24 HOUR RENTAL from showrunner George Mihalka and writer Al Kratina

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“It’s about a video store who makes its money off of porno and powder,” says screenwriter Al Kratina when describing the new series 24 Hour Rental. Described as a mashup of Clerks and The Sopranos, 24 Hour Rental is part of a new crop of online shows who push the boundaries of what you can do when you don’t have to answer to a network.

With the ratings off the table, Kratina teamed up with showrunner George Mihalka — who directed the 1981 slasher film My Bloody Valentine — to bring this 13-episode show to Hulu.

The story tracks a low-level gangster named Tracker, played by Romano Orzari (White House Down, Immortals, Assassin’s Creed III), who finds out there’s a price on his head. Not only is it insulting that the price isn’t very high, but Tracker doesn’t have the money to pay it. This black comedy explores the gritty street life of organized crime like you’ve never seen before.

“What we tried to do is the old Monty Python bit… ‘And now for something different’,” says Mihalka, of the blood, gore and gross out moments. ScreenwritingU sat down with the duo to talk about how they built out season one and anticipated a new story arc for season two.

24 Hour Rental releases all episodes on Hulu on November 13.

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Jenna Milly is Editor-in-chief of ScreenwritingU Magazine, an inside source for the latest scoop from the screenwriter’s POV on upcoming movies. She interviews some of the top writers in Hollywood for such movies as The Revenant, The MartianMission: Impossible and many others. She co-created the TBS microseries Gillian in Georgia. She earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia and a M.F.A. in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. She has written for CNN.com, The Los Angeles Times, Script Magazine, TwelvePoint, and a variety of magazines. You can follow her on Twitter: @jennamilly

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