The series is currently in production and slated to premiere on Hulu later this year. The show centers on a group of students who must fight for survival when predatory mutant freaks take over after a meltdown at the local chemical plant.
“Freakish” stars an ensemble cast that includes Hayes Grier (ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars”), Leo Howard (“Kickin’ It,” “Shake it Up,” “Conan the Barbarian”), Liza Koshy (“Boo! A Madea Halloween”), Adam Hicks (“Zeke and Luther,” “Pair of Kings”), Aislinn Paul (“Degrassi: The Next Generation,” “Heroes Reborn”), Tyler Chase (“The Walking Dead”), Meghan Rienks (“Mr. Student Body President,” “Oscar’s Hotel”) and Melvin Gregg (“The Land,” “Class”). Additional cast members include Chad L. Coleman (“The Walking Dead,” “The Wire”), Mary Mouser (“Scandal,” “Body of Proof”) and social-media influencer Chachi Gonzales.
“Our Gen Z audience craves binge-worthy, on-demand entertainment, which is why we’re excited to be in business with Hulu,” said Shelley Zimmerman, executive producer and head of scripted series for AwesomenessTV.
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“Freakish” was created by Beth Szymkowski, who created and wrote AwesomenessTV’s first series, “Runaways.” The series is exec produced by AwesomenessTV CEO Brian Robbins, Zimmerman, Szymkowski, Matt Lewis, Chris Grismer and produced by Scott Levine. The series pilot was written by Szymkowski and will be directed by Grismer.
Under a separate deal, Hulu recently acquired the exclusive U.S. streaming VOD rights to two feature-length documentaries from Awesomeness Films: “Snervous,” a documentary from YouTube and social-media star Tyler Oakley that premiered in theaters and on-demand last year, and “Janoskians: Untold and Untrue,” a mockumentary and concert special from the Australian comedy group. Both are now available to stream on Hulu.
AwesomenessTV is majority owned by DreamWorks Animation, with Verizon and Hearst each holding 24.5% stakes in the youth-oriented media company.
Pictured above: Hayes Grier in “Freakish”