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Hulu Picks Up Jason Reitman ‘Casual’ Comedy Series in Lionsgate TV Pact

Hulu announced a 10-episode straight-to-series order for “Casual,” a half-hour comedy series from Lionsgate Television to be exec produced by director Jason Reitman.

Casual,” will debut sometime on Hulu in 2015. Reitman (“Up in the Air,” “Juno”) is set to direct the pilot. Series follows the story of a dysfunctional family with a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister who together coach each other through the world of dating while living under the same roof again and raising a teenager.

Also attached to “Casual” are series writer Zander Lehmann and Reitman’s production partner Helen Estabrook (“Whiplash,” “Young Adult”). It will be produced by Reitman’s Right of Way Films and will begin production this year; casting has not been announced.

Jason Reitman uniquely blends comedy and drama in a way that touches the human spirit. We are honored to work with him to bring the next distinctive voice, Zander Lehmann, to television,” said Craig Erwich, Hulu’s SVP and head of content.

“I’ve long looked for the right first step into episodic storytelling,” said Reitman. “In Zander Lehmann, I have found the perfect collaborator. His writing is hilarious and provocative.”

Added Lionsgate Television chairman Kevin Beggs: “We are big fans of Jason’s work, Zander’s scripts and their wonderfully perceptive take on contemporary family life.”

Other Hulu originals include the recently announced event series “11/22/63” based on the Stephen King best-seller of the same name from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Prods.

Separately, this week Hulu announced that a renewal of its licensing deal with Viacom, which among other things expands its lineup of Nickelodeon shows, and recently landed a deal bringing all past seasons of Comedy Central’s “South Park” exclusively to Hulu Plus.

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