News has come that Hulu—the fancy online I-wanna-watch-it-now video service—has announced its first original scripted series—that means it actually employs writers to write a story as opposed to a "story" à la vomit inducing reality TV—entitled Battleground.
First Question: Why would we care? Well it seems that the unquoted story of this little dramedy takes place in our fair, fair state of Wisconsin. Not only that, the first 13 episodes will reportedly be directed by one of the co-producers of the show, none other than J.D. Walsh, whose birth and early life was also based in Wisco.
Second Question: Why is a show set in the homey Dairyland State called Battleground? We're not warlike and mean. Those who've been paying attention for the past year or so should have figured out the answer to that already. But for the sake of others who've been filling their brainpans with frivolous viral videos, such as an innocent frog easily duped into playing a catch-the-bugs game who then justly delivers payback to his/her owner—This ain't a game! I'm starving, you jackass!—let's give 'em a clue: Politics.
Armed with that information, we can confidently say that the timing of Hulu's Battleground announcement on Sunday, just two days prior to the greatly anticipated and literal truck-load dump in Madison of over 1 million signatures in favor of recalling Governor Scott Walker, was simply a coincidence, right? Haha, Hollyweird wins again!
Anyhoo, the trailer is up. Take a looky:
Not bad, to tell ya the truth.
However, not everyone agrees with my mildly enthusiastic assessment. Cue bitter English major now payin' the bills by writing for Business Insider:
"Hulu just unveiled the trailer for an original series about a senatorial candidate's campaign staff. It's called 'Battleground,' and the trailer is cliched, poorly written and melodramatic. In other words, it looks terrible."
Sheesh, dude. Little harsh, don't ya think? The trailer's only 02:31 long and you're gonna hand 'em that? Also, J.D. Walsh was tortured mercilessly as an actor on—I cannot believe you're making me type this—Two and a Half Men for 9 excruciating episodes just to make a buck. Anyone who can come out of an experience like that and still have half of his/her creative sanity, not to mention a will to continue on in an industry that consistently churns out similar putrid drivel, deserves at least a smidgen of human compassion.
So, based on this one knee-jerk review from a reporter I've never heard of until today, I shall watch the Battleground premiere on Hulu on February 14, 2012. Who's with me?