Iconic prime-time news show host Larry King is launching a new program for the streaming media generation on Hulu, the company announced today on its blog.
King is, of course, best known for his CNN show, Larry King Live, which spanned three decades and in which he interviewed various celebrities, creators, politicians, and others in the media spotlight. I grew up watching King, and when I think of a generic image for “TV newsperson,” his image pops into my brain.
So I would say that the debut of his new Hulu show, appropriately titled Larry King Now, is a big deal for the up-and-coming streaming video company. The show was announced back in March for Ora.tv and is financed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helú.
King said he was compelled to get back into the news “chasing” game after one of his CNN specials didn’t air due to the breaking news coverage of the U.S. government killing al-Qaida terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden. In an interview from the Hulu blog, King said: “…had I been working, I would’ve been running in that night to do interviews. I realized then, ‘God, I miss this.’ I want to be in the hunt.”
The show began airing last night on Hulu’s website, with Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane as King’s first guest. New episodes run Monday through Thursday during the week.
In addition to King’s new show, Hulu is also adding tons of exclusive premium content to its media library, such as original programs like scripted comedy Battleground, Morgan Spurlock’s A Day in the Life reality series, travel show Up to Speed from director Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Slackers), and many others.