The First Trailer

With The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu got the streaming service serious Emmy awards. With Castle Rock they’ve reinvented Stephen King. Now they got Sean Penn to do television with their latest series, The First.

Created by Beau Willimon, The First is about NASA’s attempts to launch the first manned shuttle to Mars. After a launch disaster, Laz Ingram (Natasha McElhone) calls Tom Hagerty (Penn) in to get the mission back on track. Tom focuses on the mission but sometimes gets distracted by his daughter Denise (Anna Jacoby-Heron) rebelling and backsliding, while they still haven’t dealt with Tom’s wife’s death.

Willimon spoke with /Film at the Hulu offices this week, joined by his partner, executive producer Jordan Tappis. They had clearly thought out answers for everything science and story related. The First premieres today on Hulu.

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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Castle Rock season 2 may bring back characters from season 1
  • Check out a preview of American Horror Story: Apocalypse
  • Billy On the Street is returning with new web episodes
  • Law and Order: Hate Crimes is the latest Law and Order spin-off
  • Go behind the scenes of The Deuce season 2
  • One of the producers of The Simpsons noticed a major continuity error from a 23-year-old episode
  • A new Walking Dead season 9 trailer
  • HBO renews Ballers and Insecure
  • The CW is developing a Nancy Drew series
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina now has an awesome poster
  • Gomorrah TV series getting prequel film
  • GWAR destroyed the Rick and Morty pop-up bar that never was

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castle rock anthology

Hulu’s Castle Rock is now available to stream. As expected, the show, which is set in the Stephen King universe, is loaded with Stephen King references. To honor Stephen King nerds everywhere, we’re compiling a list of every King reference in each episode. We’ll be updating the list every week with new references from new episodes as they become available to stream.

The first three episodes are available to stream right now, so let’s take a look.

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Castle Rock Romans review

Welcome to our spoiler-filled Castle Rock reviews, in which we explore Hulu’s new Stephen King-inspired series. (If you’re looking for a spoiler-free review of the show, click here). This week we look at the season finale, “Romans”.

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castle rock henry deaver review

Welcome to our spoiler-filled Castle Rock reviews, in which we explore Hulu’s new Stephen King-inspired series. (If you’re looking for a spoiler-free review of the show, click here). This week we look at episode nine, “Henry Deaver.”

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The First Review

The First, the latest original series from Hulu and House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, is an engrossing, engaging drama about several characters connected to the first manned mission to Mars. While the red planet may be the ultimate destination, this show is more about the earth-bound lives of its ensemble, and the emotional issues they each grapple with. Read our The First review below.

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Alex Hirsch Netflix Deal and Justin Roiland Hulu Series

The roster of animated programming at Netflix and Hulu is about to expand in an exciting way.

Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch has landed an overall multi-year deal at Netflix to exclusively develop new series and feature films for the streaming platform. Meanwhile, Rick and Morty creator and executive producer Justin Roiland is taking a new series called Solar Opposites over to Hulu, and he’s bringing one of the writers assistants from Rick and Morty with him. Read More »

castle rock past perfect review

Welcome to our spoiler-filled Castle Rock reviews, in which we explore Hulu’s new Stephen King-inspired series. (If you’re looking for a spoiler-free review of the show, click here). This week we look at episode eight, “Past Perfect.”

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The First Trailer

Sean Penn attempts to be one of the first people to set foot on Mars in The First, a new drama series from Hulu and Beau Willimon. No mere sci-fi saga, The First isn’t so much about getting to Mars as it is about the lives of the people involved with the complicated, dangerous mission. Watch The First trailer below.

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Casting news is happening! In this edition of Casting Bits, we’ve rounded up the latest casting news for your reading pleasure. John Lithgow has joined Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in Annapurna’s Fox News movie; Lauren Ambrose will star in M. Night Shyamalan‘s Apple series; and Castle Rock‘s Jane Levy is climbing aboard Netflix’s new anthology series What/If.

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