Political comedy drama Battleground, which marked Hulu’s first foray into original programming, is returning for a second season, over five years after its launch. However, it is not returning to the small screen, but rather has been adapted into a British podcast.
There have been a raft of podcast-to-TV adaptations, including Amazon’s forthcoming Julia Roberts-fronted, Sam Esmail-directed remake of Homecoming, but this is thought to be the first TV series that has moved into podcast format after Hulu decided not to renew the show, which launched in 2012.
Battleground, which was created by JD Walsh, followed a group of campaign staffers working to elect a dark horse candidate in the battleground state of Wisconsin. It starred Seal Team’s Jay Hayden as Chris ‘Tak’ Davis. The new season will follow Davis as he tries to navigate a Republican through the New Hampshire primaries. Chicago Fire’s Teri Reeves and 100 Things To Do Before High School’s Jack Desena also star.
The show was originally produced by West High Drama and the podcast will be broadcast via UK 3’s The World At Large series. The first three episodes are currently live and is exec produced by The Amazing Spiderman’s Marc Webb, Crazy Eyes’ Hagai Shaham and Walsh. Webb is represented by CAA, Anonymous Content and attorneys Linda Lichter and Jamie Feldman, Walsh is repped by CAA’s David Kopple and Shaham is repped by attorney Gregg Gelman at Morris Yorn.
“I’m very excited to be bringing Battleground back in this format. I personally want to thank all of the fans who inundated Hulu with tweets, emails and posts about the show over the years, this season is for you,” said Walsh.