By Sahil Patel
Hulu has renewed its original sports documentary series, “Behind the Mask,” for a 10-episode second season.
“Behind the Mask” takes viewers behind the scenes and into the lives of multiple men who are mascots at the high school, college, and pro sports levels.
The first season, which debuted on Hulu and Hulu Plus on October 29 and will continue through December 17, follows Rooty the Cedar Tree at a Pennsylvania high school, Hey Reb at UNLV, Tux the Penguin at the Pittsburgh Penguin’s minor league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and the Milwaukee Bucks’ award-winning acrobat Bango. The second season, which will premiere sometime in 2014, will follow three individuals (instead of four) at the high school, college, and pro levels.
The documentary series is created and directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Josh Greenbaum, who’s also behind the golf documentary “The Short Game,” which will debut as a Netflix original film on December 12. Greenbaum will be back to direct the second season.
“Behind the Mask” is executive produced by Occupant Entertainment’s Felipe Marino, Joe Neurauter, and Kate Sharp.
This is the third original documentary series from Hulu, following Morgan Spurlock’s “A Day in the Life” and Richard Linklater’s “Up to Speed.”
“Behind the Mask” joins Hulu’s growing 2014 originals slate, which so far consists of the new supernatural comedy “Deadbeat” (Hulu’s first co-production with Lionsgate); the second season of the Seth Meyers-produced animated superhero comedy “The Awesomes”; and the second season of the western/procedural/crime/comedy “Quick Draw.”
Since premiering, “Behind the Mask” has garnered a lot of positive reviews, including one from VideoInk.