Hulu's 'Real Pugs of Portland': Great idea! But there's a catch – OregonLive.com
I wanted to get excited and/or appalled at the idea of Hulu launching a series called “The Real Pugs of Portland.” Think of the eye-rolling possibilities: trendy pets; a play on Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise; the obligatory “Portlandia” references.
Even better, the teaser was part of the rollout of the new “Hulu Pets” programming. Think these are shows about pets? No, they’re for pets. To view.
Let Hulu explain it:
“Today, Hulu rolls out Hulu Pets, the newest collection of content targeted for the four-legged TV lover. From the very beginning, Hulu has proven to put the viewer first with the introduction of Hulu Latino and Hulu Kids. Now with the addition of Hulu Pets, we are proud to say that we are cornering the BARKet, and providing premium content for some of the most lovable members of our families – our pets.
Over half of Hulu viewing is done in the living room, but who’s to say that while the humans are away, the animals won’t press play? With the addition of new premium content and originals made specifically for animals, tails will be wagging in front of the TV screen for weeks and months to come!
On Hulu Pets, owners and pets alike can find content to enjoy together and separately.”
“The Real Pugs of Portland” was one of the new shows, with a teaser promising “to get inside the lives of the trendiest breed in Portland,” in a show featuring “The hairy hijinks of the hippest breed in Portland are sure to leave you breathless and drooling. From dog park drama to the hottest local fire hydrant, get inside the lives of PDX’s most provocative pugs.”
Great idea, huh? And then there are the other offerings, including “The Bark,” a competition “featuring America’s top dog vocalists. Do these pups have what it takes to howl with the pros? Featuring celebrity cat judges Simon Meowell, Furry Connick Jr., and Feral.”
And “Bone Appetit,” pitting “the animal kingdom’s most ambitious chefs” against each other in a quest “to please the most difficult pet palates. Who will be crowned the King of Kibble and who will end up as fish food? With drama this tasty, you’ll be left begging at the table for more.”
By this point, the combination of the Hulu Pets content and today’s date should make it clear that we’re going to have to wait a while longer for “The Real Pugs of Portland” to actually exist.
Happy April Fools day, you Portland pugs, and Hulu pranksters.
— Kristi Turnquist