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Hulu Ups the Game with BBC-Partnered Original Content 'The Wrong Mans;' Current-Season Nickelodeon Programming

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 9, 2012 at 4:40PM

Original content development continues to boom online with news of Hulu partnering with BBC for the new six-part comedy series "The Wrong Mans." Borrowing some Hitchcockian phobia, the show centers on two bottom-rung office workers (James Corden and Matthew Baynton) caught up in a deadly criminal conspiracy...
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James Corden and Matthew Baynton preparing for "The Wrong Mans"
TheWrongMans.Tumblr James Corden and Matthew Baynton preparing for "The Wrong Mans"

Original content development continues to boom online with news of Hulu partnering with BBC for the new six-part comedy series "The Wrong Mans." Borrowing some Hitchcockian phobia (and referencing the master of suspense's 1956 Henry Fonda-starrer), the show centers on two bottom-rung office workers (James Corden and Matthew Baynton) caught up in a deadly criminal conspiracy after one of them answers ye olde ringing telephone at the site of a car crash.

Corden is best-known for co-creating, co-writing and starring in the BBC sitcom "Gavin & Stacey," for which he won a BAFTA; Baynton had a co-starring role on the show. "Butter" and "She's Out of My League" director Jim Field Smith is set to helm the series.

Meanwhile, Hulu Plus has the kiddies in mind with its most recent programming addition, effective today: current-season Nickelodeon programming is now available for online streaming, making Hulu the only subscription-based VOD provider offering the channel's newest episodes.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.