Hulu orders more 'Handmaid's Tale,' nabs 'House of Cards' creator

Hulu really wants to give Netflix some competition.


Hulu's adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale is getting a second season, the streaming service announced this morning. That's not exactly surprising, given the rapturous critical praise for the series. At its Upfront event for advertisers, we also learned that Hulu has brought on Beau Willimon, the creator of Netflix's House of Cards, for The First, a new series about the first manned mission to Mars. We don't know much else about it yet, but it's slated to premiere next year. Together with its new Live TV service, Hulu is giving viewers a lot to get excited about over the next few years.

As for other shows, Hulu announced that it'll have exclusive streaming video rights to Atlanta and This Is Us. They're both critically beloved series as well, but more importantly for Hulu, they also have dedicated audiences. The company also confirmed a full season order for Marvel's The Runaways, which would give it some original superhero action to compete with Netflix's. It looks like a fairly typical teen show so far, based on a short teaser. But given the quality of the original comic, there's a chance it could end up being great.