Hulu's New Streaming Weapons Are Steven King And 'Star Wars' Heir J.J. Abrams

September 22, 2014 9:26 PM

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Hulu's New Streaming Weapons Are Steven King And 'Star Wars' Heir J.J. Abrams

In typically disruptive fashion, the news broke on Sept. 22, aka the statistical start of the 2014-15 broadcast TV season. Hulu and Warner Bros. TV announced a direct-to-series order for 11/22/63, an original series from Steven King and J.J. Abrams, the auteur behind TV shows like Lost and Felicity and film reboots of Star Trek and the upcoming installment of Star Wars. The nine-part series is a thriller about a high school English teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President Kennedy, only to find his mission threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, falling in love …. and (cue the Hammond organ) … the past itself.

Today begins the traditional networks’ nine-month battleground, which is increasingly anachronistic and is unfolding against a backdrop of increasing anxiety. For decades, September has been the month when network fare has arrived to set the pop culture agenda, in some ways more than movies. Even wh...

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