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Mike Birbiglia joins the cast of 'Orange Is the New Black'

Mike Birbiglia is going to prison. The comedian has joined the cast of Orange Is the New Black in a recurring role for the third season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Here's why Sophia is still the best character on 'Orange Is the New Black'

No character from Orange Is the New Black’s stellar first season had more Netflix viewers buzzing than Sophia Burset, the prison hairdresser whose trailblazing storyline flipped the TV game on its head. That’s why, when Sophia largely missed out on the action in season two, many fans still couldn’t stop thinking about her. (Go ahead—admit that you missed her, too.)

It was a testament to her sheer magnetism that Sophia’s moderate absence on the second season of Orange was so noticeable. There’s a theory that perhaps she was sidelined so that the show could let other actresses (who didn’t steal the show in season one) shine and dive into their backstories, since Sophia had an unforgettable first year. But that theory doesn’t hold up, since almost everyone had a major arc this year except Sophia. It’s upsetting, but it’s also important to recognize that perhaps there’s some logic to that: Sophia’s absence from the prison rivalry war that cast a shadow over season two is in line with the character, and perhaps with actress Laverne Cox herself. READ FULL STORY

Netflix passes HBO in subscriber revenue

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Which team are you on: Netflix or HBO? No, it’s not so much a direct competition—but that doesn’t make it any less impressive that Netflix, which was founded in 1997, just passed HBO, founded in 1972, in subscriber revenue in the last quarter.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took to Facebook to share what he called the “minor milestone.” According to Hastings, Netflix earned $1.146 billion in subscriber revenue in the last quarter, where HBO only took in $1.141 billion. As Hastings put it, “They still kick our ass in profits and Emmys, but we are making progress. HBO rocks, and we are honored to be in the same league.”

Netflix, of course, is home to hit original shows Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards, while HBO houses more shows, including Game of Thrones, Girls, True Detective, and Silicon Valley, which even Hastings admits to loving. But with more original programming in the works, including Daredevil, it seems safe to say that Netflix won’t go away anytime soon.

See Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock on the set of 'Daredevil'

Last we heard of  Marvel’s upcoming Daredevil series, True Blood‘s Deborah Ann Woll had just joined the cast as Karen Page, the longest-running love interest of Matt Murdock in the Daredevil comics. And in the first photos from the set of the Netflix drama, sure enough, there’s a glimpse of Page’s love.

The photo, above, features Charlie Cox getting into character as Murdock, the Irish Catholic lawyer who was blinded in childhood and uses his heightened senses to fight crime as the vigilante Daredevil. And said crime-fighting could likely be the reason behind those cuts around his eye.

Plot details about the series are being kept secret, though it’s known that Elden Henson will join Woll and Cox as Murdock’s best friend and legal partner, as will Vincent D’Onofrio (as crime lord Kingpin) and Rosario Dawson, whose character’s identity is being kept a secret.

Daredevil is expected to launch on Netflix in 2015.

What the hell is Netflix's 'BoJack Horseman'?

Glad you asked.

1. It is, according to Netflix, “darkly hilarious, irreverent, serialized, animated comedy for adults.” The words “comedy for adults” are underlined.

2. It stars Will Arnett as the title character, “the failed legendary 90’s sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom Horsin’ Around, who has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships.” He is also a man with the head (and body?) of a horse.

3. It also features Aaron Paul as BoJack’s human sidekick Todd, Amy Sedaris as his agent/ex-girlfriend (she is a cat-person), and Alison Brie as another human person. READ FULL STORY

'East Los High' builds on Hulu's success among Hispanic audiences

You can’t set your DVR for East Los High, one of the most popular shows among Hispanic youth. But you can stream the show online on your laptop or tablet (or even TV, if you insist)—now in its second season on Hulu—as a nod to not only the changing nature of television, but as a telling insight on how a streaming content company has managed to build a sizeable audience among one of television’s most coveted demographics: Latino 20-somethings.

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Sam Waterston will play Martin Sheen's beau in a Netflix comedy

Netflix has set out to stage an Aaron Sorkin reunion of sorts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Newsroom‘s Sam Waterston has been cast in an upcoming comedy for the streaming giant, alongside Jane Fonda (The Newsroom), Lily Tomlin (The West Wing), and Martin Sheen (do I have to say what show Martin Sheen was on? Okay fine, The West Wing).

The show, titled Grace and Frankie, follows two rivals—Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin)—who make amends after they discover that their husbands—Sheen and Waterston, respectively—have been keeping up an affair with each other since 1994 and now plan to legally marry.

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'House of Cards' not allowed to film at U.N. Security Council chamber

If fans see President Frank Underwood at the U.N. next season on House of Cards, it’ll have to be a U.N.-lookalike set. The United Nations has denied the Netflix show’s request to film in the U.N. Security Council chamber for next season, the Associated Press reports. They note that Russia shot down the ask.

“It’s disappointing for you, I guess, because you wanted to see the actors,” France’s U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud told reporters Wednesday, per the AP. “It’s reassuring because I think the actors would have seemed so much more elegant than we are, you know.”

A rep for Netflix didn’t immediately respond to EW‘s request for comment.

Linden and Holder face the morning after in 'The Killing' season 4 trailer

When The Killing wrapped its third season, Det. Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) put herself and her partner Holder (Joel Kinnaman) in a compromising, life-altering dilemma after she gunned down their bossnot to mention Linden’s former lover—Skinner, who just happened to be a serial killer.

At the opening of the series’ fourth and final season, the partners face the immediate aftermath of Linden’s impulsive decision. “I can only imagine it will be very hard on the relationship,” Enos told EW after the season-three finale. “There’s nothing more toxic than a secret. If they cover it up together and have this shared secret, I imagine it would drive a major wedge in their friendship.”

The first trailer for season four shows exactly thata harried, paranoid cover-up that destabilizes Linden and Holder even as they embark upon a new investigation involving the brutal murder of a family potentially committed by Cameron Stansbury, a student at a military academy headed up by Emmy-nominated actress Joan Allen. Naturally, questions about the innocence of the young cadet (Tyler Ross) force Linden to consider how her actions have shattered her own self-perception and robbed Skinner’s victims’ families of justice.

Cameron insists, “I’m not a monster!” But is Linden? Watch the trailer below. READ FULL STORY

27 things we learned at the 'Orange Is the New Black' press day

The ladies (and men) of Litchfield ditched drab uniforms and cinderblock walls for colorful dresses and a swanky Manhattan hotel this past weekend, when Netflix held a press day for the dramedy’s second season in New York City. Nearly all of the series’ regulars were on hand for paired two-on-one interviews with journalists, including (deep breath) Danielle Brooks (Taystee) and Samira Wiley (Poussey), Jason Biggs (Larry) and Laura Prepon (Alex), Kate Mulgrew (Red) and Lorraine Toussaint (Vee), Taryn Manning (Pennsatucky) and Michael Harney (Healy), Dascha Polanco (Daya) and Matt McGorry (Bennett), Laverne Cox (Sophia) and Selenis Leyva (Gloria), Yael Stone (Morello) and Natasha Lyonne (Nicky), and Uzo Aduba (Suzanne). Conspicuously absent: series star Taylor Schilling, who was to be teamed with Aduba; according to Netlix reps, she fell ill a few days before the junket.

Naturally, a day spent among this much talent yielded tons of fascinating tidbits about OITNB, the people who make it, and what’s in store for season 3—which is already being shot in New York. Read on to find out how to make prison hooch, which actresses initially fought to play each other’s characters, Red and Vee’s strange pre-lockup connection, and what really went on during Daya and Bennett’s closet encounter. (Hint: The words “mons pubis” will be uttered…as will many, many spoilers.) READ FULL STORY

'Lost,' 'Stargate Universe' actors among 14-person cast of Wachowskis' sci-fi Netflix series

Netflix has assembled a massive cast for Sense8, the newest sweeping sci-fi project from Andy and Lana Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski.

EW has confirmed that Daryl Hannah, Naveen Andrews (Lost), and Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe, Broadway’s The Glass Menagerie) are among the 14-person international ensemble, first reported by Deadline. READ FULL STORY

Martin Sheen joins Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's new Netflix comedy

A very promising thing just got even more promising: Martin Sheen has signed on to play Jane Fonda’s husband in the upcoming Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie, EW has confirmed.

The half-hour comedy centers on two rivals—Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin)—who find common ground after they discover that their respective husbands have fallen in love with each other and plan to marry. The single-camera series, the brainchild of Friends creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris (Sullivan & Son), is expected to premiere in 2015.

No word yet on who will play Tomlin’s beau, but here’s hoping more West Wing alums join Tomlin and Sheen’s mini-reunion.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported this news.

 

Chelsea Handler to host new talk show on Netflix

Ready for Chelsea Anytime?

Netflix announced Thursday morning that Chelsea Handler has signed a “groundbreaking,” multi-tiered deal with the streaming service, which includes a standup special, four “docu-comedy specials”—and, most importantly, “the first-ever talk show for the global on-demand generation,” which is set to premiere in 2016.

Details about the new show—including its name—are scarce for now, though a release notes that it will feature an “updated format,” as well as at least one talk show staple (guest interviews). READ FULL STORY

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