Hot Package is an Adult Swim entertainment variety show, created by Derrick Beckles. The show parodies network entertainment shows such as Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood. Instead of sourcing its news from real celebrities, TV shows, and films, all of Hot Package's "entertainment" news comes from found footage, including clips from forgotten B Films and bizarre TV shows. The show is hosted by Derrick Beckles, Pat O'Brien, Anastasia Roark, and Mark McGrath, and features colorful guests, makeovers, and interview segments. Hot Package, produced by Abso Lutely Productions, Abominable Pictures, TV Carnage, and Williams Street, premiered on October 4, 2013, and has currently aired eleven episodes. On May 9, 2014, Adult Swim confirmed that Hot Package would be returning for a second season.
|Created by||Derrick Beckles|
|Written by||Derrick Beckles|
|Directed by||Derrick Beckles|
|Narrated by||Beau Weaver (Opening)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||11|
|Running time||10–11 minutes|
|Original network||Adult Swim|
|Original release||October 4, 2013 –|
The second season of Hot Package premiered on February 27, 2015. Special guest stars include: Mark McGrath, celebrity stalker Jeff Deane Turner, paperback hunk Fabio, ex-Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, and cult filmmaker Kenneth Anger. Beckles filmed the second season with a broken hand.
The show features a wide variety of segments parodying those found in entertainment news shows. Some of these segments include:
- HP Exclusive - Fake entertainment news based on an out-of-context film, TV, or found footage clip.
- Ones on One - Derrick interviews an obscure figure from film or television as if he/she were a celebrity guest.
- Hollywood Makeover - Derrick gives someone a makeover based on a "Hollywood hunk" from an obscure film/TV clip (such as Jon McBride in Cannibal Campout). Despite a wide number of film sources being used as inspiration, from action B-movies to LSD scare films, the makeovers largely turn out the same each time, usually with no reference to the film in question.
- Countdowns - A list of themed film clips.
- Curtain Raiser - Movie reviews. Again, the movie is always obscure, but treated like a recent Hollywood film.
- Bloopers - Embarrassing found footage.
Hot Package episodesEdit
|No.||Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
Derrick gets the inside scoop from adult film director Rob Spallone. Hot Package counts down its top romantic moments, and Pat chastises the network that canceled his favorite show.
Guests: Jeff Deane Turner, Rob Spallone
Gender expert Perry Caravello is interviewed by Derrick about what it means to be a man. A very special makeover goes awry, and Hollywood is attacked by death, again. Jeff Deane Turner reviews a movie.
Guests: Perry Caravello, Jeff Deane Turner
Derrick pulls a classic Hot Package episode from the vaults. The clock ticks for HP teen reporters Kerri and Nikki's possible Iranian execution; fashion computer IB Hem weighs in; and a razor blade frisbee seals one man's fate.
Guests: Jeff Deane Turner
With no entertainment news to report, Derrick, Pat, and special guest human-blooper Perry Caravello dedicate this episode to fun -- except things get tense, and Anastasia makes Perry cry in front of a real doctor.
Guests: Perry Caravello
Derrick is joined by health expert Gregg Valentino to discuss his steroid-dealing arrest, questionable tributes are paid to an ailing comedian. Jennifer Day performs and NOTJackie Stallone sets the record straight.
Guests: Gregg Valentino, Jennifer Day
Hot Package has up-to-the-nanosecond coverage of the musical war raging across North America. Derrick interviews movie star Jennifer Day, and an HP reporter puts her life on the line.
Guests: Jennifer Day
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