TV Tidbits: Hulu picks up show produced by Winston-Salem native for season two

Just two weeks after its debut, Hulu has renewed “Ramy,” a comedy series with stand-up comic Ramy Youssef as a man torn between his immigrant family’s traditions and being part of the millennial generation. Jerrod Carmichael, a Winston-Salem native, is one of the executive producers. The renewal was part of Hulu’s “Upfront” presentations last week, when they announced a slew of new shows.

They also renewed “Pen15,” a comedy in which two adult comedians play the 13-year-old versions of themselves as middle schoolers circa 2000, and announced new shows including “Nine Perfect Strangers” starring Nicole Kidman and “The Dropout” with Kate McKinnon.

And Hulu will follow its success on “Runaways” with two more shows based on Marvel Comics series: “Ghost Rider,” based on the flame-skulled superhero most recently seen in ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” and “Helstrom,” based on the 1970s Marvel comic characters Son of Satan and Satana, who were half-demon siblings.

Also in development for Hulu, but not on last week’s list of announced shows, is a series based on “High Fidelity,” Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel which was previously turned into a 2000 feature film starring John Cusack. The new series will flip the gender of the main character, a music-obsessed record store owner played this time around by Zoe Kravitz.

Jake Lacy, an alumnus of the UNC School of the Arts — previously seen in the Showtime series “I’m Dying Up Here” and this year’s RiverRun opening night film “Ode to Joy” — plays a charming newcomer who catches her eye despite his lack of music knowledge. Lacy also appears in Tuesday’s episode of the FX series “Fosse/Verdon.”

After being canceled by Fox after three seasons, the fantasy series “Lucifer” is getting another chance, this time on Netflix.

The series features Tom Ellis as the charming, roguish Lucifer, who got fed up with life in Hell and has moved to Los Angeles.

The series is based on a comic book from DC’s “Vertigo” line. All 10 episodes will be released Wednesday morning.

Josh and Jonas Pate, who were born in Winston-Salem and grew up in Raeford, are returning to North Carolina as the setting for their latest series.

“Outer Banks,” a teen drama being developed for Netflix for 2020, follows a group of friends who stumble across a treasure map and end up on a summer adventure.

The series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns for a new season Friday on ABC, with an episode directed by series star Clark Gregg. The show’s cast includes Natalia Cordova-Buckley, an alumna of UNCSA, as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez, a super-powered agent.

FX has announced a return date for “Baskets,” a comedy that features Wilkesboro native Zach Galifianakis in dual roles. The fourth season will start on Thursday, June 13. The new season will follow Chip (Galifianakis) as, at age 49, he decides it’s time to move out of his mom’s place. Meanwhile his twin brother Dale (also Galifianakis) has, according to FX, “found kindred spirits with his fellow inhabitants at the RV park.”

A new DVD out Tuesday collects eight episodes of a lively, whimsical Netflix documentary series about beloved toys of childhood.

Also new in stores Tuesday is the fourth season of one of the best dramas on television, AMC’s “Better Call Saul.” The series is a prequel to “Breaking Bad,” focusing on a fast-talking attorney (Bob Odenkirk) during his descent into the criminal underworld of Albuquerque in the years before “Bad.”


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