Cybertainment: WQED-FM starts Concert Channel; Hulu launches original TV series
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WQED-FM (89.3) has launched the Pittsburgh Concert Channel, which will feature archived performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and other local groups.
They can be heard online at wqed.org/fm and for those with HD receivers, on WQED-HD2.
Programming will include performances from the Pittsburgh Symphony Radio series, along with some concerts from Chatham Baroque, Carnegie Mellon University School of Music and others. WQED plans to add performances from other local arts groups.
Online TV service Hulu is turning the tables on the summer rerun season with several new original TV series and a slate of Hulu exclusives that will run on Hulu and the paid Hulu Plus subscription service.
Director Kevin Smith will host "Spoilers," a half-hour "movie revue" show devoted to talk about movies. It won't be reviews but rather discussions by and for people who love film. "Spoilers" premieres June 4 on Hulu and Hulu Plus. There will be 10 episodes, with new ones posted every Monday.
Starting in August, Hulu will launch "Up to Speed," a travel show created by filmmaker Richard Linklater, and "We Got Next," a half-hour comedy about a group of four buddies who are part of a pickup basketball team.
Hulu will also offer seven TV series imported to the United States as exclusives:
• "Rev, "a comedy about a smalltown vicar who relocates to East London (starting June 3).
• "Little Mosque," a comedy about a Muslim community that rents a small town church hall to use as a mosque (starting June 28).
• "The Yard," a six-episode HBO Canada miniseries about rival cliques of elementary school children (starting June 7).
• "Derren Brown: Inside Your Mind" mixes magic, mind reading and showmanship in this four-episode series (starting July 7).
• "The Booth at the End," a psychological thriller about a man who has the power to grant people's desires (starting in July).
• "Pramface," about two teens who are about to become parents (starting July 19).
• "The Promise," a political thriller set in the Middle East that travels between past and present events (starting Aug. 11).
First Published May 27, 2012 9:38 am