Whether you loved or hated it, Arrested Development‘s fourth season was a departure for the show, telling its story out of sequence as each episode focused on a single character’s perspective. Sometimes it worked (i.e., Maeby’s episode) and sometimes it didn’t (some of George Sr. or Lindsay’s episodes), but it appears fans will now have a chance to watch the show in a brand-new way.
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In Gilmore Girls‘ first season finale, Lorelai explains to her boyfriend Max (Scott Cohen) what a proper proposal should look like: “There should be a thousand yellow daisies, and candles, and a horse, and I don’t know what the horse is doing there unless you’re riding it, which seems a little over-the-top…” Max takes Lorelai’s words to heart—leading to one of the show’s most romantic and visually arresting moments. Here’s how it came together. READ FULL STORY
Your streaming docket is about to get a bit more crowded. Powers is a new series from Sony Pictures Television—the studio that produced Breaking Bad—that will be entirely exclusive to Playstation owners.
Based on the long-running comics series of the same name by writer Brian Michael Bendis (who also scribes a number of Marvel books like Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, All-New X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy) and artist Mike Van Oeming (who’s currently wrapping up The Mice Templar), the series follows detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, two cops on the Powers beat, investigating crimes involving superhumans.
It looks like Wish Bear has listened to her fans. Netflix is bringing back the Care Bears.
Now that Marvel has conquered the cineplex, the studio is looking to take over the small screen too. At New York Comic Con today, the studio offered an intriguing first look at its new Daredevil TV series, which is set to debut on Netflix next year with Boardwalk Empire‘s Charlie Cox as the blind lawyer/superhero. Here are the highlights:
1. Finding Daredevil was a snap. Two years ago, when 20th Century Fox still owned the cinematic rights to Daredevil, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb says he received a call from Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada declaring that he had found the next Matt Murdock. The rights soon reverted to the studio, and Quesada’s first choice — Charlie Cox — indeed won the role.
2. Rosario Dawson may be the Night Nurse: The Comic Con panel, moderated by Loeb, featured the series’ entire main cast except for Rosario Dawson, whose previously undisclosed role was finally revealed. The Sin City star will play nurse Claire Temple, who will aid Cox’s Matt Murdock/Daredevil and may also take on the guise of another Marvel heroine. Loeb described her as a “nurse who works at night,” indicating that she may inherit the mantle of Night Nurse. Temple’s involvement is a bit of a surprise since she’s traditionally associated with Luke Cage, a.k.a. Power Man, a character for whom Netflix is developing a separate series. READ FULL STORY
“Are there any black people here?” Chelsea Handler asks as she pans the audience, one minute into Uganda Be Kidding Me Live. “Smile, so I can see you.” Mildly offended? Morally upright readers, stop reading now—you’re strongly advised to skip Netflix’s new, horribly funny stand-up comedy special. READ FULL STORY
Sure, original series like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black get all the digital ink, but Netflix’s strongest original programming lies in the incredible string of stand-up specials the service has premiered. Like HBO or Comedy Central before them, Netflix has become an outlet for long-form comedy for both established names (Aziz Ansari, Chelsea Handler, Marc Maron) and up-and-comers (Moshe Kasher, Jim Jeffries).
Add comic and compulsive podcaster Doug Benson to that list of talent. His new special, Doug Dynasty, will be premiering on Netflix on Nov. 6. If you know Benson, it’s either because you listen to one of his many EW-approved podcasts (including Doug Loves Movies and Getting Doug With High) or because you loved his fantastically funny film Super High Me. (He has also made a habit out of being one of the dominant panelists on @midnight.) READ FULL STORY
King Kong is coming to Netflix in 2016, but the animated Kong – King of the Apes won’t be telling the same old Skull Island story you’re used to hearing.
Set in 2050, Kong becomes a wanted fugitive after wrecking havoc at Alcatraz Island’s Natural History and Marine Preserve. What most humans on the hunt for the formidable animal don’t realize, though, is that Kong was framed by an evil genius who plans to terrorize the world with an army of enormous robotic dinosaurs. As the only beast strong enough to save humanity from the mechanical dinos, Kong must rely on the help of three kids who know the truth about him.
The original CGI animation series from Netflix and 41 Entertainment will be targeted at kids and introduced through a feature-length film that will be followed by 12 half-hour episodes starting in 2016. Industry vet Avi Arad, who’s produced Iron Man, the Spider-Man movies, and many of the X-Men films, is serving as executive producer on the series.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Avi who has made some of the most successful action and adventure franchises today and whose Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventure series has been very popular on Netflix around the world,” Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said. “With 41 Entertainment as our partner on this, we continue to work with some of the finest animation studios around the world to create shows that will appeal to kids of all ages globally.”
Arad added: “I always loved King Kong. This is a unique opportunity to introduce him in brilliant CGI animation to kids worldwide with the power of Netflix.”
Chelsea Handler has upped the comedy ante via her new relationship with Netflix.
Bubbles, Sunny, Lulu, Izzy, and Yikes are getting their own Netflix series.
Netflix announced on Wednesday Popples, a new original series for kids that brings to life the brightly colored, fluffy toy creatures popular in the 1980s.
Produced by Saban Brands with ZAG Entertainment exclusively for the streaming site, the 26 half-hour episodes will be available beginning in late 2015. The show follows the adventures of the five Best Popple Pals in the “colorful world of Popplopolis.” Despite the fact that they have good intentions, they often find themselves coming up with crazy methods to escape the “mayhem” they’ve caused.
“We look forward to debuting this new Popples series to children around the world,” said Haim Saban, Chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group and founder of Saban Brands, in a statement to EW. “Netflix continues to be a great strategic partner, delivering compelling content that kids can enjoy anywhere and everywhere. With the global reach of Netflix, we know Popples will reach a whole new generation of kids that will love it as much as their parents.”
Popples, which were originally introduced in 1985, were previously brought to the screen with a Saturday morning cartoon that aired from 1986 to 1987.
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