The late-night talk show host’s pet side project won’t make a cameo on the upcoming Primetime Emmys telecast that he’s hosting, but Seth Meyers mentioned during The Awesomes panel at Comic-Con that his team is writing “filmed segments featuring many of this year’s nominees.”
Season 2 of his animated superhero Hulu series is upping its profile with the addition of his Saturday Night Live pals Amy Poehler, Maya Rud0lph and Will Forte voicing new characters. While Season 1 focused on a ragtag misfit superhero team (inspired largely by DC’s Justice League), in Season 2 we find The Awesomes getting more respect. Meyers’ lead toon hero Prock falls in love with a fierce lawyer, Jaclyn Stone (Poehler), who when it comes to fighting adversaries in court will “sue their dicks off.” There’s also a new vigilante hanging around, Metal-fella, who is a lot like Marvel’s Iron Man. Whether the production will face any litigation from Marvel, Meyers quipped: “No one knows who came up with which one first. Maybe we’ll sue people.” We’ll also see the family members of Season 1 villain Dr. Malocchio (fellow SNL alum Bill Hader) including Lady Malocchio (Rudolph) and Malocchio Jr. (Forte), the latter plotting revenge. Other zany plotlines for Season 2 include Perfect Man (voiced by brother Josh Meyers) getting in a bind and learning he needs the help of The Awesomes in court. Said Seth Meyers: “Perfect Man is a racist because he’s stupid. He’s even against Atlantic Islanders, the people from Nantucket.” Read More »
Hulu‘s animated superhero comedy The Awesomes has been renewed for a 10-epiosode second season. The series co-created by Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker launched in August and is one of the top 10 most-watched shows on the streaming service, Hulu says. As for Season 1, the first of a two-part season finale airs today, and the finale and all episodes will be available on Hulu and Hulu Plus on September 26. The Awesomes is a Hulu co-production with Broadway Video. Bento Box Entertainment will return as the animation studio for Season 2, which will be exec produced by Meyers, Shoemaker and Broadway Video’s Andrew Singer. Judd Winick will continue as a writer and consulting producer.
Saturday Night Live head writer Seth Meyers came to TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013 this morning to plug Hulu’s first original animated comedy The Awesomes, which he co-created with Late Night With Jimmy Fallon EP Michael Shoemaker. The new series, produced by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, is about the greatest superhero team in history — after its A-listers bail and it has to re-staff with reject superheroes. You’ll recognize voices of SNL cast and alums including Kenan Thompson, Bill Hader, Emily Spivey, Bobby Moynihan, Taran Killam, Rachel Dratch, and Paula Pell. Meyers, who will remain on SNL through the fall season (Fallon’s scheduled to replace Jay Leno on Tonight Show following the Winter Olympics in February) was asked how he’s juggling three gigs. “We’re in the very early stages on Late Night. More than anything else we’re staffing — we know how important it is to put together a strong staff of writers. I’ll go back to SNL in the fall and work there up until Late Night [debuts]. The nice thing about The Awesomes is that we’re pretty much through with the work on it, thankfully, because there’s going to be less and less time.” Read More »
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Ex-Saturday Night Live regular Seth Meyers is hard at work as the replacement for Jimmy Fallon in the new NBC late-night talk franchise that will be titled Late Night With Seth Meyers. Appearing at an afternoon Comic-Con panel for the new animated superhero comedy series The Awesomes that he co-created — and which premieres exclusively online at Hulu on August 1 — Meyers responded to a question about his new talk gig by noting: “We’re just getting ramped up, building the sets and staffing up. We’re excited to be doing it and to be shooting out of 30 Rock in New York City.” Also featured on this afternoon’s panel were Meyers’ Awesomes co-creator and talk show exec producer Mike Shoemaker as well as series voices Judd Winnick, Bobby Moynihan, Josh Meyers, Keenan Thompson, Taran Killam and Ike Barinholtz.
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EXCLUSIVE: Hulu is showing the first episode of its original animated series The Awesomes at Comic-Con with the help of Seth Meyers and other members of the voice cast. The plan is to launch a sneak peek of the series July 25 on Xbox Live, with the first two episodes set for Hulu and Hulu Plus on August 1. The superhero series is one of four original series that will debut this year on the streaming service. Here’s the first trailer that panel attendees are seeing now: