DONNA J. PLESH
Two Online TV Shows
At left, the cast of "Prisoners of War." Above: Tom Hollander
Hulu presents 'Rev'
and 'Prisoners of War'
By DONNA J. PLESH
TV viewers have many ways to watch programs these days. The traditional way on your TV set, or via TV network Internet sites, which offer many of their programs the day of, or shortly after, the programs air on the networks.
In addition now many TV series and programs are available to viewers whenever they want to watch TV, be it 3 a.m. in the morning or midnight. Services like Netflix live stream programs to you instantly (for a price). Similarly there is On Demand TV (again when the viewer wants to watch) service offered by some cable and satellite TV providers at an extra charge.
On the Internet Hulu offers some TV programs (as well as movies) for free, but for a price Hulu Plus also offers more, including original programming.
Original programming was the focus of a recent Hulu presentation a the Television Critics Association's summer press preview event. Two of Hulus more interesting new series are Prisoners of War and Rev.
If you like Showtimes Homeland, the drama Prisoners of War is for you. Homeland is based on writer-director Gideon Raffs Israeli series Prisoners of War. The latter drama follows what happens to two Israeli soldiers when they return home following a prisoner swap after being held captive for 17 years. The series, which has won nine Israeli Emmy Awards, is airing on Hulu Plus on Saturdays, with the whole series available on Sept. 15. The second season is scheduled to air in 2013.
On a lighter note theres Rev, a British comedy series starring Tom Hollander as a vicar from a rural parish who's promoted to a busy, inner-city church in East London, a world in which he has little experience and it shows. Its a contemporary comedy about the daily frustrations and moral conflicts of an inner-city vicar.
Among guest stars familiar to U.S. viewers are Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and Ralph Fiennes (The Hurt Locker and several of the Harry Potter films). Rev won the BAFTA (the British equivalent of our Emmy) as Best Sitcom in 2011. New episodes of Rev air on Sundays on Hulu Plus, with the entire series available on Aug. 26.
©2012 by Donna J. Plesh. The photos are courtesy of Hulu. This column first posted Aug. 7, 2012.
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