Seth Meyers has recruited some of his famous friends to guest star in the 10-episode second season of his Hulu original show “The Awesomes.”
Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Will Forte are taking on roles in the show about a group of subpar superheroes attempting to replace some more venerable counterparts (loosely based on DC’s Justice League).
The trio joins a group of current and former “Saturday Night Live” actors who have enjoyed turns on the series, including Taran Killam, Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Bobby Moynihan, Rachel Dratch and Colin Quinn, who plays a highly intelligent but racist ape.
The casting news came at the “Awesomes” Comic-Con International panel Saturday, at which Meyers was joined on stage by his fellow writer/executive producer Mike Shoemaker; actor and Seth’s brother Josh Meyers; head writer Dan Mintz, who also writes for the animated Fox show “Bob’s Burgers”; and Killam.
“The thing about ‘Saturday Night Live’ is you do it once and it’s broadcast out there. The cool thing about animation is that we can do it five different ways, then trust these guys to choose the right one,” said Killam, who plays Frantic on the show.
Playing Prock, the son of the legendary Mr. Awesome, Seth Meyers described how he was forced to sing in an episode, and although Prock’s singing was meant to be off, the late-night host took it to a new level.
“My character was not supposed to be able to sing, but my bad singing was so bad that I would just look through the glass and see this,” the actor said, miming the movement of an engineer taking off his headphones and looking at the people next to him in disapproval. “They’d look at me and say ‘You want to try it one more time?’ “
Meyers touched on his upcoming gig as host of the Primetime Emmy Awards, saying that he had shot some video segments for the televised ceremony — he did point out that the “Awesomes” would not be making an appearance. He went on to say that the subversive animated show had found a good home at Hulu.
“This show wouldn’t have worked on a network — we don’t have to chase ratings with this model,” said Meyers.
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