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Alison Haislip on “Battleground” as first season nears midpoint

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm •  Published: March 20, 2012

Alison Haislip talked to Nerdage today about her show Battleground, Hulu’s first original scripted series.  The current episode, “Polls Close at Six,” was released today and is embedded above. 

“It’s a true dramedy,” Haislip said. “People may go in expecting there to be a lot of slapstick comedy going on, but the comedy is much more subtle.”

Haislip plays the social media strategist for the political campaign of Wisconsin State Senator

XXX arrives at the World Premiere of Kumo for Xbox 360 on Sunday, June 13, 2010 in Los Angeles. (Katy Winn/AP Images for Xbox)
XXX arrives at the World Premiere of Kumo for Xbox 360 on Sunday, June 13, 2010 in Los Angeles. (Katy Winn/AP Images for Xbox)
Deirdre Samuels, who is seeking a seat in the U.S. Senate. ‘Battleground’ explores the behind-the-scenes of the campaign trail in a documentary-style dramedy.

“I think that’s why it has a perfect home on Hulu,” she said. “You don’t have a certain schedule they have to fill… Hulu can put up any show that they want to. It doesn’t have to fall into a certain category.”

Haislip said that the character she plays, Ali, has some similarities to her personally. Haislip, a former G4 anchor known for tech knowledge, was the first social media correspondent on a network show, on “The Voice” in 2011. Ali, meanwhile, is constantly monitoring social media for events that will impact the Samuels campaign.
“Ali carries an iPad with her everywhere she goes,” Haislip said. “In the show I’m using my personal iPad.”

Hulu reports that since its debut in February, “Battleground” has ranked among the top 20 most watched shows on Hulu, alongside popular network shows including “The New Girl,” “The Daily Show” and “Modern Family.”

“I really hope we’re coming back for more,” she said. “You see these interviews set five years in the future from what you’re seeing in the documentary part, so the show could continue for five more years to get to the present.”

Her stint on “The Voice” has ended, but Haislip had kind words for Oklahoma country music star Blake Shelton, who appears on the show.

“He’s one of the greatest co-workers I ever had,” she said. She said the first time she did an interview with Shelton for the show, he interrupted her with “I’m sorry, I can’t pay attention to your question, because your shoes are too ugly.”

From there, “I knew he and I were going to be just fine,” she said.

Check out Battleground each Tuesday at Hulu.com and follow Alison Haislip on twitter: @alisonhaislip.

- Matt Price


by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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