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Netflix Film Publicity Vice President Julie Fontaine Stepping Down (EXCLUSIVE)

Veteran Hollywood communications executive Julie Fontaine is exiting her post at Netflix, insiders told Variety. Fontaine joined the streamer in 2017 as vice president of film publicity, where she worked closely with a group of executives including motion picture head Scott Stuber, indie film and documentary head Lisa Nishimura, vice president Tendo Nagenda, and awards […]

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Starship Troopers, Hannibal, and Everything Else New to Netflix in June

Netflix is bringing back some classic films and fan-favorite returning series to its lineup for June 2020.

To kick things off, Netflix is dropping the final season of its controversial high school drama 13 Reasons Why on June 5, as well as the “Farewell Season” of Fuller House on June 2. Returning Netflix shows include the Season 5 premiere of Queer Eye (June 5), and the return of the quirky adult animated series F is for Family (June 12). If you’ve fallen behind on your Arrowverse shows, Netflix has you covered with Season 5 of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow debuting on June 10, and Fannibals can sink their teeth into all three seasons of Hannibal on June 5.

On the movie front, Netflix in June will be home to sci-fi cult favorite Starship Troopers, V for Vendetta, and the 1992 Academy-Award winning thriller The Silence of the Lambs. All of these titles will be available to stream on June 1. Let us know which movies and shows you’re most excited to watch in the comments section.

Check out the slideshow gallery below for a spotlight of some of the most notable June Netflix offerings, followed by the full list (U.S. Netflix only):

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June 1

  • Act of Valor
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven
  • Bad News Bears
  • Cape Fear
  • Casper
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clow Card
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Sakura Card
  • Clueless
  • Cocomelon: Season 1
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • The Healer
  • Inside Man
  • Lust, Caution
  • Observe and Report
  • Priest
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Starship Troopers
  • The Boy
  • The Car (1977)
  • The Disaster Artist
  • The Help
  • The Lake House
  • The Queen
  • Twister
  • V for Vendetta
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  • West Side Story
  • You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
  • Zodiac

June 2

  • Alone: Season 6
  • Fuller House: The Farewell Season — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On: Season 1
  • True: Rainbow Rescue — NETFLIX FAMILY

June 3

  • Killing Gunther
  • Lady Bird
  • Spelling the Dream — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY

June 4

  • Baki: The Great Raitai Tournament Saga — NETFLIX ANIME
  • Can You Hear Me / M’entends-tu? — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

June 5

  • 13 Reasons Why: Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai — NETFLIX FILM
  • Hannibal: Seasons 1-3
  • The Last Days of American Crime — NETFLIX FILM
  • Queer Eye: Season 5 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

June 6

  • Queen of the South: Season 4

June 7

  • Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 6 (New Episodes Weekly) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

June 8

  • Before I Fall

June 10

  • Curon – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 5
  • Lenox Hill — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
  • Middle Men
  • My Mister: Season 1
  • Reality Z — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

June 11

  • Pose: Season 2

June 12

  • Da 5 Bloods — NETFLIX FILM
  • Dating Around: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • F is for Family: Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Jo Koy: In His Elements — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Season 2 — NETFLIX FAMILY
  • ONE PIECE: Alabasta
  • ONE PIECE: East Blue
  • ONE PIECE: Enter Chopper at the Winter Island
  • ONE PIECE: Entering into the Grand Line
  • Pokémon Journeys: The Series — NETFLIX FAMILY
  • The Search — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • The Woods — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

June 13

  • Alexa & Katie Part 4 — NETFLIX FAMILY
  • How to Get Away With Murder: Season 6
  • Milea

June 14

  • Marcella: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

June 15

  • Underdogs

June 16

  • Baby Mama
  • Charlie St. Cloud
  • The Darkness
  • Frost/Nixon

June 17

  • An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn
  • Mr. Iglesias: Part 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

June 18

  • A Whisker Away — NETFLIX ANIME
  • The Order: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

June 19

  • Babies: Part 2 — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
  • Father Soldier Son — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
  • Feel the Beat — NETFLIX FILM
  • Floor Is Lava — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Lost Bullet — NETFLIX FILM
  • Girls from Ipanema: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • One-Way To Tomorrow — NETFLIX FILM
  • The Politician: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Rhyme Time Town — NETFLIX FAMILY
  • Wasp Network — NETFLIX FILM

June 21

  • Goldie

June 22

  • Dark Skies

June 23

  • Eric Andre: Legalize Everything — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL

June 24

  • Athlete A — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
  • Crazy Delicious — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Nobody Knows I’m Here / Nadie sabe que estoy aquí — NETFLIX FILM

June 26

  • Amar y vivir — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga — NETFLIX FILM
  • Home Game — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY

June 29

  • Bratz: The Movie

June 30

  • Adú — NETFLIX FILM
  • BNA — NETFLIX ANIME
  • George Lopez: We’ll Do It For Half — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL

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Netflix has fired back at former New York prosecutor Linda Fairstein, defending its villainous depiction of her in “When They See Us.” Fairstein filed a defamation lawsuit against the Netflix and director Ava DuVernay in March, alleging that she was portrayed in “When They See Us” as a racist prosecutor hellbent on locking up innocent […]

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Best Horror TV Shows on Netflix Right Now (May 2020)

Are you looking for the best horror TV shows on Netflix right now? It can be hard to dig through the service to find what’s worth watching. But that’s where we’ve got you covered with our monthly updates on the best new series on the streamer, from The Haunting of Hill House to Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell. This lineup includes many of the top recent horror series from 2020, 2019, and beyond, as well as several all-time classics. Who says it has to be Halloween to watch these shows?!

When you’re done here, be sure to also check out our list of the 100 Best Horror Movies Ever and what’s new to Netflix this month.

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Please note: This list pertains to U.S. Netflix subscribers. Some titles may not currently be available on international platforms. This article is frequently amended to remove shows no longer streaming on Netflix, and to include more horror TV series that are now available on the service.

Dracula

01 - DraculaJust as they did for Sherlock Holmes, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss manage to put a fresh spin on one of the most iconic characters in Western fiction in the form of a BBC-produced miniseries. Dracula may be an adaptation of the classic Bram Stoker novel, but it’s not afraid to chart its own path over the course of its three 90-minute episodes. The series thrives by exploring the rivalry between the undead Count (Claes Bang) and his nemesis Agatha Van Helsing (Dolly Wells). The end result is as silly as it is spooky, but it’s just the ticket for vampire fans fed up with the usual fare.

Read IGN’s Dracula: Season 1 review or watch Dracula on Netflix.

Black Summer

02 - Black-SummerSyfy may have canceled Z Nation in 2018, but the series lives on in a new form on Netflix. The spinoff series Black Summer is basically the anti-Walking Dead. It’s less concerned with character building and exploring the long-term course of humanity after the zombie apocalypse than it is the immediate, visceral fear of battling the undead. Sometimes style over substance is just what the zombie doctor ordered.

Read IGN’s Black Summer: Season 1 review or watch Black Summer on Netflix.

Castlevania

03 - CastlevaniaYou don’t need to be an anime fanatic to appreciate this series, which finally proves that video game adaptations can do justice to the source material. A (very) loose adaptation of Castlevania III on the NES, this series brings together three vampire-hunting heroes in a quest to rid the land of Wallachia from Dracula’s scourge. Stylish action and surprisingly deep characterization both help Castlevania soar. Whether in live-action or animation, Dracula has rarely been this sympathetic a villain.

Read IGN’s Castlevania: Season 1 review or watch Castlevania on Netflix.

Dark

04 - DarkDark may technically qualify as a science fiction series more than anything else, but it’ll definitely scratch that horror itch all the same. This dense German-language series centers on a town that sits atop a time-travel portal and the complex web of characters and conspiracies linked by that portal. The series is dark, brooding and unsettling in addition to being a real mind trip.

Read IGN’s Dark: Season 2 review or watch Dark on Netflix.

Daybreak

05 - DaybreakDaybreak serves as a recent and very welcome addition to Netflix’s horror TV lineup. It’s a zombie survival story with a considerable twist, as it’s as much a John Hughes-inspired coming of age comedy as it is a saga about surviving in the post-apocalypse. Daybreak presents a flawed by ultimately very entertaining world that prioritizes humor as much as horror.

Read IGN’s Daybreak: Season 1 review or watch Daybreak on Netflix.

Lucifer

06 - LuciferWhat if the Devil not only walked among us, but he ran a nightclub in Los Angeles and helped the LAPD solve difficult cases? That’s the premise of this series, which stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar and Lauren German as Detective Chloe Decker. The series doesn’t show the same literary ambitions as the comic book source material, but it does put an entertaining and dark spin on the typical police procedural format. Netflix has now become the sole home of Lucifer following NBC’s cancellation of the series, and the service recently debuted the fourth season, with a fifth and potentially sixth season on the way.

Read IGN’s Lucifer: Season 4 review or watch Lucifer on Netflix.

Legacies

07 - LegaciesThe Arrowverse isn’t the only shared universe The CW has established in recent years. Legacies is a spinoff of The Originals, which itself built on the foundation of The Vampire Diaries. This series combines the sexually charged high school drama of Riverdale with a healthy dash of True Blood and X-Men. Danielle Rose Russell stars as Hope Mikaelson, a teenage vampire and the newest student at Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. While perhaps best appreciated by fans of The Originals and The Vampire Diaries, Legacies has a lot to offer anyone in the mood for a little spooky soap opera fun.

Read IGN’s Legacies: Series premiere review or watch Legacies on Netflix.

The Haunting of Hill House

08 - Hill HouseThe Haunting of Hill House is one of the most celebrated books in the history of horror literature, and has already spawned one of the best horror movies ever made, Robert Wise’s The Haunting, back in 1963. This new adaptation comes from director Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game), and very loosely adapts the original tale into a generational saga of supernatural horror, as the Crain family tries to renovate the creepy estate and suffers terrible consequences. Few horror shows have ever received the level of acclaim that The Haunting of Hill House has been getting, so find out for yourself why!

Read IGN’s The Haunting of Hill House: Season 1 review or watch The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix.

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

09 - Chilling AdventuresHot on the heels of the hit series Riverdale comes Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, another adaptation of the old, wholesome Archie comic books with a dark, modern twist. Instead of being a mild-mannered, wholesome witch who lives next door and gets into delightful mischief, this version of Sabrina (played by Kiernan Shipka) engages in twisted spells and horrifying rituals. Will she embrace her dark baptism, or will she see the light…?

Read IGN’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season 1 review or watch Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix.

The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell

09 - Curious-CreationsFinally… a cooking show with demon puppets. The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell is a curious creation in and of itself. McConnell stars as a version of herself, who lives in a house full of puppet creatures, created by Henson Alternative. When she’s not wrapped up in the misadventures of her mummified cat and roadkill raccoon, she’s making astounding treats modeled after ghoulish delights, like edible femurs and eerily haunted houses. The creations are nearly impossible for most people to make at home because they require an astounding amount of artistic skill, but it’s fascinating to watch McConnell work and her creepy companions are always a delight.

Watch The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell on Netflix. 

American Horror Story

10 - American Horror StoryMurder House. Asylum. Coven. Freak Show. Hotel. Roanoke. Every season of the anthology American Horror Story takes place in another corner of America, with a new series of horrors, and most of them are varying degrees of great. The show has a grand guignol sensibility that’s outlandish and entertaining, but it still manages to be genuinely scary once in a while. And watching the same cast of actors play completely different roles in various different seasons gives American Horror Story a strange and fascinating continuity unlike any other horror show on television.

Read IGN’s American Horror Story: 1984 premiere review or watch American Horror Story on Netflix.

Ash vs. Evil Dead

11 - Ash Evil DeadThe adventures of Ash began in the Evil Dead cult hit horror trilogy, and for decades it seemed as though his Deadite-killing days were over. But Ash vs. Evil Dead brought back Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi in a show that continued the mythology and the wild humor that everyone loved from the original, classic films (until it was axed after Season 3, anyway). Ashy Slashy forever!

Read IGN’s Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season 1 review or watch Ash vs. Evil Dead on Netflix.

Bates Motel

12 - Bates MotelThe prequel to the classic, iconic horror movie Psycho, Bates Motel tells the story of a young Norman Bates and his weirdly manipulative mother, who we all know are eventually doomed to live a life of tragedy and murder. But getting there is a lot of creepy fun, with eerie foreshadowing, icky subtext, and admittedly some unnecessary subplots about drug trafficking.

Read IGN’s Bates Motel: Season 1 review or watch Bates Motel on Netflix.

Devilman Crybaby

13 - Devilman CrybabyMasaaki Yuasa’s update of the classic Devilman manga is one of the most twisted and violent shows around. It’s the story of a young, sensitive teenager who becomes infected with a homicidal demon that uses its powers to destroy other demons. But this isn’t a “monster of the week” series. Devilman Crybaby eventually transforms into something completely harrowing, and unlike anything else you’re likely to find on Netflix.

Watch Devilman Crybaby on Netflix.

Dexter

14 - DexterMichael C. Hall plays Dexter, a serial killer who kills other killers. So that makes him… okay? This subversive Showtime series treats homicidal mania like some kind of superpower, with a protagonist who has a secret identity he can never, ever reveal. The later seasons lose steam, but when Dexter was great, it was one of the best shows on television.

Read IGN’s Dexter: Season 1 review or watch Dexter on Netflix.

Goosebumps

15 - GoosebumpsKids like horror too! In this adaptation of the classic R.L. Stine book series, every episode tells a new story of monstrousness without ever becoming actual nightmare fuel. Whether you’re feeling nostalgic or trying to introduce your kids to the horror genre, the Goosebumps TV series is a safe, fun, but still kinda spooky treat.

Watch Goosebumps on Netflix.

iZombie

izombie-blog-1491354589951Just when you thought everything had been done with the zombie genre, and the procedural genre, here comes iZombie, a sharply written series about a medical examiner who happens to be undead. She can only survive by eating brains, and when she eats them, she can remember things about the corpse, which helps her solve one crime after another in this morbidly funny twist on some beloved television tropes.

Read IGN’s iZombie: Season 1 review or watch iZombie on Netflix.

Mindhunter

16 - MindhunterDepending on your definition of horror, Mindhunter might not technically qualify, but it’s certainly horror-adjacent. This exceptional series tells the true story of how the FBI evolved to get into the minds of serial killers, and all of the obstacles that had to be overcome to convince law enforcement officials that there were other ways of investigating and tracking murderers. It’s dark, it’s intriguing, and with several episodes each season directed by David Fincher, it fits right into the mold of Se7en and Zodiac.

Read IGN’s Mindhunter: Season 1 review or watch Mindhunter on Netflix.

Penny Dreadful

17 - Penny DreadfulAll of the gothic literary horror characters who emerged in the late 1800s were real, and lived at the same time. That’s the premise of the captivating and stylish series Penny Dreadful, which combines serious period piece drama with modern fantasy world-building. It may be a bit slow at times, but it’ll suck you right in.

Read IGN’s Penny Dreadful: Season 1 review or watch Penny Dreadful on Netflix.

Stranger Things

18 - Stranger ThingsThe pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things is a show that wears a lot of hats, sometimes evoking Spielbergian levels of nostalgia and wonder, and sometimes Stephen King-like moments of unbridled terror. It’s a blend that works well for Stranger Things, and helps it stand out amongst a sea of other 1980s-inspired movies and TV shows. If you haven’t watched it already, it’s time you started. And now the third season is now available to binge.

Read IGN’s Stranger Things: Season 1 review or watch Stranger Things on Netflix.

Supernatural

19 - SupernaturalThe impossibly long-running horror-adventure series Supernatural has two of the most likable stars in the horror TV genre, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, who play monster-hunting brothers who travel the country fighting beasties and solving urban legends. The first five seasons are pretty spectacular, and although it couldn’t quite stay brilliant afterwards, there’s a reason it’s lasted 15 years. Give it a watch and you’ll see why.

Read IGN’s Supernatural: Season 1 review or watch Supernatural on Netflix.

The Walking Dead

20 - Walking DeadThe zombies took over the Earth. Now what? The hit zombie drama The Walking Dead just keeps going, and it still finds new ways to shock its audience, long after you’d imagine they’d run out of ideas. At its best, The Walking Dead is one of the best horror shows in TV history. At its worst, it’s still worth watching to get to the next good part.

Read IGN’s The Walking Dead: Season 1 review or watch The Walking Dead on Netflix.

Wynonna Earp

21 - Wynonna EarpThe horror TV show that’s stealthily built up a dedicated cult following, Wynonna Earp, tells the story of Wyatt Earp’s descendant, who now protects the town of Purgatory from demons alongside an immortal Doc Holliday. It’s probably the most butt-kicking supernatural action show on television. You’re going to want to see what all the fuss is about.

Watch Wynonna Earp on Netflix.

How We Pick the Best Horror TV Shows on Netflix

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We’ve combed through the Netflix lineup for the most varied horror lineup we can find. The goal is to spotlight both original series like Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Castlevania and popular TV fare like Bates Motel and Supernatural. The goal is to have something for horror fans of all tastes, whether you prefer your horror to focus on the mystical, undead zombies and monsters, or good, old-fashioned man.

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Michelle Obama Netflix ‘Becoming’ Documentary Spotlights Her Fashion, Too

The documentary spin-off of Michelle Obama’s best-selling memoir “Becoming” hit Netflix on Wednesday. In addition to chronicling the former first lady’s 34-city book tour, family history, relationship history with husband, Barack, her circle of confidantes, and intimate encounters mentoring young people, the film also addresses her famous fashion sense.
Even before Barack Obama was elected president, Michelle made headlines for her fashion choices, choosing to wear looks by such independent American designers as Narciso Rodriguez and Thakoon Panichgul. Once in office, she put Jason Wu on the map, when she chose the young designer to make her inaugural gown, and her support of the industry continued during the two presidential terms, when she hosted a fashion education workshop at the White House. She also had the power to move lower-priced clothing from J. Crew, Talbots and Target, which she mixed into her wardrobe alongside her signature Azzedine Alaïa belts and Lanvin sneakers, inspiring women to copy her looks.
One of the first things you notice in the film is Obama’s powder blue manicure, as well as her “Becoming” nameplate necklace. Brother Craig Robinson teases her at one point about one of her wide belts. “Is that the style now?” he asks. There

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Here’s What’s Coming to Netflix in May 2020

Adam Sandler - Uncut Gems (2019)Already binge-watched your favorite shows on Netflix? Never fear! New movies and TV shows are about to appear.
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Netflix to Release Michelle Obama Documentary

Michelle Obama’s best-selling memoir is getting the documentary treatment.
The former First Lady revealed in an Instagram post today that she is teaming with Netflix for a documentary following the 34-city book tour for her 2018 memoir, “Becoming.” The documentary, which is also titled “Becoming,” recounts similar stories shared in the memoir and also shows intimate moments she shared with the public while on tour.
“Those months I spent traveling — meeting and connecting with people in cities across the globe — drove home the idea that what we share in common is deep and real and can’t be messed with,” she wrote. “In groups large and small, young and old, unique and united, we came together and shared stories, filing those spaces with our joys, worries and dreams.”

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I’m excited to let you know that on May 6, @Netflix will release BECOMING, a documentary film directed by Nadia Hallgren that looks at my life and the experiences I had while touring following the release of my memoir. Those months I spent traveling—meeting and connecting with people in cities across the globe—drove home the idea that what we share in common is deep

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Netflix Show ‘Narcos’ To Become a Fashion Brand

The worlds of entertainment and fashion seem to be growing ever closer.
French film studio Gaumont has partnered with e-commerce platform Dropdaze to spin off a designer brand from the Netflix crime drama, “Narcos Los Angeles,” which was just renewed for season 5.
The brand will include men’s designer fashion such as military jackets and pants, graphic tees and hoodies, soccer uniform sets, jewelry with handcrafted-in-L.A. hardware and lifestyle goods.
The collection will be available online this year, according to a release, and through pop-up shops in key markets.
The gangster drama series tells the true story of Colombia’s drug cartels, drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and his interaction with the Drug Enforcement Agency. It has a following worldwide, and is the number one series in the Middle East. The show’s 1970s and ’80s crime boss, lady boss and hustler looks (by costume designer Maria Estela Fernandez) have garnered coverage in publications ranging from Dazed to Oprah magazine.
The collection is the latest foray for streaming TV into fashion branding; in 2017, Hulu enlisted indie New York label Vaquera to create a collection inspired by its hit series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” And Amazon Prime Video’s fashion competition series “Making the Cut” has its finale April 24,

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Netflix has reported a record surge in new subscriptions as more people seek entertainment while stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Netflix has placed an order for “Vinterviken 2021,” a contemporary adaptation of the acclaimed 1993 Mats Wohl novel, “Vinterviken,” the U.S. streaming giant announced Thursday. In a coup for Endemol Shine’s scripted division, “Vinterviken 2021” will be produced by Filmlance International, part of the Endemol Shine Group and producer of the original “The Bridge” (“Bron”/”Broen”), […]

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From The Blackcoat’s Daughter to Candyman, these are the best horror movies on Netflix right now.
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‘Love Wedding Repeat’ on Netflix: Film Review

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Here’s the beautiful but frustrating thing about a movie as personal as Taiwanese American director Alan Yang’s “Tigertail,” which debuts on Netflix today: By drawing on specifics from his family story, Yang offers audiences — especially those with parents who were born abroad, as his were — a chance to see reflections of their own […]

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Netflix Updates Parental Controls to Remove Content From Searches, Filter by Rating

Netflix has launched a batch of updated and improved parental controls, allowing more granular control of the content displayed to kids and the ability to lock adult profiles with PINs. Other changes include the ability to see a child’s viewing history and the option to disable autoplay on TV shows in kids’ profiles.

Netflix has outlined the updates in a new blog post, attributing the changes to feedback received from members.

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“Choice and control have always been important for our members, especially parents,” wrote Netflix’s Kids Product Manager, Michelle Parsons. “We hope that these additional controls will help parents make the right choices for their families.”

Content can be filtered by rating, and the filters are built using the ratings systems relevant to the country you’re accessing Netflix from.

Australian settings pictured, but the ratings slider will be bespoke to your region.
Australian settings pictured, but the ratings slider will be bespoke to your region.

Additionally, individual shows and movies can be hidden entirely from particular profiles simply by adding the titles to a block list from a simple dropdown menu search.

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The new controls are live now and can be accessed via the control settings in the desktop and mobile Netflix apps.

Looking for quality Netflix content to watch while you’re trapped at home? Check out IGN’s list of the best Netflix Original movies.

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Quibi, or “Quick Bites,” is the newest challenger to enter the great streaming war against rivals Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, Hulu, Apple TV+, and the upcoming HBO Max and NBCUniversal Peacock services. But where those aforementioned companies offer more traditional TV and movie viewing experiences, Quibi charts its own course with a mobile-only streaming platform that features videos with runtimes of ten minutes or less.

Co-founded by former DreamWorks Animation boss Jeffrey Katzenberg and tech executive Meg Whitman, Quibi will be home to 175 original programs in its first year of operation. Katzenberg told the Los Angeles Times that he hopes Quibi will be “the third generation of film narrative,” by combining the strengths of movies and episodic television into one cohesive force. The service was initially intended to provide entertainment for subscribers who commute to work via public transportation or want to watch something quick during a lunch break. However, with the current state of our world forcing many people to stay at home with ample amounts of time to binge, Quibi’s original plan could be in jeopardy.

So, with an already crowded market of streaming services vying for your attention (and money), does Quibi offer enough at launch to stand apart?

Check out the gallery below to see what we thought of Quibi’s movies and TV shows at launch:

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Quibi’s TV Shows and Movies

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Quibi’s video streaming platform is split into three categories: “Movies in Chapters,” long-form narratives split into 10-minute episodes; “Unscripted and Docs,” reality TV shows and docuseries; and “Daily Essentials,” news shows from outlets like NBC, ESPN, and the BBC. While the streamer has a long way to go before it catches up with Netflix and Disney+ in terms of the size of its library, Quibi launched with over 25 titles that each offered three episodes, with new installments released daily. Compared to Apple TV+’s meager debut, which included just a handful of shows, Quibi gets a gold star here for offering a variety of content to new subscribers.

Starting with Quibi’s “Movies in Chapters,” the initial titles appear impressive at first, especially with star-studded casts that include Sophie Turner, Liam Hemsworth, and Christoph Waltz, among other recognizable Hollywood names. However, although Quibi excels in its ability to acquire star power, the stories in which they are featured lack the creative punch needed to stand out.

Take Most Dangerous Game, for example, where Waltz and Hemsworth go head-to-head in an action-thriller where humans hunt other humans for sport. It’s a by-the-numbers story that’s light on the action for the first few episodes. If anything, Quibi’s short-form approach to storytelling doesn’t allow the viewer to really get into the narrative because, after seven or eight minutes, the episode (sorry, chapter) is over.

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While other titles like When the Streetlights Go On and Flipped are worth checking out if you decide to sign up, Quibi’s “shorter is better” model still doesn’t make sense if you look at the streaming landscape as a whole. If the recent release of Netflix’s popular Tiger King documentary has taught us anything, it’s that viewers are game to sit through several hours of content if they deem it to be entertaining… shorter isn’t always sweeter.

Then there’s the way the shows and movies are formatted for mobile viewing. One of the most baffling aspects of Quibi is its choice to opt for a mobile-only streaming service. Amazon, Netflix, and Disney+ (among others) offer mobile streaming options as well, but also allow their content to be watched on your desktop or TV, if you don’t want to squint at your phone. Quibi also films its content in both vertical and horizontal formats, which is a purposeful departure from its rivals. So, if you’re watching Most Dangerous Game in vertical mode on your phone, the image fills the screen, offering you a different aspect ratio. In horizontal mode, you get a more cinematic look, with a widescreen perspective that shows you more detail (and characters) in each frame. The Movies in Chapters definitely look better this way, since most prestigious TV shows these days are shot more like films. Maybe it’s just me, but the vertical option makes many of the productions look cheap.

Where Quibi excels is in its docuseries and daily news shows. One of the standouts is LeBron James’ I Promise, which centers on a school in Akron, Ohio founded by James where at-risk youths are given a chance to flourish in a nourishing academic environment. It’s a heartwarming look at how the public school system in America could change for the better. Generally, the quality of the docuseries is due to the subject matter and not the shortened running time. And there are still some duds in the bunch, like Will Arnett’s Memory Hole and the underwhelming revival of MTV’s iconic prank show, Punk’d.

Quibi’s User Interface

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While we do have gripes with the fact that Quibi is only offered via a mobile app, its UI is butter smooth, with no noticeable lag while switching between horizontal and vertical viewing modes. The Quibi app is currently available to download on both Android and Apple devices. And like many of its streaming counterparts, the service allows subscribers to download movies and shows for offline viewing. Depending on your phone’s specifications (and Wifi connection), many of the shows are presented in 4K with crisp video and audio quality.

Quibi also comes fully equipped with a handy “continue watching” option so you can pick up a show where you left off. This might sound like a resounding “duh,” but Disney+ launched with a bug-filled version that caused the company to remove this particular feature in order to work out the kinks. Another convenient (if not expected) feature lets you follow shows if you click the bookmark icon, which notifies you when a new episode is available to stream.

If you find yourself unable to decide what to watch, Quibi offers “More to Explore” buckets, which highlight programs that will make you “Laugh out Loud” or “Be Inspired.” There’s also a “Coming Soon” section that gives you a sneak peek of upcoming series like Dummy, starring Anna Kendrick. As far as the “streaming functionality basics” go, Quibi checks all of the boxes so the UI doesn’t get in the way of your viewing experience.

Quibi’s Price

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Quibi currently offers a 90-day free trial for new subscribers, which is a pretty good deal considering the platform launches with over 25 titles. At $ 4.99 per month (with ads) Quibi is on the cheaper end compared to Netflix and Amazon’s $ 12.99 price plan. But unlike Netflix, Quibi doesn’t charge extra for 4K content, which is a plus. It’s just a shame there’s no smart TV or set-top box app you can download to enjoy all of that 4K beauty on a big screen.

Quibi offers a better value than Apple TV+ (also $ 4.99), promising to deliver 175 new shows in its first year. Apple, on the other hand, is still lagging behind most of the competition in terms of its library. Disney+, at $ 6.99 with a digital catalog of over 500 titles, is hard to ignore at this price point if you’re looking to just add one new service, but it’s important to keep in mind that (so far), Disney+ isn’t offering TV-MA content. So if you’re looking for more R-rated fare, Quibi might be worth a try, especially with that 90-day free trial.
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The Best Anime Series on Netflix Right Now

Are you looking for the best anime series on Netflix right now? From mecha to magical girls, adorable red pandas to horrific demons, Netflix continues to grow its anime library. It can be a challenge to choose which anime to binge next as Netflix continues to shake up its library with new licenses and originals each month. The IGN Staff took on the task of picking the best anime currently streaming on Netflix in the U.S. From Neon Genesis Evangelion to Aggretsuko to Devilman Crybaby and beyond, we’ve got the best of the best on this list.

Oh, and when you’re done here, it’s also time to check out our list of the 7 Essential Anime Every Fan Should Watch and what’s new to Netflix this month.

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Note: As this is a list of anime series and shows to watch, no anime movies were considered for this feature. Also, this list pertains to U.S. Netflix subscribers. Some titles may not currently be available on international platforms. This page is periodically amended to remove anime series and seasons no longer available to watch on Netflix, and to include great anime shows that are now available for streaming on the service. 

Neon Genesis Evangelion

01 - EvangelionNeon Genesis Evangelion is among the best known and best-loved anime series, and yet it’s also been one of the more difficult series to find (in terms of cost and legality that is). But Netflix now has the original show and two sequel films available to stream — Evangelion: Death True² and The End of Evangelion. And yet that doesn’t mean that Evangelion’s arrival on Netflix hasn’t come without some controversy.

Available subbed and dubbed

Watch Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix.

Aggretsuko

02 - aggretsuko-1280-1524701779084Sanrio may be known for cute and charming characters, and while this raging red panda is certainly lovable, the themes and topics her anime tackles are anything but sweet. Sanrio’s Aggretsuko follows Retsuko, a Tokyo office worker who deals with her frustrations with daily sexism and other workplace mistreatment through death metal karaoke. But even with such serious topics, Aggretsuko manages to still make those themes approachable through its great writing and fun cast of characters. This anime is great subbed or dubbed too!

Available subbed and dubbed

Watch Aggretsuko on Netflix.

Death Note

03 - deathnote-1280-1490294885083Imagine if you could kill someone, just by writing their name in a book. You just scribble it down, and they’re dead. A frightening concept, right? Well, a terrifying demon grants that ability to High School Student Light Yagami in Death Note. This pulse-pounding game of cat and mouse features an unforgettable rivalry between Light and L, the quirky teen-prodigy detective tasked with hunting down Light’s killer alter ego, Kira. Light’s rise to power chills and mesmerizes, as he toys with the idea of who truly deserves punishment and who is the right person to deliver that judgement.

Available subbed and dubbed

Watch Death Note on Netflix.

Devilman Crybaby

04 - Devilman CrybabyA compelling, psychedelic plot that’s hyper-violent and hyper-sexual and features drug-use, Devilman Crybaby commits to its adult themes, but all in service to a story that left us breathless. In the series, main character Akira (one of the world’s biggest softies) transforms into a bestial demon, but rather than giving in to his darkest carnal desires, he uses his newfound abilities to combat a world that has gone to hell. This anime has potency, heaviness and intensity comparable to the classic Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Available subbed and dubbed

Watch Devilman Crybaby on Netflix.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

05 - Fullmetal AlchemistAs far sprawling character-driven adventures go, you’d be hard-pressed to find one more gripping than the journey of Edward and Alphonse Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.  The Elric brothers try to bring their dead mother back to life, using forbidden alchemy and pay a tormenting physical and mental price. The brothers set out to find a way to restore what was lost. Their journey to redemption, while dark and fascinating, also has lots of comedic moments and extremely lovable characters. While there’s some debate over which one’s better, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood adheres more closely to the manga, and arguably weaves a more cohesive and gripping narrative than the original 2003 series.

Available subbed and dubbed

Watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood on Netflix.

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Gurren Lagann

06 - Gurren LagannThis electric anime combines the post-apocalyptic and mecha genres with vibrant, colorful animation and a fun, dynamic story. Humanity has been forced underground after monsters have overtaken Earth’s surface, but an unlikely duo (a flashy dude in sick 80s shades and a scrawny, worried-eyed boy) drills their way to the top, joining a sniper-wielding badass in a bikini (oh, and a little mole creature). Gurren Lagann is a wild ride you do not want to miss!

Available subbed and dubbed

Watch Gurren Lagann on Netflix.

Kill la Kill

07 - Kill la KillIn Kill la Kill, fashion reaches new levels of fierce — and deadly.  Satsuki is the heiress of a powerful fashion empire and the fearless leader of the Honnouji Academy Student Council. One day, Ryuko appears and disrupts Satsuki’s groomed system as she searches for her father’s murderer. This show plays on so many classic anime tropes while staying compelling and fresh, with two main characters that are completely badass, backed by a team of fun, hilarious characters! Fan Service Alert! The provocative transformations in Kill la Kill are just the beginning.

Available subbed

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One-Punch Man

08 - One-Punch ManWith the popularity of superhero movies and shows thriving more than ever, One-Punch Man is the perfect anime to scratch that itch while bringing a totally hilarious take on the hero journey. One punch is all part-time hero Saitama needs to defeat his enemies, but his laid-back attitude and nonchalance is the complete opposite of what we usually see. Prepare for laughs, but also exceptional fight scenes from the amazing animator Yutaka Nakamura (My Hero Academia and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood). One-Punch Man is a must-see anime for any shounen fan. And don’t worry, a second season is on the way in 2019.

Available subbed

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Ouran High School Host Club

09 - Ouran High School Host ClubAfter finding herself massively in debt, Haruhi Fujioka winds up becoming part of the Ouran High School Host Club: a group of handsome boys, running the gamut of romance comedy archetypes. Cool and stoic, cutesy and mischievous — it’s all here! Ouran High School Host Club is one of the all-time greats of the shojo genre, but beyond that, it’s also simply one of the funniest anime you’ll ever see. It’s simply impossible not to (kiss kiss) fall in love with.

Available subbed and dubbed

Watch Ouran High School Host Club on Netflix.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

10 - Puella Magi Madoka MagicaThe magical girl genre takes a dark turn with the Puella Magi Madoka Magica in a beautiful, but disturbing story of friendship, regret, and determination. When a magical being offers middle school girls Madoka and Sayaka the chance to fulfill any wish, they have to decide whether or not to become magical girls to fight for their dreams. Forget what you know about magical girls, this is one great anime that subverts expectations to tell its engrossing story.

Available subbed and dubbed

Watch Puella Magi Madoka Magica on Netflix.

Your Lie in April

11 - Your Lie in AprilIf you’re up for an emotional rollercoaster, Your Lie in April is anime drama you’re looking for. This beautifully animated and lovingly scored anime centers around Kousei Arima, a piano prodigy whose life is shattered when his abusive mother passes away. No longer able to hear the music when he presses the keys, Kousei decides to give up on being a pianist—that is, until a violinist named Kaori Miyazono breaks into his life. Your Lie in April is a wonderfully crafted anime that left some of our editors an emotional wreck, but we came away from this heartbreaking drama grateful for the experience.

Available subbed and dubbed

Watch Your Lie in April on Netflix.

Fate/Zero

12 - Fate-ZeroAt this point there are a ton of anime and spin-offs in the Fate franchise, most of varying quality, but Fate/Zero is unquestionably one of the best to jump into this fantastic series with its dark story and focus on mature themes.

Available subbed and dubbed

Watch Fate/Zero on Netflix.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

13 - The Disastrous Life of Saiki KIf you’re looking for some quality comedy to perk up your day, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is arguably one of the funniest anime on Netflix with its ridiculously quirky characters and unreal predicaments that surround a psychic teenager.

Available subbed and dubbed

Watch The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. on Netflix.

Little Witch Academia

14 - Little Witch AcademiaLittle Witch Academia is a joyous witchy adventure that we just had to mention. It’s a delightful anime with great messages beyond the goodness of friendship (like ignoring toxic comments) that you can watch with just about anyone.

Available subbed and dubbed

Watch Little Witch Academia on Netflix.

How We Choose the Best Anime Series on Netflix

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The goal is to have a list of great anime series that span many subgenres. We’ve included a mix of popular classics like Evangelion and Fullmetal Alchemist, along with relatively more obscure titles like Ouran High School Host Club and The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Whether you’re a complete anime newbie or a hardcore otaku, there’s something for everyone here.

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David Chang, Ugly DeliciousAt this point, it almost goes without saying that there’s way too much stuff on Netflix.
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On Sunday night, the stars of Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Netflix series — “Hollywood” — were gathered for the first screening of the show, out May 1.
“We wrapped just two weeks ago,” said Jeremy Pope, stylish in a Paul Smith suit inside the San Vicente Bungalows in Los Angeles. “The lines are still on the tongue.”
Pope plays an aspiring screenwriter navigating Tinseltown during its Golden Age in the Forties alongside a group of actors, filmmakers — and sex workers.

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“It’s super fresh,” agreed Jake Picking. “I was in a daze stepping out of that.”
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It was all “very meta,” he said of the experience. “I’m an actor playing an actor, playing an actor. There’s layers.”
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The South Korean film Parasite made Oscar history in several ways on Sunday, winning four of the six Academy Award categories in which it was nominated. Parasite was the underdog movie of this year’s Oscars race, and its groundbreaking showing is all the more impressive when you look at the eight other Best Picture nominees, all of them mainstream films with bigger studios campaigning for them than Parasite, which was released domestically by indie distributor NEON.

Netflix reportedly spent “at least $ 70 million” to promote their eight films in the race, with the streaming giant going into the night with a total of 24 nominations. And yet, in the end Netflix won only two — Marriage Story’s Laura Dern took home Best Supporting Actress and American Factory nabbed Best Documentary — with its most heavily promoted contender, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, completely shut out. So why was this Parasite’s year and why did Netflix come up short?

“In the end you cannot buy an Oscar nomination and when you try the Academy tends to resent it,” Richard Rushfield, veteran entertainment journalist and writer of The Ankler newsletter told IGN. “It’s been, for a long time now, when you have these films that ‘the establishment’ sort of declares in unison, ‘this has to win, you have to give this all the prizes,’ that the membership says, ‘Well, no we don’t.’ And [The Irishman] just has this force of not only [a 96%] Rotten Tomatoes score, but the biggest budget ever put behind a awards campaign for it, and this platinum-coated team … It just felt like this giant behemoth being forced down on people. And I don’t think the Academy members like it, and it’s not a good story to tell [as an institution].”

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And few “good stories” about a Best Picture winner are more appealing to Oscar voters than that of the underdog film, which Parasite certainly was heading into the 92nd Academy Awards. “Parasite’s win came after a combination of momentum, word-of-mouth, and sheer fandom. It was always a film celebrated for how different it was, and how risky it was in the way it balanced all of these different tones,” said Erik Davis, managing editor of Fandango. “Make no mistake, this film winning Best Picture was one of the great moments in Oscar history. It’s a moment long overdue and one audiences have been waiting for. It’s the kind of win that tells the rest of the world that any film, big or small, from America or abroad, can win Best Picture. That’s an important message to send to the next generation of filmmakers: you can make it here, too.”

That’s a sentiment echoed by Rushfield: “In the end it’s always about the film. It was having a movie that people really liked that sort of snuck up by surprise on people because it wasn’t this goliath like The Irishman, that demanded that everybody fall in line behind it.”

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IndieWire Editor-at-Large Anne Thompson suggested that the biggest obstacle against Netflix was the streamer’s own end game – which was to draw more subscribers to the streaming service. Despite opening their films “really effectively” and winning rave reviews on the film festival scene, Thompson believes “they wanted to use all of that attention to drive more people to watch the films on Netflix. That is their goal, and all of this Oscar attention achieved that goal whether they win or not. I would argue that if they were in movie theaters, which is, by the way, not their business trying to make these films into box office successes, they could have held onto more momentum all the way across the finish line.”

It’s also possible The Irishman lost the old-fashioned way: something better came along to vote for. “Parasite and 1917 are what happened to The Irishman,” said Davis of the incredibly competitive awards season that saw the frontrunner constantly changing. “Both films debuted in theaters to wide acclaim after momentum for Scorsese’s film had evened out. Perhaps a late surge by those two films are what put a damper in Irishman’s chances in the long run.”

Here’s why IGN named Parasite the best movie of 2019:

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Thompson said she had observed the goodwill on the part of Academy members towards Parasite building over awards season, especially when director Bong Joon-ho and his cast spent time in Hollywood campaigning for the film and winning Oscar voters over on a personal basis. “It was like Moonlight, he way that they wanted to root for this movie. The way they cared about it, were invested in it,” Thompson said, adding that her fellow Oscar ceremony attendees went wild every time the film won.

For more on the 92nd Academy Awards, check out the complete winners list, learn why Joker was never going to win Best Picture, and discover who Parasite director Bong Joon-ho is tied with for Oscars wins in a single ceremony.

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While this year’s Academy Awards ceremony is notable for showering Parasite and director Bong Joon-ho in awards, and for giving Joaquin Phoenix a long overdue Best Actor Oscar, not every film was so fortunate. Looking at the lineup of Oscar winners, one consistent theme emerges – Netflix didn’t fare so well this year.

In fact, though Netflix-distributed films earned a total of 24 nominations in various categories, only two of those nominations actually resulted in winners – Laura Dern for Best Supporting Actress and American Factory for Best Feature Documentary. Here’s a closer look at where Netflix came up short.

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The Irishman Shut Out

The Irishman was easily Netflix’s biggest awards contender coming into the ceremony, with the Martin Scorsese-directed crime drama earning no fewer than ten Academy Award nominations. Those nominations included Best Picture, Best Director and two separate Best Supporting Actor noms for Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. While the Academy has been notoriously stingy about doling out Oscars to Scorsese films – Scorsese himself didn’t take home a Best Director Oscar until 2006’s The Departed – it seemed like a safe bet The Irishman would receive some amount of recognition this year, if only in celebration of Scorsese’s long, storied career.

Instead, The Irishman was completely shut out of the awards, even in the Best Supporting Actor category. The Academy has been slow to recognize Netflix and other streaming services as legitimate competitors to the traditional Hollywood studios. The friction between Netflix and theater chains about the length of The Irishman’s exclusive theatrical window may not have helped, either.

Marriage Story’s Lone Win

After The Irishman, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story was Netflix’s best chance at boosting its Oscar pedigree. And it did come through thanks to Laura Dern winning Best Supporting Actress, but after that early victory, Marriage Story was completely forgotten. While the film was always seen as a long shot for Best Picture, both Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson were considered strong contenders to win Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively. We suppose it never pays to go up against the Joker.

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Other Netflix Shut-Outs

Apart from Dern’s Oscar and American Factory’s Best Feature Documentary win, it wasn’t a great night for Netflix at the Academy Awards. The Two Popes was nominated in three categories – Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay – but lost in all three. Nor did Klaus manage to stop Toy Story 4 from bringing home yet another Best Animated Feature Film award for Pixar.

In general, Netflix’s performance in 2020 is a far cry from its 2019 successes. Netflix may have had fewer nominations last year (15), but it won more awards. The streaming service got a huge boost from Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, which won Oscars for Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography. We’ll see if Netflix is able to bounce back in 2021.

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Last year, it was reported that Netflix was developing a live-action Resident Evil series. Now, its description has apparently leaked and all but confirms that the horror show will be headed to a streaming device near you in the future.

ResetERA user Jawmuncher spotted the now removed description on Netflix’s Media Center. While it can no longer be found there, a quick trip to the Wayback Machine allows you to view the paragraph that gives a glimpse into what this series will be.

“The town of Clearfield, MD has long stood in the shadow of three seemingly unrelated behemoths – the Umbrella Corporation, the decommissioned Greenwood Asylum, and Washington, D.C. Today, twenty-six years after the discovery of the T-Virus, secrets held by the three will start to be revealed at the first signs of outbreak.”

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This description aligns with Deadline’s report of the existence of the series last January that said it would “explore the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-virus.”

A Resident Evil Netflix series arriving this year would be a great thing for fans who are already getting the Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Remake on April 3, 2020.

This also isn’t the only Resident Evil rumor floating about, as a recent report revealed that Resident Evil 8 may stay in the first-person perspective, star Resident Evil 7’s Ethan Winters, and feature werewolves.

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Read on to see the full list of nominees for the 2020 Golden Globes.
Best Motion Picture — Drama
“1917”
“The Irishman”
“Joker”
“Marriage Story”
“The Two Popes”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Cynthia Erivo – “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson – “Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan – “Little Women”
Charlize Theron – “Bombshell”
Renée Zellweger – “Judy”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Christian Bale – “Ford v Ferrari”
Antonio Banderas – “Pain and Glory”
Adam Driver – “Marriage Story”
Joaquin Phoenix – “Joker”
Jonathan Pryce – “The Two Popes”
Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

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From All the President’s Men to Bonnie and Clyde to Apollo 13 to The Hurt Locker to Winter’s Bone and more, there are a lot of drama movies to choose from on Netflix…

Are you looking for the best dramas to stream on Netflix right now? Some people watch movies to escape from reality, others watch movies to be immersed in it. Serious, dramatic movies represent many of the most powerful stories ever told in the medium, and Netflix has no shortage of films that try to hit you right in the feels. Family stories, music biopics, feel good tales, odes to romance, science histories, current hits… there is no doubt that this page has a pretty extensive list of genre films so that you don’t have to search any further! Of course, they have so many movies that it’s easy to accidentally wind up watching a bad one, and that’s where we come in with our monthly updates on the best new movies on Netflix.

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For whatever masochistic reason, the film “Batman & Robin” is trending on Netflix, and has been for a few weeks or so. Helmed and steered clear off a cliff by Joel Schumacher, “Batman & Robin” stars George Clooney as the caped crusader with nipples on his batsuit.

One of the plot points is that Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred is dying, and you see him in various scenes privately wincing from some unknown pain. Well, it’s clear now that just being in this movie was probably physically paining the actor who played Alfred, Michael Gough.

It’s an awful movie. And I fell for watching it.

It began like any other Saturday: no pants, a vague sense that I had embarrassed myself the night before, and the urge to drown my brain in some mindless Netflix viewing.

Thus began the eight stages of watching “Batman & Robin” on Netflix.

 


STAGE 1 – Optimistic Amnesia

Maybe it wasn’t as bad as I remember! I mean, it was goofy, I remember that much, but maybe it’s goofy in a “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” kind of way.

 


STAGE 2 - Regret

I’ve made a huge mistake.

 


STAGE 3 – Confusion

Who green-lit this? OMG, they just go-go-gadgeted ice skates from their boots. And now they’re fighting hockey team henchmen. Did Robin just pull out a laser gun? This feels wrong …

 


STAGE 4 – Uncomfortable Laughter

The only entertaining thing is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ice puns, because by comparison to the rest of the so-bad-it’s-funny film, those are high quality hilarity.

 


STAGE 5 – Pun Delirium

You no longer have a reasonable grasp on reality and your brain is quickly liquifying. 

 


STAGE 6 – Full-On Joker Dementia 

You’re a zombie. A jolly, smiling zombie.

 


 STAGE  7 – Discombobulation

The standard notions of direction and position have lost all meaning. You are lost in a multi-dimensional spacial hellscape for which there is no escape.

 


STAGE 8 - Death

There’s no chance of resuscitation at this point. Like telling your friends you’ll stop out for “just one beer.” Once you’ve begun, it’s already too late.

 

 

Anyway, hello from heaven! It’s pretty nice up here! It’s all the Arnie puns you can handle, you get to watch Joel Schumacher try to direct his way out of a paper bag for all eternity, and the batsuits don’t have nipples! 

PARADISE.

 

Huge thanks to fellow lover of puns Kate Bratskier for taking a flurry of photos for me and being so … cool.  She snows what’s up. (Also, apologies to Kate Bratskier for the previous sentence.)

 

 

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Netflix, Binging And Quality Control In The Age Of Peak TV

Matt Singer posed a timely question today: Why is it that the original programs made by Netflix — the place that perfected binge-viewing — aren’t necessarily all that binge-able? 


By downplaying the importance of individual episodes in favor of longform narratives, the company has also downplayed the propulsive storytelling style and shocking cliffhangers that define the best binge-watch shows. A television show structured as a one giant 13-hour story can be highly absorbing. But without those big hooks and twists at the end of every episode, it’s very difficult to make it addictive.

Singer’s onto something here: I’ve spent the summer rewatching “The X-Files,” and there’s something about traditionally made, pre-“peak TV” dramas that often makes them deliciously binge-able. Writers on the kinds of shows that eventually made binging a thing were often under pressure from networks to hook viewers, through juicy relationship arcs, propulsive stories, exciting mythology reveals and hints that something big was coming in the next week. Not all good “binge-ers” have those elements, but many of the good ones are very good at serving up self-contained episodes, distinctive characters and moments so entertaining that you just want another hit of whatever they’re selling. 

Obviously television’s ambitions have expanded since the heyday of binge-inducers like “Alias,” “Lost” and “24,” and Netflix is among the many outlets testing the boundaries of what kinds of television can sustain an audience for a binge or a leisurely stroll, even as TV redefines what success means in an era of micro-niches and all manner of nonlinear viewing opportunities.

That said, my first reaction to Singer’s piece on the binge-resistance of Netflix’s dramas consisted of a question: I really wonder how much of that is intentional. It may not be a feature, but a bug.

Singer’s theory is that Netflix executives don’t really care if it takes a few months to watch one of their original series; that’s actually a good thing, if the slow pace keeps a subscription active. That makes sense from a business perspective, but, based on statements Netflix executives have made and the shows they’ve released, I wonder if that’s their primary intent.

My theory’s different: I think Netflix and Amazon executives give their creative types a lot of rope, and I’ve often had occasion to wonder is they’re giving them too much rope. It’s common for their dramas to get tangled up and slow down, even at the pilot stage, and in the middle of seasons, Netflix dramas often sag and meander, and — as Singer notes — they take a long time to work up a head of steam. 


My first reaction to Singer’s piece on the binge-resistance of Netflix’s dramas consisted of a question: I really wonder how much of that is intentional. It may not be a feature, but a bug.

But this isn’t just the case at streaming services: It’s happening a lot in the more ambitious realms of television. Maybe it’s just me, but when it comes to many shows, especially dramas, in the cable, pay-cable and streaming arenas, I see a trend toward laxness and a lack of energy and dynamic tension. There’s more ambition than in a derivative NBC or CBS procedural, sure, but there’s also often a lack of urgency within an episode and, most notably, over the course of a season.

It’s also fairly common to find that the character development is not strong and vivid enough to make me want to revisit these shows while they figure out how to crank up the narrative drive, as was the case with Amazon’s “Bosch” and USA’s “Complications.” I did finally begin to enjoy AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” especially in its second season, but most people had checked out well before it kicked into high gear, and that may have doomed the show (though I hope not). 

Of course, it’s unfair to cherry-pick the best examples, but let’s face it, this wasn’t too often the case with with the best binge-ers the Commercial Television Machine produced. Even in a bad episode of “The X-Files” or “Lost,” the Mulder and Scully banter or the Hurley quips make up for a lot. Hence my current obsession with what I call B-movie TV: Genre fare that is smart and subversive but also energetic and not overly concerned with being Important. (The two best new shows of the year, Lifetime’s “UnREAL” and USA’s “Mr. Robot” may not neatly fit in the B-movie TV category, but both were pleasingly knotty, had great characters and were suspenseful from the jump. They’re binge-ers, for sure.)  

Sag and drift problems have cropped up throughout TV history, obviously. But I think it’s telling that it’s cropping up a lot lately, often at places that could and should know better (despite its great cast and terrific moments, I gave up on the rudderless “Masters of Sex” near the end of Season 2 and haven’t seen a compelling reason to jump back on board). As Todd VanDerWerff has pointed out, TV is fumbling for direction in the age of binging and stacking and all episodes of television existing simultaneously everywhere (well, not really, but it feels that way sometimes). So as TV figures out the creative implications of the nonlinear era, some sloppiness and experimentation is to be expected.

But I think there’s more to it than that. The competition for talent and the huge desire lock down hot writers while also trying to create Signature Programs has led to situations where executives have let way too much bad writing slide.

There’s an enormous scramble for content at the moment, so much so that multiple seasons are being ordered at an accelerated pace and it’s almost normal for shows to be renewed before they debut. That was decidedly not normal only a few years ago. But Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and any number of other new players have changed the game, just as cable did a decade or so ago.

As I’ve argued elsewhere, this is a good thing, overall. Not every show in Ye Olde Golden Age was a keeper, but almost every network was forced to raise its game and give writers more leeway. Hooray!

But there was sigh-inducing side to that revolution: There was too much imitation and a blind pursuit of uninspired dramas about tortured white guys. These days, as TV expands into what FX president John Landgraf has called peak TV, there’s a lot of great TV, but the signal-to-noise ratio is not necessarily heading in a reassuring direction. As TV competes to keep eyeballs on its ever-expanding array of content, we’re being subjected to a lot of empty spectacle and rote brand extension. And it’s worth pointing out, as Linda Holmes does in her great essay series on TV’s growing pains, that the kinds of people who get to make TV now are usually the kinds of people who always have gotten to make TV. Diversity is a buzzword executives know they should throw around these days, but their commitment to it seems tenuous at best.

So this revolution has its frustrations, among them the problems Singer neatly delineates. And given that the issues he noticed and I’ve described are mostly taking place in the streaming, cable and pay-cable arenas, the following statement mostly applies to them: Maybe its because they have too many shows to keep track of, or maybe it’s because they’re working with writers they think might try to get a better deal somewhere else, but I get the sense that a number of networks and executives are not exercising the quality control they used to. It’s a problem.

Too many times lately, with too many shows that are well cast and clearly expensive, I’ve wondered why the people in charge appear to be asleep at the switch. “Fear the Walking Dead” is repetitive and boring, but AMC wants to keep “Walking Dead” mogul Robert Kirkman in the corporate family, so that show’s going to be what Kirkman wants it to be, for good or ill. The last two seasons of “American Horror Story” haven’t been very good, but they’ve been noisy enough to get a lot of eyeballs, and FX wants to be in business with Ryan Murphy, so that show will continue to be variable and frustrating (and maybe occasionally excellent, who knows). “Bloodline” assembled various prestige TV markers without going anywhere all that compelling with them, but it seems like the kind of show Netflix should be making — and if they didn’t make it, someone else might — so it got renewed. And so on.

The power dynamics in the industry are unstable — only in certain places, of course, and only for certain people. But the current scramble for talent has given some writer/producers more power than these kinds of folks have ever had in the past, and the side effects of that development aren’t always good. For one thing, in part due to talent flight, drama pilots on the broadcast networks have been mostly lame and terrible for years, with a few rare exceptions, because those who don’t want to deal with a lot of network interference are going elsewhere. (The CW, which has been on a roll, is the exception among the broadcast networks, but that’s a story for another day.)


The current scramble for talent has given some writer/producers more power than these kinds of folks have ever had in the past, and the side effects of that development aren’t always good.

As many writer/producers head to what they perceive to be greener pastures, executives are doing whatever they can to lock down talent, and the end result of this whole process can sometimes be self-indulgent and lazy television. Drift, repetition and laxness are things a good executive can spot, catch and help correct. With the good or improving shows, that’s likely at least part of what’s happening. Given the glut of bad, lazy or directionless dramas, that’s not happening enough, or some creatives just aren’t listening. When a drama like “True Detective” goes that off-course and wastes that much potential, it’s not just a chance to have fun with memes and hashtags, it’s a sign that something has seriously gone awry in the quality-control systems that helped TV get to where it is now. 

HBO, once the strutting king of the TV scene, can’t openly criticize newcomer Nic Pizzolatto, lest he bolt and the network’s reputation as a welcoming haven for top talent take a hit. Netflix and Amazon go further: They openly celebrate their hands-off approaches. Executives at both places have basically said that because they’re not married to the usual commercial television models, they’re letting their talent do … whatever. 

“We are not really in the solid outcome business, you know,” Amazon Studios head Roy Price said at an Amazon executive panel at the Television Critics Association press tour recently. “We are not really in the programming business.”

“It’s not the intent to draw the biggest audience from any single show,” Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos said at TCA. “The shows are built and designed and we invest in them based on the audience that we believe the show can attract. And it’s successful if it attracts that audience segment.”

Joe Lewis, Amazon’s comedy chief, said something similar: “I think we are … just looking for shows that are our customers’ favorites.”

That all sounds good, in theory. And in practice, it’s occasionally resulted in wonderful television. Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman” is as weird a concoction as I can think of, but it’s incisive and funny even as it goes to some heartbreaking places. I’m glad that Amazon is betting big on “The Man in the High Castle,” which may supply the smart sci-fi I’ve been searching for. And of course, all of television is a crapshoot; most shows fail, good ones are always hard to make and great ones are always rare.

But these streaming executives are indicating that they think non-interference is the only way to get good shows.

“[W]e built the company on this in this internal culture of freedom and responsibility, and we really did apply that to our showrunners too,” Sarandos said at TCA. “We decided it would be our role not to coach the creatives because it really wasn’t our wheelhouse. It was going to be our role to pick the right projects, pick the right worlds, pick the right talent to run those shows, and then really try to create an environment for them to do the best work of their lives.”

This statement kind of floored me, honestly. If the executives not there to make shows better, what are they there for? Also, can I have an executive job at Netflix? Because I would really like to make a lot of money to not do things. They give many millions to those making their shows, but telling them how to spend that money wisely? LOL, pass. 

Of course, some of this is just the kind of chest-thumping tech-exec hyperbole that “Silicon Valley” lampoons so well. And that’s the analogy I’ll stick with: Amazon and Netflix executives don’t seem to consider themselves TV executives, and it may be more useful to think of them as the kinds of guys who run Uber and other boastful, well-funded startups. They hacked television, bro, and they’re going to do it better.

Except … really? They think they’re going to do it better than the kinds of people responsible for the Commercial Television Machine? I mean, maybe someday they will, and if they get to that point, break out the Champagne. But their track record isn’t nearly there yet, and it’s more than a little grating that they’re so dismissive of the kind of TV-making processes that led to the creation of so many good and great shows — the very binge-able content they so eagerly bought up and built their businesses on top of. 

And that brings me back to my reaction to Singer’s essay, which boils down to this: Giving people a lot of rope is not necessarily how the best TV gets made. It can produce good results, in the hands of a disciplined professionals who know what to do with that freedom — and what not to do with it. If the discipline, vision and restraint are lacking and are not supplied by the showrunner or by executives, the results are usually ponderous messes (“House of Cards,” “Hand of God,” “Low Winter Sun”).

It’s worth noting that Jill Soloway (“Transparent”) and Jenji Kohan (“Orange Is the New Black”), who created the best shows in the streaming realms, are longtime veterans of the Commercial Television Machine. And all that has happened before has happened again. Long before those shows were a gleam on some site’s server, Ron Moore reinvented “Battlestar Galactica” by taking the best of what he’d learned in a long career as a writer for various “Star Trek” TV series and blowing up the rest. I really wish streaming executives wouldn’t valorize throwing out the baby with the bathwater, at least not until their rosters have more shows like “Transparent” and “OITNB” and “Battlestar Galactica” and fewer sludge piles like “Hand of God” and “Marco Polo.”

Quality control matters in television; look at how USA nurtured “Mr. Robot” into an accessible yet deeply adventurous show, and the showrunners of “The Americans” often talk about how executive input helped the show go from good to great, to name just two examples. And this concept matters even more when you think about the fact that Amazon and Netflix — like many networks — are ramping up their content machines. The efficacy of quality control is partly related to volume, and it’s moderately terrifying that this phenomenon of peak TV could result in 400 primetime scripted shows in 2015 alone.

 At TCA, Landgraf said he’s capping the number of shows FX and FXX make.

“I really don’t care how much money a business has to spend. As someone who struggles every day to program good and great television, who still reads nearly every script and watches every rough cut of every episode we program, I believe it’s impossible to maintain quality control with too many shows,” Landgraf said.

 His Peak TV speech contained a lot of food for thought, some of which good critics are still chewing on, but he’s right about that. Despite my fears for my sanity, I generally think Peak TV is a good thing — without it, we don’t get weird gems like “Rectify” and “BoJack” and a more diverse array of creators and protagonists. Given how many more shows are being made and how many of them have less experienced or inexperienced showrunners, however, now’s not the time for executives to just let people sink or swim, but signs of floundering are already all over the place. All in all, I am very concerned about whether we’re going to get more good TV, or just more TV. 

There are certain kinds of quality control that Netflix and Amazon executives seem amused by or appear to think is unnecessary. And stories of the excesses of overly controlling, uninspired and unhelpful networks executives are not hard to find and easy to mock, but the good ones are also partly responsible for sweetest fruits of the Commercial Television Machine. 

Of course, writers, actors and directors are incredibly important when it comes to a show’s quality, but knowing how to shepherd, shape and market a show — these are real and important skills. If you read Difficult Men and The Revolution Was Televised, you’ll come across many instances of writers doing their best to rebel against whatever network strictures had frustrated them in the past. But you’ll also come across TV executives who knew what they were doing and helped birth great shows and unquestionably helped turn those programs into the juggernauts that they became. These are the shows we all binged at some point or want to binge someday — and they didn’t appear by magic.

Covering TV for the past 15 years has taught me that the best shows tend to have two elements embedded in their DNA: Collaboration and tension. I don’t mean conflict, not exactly, which is not unknown on the sets of ambitious shows, of course. Conflict is inevitable when grown people work together on any project for any length of time. But what I’m referring to is the kind of creative tension that exists when people who work together don’t always agree but find ways to let the better and smarter ideas win. Sharp people questioning each other, pushing each other, testing each other and leading each other to epiphanies — those are among the conditions that can lead to great TV, and sometimes those exchanges involve executives who care and know television. They exist, and right about now, I wish there were more of them. Maybe they exist at Amazon and Netflix, but if so, I wish their bosses weren’t so disparaging of the work they were (possibly) hired to do.

Every writer I’ve ever spoken to has told stories about executive notes that were dumb — and notes that were brilliant. Dealing with feedback from an executive — even an executive a creator doesn’t much like — can force a writer to better articulate her vision. Probing questions can lead to stronger and clearer choices and even dumb questions can lead to breakthroughs. As Joss Whedon has said, “It’s very important to know when to stick to your guns, but it’s also very important to listen to absolutely everybody. The stupidest person in the room might have the best idea.”

Who is asking questions these days? How smart or dumb are the ideas under consideration? And is anyone listening? As we head into the uncharted waters of peak TV, those are some of the questions I have. 

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Netflix, Binging And Quality Control In The Age Of Peak TV

Matt Singer posed a timely question today: Why is it that the original programs made by Netflix — the place that perfected binge-viewing — aren’t necessarily all that binge-able? 


By downplaying the importance of individual episodes in favor of longform narratives, the company has also downplayed the propulsive storytelling style and shocking cliffhangers that define the best binge-watch shows. A television show structured as a one giant 13-hour story can be highly absorbing. But without those big hooks and twists at the end of every episode, it’s very difficult to make it addictive.

Singer’s onto something here: I’ve spent the summer rewatching “The X-Files,” and there’s something about traditionally made, pre-“peak TV” dramas that often makes them deliciously binge-able. Writers on the kinds of shows that eventually made binging a thing were often under pressure from networks to hook viewers, through juicy relationship arcs, propulsive stories, exciting mythology reveals and hints that something big was coming in the next week. Not all good “binge-ers” have those elements, but many of the good ones are very good at serving up self-contained episodes, distinctive characters and moments so entertaining that you just want another hit of whatever they’re selling. 

Obviously television’s ambitions have expanded since the heyday of binge-inducers like “Alias,” “Lost” and “24,” and Netflix is among the many outlets testing the boundaries of what kinds of television can sustain an audience for a binge or a leisurely stroll, even as TV redefines what success means in an era of micro-niches and all manner of nonlinear viewing opportunities.

That said, my first reaction to Singer’s piece on the binge-resistance of Netflix’s dramas consisted of a question: I really wonder how much of that is intentional. It may not be a feature, but a bug.

Singer’s theory is that Netflix executives don’t really care if it takes a few months to watch one of their original series; that’s actually a good thing, if the slow pace keeps a subscription active. That makes sense from a business perspective, but, based on statements Netflix executives have made and the shows they’ve released, I wonder if that’s their primary intent.

My theory’s different: I think Netflix and Amazon executives give their creative types a lot of rope, and I’ve often had occasion to wonder is they’re giving them too much rope. It’s common for their dramas to get tangled up and slow down, even at the pilot stage, and in the middle of seasons, Netflix dramas often sag and meander, and — as Singer notes — they take a long time to work up a head of steam. 


My first reaction to Singer’s piece on the binge-resistance of Netflix’s dramas consisted of a question: I really wonder how much of that is intentional. It may not be a feature, but a bug.

But this isn’t just the case at streaming services: It’s happening a lot in the more ambitious realms of television. Maybe it’s just me, but when it comes to many shows, especially dramas, in the cable, pay-cable and streaming arenas, I see a trend toward laxness and a lack of energy and dynamic tension. There’s more ambition than in a derivative NBC or CBS procedural, sure, but there’s also often a lack of urgency within an episode and, most notably, over the course of a season.

It’s also fairly common to find that the character development is not strong and vivid enough to make me want to revisit these shows while they figure out how to crank up the narrative drive, as was the case with Amazon’s “Bosch” and USA’s “Complications.” I did finally begin to enjoy AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” especially in its second season, but most people had checked out well before it kicked into high gear, and that may have doomed the show (though I hope not). 

Of course, it’s unfair to cherry-pick the best examples, but let’s face it, this wasn’t too often the case with with the best binge-ers the Commercial Television Machine produced. Even in a bad episode of “The X-Files” or “Lost,” the Mulder and Scully banter or the Hurley quips make up for a lot. Hence my current obsession with what I call B-movie TV: Genre fare that is smart and subversive but also energetic and not overly concerned with being Important. (The two best new shows of the year, Lifetime’s “UnREAL” and USA’s “Mr. Robot” may not neatly fit in the B-movie TV category, but both were pleasingly knotty, had great characters and were suspenseful from the jump. They’re binge-ers, for sure.)  

Sag and drift problems have cropped up throughout TV history, obviously. But I think it’s telling that it’s cropping up a lot lately, often at places that could and should know better (despite its great cast and terrific moments, I gave up on the rudderless “Masters of Sex” near the end of Season 2 and haven’t seen a compelling reason to jump back on board). As Todd VanDerWerff has pointed out, TV is fumbling for direction in the age of binging and stacking and all episodes of television existing simultaneously everywhere (well, not really, but it feels that way sometimes). So as TV figures out the creative implications of the nonlinear era, some sloppiness and experimentation is to be expected.

But I think there’s more to it than that. The competition for talent and the huge desire lock down hot writers while also trying to create Signature Programs has led to situations where executives have let way too much bad writing slide.

There’s an enormous scramble for content at the moment, so much so that multiple seasons are being ordered at an accelerated pace and it’s almost normal for shows to be renewed before they debut. That was decidedly not normal only a few years ago. But Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and any number of other new players have changed the game, just as cable did a decade or so ago.

As I’ve argued elsewhere, this is a good thing, overall. Not every show in Ye Olde Golden Age was a keeper, but almost every network was forced to raise its game and give writers more leeway. Hooray!

But there was sigh-inducing side to that revolution: There was too much imitation and a blind pursuit of uninspired dramas about tortured white guys. These days, as TV expands into what FX president John Landgraf has called peak TV, there’s a lot of great TV, but the signal-to-noise ratio is not necessarily heading in a reassuring direction. As TV competes to keep eyeballs on its ever-expanding array of content, we’re being subjected to a lot of empty spectacle and rote brand extension. And it’s worth pointing out, as Linda Holmes does in her great essay series on TV’s growing pains, that the kinds of people who get to make TV now are usually the kinds of people who always have gotten to make TV. Diversity is a buzzword executives know they should throw around these days, but their commitment to it seems tenuous at best.

So this revolution has its frustrations, among them the problems Singer neatly delineates. And given that the issues he noticed and I’ve described are mostly taking place in the streaming, cable and pay-cable arenas, the following statement mostly applies to them: Maybe its because they have too many shows to keep track of, or maybe it’s because they’re working with writers they think might try to get a better deal somewhere else, but I get the sense that a number of networks and executives are not exercising the quality control they used to. It’s a problem.

Too many times lately, with too many shows that are well cast and clearly expensive, I’ve wondered why the people in charge appear to be asleep at the switch. “Fear the Walking Dead” is repetitive and boring, but AMC wants to keep “Walking Dead” mogul Robert Kirkman in the corporate family, so that show’s going to be what Kirkman wants it to be, for good or ill. The last two seasons of “American Horror Story” haven’t been very good, but they’ve been noisy enough to get a lot of eyeballs, and FX wants to be in business with Ryan Murphy, so that show will continue to be variable and frustrating (and maybe occasionally excellent, who knows). “Bloodline” assembled various prestige TV markers without going anywhere all that compelling with them, but it seems like the kind of show Netflix should be making — and if they didn’t make it, someone else might — so it got renewed. And so on.

The power dynamics in the industry are unstable — only in certain places, of course, and only for certain people. But the current scramble for talent has given some writer/producers more power than these kinds of folks have ever had in the past, and the side effects of that development aren’t always good. For one thing, in part due to talent flight, drama pilots on the broadcast networks have been mostly lame and terrible for years, with a few rare exceptions, because those who don’t want to deal with a lot of network interference are going elsewhere. (The CW, which has been on a roll, is the exception among the broadcast networks, but that’s a story for another day.)


The current scramble for talent has given some writer/producers more power than these kinds of folks have ever had in the past, and the side effects of that development aren’t always good.

As many writer/producers head to what they perceive to be greener pastures, executives are doing whatever they can to lock down talent, and the end result of this whole process can sometimes be self-indulgent and lazy television. Drift, repetition and laxness are things a good executive can spot, catch and help correct. With the good or improving shows, that’s likely at least part of what’s happening. Given the glut of bad, lazy or directionless dramas, that’s not happening enough, or some creatives just aren’t listening. When a drama like “True Detective” goes that off-course and wastes that much potential, it’s not just a chance to have fun with memes and hashtags, it’s a sign that something has seriously gone awry in the quality-control systems that helped TV get to where it is now. 

HBO, once the strutting king of the TV scene, can’t openly criticize newcomer Nic Pizzolatto, lest he bolt and the network’s reputation as a welcoming haven for top talent take a hit. Netflix and Amazon go further: They openly celebrate their hands-off approaches. Executives at both places have basically said that because they’re not married to the usual commercial television models, they’re letting their talent do … whatever. 

“We are not really in the solid outcome business, you know,” Amazon Studios head Roy Price said at an Amazon executive panel at the Television Critics Association press tour recently. “We are not really in the programming business.”

“It’s not the intent to draw the biggest audience from any single show,” Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos said at TCA. “The shows are built and designed and we invest in them based on the audience that we believe the show can attract. And it’s successful if it attracts that audience segment.”

Joe Lewis, Amazon’s comedy chief, said something similar: “I think we are … just looking for shows that are our customers’ favorites.”

That all sounds good, in theory. And in practice, it’s occasionally resulted in wonderful television. Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman” is as weird a concoction as I can think of, but it’s incisive and funny even as it goes to some heartbreaking places. I’m glad that Amazon is betting big on “The Man in the High Castle,” which may supply the smart sci-fi I’ve been searching for. And of course, all of television is a crapshoot; most shows fail, good ones are always hard to make and great ones are always rare.

But these streaming executives are indicating that they think non-interference is the only way to get good shows.

“[W]e built the company on this in this internal culture of freedom and responsibility, and we really did apply that to our showrunners too,” Sarandos said at TCA. “We decided it would be our role not to coach the creatives because it really wasn’t our wheelhouse. It was going to be our role to pick the right projects, pick the right worlds, pick the right talent to run those shows, and then really try to create an environment for them to do the best work of their lives.”

This statement kind of floored me, honestly. If the executives not there to make shows better, what are they there for? Also, can I have an executive job at Netflix? Because I would really like to make a lot of money to not do things. They give many millions to those making their shows, but telling them how to spend that money wisely? LOL, pass. 

Of course, some of this is just the kind of chest-thumping tech-exec hyperbole that “Silicon Valley” lampoons so well. And that’s the analogy I’ll stick with: Amazon and Netflix executives don’t seem to consider themselves TV executives, and it may be more useful to think of them as the kinds of guys who run Uber and other boastful, well-funded startups. They hacked television, bro, and they’re going to do it better.

Except … really? They think they’re going to do it better than the kinds of people responsible for the Commercial Television Machine? I mean, maybe someday they will, and if they get to that point, break out the Champagne. But their track record isn’t nearly there yet, and it’s more than a little grating that they’re so dismissive of the kind of TV-making processes that led to the creation of so many good and great shows — the very binge-able content they so eagerly bought up and built their businesses on top of. 

And that brings me back to my reaction to Singer’s essay, which boils down to this: Giving people a lot of rope is not necessarily how the best TV gets made. It can produce good results, in the hands of a disciplined professionals who know what to do with that freedom — and what not to do with it. If the discipline, vision and restraint are lacking and are not supplied by the showrunner or by executives, the results are usually ponderous messes (“House of Cards,” “Hand of God,” “Low Winter Sun”).

It’s worth noting that Jill Soloway (“Transparent”) and Jenji Kohan (“Orange Is the New Black”), who created the best shows in the streaming realms, are longtime veterans of the Commercial Television Machine. And all that has happened before has happened again. Long before those shows were a gleam on some site’s server, Ron Moore reinvented “Battlestar Galactica” by taking the best of what he’d learned in a long career as a writer for various “Star Trek” TV series and blowing up the rest. I really wish streaming executives wouldn’t valorize throwing out the baby with the bathwater, at least not until their rosters have more shows like “Transparent” and “OITNB” and “Battlestar Galactica” and fewer sludge piles like “Hand of God” and “Marco Polo.”

Quality control matters in television; look at how USA nurtured “Mr. Robot” into an accessible yet deeply adventurous show, and the showrunners of “The Americans” often talk about how executive input helped the show go from good to great, to name just two examples. And this concept matters even more when you think about the fact that Amazon and Netflix — like many networks — are ramping up their content machines. The efficacy of quality control is partly related to volume, and it’s moderately terrifying that this phenomenon of peak TV could result in 400 primetime scripted shows in 2015 alone.

 At TCA, Landgraf said he’s capping the number of shows FX and FXX make.

“I really don’t care how much money a business has to spend. As someone who struggles every day to program good and great television, who still reads nearly every script and watches every rough cut of every episode we program, I believe it’s impossible to maintain quality control with too many shows,” Landgraf said.

 His Peak TV speech contained a lot of food for thought, some of which good critics are still chewing on, but he’s right about that. Despite my fears for my sanity, I generally think Peak TV is a good thing — without it, we don’t get weird gems like “Rectify” and “BoJack” and a more diverse array of creators and protagonists. Given how many more shows are being made and how many of them have less experienced or inexperienced showrunners, however, now’s not the time for executives to just let people sink or swim, but signs of floundering are already all over the place. All in all, I am very concerned about whether we’re going to get more good TV, or just more TV. 

There are certain kinds of quality control that Netflix and Amazon executives seem amused by or appear to think is unnecessary. And stories of the excesses of overly controlling, uninspired and unhelpful networks executives are not hard to find and easy to mock, but the good ones are also partly responsible for sweetest fruits of the Commercial Television Machine. 

Of course, writers, actors and directors are incredibly important when it comes to a show’s quality, but knowing how to shepherd, shape and market a show — these are real and important skills. If you read Difficult Men and The Revolution Was Televised, you’ll come across many instances of writers doing their best to rebel against whatever network strictures had frustrated them in the past. But you’ll also come across TV executives who knew what they were doing and helped birth great shows and unquestionably helped turn those programs into the juggernauts that they became. These are the shows we all binged at some point or want to binge someday — and they didn’t appear by magic.

Covering TV for the past 15 years has taught me that the best shows tend to have two elements embedded in their DNA: Collaboration and tension. I don’t mean conflict, not exactly, which is not unknown on the sets of ambitious shows, of course. Conflict is inevitable when grown people work together on any project for any length of time. But what I’m referring to is the kind of creative tension that exists when people who work together don’t always agree but find ways to let the better and smarter ideas win. Sharp people questioning each other, pushing each other, testing each other and leading each other to epiphanies — those are among the conditions that can lead to great TV, and sometimes those exchanges involve executives who care and know television. They exist, and right about now, I wish there were more of them. Maybe they exist at Amazon and Netflix, but if so, I wish their bosses weren’t so disparaging of the work they were (possibly) hired to do.

Every writer I’ve ever spoken to has told stories about executive notes that were dumb — and notes that were brilliant. Dealing with feedback from an executive — even an executive a creator doesn’t much like — can force a writer to better articulate her vision. Probing questions can lead to stronger and clearer choices and even dumb questions can lead to breakthroughs. As Joss Whedon has said, “It’s very important to know when to stick to your guns, but it’s also very important to listen to absolutely everybody. The stupidest person in the room might have the best idea.”

Who is asking questions these days? How smart or dumb are the ideas under consideration? And is anyone listening? As we head into the uncharted waters of peak TV, those are some of the questions I have. 

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What’s Expiring On Netflix In March 2015?

Nothing lasts forever, which means some of your favorite Netflix titles are leaving the site come March. Take this chance to watch the flicks waiting in your queue one last time before they go out of rotation. (If you still haven’t seen “The Graduate,” even though you really keep meaning to, act now.)

This list is tentative and subject to change. HuffPost Entertainment will attempt to keep the list as current as possible.

Movies and Specials
“3 Ninjas: Kick Back”
“Air Bud”
“Anaconda”
“Arachnophobia”
“Brokedown Palace”
“Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams”
“Cool Runnings”
“Desperado”
“Dumb and Dumber”
“Emma”
“Evita”
“Fireproof”
“Freaky Friday”
“Fright Night”
“Girlfight”
“Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”
“Jackass: Number Two”
“Lords of Dogtown”
“Old Yeller”
“Ordinary People”
“Out of Time”
“Pretty in Pink”
“Rachel Getting Married”
“Riding in Cars with Boys”
“Robin Hood: Men in Tights”
“RoboCop 2”
“RoboCop 3”
“Saving Silverman”
“Seven”
“Swiss Family Robinson”
“The Baby Sitters Club”
“The Blair Witch Project”
“The Graduate”
“The Possession”
“The Sweetest Thing”
“Troop Beverly Hills”
“Uptown Girls” (March 2)
“The Preacher’s Wife” (March 3)
“The Muppet Movie” (March 5)
“Flubber” (March 11)
“The Grey” (March 12)
“House on Haunted Hill” (March 15)
“Muppet Treasure Island” (March 15)
“The Tale of Despereaux” (March 16)
“Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” (March 22)
“Legends of the Fall” (March 31)

TV Shows
“Adventure Time,” Seasons 1-4 (March 30)
“Ben 10,” Seasons 1-3 (March 30)
“Children’s Hospital,” Seasons 1-2 (March 30)
“Codename: Kids Next Door,” Seasons 4-6 (March 30)
“Cow and Chicken,” Season 2 (March 30)
“Dexter’s Laboratory,” Seasons 3-4 (March 30)
“Dude, What Would Happen?”, Season 2 (March 30)
“Ed, Edd ‘n; Eddy,” Seasons 3-4 (March 30)
“Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Season 2 (March 30)
“Johnny Bravo,” Season 2 (March 30)
“Regular Show,” Seasons 1-4 (March 30)
“Robot Chicken,” Seasons 1-2 (March 30)
“Samurai Jack,” Season 2 (March 30)
“The Grim Adventures of Bill & Mandy,” Seasons 3-4 (March 30)

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Catch These 10 Movies Before They Leave Netflix in 2015

The good news: We are just five short days away from every.single.season of Friends debuting on Netflix. The bad news: The first day of 2015 also marks a mass exodus of nearly 60 movies from…




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Netflix Postpones Launch Of Bill Cosby Comedy Special

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix says it is postponing Bill Cosby’s upcoming standup comedy special.

A spokesperson for the company says it is postponing the launch of “Bill Cosby 77.” This follows accusations that Cosby has sexually assaulted several women.

Cosby has remained silent, and his attorney, John P. Schmitt, issued a statement Sunday saying his client would not dignify “decade-old, discredited” claims of sexual abuse with a response.

The 77-year-old Cosby was never criminally charged in any case.
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Adam Sandler To Make 4 New Movies For Netflix

Netflix has taken another huge step into originally content, signing comic/actor Adam Sandler to a four-movie deal that could see the first release as early as next year.

““People love Adam’’s films on Netflix and often watch them again and again,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement released online. “His appeal spans across viewers of all ages — everybody has a favorite movie, everyone has a favorite line — not just in the U.S. but all over the world.”

Sandler joked on Twitter and Instagram that he was trying to sign up for Netflix, and signed the four-picture deal instead:

““When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said ‘yes’ for one reason and one reason only…,” Sandler said in a statement released by the company. “Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks. Let the streaming begin!!!!””

Variety reports that Sandler’s Happy Madison productions will develop the films with Netflix, and that the first could start streaming in 2015.

Earlier this week, Netflix announced its first original film, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend.” That movie is set for release on both Netflix and in select IMAX theaters on Aug. 28, 2015.
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