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Hulu's 'Future Man' is a gamer's dream-turned TV show

Are you a gamer who works a terrible job? Maybe you can become a time-traveling hero, too.

What do you do after four "Hunger Games" movies? For actor Josh Hutcherson, it's star in a time-traveling comedy.
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Even the most jaded gamer could become a sci-fi hero, right? That's the premise of a comedy show developed by Sony Pictures Television that's been picked up by Hulu.

The streaming service announced Friday that it has given the green light to 13 episodes of "Future Man," a 30-minute, time-travel comedy that puts together the brains of this summer's raunchy "Sausage Party" adult animated movie with Peeta from "The Hunger Games" saga.

Actor Josh Hutcherson stars as Josh Futterman, an uninspired janitor/dejected gamer who ends up being recruited by "mysterious visitors" to become the unlikely hope to save humanity. (Sounds just like a video game premise doesn't it?)

This show will have a comedy backbone with executive producers including Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (fresh off of the aforementioned meat movie as well as 2013's "This is the End"), Matt Tolmach (a producer for 2012's "The Amazing Spider-Man" and its 2014 sequel) and James Weaver ("Neighbors").

The show itself, set to debut in 2017, will also star Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson, Ed Begley Jr. and Glenne Headly.

The series is the latest piece of original content Hulu is developing, as the service battles competitors such as Netflix and Amazon Prime in securing their own catalogs of exclusive programs.