More Hulu Originals headed our way, while Amazon teams up with CBS once again

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I don't know about you, but I'm becoming cautiously optimistic about original content from the various streaming services out there. Sure, not everything is up to Netflix's House of Cards standards but let's face it; it isn't hard to do better than most of what's on network TV.

So I was glad to hear that Hulu has some more original programming headed our way. One of the new shows is Deadbeat starring Tyler Labine. Deadbeat is a supernatural comedy in which Labine has to help ghosts reach the afterlife. I know Labine best from his role as Sock on Reaper which was, in my humble opinion, a pretty amusing show. (In that one, Labine was sidekick to Bret Harrison's Sam character, who was forced to work for the devil, played by Ray Wise, re-capturing souls that had escaped from hell. It was really weird.) More recently Labine co-starred with Alan Tudyk in Tucker & Dale vs Evil which is also worth watching if you enjoy dark comedy. Deadbeat comes to Hulu on April 9, 2014.

Another new upcoming show is Hotwives of Orlando, which is a parody of the various 'Real Housewives of' shows. Hulu says: The show follows a cast of ladies as they fight over pretty much everything except for their love of shoes, plastic surgery, and the pursuit of spending all of their husbands’ money. It stars Casey Wilson, Angela Kinsey, Kristen Schaal, Tymberlee Hill, Danielle Schneider and Andrea Savage, none of whom have ever starred in a show that had Ray Wise playing the devil, but I won't hold that against them. Hotwives of Orlando is coming sometime in 2014 but we don't have a firm date yet.

Last up for new shows is The Bridge, the original Scandinavian version of the FX show. This one is a crime drama and it premieres next Tuesday, January 14th.

Hulu also announced the return of a bunch of original content including Moone Boy and Quick Draw. See the full schedule on Hulu's Blog.

It's not just Hulu with new original content though. Amazon & CBS also made an announcement yesterday. Extant is a sci-fi mystery thriller starring Halle Berry. In a deal similar to the one that Amazon and CBS made for Stephen King's Under the Dome, episodes of Extant will appear on Amazon Prime four days after they air on CBS. It's coming in June.

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