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Co-creator/Writer/Actor Seth Meyers speaks onstage during the ‘The Awesomes’ portion of the Hulu 2013 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2013 in Beverly Hills, CA
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By Valerie Milano
Beverly Hills, CA (Hollywood Today
) 8/5/13 – “When I started on “SNL” in 2001 and Mike worked there, one of the first things we did together was walk down to Midtown Comics in Times Square, because we sort of found a shared love of that” speaking at TCA summer press tour about comic books. “Also, “SNL” was like the first time I had had enough money to buy all the comic books I wanted,” explained Seth Meyers.
Meyers has partnered with Michael Shoemaker to co-create Hulu’s first animated series, “The Awesomes”.
Shoemaker added, “Seth was the first friend that I knew who actually liked comics. I liked comics, but it was a solitary experience. But then when he came, he said, “Oh, you know, I read these.” I said, “Oh, let’s go.”
“The Awesomes” is an animated comedy about what happens when the most powerful superhero in history – retires. Mr. Awesome, the leader of the task force decides to move on, leaving his son, Jeremy Prock (Seth Meyers), and his merry band of misfits to carry on.
There are several SNL voices with superhuman powers in “Awesomes” including Kenan Thompson, Bill Hader, Taran Killan among others, and Lorne Michaels is an executive producer as well.
Meyers explained, “The great thing about working with the “SNL” cast for voice stuff, as with anything else, is they’re so quick to get what you’re asking them to do.”
“They’re used to read-throughs where they’ve never seen a script, so we hand them a script that they’ve never seen and they say, “Oh, we’ll do it like this.” And they were almost always right,” added Shoemaker.
“We’re sort of drawn to team dynamics, the sort of interpersonal relationships between people, and we wanted to sort of join a team as it was getting put together and sort of follow over a sort of a 10-episode arc as they sort of learned.”
Besides the hectic schedules these two funny men live, Meyers got married this summer. “Nothing like telling your fiancee, I’d love to do a cake tasting, but I have to go to Comic-Con.”
Meyers and Shoemaker have teams who are recorded on the east coast and on the west coast with animators, Bento Box located here in LA.
“The real superheros of this process have been the sound mixers, who have to take the audio recorded from two different places and make it sound like it was recorded in the same places.”
Hulu, which was launched in 2007, is airing the two pilot episodes now. Produced by Broadway Video, “The Awesomes” will air ten episodes with new episodes premiering every week.