“It was a very difficult sell,” admits Goldberg of shopping the script. “I think people really responded to it, but were ultimately afraid. I think religion is just a subject people don’t feel comfortable taking on.”
Not Hulu. “Obviously a Jason Katims script goes to the top of the pile,” says Craig Erwich, Hulu’s head of content. “First and foremost, we want to be in business with premium talent. ‘The Path’ just seemed like a natural extension of what he and Jessica have done so well, but with a provocative, of-the-moment subject matter at the heart of it.”
It’s those auspices that has imbued Hulu with confidence in the series, no matter how challenging the subject matter. It’s the first original drama launched under Erwich, who took the top content position two years ago.
“My feelings about the show eclipse the fact that it’s our first,” Erwich says. “Whether it’s our first, second, third or 10th, I love this show.”
Paul wasn’t looking to return to TV after six years on AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” but his reps insisted he look at the script. Admittedly, it took a fair bit of wooing. “He definitely went on some personal journey to decide whether he’d back on TV, but I think the material must have spoken to him in some way.
Take a sneak-peek.