Category Archives: Television

HBO Wants Another Series From The Duplass Brothers


I think HBO s finally regretting their insanely dumb decision to cancel “Togetherness,” because the network has decided it wants the Duplass brothers back. What a classic tale. You don’t know what you had until it’s gone. (Okay granted they still had “Animals” but its not the same.)

The network announced last week that it has picked up a new anthology series from the brothers Room 104. The series follows a single room in a chain hotel and the different people who wander through it every episode.

“Room 104” was picked up as part of the Duplass brothers’ overall deal with the network, will enter production later this year and premiere in 2017.


Stranger Things Producers Ready to Make “Several More Seasons”


The newest Netflix series, “Stranger Things” has been an insanely awesome hit. The 80’s science fiction series thrilled and was epically beautiful and thankfully there will be more.

While Netflix hasn’t officially confirmed follow up seasons (yet, but we are fairly sure they will), the producers are already on board for several more seasons. Executive producer Shane Levy said,

And the plan is to continue with this set of characters while introducing a few critical key new ones next season. So I’ll just say that a lot of the big mysteries get answered at the end of Season 1, but we are very much kind of unearthing new problems and questions that merit future stories and future investigation in the most enjoyable way. So we are in love with our cast and our characters.

Things end up being resolved to some extent at the end of Season 1, but not entirely. And that’s why we’re so hopeful we get another few seasons to live with these people a little longer.

“Stranger Things” was created by the Duffer brothers. It premiered in its entirety on Netflix late July.

Season 5 of “Arrested Development” Is Almost Ready


The Bluth family is coming back… again! Netflix is bringing it “Arrested Development” again for a fifth season according to longtime producer Mitch Hurwitz.

Hurwitz recently revealed at the Television Critics Association press tour, “We’re very close.” However, he stressed that nothing is yet official. “It’s the thing I’m really desperate to do. We’ve got a lot of stories broken. We’re ready to go. I’m so appreciative of the fans wanting more, I’d hate to tease them with information until we know it’s going to happen … if it does happen, it looks like shooting would happen at the start of 2017.”

Netflix revived “Arrested Development” for a 15-episode fourth season back in 2013, after the series had been canceled by Fox in 2006 angering fans. When Netflix didn’t immediately renew the show for another season after the fourth in 2013, it worried fans that it would be a one off. But this news from Hurwitz is promising. 

New to Netflix Streaming – August 2016


This is probably one of the first months where I don’t think there is anything I want to watch being added to Netflix in August 2016. However, we still have a plethora of new titles being added and substracted so plenty of new things to watch.

See the full list below.


The American Side (2016)
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
APEX: The Story of the Hypercar (2016)
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011)
Big Daddy (1999)
Black Widow (1987)
Critical Condition (1987)
Deadfall (2012)
Destination: Team USA (2016)
Funny or Die Presents: Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie ­NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
The Family Man (2000)
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Final Destination 3 (2006)
From the Terrace (1960)
Holding the Man (2015) ­NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
How To Win The US Presidency (2016)
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
ISIS: Women Unveiled (2016)
Masha and the Bear: Season 2 ­NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
Memoria (2015)
The Naked Prey (1966)
NCIS: Season 13
Pay It Forward (2000)
The Real Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Roseanne Collection: Collection 3
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Sliding Doors (1998)
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Teacher’s Pet (1958)
The Verdict (1982)
The Wedding Planner (2001)
What Women Want (2000)
Young@Heart (2007)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)


Beat Bugs: Season 1 ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL


David Cross: Making America Great Again (2016) ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ever After High: Epic Winter ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Little Prince (2016) ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 (2016)
Slow TV: National Firewood Evening (2016) Slow TV: National Firewood Morning (2016)
Slow TV: National Firewood Night (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Evening (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Morning (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Night (2016)
Slow TV: Northern Passage (2016)
Slow TV: Northern Railway (2016)
Slow TV: Salmon Fishing (2016)
Slow TV: The Telemark Canal (2016)
Slow TV: Train Ride Bergen to Oslo (2016)


The Confirmation (2016)


Real Husbands of Hollywood: Season 4
T­Rex (2015)


St. Vincent (2014)


Flight of the Butterflies (2012)
No Country for Old Men (2007)


Ask the StoryBots: Season 1 ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Get Down: Part 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL (see below for trailer)
Project Mc2: Season 2 ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL


13 Cameras (2016)


Louis CK: Live at the Comedy Store (2015)


Let’s Go to Prison (2006)
Our Last Tango (2015)


The Curse of Sleeping Beauty (2016)
The Last Heist (2016)
Puffin Rock: Season 2 ­ NETFLIX ORIGINAL


Bottersnikes and Gumbles: Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Fearless: Season 1 ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL


Maz Jobrani: I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV (2015)


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Seventeenth Year


Septembers of Shiraz (2015)


The Road (2009)


Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Dawn of the Croods: Season 2 ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Glitter Force: Season 2 ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: We’ve Been Thinking… ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Once Upon a Time: Season 5


Rams (2015)


The State of Marriage (2015)


Ku’damm 56: Season 1


See below for a selection of titles that will be rotating off the service in August.


Addams Family Values (1993) The Best Man (1999)
Bowfinger (1999)
The Gabby Douglas Story (2014) Jennifer 8 (1992)
Johnny English (2003)
The Nutty Professor (1996)
The Replacements (2000)
Roseanne Collection: Collection 2 (1996)
Rugrats Go Wild (2003)
The Sandlot (1993)
Suspect Zero (2004)
Teen Witch (1989)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)
The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)


Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)


Clifford the Big Red Dog: Seasons 1­2
Clifford’s Puppy Days: Seasons 1­2


Charlie’s Angels (2000)
Wish Upon a Star (1996)


Inside Man (2006)


Harry the Bunny (2009)


Blitz (2011)


The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)


A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)


Death Note (2006)
Naruto Shippûden the Movie: Bonds (2008)
Naruto Shippuden: The Movie (2007)
Zathura (2005)

Netflix Announces Premiere Dates for Gilmore Girls, Black Mirror and More


Netflix officially announced this week the premiere dates for eight of their highly anticipated upcoming series including: Chef’s Table: France; Easy; The Ranch; Lovesick (fka Scrotal Recall); Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life; Captive; Beat Bugs (S2); One Day at a Time; and Black Mirror.

They also announced officially renewals for Chelsea, Lady Dynamite and Real Rob.

Complete list of premiere date announcements:

Chef’s Table: France – Season 3

  • September 2, 2016 at 12:01am PT

Audiences are invited back to take another globe trot in Chef’s Table: France where the series will showcase the crème de la crème of French chefs; talking about what inspires them and how it translates into their individual styles. The filmmakers embark on a personal look into the daily lives of these carefully curated chefs, from their diverse backgrounds to the evolution and craft of their chosen cuisine as well as their quests for sensory perfection.


  • Premiere Thursday September 22, 2016 at 12:01am PT

An anthology series from creator Joe Swanberg that explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture. The eight-episode series, written and directed by Swanberg, features Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress, Emily Ratajkowski, Michael Chernus, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Aya Cash, Jane Adams, Elizabeth Reaser, Evan Jonigkeit and more.

The Ranch – Part 2 of season one

  • October 7, 2016 at 12:01am PT

Set in present day on a Colorado ranch, this half-hour multi-camera comedy series stars Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Sam Elliott and Debra Winger. Life on The Ranch is never easy and things get even more complicated in part 2 of season one. It seems like ex-football star Colt Bennett (Kutcher) has finally accepted his place on the family ranch, but he and his brother Rooster (Masterson) will have to prove themselves to their father Beau (Elliot) if they ever hope to become partners. Maggie (Winger) has hopes of her own and they may no longer involve her on-again/off-again husband and after finally saving his ranch, Beau might be losing his family. And if life weren’t complicated enough, when Colt’s high school sweetheart Abby (Elisha Cuthbert) expresses doubts about her fiancé, Colt must choose between his current girlfriend and his first love. Dysfunctional doesn’t even cover this family. The Ranch is executive produced by Don Reo (Two and Half Men, My Wife and Kids) and Jim Patterson (Two and a Half Men,Mike and Molly). Kutcher and Masterson also serve as executive producers.

Black Mirror

  • Premieres globally October 21, 2016 at 12:01am PT

An anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm – a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone – a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us. The series is created and written by Charlie Brooker, and executive produced by Brooker and Annabel Jones. Its third season, comprising six episodes: San Junipero features Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis in an episode directed by Owen Harris; Shut Up and Dance features Jerome Flynn and Alex Lawther in an episode directed by James Watkins; Nosedive features Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve and James Norton in an episode directed by Joe Wright; Men Against Fire stars Michael Kelly, Malachi Kirby and Madeline Brewer in an episode directed by Jakob Verbruggen; Hated in the Nation features Kelly MacDonald in an episode directed by James Hawes; and Wyatt Russell and Hannah John-Kamen star in Playtest, an episode directed by Dan Trachtenberg.


  • Premieres globally November 17, 2016 at 12:01am PT

The second season of Lovesick, the series formerly known as Scrotal Recall, stars Johnny Flynn, Antonia Thomas and Daniel Ings, all returning for more fun in this delightful, romantic comedy. Season two will consist of eight episodes. Series creator Tom Edge returns as writer for season two and serves as Executive Producer along with Murray Ferguson, Andy Baker and Ed Macdonald. Lovesick is produced by Clerkenwell Films.

Beat Bugs – Season 2

  • November 18, 2016 at 12:01am PT

Inspired by the songs of The Beatles, Beat Bugs tells uplifting and life-affirming stories filled with hope and melody. The animated show follows five best friends who together discover life’s most important lessons in an overgrown suburban backyard. The Beat Bugs live out these childhood adventures to the words and music of The Beatles.

Created by Josh Wakely, Beat Bugs incorporates more than 50 songs from the Lennon/McCartney ‘Northern Songs’ catalogue and features covers by world-leading music artists including P!nk, Eddie Vedder, James Corden, Regina Spektor, Of Monsters and Men, The Shins, Chris Cornell and Sia, among others to be announced soon. The thirteen episode first season will be available globally on August 3rd, and will be second run in Australia.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

  • November 25, 2016 at 12:01am PT

Four 90-minute chapters, each spanning one of the four seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who executive produces, writes and directs the four 90-minute chapters with Daniel Palladino. The project is from Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.


  • December 9, 2016 at 12:01am PT

From the highest profile cases to those kept hidden from the public, comes a new docu-series from acclaimed executive producer Doug Liman and producers Simon and Jonathan Chinn. The producers of Captive have gained privileged access to the most challenging negotiations of our time — revealing how hostage-taking, and the efforts to resolve it, have evolved to address an escalating international trend. The episodes look at a wide range of situations from the viewpoint of everyone involved: the victims and their families back home, the experienced negotiators, business leaders, government officials and the kidnappers themselves.

One Day at a Time

  • January 6, 2017 at 12:01am PT

A reimagining of the Norman Lear classic, centering on a Cuban-American family. Our heroine is a recently separated, former military mom (Justina Machado) navigating a new single life while raising her radical teenaged daughter and socially adept tween son, with the “help” of her old school Cuban-born mom (Rita Moreno) and a friends- without-benefits building manager named Schneider. The 13-episode first season of One Day at a Time is produced by Act III Productions, Inc., Snowpants Productions and Small Fish Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television. Norman Lear, Mike Royce, Gloria Calderón Kellett and Michael Garcia are executive producers.

Complete list of second season renewals:

Chelsea – Will return for a 90-Episode Second Season in 2017

Chelsea Handler is back with a freshly stamped passport and new global outlook as she tackles today’s tough issues with the same acerbic wit and fearless curiosity you know and love. Join her as she travels around the world – from Russia, Japan, and Mexico City, across the U.S. and back again, to explore the subjects that matter most to you. Chelsea features celebrities, dignitaries, and surprise guests engaging in thought-provoking, yet hilarious conversations about topics like international cultures, alternative lifestyles, education, health, sports, parenting, politics, and more. Season 1 of Chelsea is currently streaming three times a week exclusively on Netflix.

Lady Dynamite – Will return for a Second Season in 2017

A single-camera comedy series based on what actor/comedian Maria Bamford has accepted to be “her life.” The occasionally surreal episodes, refracted across multiple time periods inspired by Bamford’s life, tell the story of a woman who loses- and then finds- her s**t.

Lady Dynamite also stars Fred Melamed as Bamford’s manager and close friend Bruce Ben-Bacharach, and Mary Kay Place plays Bamford’s mother. Guest stars include Patton Oswalt, Ana Gasteyer, Jon Cryer, Mira Sorvino, Brandon Routh, June Diane Raphael, Adam Pally, Dean Cain, Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro and Jenny Slate. Pam Brady, Mitch Hurwitz and Maria Bamford are executive producers on the Netflix production.

Real Rob – Will return for a Second Season in 2017

Rob Schneider’s comedy series, Real Rob, is an exaggerated yet brutally honest depiction of the comedian’s real life, interspersed with his stand-up comedy performances. Managing the ups and downs of a Hollywood career and it’s celebrity treatment (with his younger Mexican wife, a new baby, an ever-present stalker and a completely incompetent assistant), this comedy series is as close to the bone’ real life of the internationally famous comedian.

The 8-episode second season, now a Netflix original series, stars and is produced and directed by Schneider. Patricia Schneider and Jamie Lissow also appear in the series.


HBO Announces Premiere Dates for Westworld, Divorce, and Insecure


HBO have finally officially announced the premiere dates of several of their highly anticipated series!


“Westworld” will premiere on Sunday, October 2 at 9 PM ET while “Divorce” and “Insecure” will premiere a week later on Sunday, October 9 at 10 PM PT and 10:30 PM PT respectively.


 Many science fiction fans have been patiently awaiting for over a year for the premiere of “Westworld” since HBO teased it many many moons ago. The one-hour drama series is based on the iconic film of the same name. It is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. Its includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.

“Divorce” is a Sarah Jessica Parker vehicle set in Westchester County, NY, created by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), with Paul Simms (Girls) serving as a showrunner on the series. Parker stars as Frances in the comedy series with Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Tracy Letts, Sterling Jerins and Charlie Kilgore. After more than a decade of marriage and two children, Frances has suddenly begun to reassess her life and her strained relationship with her husband. But she soon discovers that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought. The story of a very, very long divorce, the show follows Frances and Robert as they grapple with the fallout from their failing marriage, not just for themselves, but also for their children and friends, ranging from awkward public encounters to difficult private therapy sessions.

“Insecure” is a little less dramatic as the other two premieres thankfully. It was created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, and explores the black female experience in an unclichéd and authentic way. Modern-day black women are usually portrayed as strong, confident and “flawless.” But Issa and Molly are definitely not “killing it.” These best friends must deal with their own real-life flaws as they attempt to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences.

Netflix Confirms Production of New Episodes of Making a Murderer


Season 2 of “Making a Murderer” is coming! Netflix has finally confirmed after months of hinting that production on new episodes of Making a Murderer has begun.

New episodes of the documentary series will continue to follow how convicted murderer but presumed innocent Steven Avery and his NEW legal teams continue to fight the convictions while the state seeks to uphold the life sentences of Avery and co-defendant Brendan Dassey.


If you HAVEN’T watched “Making a Murderer” for some crazy reason, here are he bare bones. Back in 1985, Avery was convicted of the rape and sentenced to prison. After 18 years, he was exonerated when DNA testing proved him innocent. While pursuing a wrongful conviction lawsuit of millions of dollars against the state and the detectives in the rape investigation, he was arrested for the 2005 murder of Theresa Halbach – for which he has retained his innocence the entire time. He claims he was framed by the police, state, and investigators as a means of getting rid of Avery and his million dollar lawsuit.

Season two of “Making a Murderer” will offer an exclusive look at Avery’s new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, as well as Dassey’s legal team of Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin. Season one saw Avery defence team, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, during the original trial as they claimed Avery was framed. Since the original trial, Strang and Buting had to leave the case due to the lack of funds and the need to take on other cases.

Like the first season, there will be intimate access to the families and characters involved with the case.

“We are extremely grateful for the tremendous response to, and support of, the series,” said Making a Murderer creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. “The viewers’ interest and attention has ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold”

As of now, the show’s second season is without an episode count or expected release date.

Netflix Sets New Lost in Space Series to Debut in 2018


As a massive fan of the original series, the news that Netflix is rebooting “Lost in Space” makes me slightly weary. Will it be as bad as the movie adaptation? Or will it live up to most of Netflix’s pristine programming?

“Lost in Space” was created by Irwin Allen and originally premiered in 1965. It ran for only three seasons but became an iconic show about space travel and alien planets. It followed the intergalactic adventures of The Robinson family, who were originally sent into space aboard their space ship, the Jupiter 2, for colonization. However, the vessel was sabotaged by the backstabbing Dr. Zachary Smith, whose efforts to disrupt the trip resulted in the clan being stranded in the cosmos.

The new “Lost in Space” series is being reimagined by the feature writing team of Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, with Zack Estrin showrunning. The plan is for the new series to take its cues from the original series. (Though hopefully when the Robinson Family lands on different planets they actually look different as opposed to be clearly all set on the same set over and over again.)  It will still center around the Robinson family, who are forced to come together in a time of crisis. Stranded light years from their intended destination, they find themselves battling a strange new alien environment and also their own personal demons. Equal parts family drama and sci-fi adventure, the new Lost in Space is officially described as being “a survival story for the ages.”

“The original series so deftly captured both drama and comedy, and that made it very appealing to a broad audience,” says Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content. “The current creative team’s reimagining of the series for Netflix is sure to appeal to both fans who fondly remember the original and to create a new generation of enthusiasts around the world.”

A “Lost in Space” reboot has been attempted several times with both a 1970s cartoon and a 2003 live-action version, directed by legendary filmmaker John Woo, though neither were picked up to series. A feature film reboot of the series was released in 1998 featuring the likes of Gary Oldman, William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham, and Lacey Chabert among its cast. The big screen treatment only had a moderate reception at the box office but is notable for being terrible in retrospect and completely changing the dynamic of the original series. (Also the Robot just looked weird.)

The plan for a rebooted series on Netflix was revealed last October but it was announced last week that a 10-episode first season will debut in 2018 and is planned as a one hour science fiction drama.

Zack Estrin serves as executive producer on the new Lost in Space alongside Sazama and Sharpless as well as Synthesis Entertainment’s Kevin Burns and Jon Jashni and Applebox’s Emmy-nominated director Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig. Marshall is also set to direct several episodes of the series.

I hope there are reused Egyptian artifacts all over the place.

Battlefield TV Series Optioned by Paramount & Anonymous Content


The popular “Battlefield” video game franchise has officially been optioned to become a television series! The series was optioned by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content from DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio.

The award-winning game series has amassed more than 60 million players worldwide since debuting in 2002, and the franchise continues to boast highly-engaged audiences across its catalogue titles.

“Paramount TV actively seeks smart content from all sectors that will resonate with audiences and translate to compelling programming,” said Amy Powell, President, Paramount TV. “EA’s ‘Battlefield’ has an incredibly dynamic narrative, coupled with a loyal fan base, which will allow us to bring this exciting and unique property to the small screen. We look forward to working with EA and Anonymous Content and thank Michael Sugar for his tenacity in bringing us this exciting project.”

Michael Sugar, partner, Anonymous Content said,

“’Battlefield’ has a tremendous built-in, engaged fan base, making it a highly coveted piece of IP primed for long-form adaptation. Together with EA and Paramount TV, we’ll develop the Battlefield TV series with the same commitment to robust storytelling that has made the game such a runaway success for nearly fifteen years.”

Patrick Söderlund, Executive Vice President, EA added,

“’Battlefield’ is one of the most loved properties among our players. We are thrilled that Anonymous Content and Paramount TV will look to introduce fans to ‘Battlefield’ through a new medium.”

Sugar and Ashley Zalta from Anonymous Content will serve as executive producers. There is no word on an anticipated release date or a plot for the series.

Russo Brothers to Adapt Cult Classic The Warriors as Hulu Series


Joe and Anthony Russo, names you might recognize because of their amazing work in the Marvel Universe, have announced their plans to reboot the cult-classic The Warriors into a one-hour drama series with Paramount and Hulu, according to reports from Deadline.

The Russo’s will work with writer Frank Baldwin however at the moment no director has been hired for the project. Lawrence Gordon, a producer of the original film, will executive-produce the new project, which seeks to “honor the original film while adding its own unique brand of grit, pulp, sex and violence.”

The Warriors is a 1979 film set in a dystopian ‘70s New York which is divided by gangs. After a leader who attempts to unite the street gangs is killed, The Warriors are falsely accused of his murder. The gang then must escape from their rivals who are seeking vengeance.

The Russo brothers are known for their work on Arrested Development, for which they won an Emmy, and for directing Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War.

There is no word yet on when the series will premiere or begin production.