Hulu Sets Stephen King’s ‘11.22.63’ Event Series Premiere Date

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Hulu will debut “11.22.63,” based on the time-travel novel by Stephen King about the JFK assassination, on Presidents Day, Feb. 15, 2016.

J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Bridget Carpenter and Bryan Burk serve as executive producers for “11.22.63.”

The nine-hour limited event series stars James Franco as a high-school English teacher who travels back in time to stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. “11.22.63” also stars Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, T.R. Knight, Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Lucy Fry, George MacKay and Daniel Webber.

Scottish director Kevin Macdonald (“Last King of Scotland,” “State of Play”) directs and executive produces the first two hours.

Hulu will release episodes of “11.22.63” on a weekly basis, as it has done for its other original series. That’s in contrast to Netflix’s binge-friendly strategy of releasing the entire season of a show at once.

The series will be available exclusively to Hulu subscribers on either the $7.99 monthly plan with ads, or the $11.99 commercial-free option.

Hulu, owned by Disney, 21st Century Fox and NBCUniversal, has been steadily ramping up its slate of original series with big-name talent in a bid to win more paying customers — and compete more aggressively against Netflix and Amazon. Hulu’s recently debuted originals include “The Mindy Project” season 4 after Fox canceled the show, and Amy Poehler’s “Difficult People,” which will be returning for a second season.

Hulu had previously styled the name of the series as “11/22/63,” the same as King’s book, but now refers to it as “11.22.63.”

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  1. Ana says:

    If Hulu really wants to compete with a service like Netflix, why would it limit itself to only the U.S? Seems strange.

  2. Denise Jones says:

    I love it! It gives me something to look forward to, it reminds me of the good ole days of having to wait to catch a show. You know were I’ll be when episode three comes out. Stephen King is the best. I am totally hooked.

  3. Blake Chesterfield Henderson says:

    I agree with some of the comments. Hulu stinks. Cheap sacks of sh1t trying to squeeze every penny out of people releasing weekly and saying its to promote the ol water cooler talk.

    Nonsense.

    I hope the Jew that runs Hulu dies in a car wreck with his children leaving his wife behind to take on ManDingo as DeMamp mentioned in a post.

  4. Thor Holmvick says:

    The entire executive team at HULU should be fired for this move. When the show fails to attract weekly viewers they’ll blame King saying the book was to hard to bring to screen. King will in turn blame director, and director will say JJ Abrhams Bad Robot wouldn’t give him creative control.

  5. Sugar Bear DeMamp says:

    I love the way ManDingo works a gaping maw! Rock on, brother.

    In related news, Jew-Lu can kiss my bag. 13 bucks a month to stream shows with 1/3 of the selection of Amazon(a company that knows what the consumer wants and supplies it) and Netflix.

    Pirate Bay here I come!

  6. Demamp Camp says:

    Ugh, Hulu is the worst, releasing this weekly. Just gonna watch Lisa Ann get nailed by Mandingo’s laphog on Pornhub instead. Then pirate it.

  7. Josh says:

    I just started a free trial. I was planning on binging 11/22/63 and canceling before the week, but playing around, I found a handful of shows I liked, and decided to hang around a bit longer as between Seinfeld, South Park, and Community in one place…..I figured I would stick with it.

    Then I just read these cheapskates are releasing their shows week to week. And paying 8 a month to be MURDERED with commercials.

    Lost me as a customer already. I’ll pirate 11/22/63 in 1080P right now before it’s even released on Hulu.

  8. Jack Monte says:

    Maybe Hulu will be able to keep an episode playing straight through without reloading 10 times by then.

  9. Arthur Lapalme says:

    I hope they stick to the book and do not ruin this story like network TV did with “The Dome”.

  10. Leah says:

    I’m sad. This was partially filmed in my hometown and I don’t have access to Hulu. It would have been neat to see.

  11. Sue O'Gorman says:

    Does anybody know if we’ll get it over here in England? Read the book and it was fab!

  12. Kate says:

    Hi! Your copyeditors missed the incorrect dates in the last paragraph. “11/22/63,” not “23.” Whoopsie daisies.

  13. Katie says:

    Bummer it’s only on hulu. This trend of “TV” shows that never show on TV sucks. I was excited to see this awesome book come to life… But not like this.

  14. Carrie says:

    The only decent book King has written since he quit drinking.

  15. voodoodad says:

    I cannot wait for this one! I loved the book more than any King book of recent years and it remains in my top five of all time.

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