Hulu's Musical Rom-Com 'Up Here' Takes a Final Bow


| LAST UPDATE 07/31/2023

By Alyssa Williams
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Bummer alert! Up Here, the sweet musical rom-com that had us all humming along, won't be returning for a second act on Hulu.

The show, which featured the awesome Mae Whitman and Carlos Valdes as an almost-couple constantly tripped up by life's curveballs and the (musical) voices in their noggins, has been given the axe just four months after it first dropped on the platform in March. But hey, don't worry! Unlike some other shows that got yanked from Hulu and its big bro Disney+ to save some cash, Up Here will still be there for you to rewatch or discover for the first time. Unfortunately, we don't have the deets on how many peeps actually tuned in to watch Up Here. That's just the way it is with most streaming series.

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'Up Here' (2023) Hulu via IMDb
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But let's take a moment to appreciate the amazing minds behind Up Here. We're talking about Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (the geniuses behind Frozen and Coco) who penned original songs and scripts. Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (of New Girl fame) and Steven Levenson (the dude who brought us Dear Evan Hansen) also contributed to the scriptwriting. All of these talented folks get a co-creator credit. And let's not forget Thomas Kail (the directorial mastermind of Hamilton) who helmed the first episode. Whitman and Valdes were joined by a stellar cast including Katie Finneran, John Hodgman, Andréa Burns, Emilia Suárez, Sophia Hammons, and Scott Porter.

Taking us back to the brink of the new millennium in 1999, Up Here explored the extraordinary journey of an ordinary couple falling in love. The twist? They find out that the biggest hurdle to their happiness might just be themselves — and the labyrinth of memories, obsessions, fears, and fantasies residing in their own heads. Talk about deep, right? Anderson-Lopez, Lopez, Sanchez-Witzel, Levenson, and Kail wore the executive producer hats for this one. Kail, through his Old 320 Sycamore Productions, and his partner Jennifer Todd, also served as EPs. And last but not least, Disney’s 20th Television was the powerhouse behind the production of the series.

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