series called “Deadbeat.”
Co-created by Cody Heller and Brett Konner (“Wilfred,” “The Inbetweeners”), the comedy centers on a “hapless but gifted male medium who helps New York’s ghosts settle their unfinished business.” The first season will span 10 episodes.
“Deadbeat” serves as the first co-production between Hulu and Lionsgate. The series will also be executive produced and directed by Troy Miller (“Flight of the Conchords,” “Arrested Development”) through his banner Dakota Pictures. Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Sarah Esberg at Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment will also serve as producers. Other credits include Cindy Talan (“The Place Beyond the Pines”) as casting director.
Production is scheduled to begin in the fall, with plans to distribute “Deadbeat” on Hulu and Hulu Plus in the US next year. Lionsgate will handle international distribution.
Lionsgate is also behind “Orange Is the New Black,” which arrived on Netflix earlier this year and has already been renewed for a second season.