HULU Press Tour Winter ’17. Samira Wiley On New Series’ Social Impact. Plus: Look Who’s Coming to HULU!By Delaina Dixon | January 9, 2017 | Entertainment
The DivaGals attended our first HULU Press Tour, where we met harlots, handmaids and a new home for one of our favorite series.
Just when you thought there was no other way for you to get your needed fix of black-ish, the Divas bring great news! HULU has announced a new content licensing agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group for the exclusive subscription streaming video-on-demand rights to ABC’s hit comedy. Star Tracee Ellis Ross won a Golden Globe last night, so if you haven’t been watching, get to it!
If you’re a fan of Casual, you’ll be happy to know that Leon, played by Nyasha Hatendi, will be going through a rediscovery of himself in the upcoming season for his own happiness or self worth. He’s going to do “things that make him happy and who he is – try to have romances, making new friends.” We are going to see a lot more of Leon outside of Valerie and Alex, which should lead to some interesting dynamics.
Here’s a fun fact about HULU’s ongoing hit Please Like Me, which is entering its fourth season: it’s an international hit! Their biggest new fan base is in Brazil. It’s also making its way into the Asian market like China and Korea. HULU is global business!
We’ll admit it, we’re a little frightened to watch HULU’s upcoming original series, The Handmaid’s Tale. Based on the speculative fiction novel where women lose all rights in the not so distant future, and some are forced to repopulate the land through forced sex with leaders, we’re sure you can understand our uncomfortableness. But we are glad to see Orange Is The New Black alum Samira Wiley in the cast, especially since the book pointed out that only whites were given favor in the new land (see, scary stuff!). At the Handmaid’s panel, Samira shared, “This book has been out for 30 years, and any year we could have made it, it would be relevant … I think it’s our responsibility as artists to reflect the times that we’re living. The social climate right now – especially in the United States – this show is showing that, specifically women and their bodies and who has control of it. Do we have control does someone else have control? That shows in the book, in the show and in the time we’re living in right now.”
Shout out to Harlots‘ Lesley Manville who clued us in on this amazing pantsuit from H&M, and is on sale right now (TV DivaGal already ordered hers!).