HBO’s Deadwood: The Movie Trailer Promises a Most Violent Reunion

HBO’s Deadwood: The Movie trailer teases the many character reunions (and violence) to come in the film. It’s been over fifteen years since David Milch’s gritty, foul-mouthed western series premiered on the network, making stars out of then lesser-known actors like Timothy Olyphant and Kim Dickens in the process. While the TV show was a critical darling in its time – winning multiple Emmy awards and taking home a Golden Globe for Ian McShane’s performance as saloon owner Al Swearengen – its ratings were never all that massive and it ended up being cancelled after three seasons.

However, over the decade that followed, it was reported many times over that Milch was working on the script for a Deadwood movie that always seemed to be on the verge of securing a green-light. It finally succeeded in the summer of 2017 and entered production about a year and four months (or so) afterwards, with most of the original series’ cast reprising their roles. The big exception, of course, is Powers Boothe, who (sadly) passed away before he could return as Al’s rival Cy Tolliver in the film.

Related: Timothy Olyphant Explains Hesitation to Return for Deadwood Movie

After dropping some first-look images late last year, HBO began marketing Deadwood: The Movie in full near the beginning of 2019. The network has since released a teaser that confirmed the film’s May premiere date and offered at glimpse at the ten years’ older versions of characters like Al and Deadwood sheriff-turned U.S. marshal Seth Bullock (Olyphant). HBO has since unveiled a full-length trailer for the movie, as you can see in the space below.

Written by Milch and directed by Daniel Minahan (who worked on the original series), Deadwood: The Movie picks up with the show’s leads as they return to Deadwood to commemorate South Dakota’s newly-established statehood. The trailer highlight the many character reunions that take place along the way, including that between Bullock and his former lover Alma Ellsworth (Molly Parker), as well as Charlie Utter (Dayton Callie) and his old pal Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert). On the not so happy end of the spectrum, though, we have George Hearst (Gerald McRaney) – who, in keeping with his power hungry nature (and real-life history), is now a state senator whose return to Deadwood bodes poorly for people like Al and Trixie (Paula Malcomson). After all, lest we forget, Trixie did shoot and try to kill him, before Al covered for her.

Judging by the trailer, the Deadwood movie has the makings of an enjoyable, if potentially heart-breaking reunion with the original show’s characters, including supporting players like Doc Cochran (Brad Dourif), Dan Dority (W. Earl Brown), Sol Star (John Hawkes), and Dickens back as Joanie Stubbs. Unfortunately, it comes with a tinge of melancholy, in light of this week’s news that Milch has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The writer-producer intends to keep working for the foreseeable future, though, and we’re glad to have him around while we do.

NEXT: Every HBO Show Through to 2020

Deadwood: The Movie premieres Friday, May 31 on HBO.

Source: HBO

2019-04-25 12:04:35

Sandy Schaefer

Elizabeth Olsen Teases 1950s Setting For WandaVision Disney+ Series

Actress Elizabeth Olsen revealed that WandaVision will be set in the ‘50s. Based on the Marvel characters Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch) and Vision, the Disney+ limited series will begin filming in the fall and will reportedly be six hours long. Earlier this month, Disney and Marvel officially announced WandaVision.

In the MCU, Olsen made her franchise debut as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Olsen later reprised the superhero character in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War. In the new MCU film Avengers: Endgame, Olsen will once again reprise her character, along with numerous others who were previously manipulated by the big baddie Thanos. For WandaVision, Olsen will co-star with her MCU love interest Paul Bettany, who will reprise his franchise role as the android Vision. On April 16, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated that WandaVision will intersect with the MCU’s Phase 2 “in a very big way.”

Related: Elizabeth Olsen’s Marvel Contract: Upcoming Scarlet Witch Movies

Per Variety, Olsen recently teased WandaVision by revealing that the Disney+ series will take place in ‘50s. This information is based on the streaming platform’s launch chat, with Olsen noting “There’s quite a few other comic books that we’re pulling from and it’s going to be Wanda and the Vision… they showed a photo of us in the ’50s.” For WandaVision, Captain Marvel co-writer Jac Schaeffer will serve as the writer, producer, and showrunner. She also co-wrote the upcoming comedy The Hustle starring Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway, along with the upcoming MCU film Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson in the title role. As for Olsen’s WandaVision co-star Bettany, he previously received a Saturn Award nomination for his supporting performance in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Most recently, he portrayed Dryden Vos in Ron Howard’s space western Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Olsen is the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, both of whom famously starred in the late ’80s/early ‘90s ABC sitcom Full House. After delivering an acclaimed performance in 2011’s Martha Marcy May Marlene – her feature film debut – Olsen has since appeared in films like Silent House, Godzilla, and I Saw the Light.

Based on Elizabeth Olsen’s MCU character arc, franchise fans will undoubtedly be curious to see how she’s incorporated into Avengers: Endgame. But, as the saying goes, the writing seems to be on the wall given the existence of WandaVision, and Marvel seemingly has plenty of surprises on the way. Disney+ will also produce a limited series focused on the MCU’s Loki, along with a separate series about Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

More: These Marvel Shows Are Coming After Avengers: Endgame

Source: Variety

2019-04-25 10:04:46

Q.V. Hough

25 Futurama Deleted Scenes That Were Too Much For TV

Not every scene animated for Futurama made it to TV, so here are 25 deleted scenes that were left on the cutting room floor. The series came from Matt Groening in the late 1990s and quickly became one of the more popular cartoons around. Following a pizza delivery man Phillip J. Fry (Billy West) who is accidentally frozen and wakes up almost one thousand years in the future, Futurama explores the adventures he would go on with a band of characters: Leela, Hermes, Bender, Amy, and Zoidberg.

Throughout the course of Futurama’s four seasons on Fox, the show was not afraid to try new things. Unfortunately, those four seasons were all that would come at Fox, but Futurama did find new life at Cartoon Network. Three additional seasons were made to further the wild adventures of Fry and his friends, as well as wrap them up. Both eras of the series have their fans, and not too much changed under the different networks.

Related: 10 Dark Futurama Fan Theories That Change Everything

In Screen Rant’s newest video, we take a look back at the seven-year run of Futurama, but not to focus on what was actually shown. Instead, we discuss 25 deleted scenes from the series that never made it onto TV, even though the reason for their removal is not known. Check out all of these scenes in the video featured at the top of the post.

These deleted scenes still maintain the tone of Futurama and can be enjoyed by fans of the show, but were likely viewed as being inconsequential to the larger story of the episode or season and cut as a result. That said, they do still give fans some further insight into what may have happened in certain moments. After all, what fans don’t want to learn about Bender’s interest in adult entertainment, or hear a joke about Robot Hell freezing over, or even learn that whales developed a taste for humans?

Over the course of seven seasons and 140 episodes, though, there are bound to be more scenes left on the cutting room floor than just these 25. Scenes are removed from episodes all the time, and it can even happen more than once per episode. We’ve only just scratched the surface of deleted scenes that never were included in the episodes, but that doesn’t mean that every scene removed from an episode will be discovered or revealed. Thankfully, fans can at least enjoy these Futurama deleted scenes in the meantime.

MORE: All 4 Futurama Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best

2019-04-25 09:04:14

Cooper Hood

Game of Thrones: Bryan Cogman’s Spinoff Show Not Happening

Bryan Cogman’s Game of Thrones spinoff series will not happen. According to the writer-producer, HBO has decided not to move forward with the project. During Game of Thrones’ eight-season run, Cogman wrote 11 episodes, including the latest installment titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” 

Cogman attended the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, and prior to Game of Thrones, he worked as a writers assistant on the short-lived NBC drama My Own Worst Enemy starring Christian Slater – this coming after he appeared on camera as “Mailman” in two episodes of Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia. By 2011, Cogman received his first Game of Thrones writing credit for the season 1 episode “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things.” Cogman later wrote “What Is Dead May Never Die” for Game of Thrones season 2, and he also wrote the season 3 episode “Kissed by Fire.” Since then, Cogman has written numerous Game of Thrones classics, and his series swan song – the aforementioned “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” – has been praised by fans and critics alike for effectively setting up The Battle of Winterfell, which is one of television’s most-anticipated episodes. 

Related: Game of Thrones Prepares For The Battle of Winterfell in Season 8 Photos

Per THR, Cogman won’t be part of any future Game of Thrones-related projects for HBO. During an interview, Cogman discussed his creative approach for “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” and gave a surprising answer when asked about future Game of Thrones projects. He said, “My prequel show is not happening and will not happen… I’m working with Amazon now and helping them out with their shows.”

In September 2017, Cogman was officially attached to a Game of Thrones prequel series, one that’s entirely different than the upcoming spinoff The Long Night. During the THR interview, Cogman notes that he’d previously been developing a show with franchise creator George R.R. Martin, but states that “HBO decided to go a different way.” Incidentally, Cogman is now done with Game of Thrones, at least from a professional aspect, as “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” marks his last writing credit, along with his last producing credit. As a whole, Cogman co-produced 39 Game of Thrones episodes. For Disney+, Cogman wrote the upcoming movie adaptation The Sword in the Stone, which is based on the King Arthur legend.

For HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series The Long Night, Jane Goldman wrote the pilot episode. Previously, she’s written feature films like Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, along with the entire Kingsman franchise. Last October, George R. R. Martin revealed The Long Night as the show’s title, and Josh Whitehouse was cast as the male lead in October. Naomi Watts and Miranda Richardson have also been cast in The Long Night. 

After such a spectacular Game of Thrones episode, the news of Cogman’s departure may be upsetting for many franchise fans. However, when considering the turbulent production history of Game of Thrones’ original pilot episode – which never aired – HBO’s primary goal for The Long Night will be to produce a pilot that will resonate with fans and set up the series as a whole. Moving forward, perhaps HBO will enlist Cogman for the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series.

More: Game Of Thrones’ Latest Episode Was The Best In Years

Source: THR

2019-04-25 08:04:10

Q.V. Hough

Disney Can’t Use Daredevil, Punisher & The Defenders For A Few Years

Looks like fans are going to be waiting longer than they’d hoped for the live-action return of characters from the crop of canceled Marvel Netflix shows, such as Daredevil and The Punisher. It turns out that Disney won’t have access to them for quite some time. Previous reports indicated that the Marvel/Netflix deal precluded Disney from using the characters until 2020, but apparently viewers shouldn’t expect that year to yield the return of any member of The Defenders.

In an unprecedented move, Netflix and Marvel struck a deal in 2013 in which the steaming service would be developing live-action series for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. These four standalone shows would eventually culminate in a limited crossover event titled, The Defenders. Praised by critics and embraced by fans – to varying degrees, depending on the series – these shows continued even after the heroes’ initial team-up, with The Punisher spinning out of Daredevil. When Netflix canceled Iron Fist after season 2 last October, fans didn’t think too much of it. Although the show’s sophomore outing was a large improvement, it was still the weakest of the bunch. However, the critically acclaimed Luke Cage got the axe a week later. This led to speculation that there was a Heroes for Hire project in the works, but those hopes were quashed with the cancellation of flagship series Daredevil the next month. At that point, there was little doubt as to the fate of Jessica Jones and The Punisher. Netflix announced the end of both shows in February, although the former will still air its season 3.

Related: A Complete Timeline Of Netflix’s Marvel Cancellation

Now, IndieWire reports that Disney is unable to use the characters until two years have passed since the cancellation of their Netflix shows. What this actually means, though, is that the company is unable to even attempt developing new content featuring any of these heroes until that time. So, if Disney does choose to reboot or revive them, it’s going to take a lot longer than fans had hoped. The Mouse House isn’t allowed to begin work on any of those potential projects until the two year mark has passed.

It’s unclear how exactly the relationship between Marvel and Netflix soured, although many believe that it has something to do with the imminent launch of Disney’s own streaming service, Disney+. Although, the steady decline in viewership of the Marvel shows was likely a factor as well. With the Netflix corner of the MCU going dark, there was hope that the fan favorite heroes could eventually be resurrected in some form for Disney+. After all, the platform will be airing TV series centering on several Marvel characters. Vision and Scarlet Witch are starring in WandaVision, while the Falcon and the Winter Soldier are also teaming up for their own show. Loki will be getting the small screen treatment as well. If Disney chooses not to use the characters, Hulu has even thrown their hat in the ring, expressing interest in reviving the titles, which seems like a long shot.

While not every Marvel Netflix show was a bona fide success, the cancellation of Daredevil was particularly shocking after such a stellar season 3. It seems unlikely that Marvel would bench such a beloved character any longer than they have to. Thanks to the long wait until Disney once again has access, it’s probable that any Defenders who eventually return to the fold will be recast. However, certain performances are going to be near impossible to top. Either way, it would seem as though these heroes are in dire need of some rescuing.

Next: Every Single Original TV Show & Movie Coming To Disney+

Source: IndieWire

2019-04-25 03:04:49

Jamie Gerber

Disney Might Soon Own Hulu As Comcast Considers Selling Its Share

Disney might soon own Hulu too as Comcast considers selling its stake in the streaming service to the Mouse House. The business of subscription streaming services seems to shift and change with every passing day as of late. At present, there’s no denying that even this early on into the growing market, it’s becoming apparent who some of the biggest players are going to be.

Though Netflix has long been the go-to favorite for many customers, even the stability they’ve acquired in the years since shifting from a mail order DVD format to streaming directly into customer’s homes now seems vulnerable. Some of this is due in part to the fact that several of Netflix’s most popular licensed titles are increasingly looking as though they may be subject to removal, but the ever-expanding growth of Disney as well as the upcoming launch of their streaming service Disney+ is looking as though it will have considerable weight behind it. Most recently, Disney has acquired Fox assets and found itself a majority stakeholder in Hulu after AT&T WarnerMedia decided to pull the plug on their time with the company.

Related: Disney+ Will Be Ad-Free, Bundle Option With Hulu & ESPN+ Likely

After gaining such an advantageous position with Hulu, Disney is now reportedly looking to go the full distance and acquire complete ownership over the service. According to Variety, Comcast – who currently own 30 percent of Hulu through NBCUniversal – are in talks with Disney about the possibility of reaching a deal. As of this writing, the involved parties are being quite tight-lipped with regard to further information on when or even if this deal will be made.

What is known about Disney, Comcast and Hulu, however, is that Disney would like very much to gain full ownership over the service, though Comcast officials seem to be downplaying the immediate possibility of that occurring. Anonymous sources have said that Comcast is still in the process of “weighing out the pros and cons” of such a deal, while NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke recently told Variety that Disney wants to buy out Comcast, but maintained he doesn’t see a deal happening in the near term. For its part, Disney is already looking at expanding Hulu on an international level – the service is currently only available in the US and Japan – something that should happen in the near future if Hulu hopes to make up for its ongoing losses in profit. Disney has already earmarked 2023 or 2024 as the point in time when Hulu is expected to achieve profitability, as the service has spent the last two years losing profits in a continued attempt to build up its programming and technology.

At this point, it’s hard to imagine Disney not succeeding in acquiring Hulu. With its majority share in the service, Disney hasn’t gotten to where it currently is by not taking action when the odds favor them. If a deal does go through, it will mark another chapter in the growing Disney saga, create more competition in the streaming market and secure the Mouse House as one of the single most dominant forces in global entertainment. But will the future of streaming be Disney? That’s a question that can only be answered when Disney+ arrives later this fall.

More: Disney+ Ends The Disney Vault (And Physical Media With It?)

Source: Variety

2019-04-25 02:04:53

Mike Jones

Jeopardy Champion James Holzhauer Is Breaking Records & Still Going

Jeopardy! Champion, James Holzhauer, is breaking all records on the trivia game show – and he shows no sign of slowing down. Iconic and perdurable Jeopardy!, consisting of host Alex Trebek and blue box panels, has sported a fair share of champions over the years. However, Holzhauer’s current reign is game-changing.

Created by Merv Griffin, the show consists of presenting contestants with clues in the forms of answers, to which players must phrase their responses in the form of a question. A household staple and the most recognized game show of all time, the series has been in syndication for 35 seasons. Jeopardy! has become a Hollywood A-lister itself, being featured in a slew of films and TV shows, including, The Golden Girls, SNL, and Family Guy. A seemingly tame form of entertainment, Jeopardy! has made waves in the headlines over the years with a mid-game marriage proposal, a contestant winning with just $1, and the recent shock of Trebek’s cancer diagnosis. Now, a contestant’s winning streak is drawing in as much attention as his earnings.

Related: Jeopardy! Makes Streaming Debut On Hulu 

According to USA Today, the 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas James Holzhauer recently became the second person ever to surpass $1 million in non-tournament play. The contestant caused viewers to notice him early on by winning $131,127 in a single game. While there does appear to be strategy involved, Holzhauer also possesses encyclopedic trivia knowledge. Using his coined term, “All the chips,” while making bets, the contestant seems optimistic about taking risks. Perhaps the biggest question of Jeopardy! – not from a blue box – is what formula he is following to make his gameplay a dominant force. Eddie Timanus, a five-time winner on Jeopardy!, has analyzed his strategy:

“First and foremost, a successful Jeopardy! player has to have a broad trivia knowledge base. Of equal if not greater importance, however, is a contestant’s ability to master the buzzer, or, to use its proper name, the signaling device. According to statistics compiled by Andy Saunders at, Holzhauer successfully rang in first nearly 57 percent of the time through his first 14 wins. That’s a phenomenal percentage with two other competitors trying to do the same. But it’s his approach to the board that’s made him a true game-changer. While many players, myself included, prefer to play categories from top to bottom and try to stick to them, Holzhauer clears the big-dollar clues first. Thanks to his ability to ring in first consistently and rarely miss, he usually has a considerable total built up by the time he uncovers a daily double.”

As it stands, the reigning Jeopardy! champion is Ken Jennings, who tapped out at just over 2.5 million in 74 games. Jennings was dethroned after providing the wrong answer to a question about taxes. While Holzhauer is on track to surpass Jennings at this rate, there is no telling what question will stump the champion. Holzhauer has attributed his vast array of knowledge to children’s literature – claiming those books were easier to dive into than adult reference books. For those worried about Holzhauer’s winnings breaking the show’s bank, the streak is causing viewers to tune in more than ever, which has boosted advertising sales.

Jeopardy! is America’s favorite game show for numerous reasons. With beloved father-figure Trebek behind the podium, wholesome entertainment, and nuggets of knowledge, the program has become more than just a game show to its viewers. Jeopardy! has become part of the family during its syndication and welcomed into the homes of millions. Holzhauer’s current winning streak has breathed new excitement into the show, and amid a rocky season after Trebek’s cancer diagnosis, it is reminding viewers why they tune in in the first place. Holzhauer and Jeopardy! do not appear to be dwindling anytime soon.

Next: Jeopardy! Reportedly Searching For Alex Trebek’s Replacement

Source: USA Today

2019-04-25 02:04:46

Bethany Guerrero

Roswell Reboot, The 100 & More Renewed At The CW For Additional Seasons

The CW network announces the renewal of its TV shows still on the bubble, bringing back Roswell, New Mexico; All American; In the Dark and The 100 for additional seasons. This follows on from the news in January that its 10 other current shows including Riverdale and Supernatural had scored renewals.

A reboot of the teen drama, Roswell, New Mexico sees the daughter of a pair of undocumented immigrants discover that the love of her teenage life is an alien of the extraterrestrial variety whose secret she must keep as fear of alien life on earth begins to mount. All American follows a young football player from a rough neighbourhood as he is recruited to play for an upscale rival school. In the Dark sees a blind woman attempt to solve her friend’s murder when the police decline to investigate. With The 100 season 6 set to premiere next week, the show is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi series set a century after a nuclear war devastated life on Earth. In season 1, an orbital colony where humanity survived sent down a hundred juvenile delinquents to establish whether the planet is habitable, and must survive in the hard world.

Related: Roswell, New Mexico: Biggest Changes From The Original Series

Per Deadline, all The CW’s shows have been renewed, including Roswell, New Mexico; All American and In the Dark for season 2 and The 100 for season 7. Many freshmen TV shows never make it past their first season, and for each of the network’s debuting dramas to survive cancellation is quite an achievement. Of the renewals, CW president Mark Pedowitz stated,

“We’re thrilled to have this roster of 14 exceptionally creative and distinctive series, including all five first year shows, as the foundation on which to continue to build the multiplatform future of The CW. One of our key long-term goals has been to continually add more original programming all year round, especially in midseason and summer, and with these returning shows and the new series we’ll order as we get closer to the May upfront.”

While the renewal of every one of the network’s shows is an unusual – perhaps even unprecedented – achievement, it does also mean that there will be that much less opportunity for any new shows to make an impact, or even be commissioned. With six pilots all vying for a series spot, including the prospective Arrowverse addition of the Ruby Rose-starring Batwoman, competition will be fierce. In addition to Batwoman, The CW has pilots that include the Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, Jane the Virgin spinoff Jane the Novela, The Lost Boys adaptation, an untitled Nancy Drew project and the series about a gender non-conforming high school grad titled Glamorous.

While some space will be offered by the recently finished Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, abridged final season of Arrow, and Supernatural, Jane the Virgin and iZombie each coming to a conclusion, this may be a year that further new programming might need to take a back seat. But since The CW expanded to Sundays with original programming, the network does have some room to expand.

Next: What To Expect From The 100 Season 6

Source: Deadline

2019-04-25 01:04:04

Andrew Marshall

Designated Survivor Season 3 Premiere Date Set At Netflix

Netflix has confirmed a premiere date for Designated Survivor season 3. The political thriller drama series, starring Kiefer Sutherland, was resurrected by the streaming giant after being canceled after two seasons on ABC.

Designated Survivor follows Tom Kirkman (Sutherland), a low-level cabinet member who’s thrust into the presidency after a terrorist attack during the State of the Union wipes out all predecessors for the office. Created by David Guggenheim, the series also stars Natascha McElhone (Kirkman’s wife for the first two seasons), Mckenna Grace, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, Tanner Buchanan, Maggie Q, and Kal Penn. A-list guest talent has also graced the show, with recurring roles by Virginia Madsen, Kim Raver, and Michael J. Fox. After the fast-paced first two seasons following Kirkman on his professional and personal struggles trying to restore order to the country, ABC axed the show. Designated Survivor was rescued by Netflix last September. Now, anxious fans finally have a date to put on their calendars.

Related: Netflix: The Best TV Shows & Movies This Weekend 

According to Deadline, fans can expect to plunge back into the show on June 7, 2019. Netflix has also tacked on the first two seasons for streaming. Along with a new venue, fans can expect a slew of changes. Instead of the usual tally of episodes per season – 21 and 22 episodes in season 1 and season 2 – season 3 will only consist of 10 episodes. Designated Survivor is now in the creative hands of showrunner Neal Baer (ER, Law & Order: SVU) – the fifth showrunner the show has had since its conception. Netflix has released a recap of the first two seasons of Designated Survivor, driving further anticipation for season 3. See the video below:

In season 3, President Kirkman (Sutherland) will face the inevitable task every POTUS-centered show must face – a presidential campaign. The new season will dive into the cutthroat world of campaigning and tackle today’s issues of what that entails. After an emotionally tumultuous season 2, Kirkman is now tested with smear tactics, debates, “fake news” and campaign finances – all while keeping the face of democracy clean. Along with Canto, Ricci, Penn, and Maggie Q, series regulars will include, Anthony Edwards, Lorraine Zimmer, Dontae Edwards, and Isabel Pardo.

Designated Survivor is an example of how revival by a different network can breath new life into a series. Last Man Standing, Brooklyn-Nine Nine and Nashville found different homes after their cancellations and thrived. Along with Netflix’s reputation and Sutherland’s star power, Designated Survivor may find longevity with its new plotline. Political shows such as The West Wing, Veep and House Of Cards have tackled what the POTUS faces during a campaign – and it always raises the stakes. Only being slated for a 10-episode run, the action-packed show may leave fans desiring more, and lead to a possible renewal for season 4 of Designated Survivor.  

Next: What to Expect from Designated Survivor Season 3

Source: Deadline

2019-04-24 06:04:23

Bethany Guerrero

Netflix May Lose The Office

Netflix may lose The Office. At one point not so long ago, the subscription-streaming concept was still just barely getting off the ground. Without any immediate plans to completely alter the face of home entertainment, Netflix went from a mail order DVD service to the go-to platform for streaming content directly into one’s home.

As the popularity of Netflix grew, and people started to realize that the service was offering quite the bang for the buck, other providers began to materialize, eager to challenge Netflix at its own game. With this sort of push behind it, it didn’t take long before basic cable became less interesting to many. Some of the programs that people knew and loved from cable TV were already being snapped up by Netflix, allowing subscribers complete access to entire seasons and series. For a period, the streaming service was a veritable buffet of familiar programming, but as the inevitable competition grew, Netflix began to realize that change was definitely on its way.

Related: The Office Character Guide: Where Are They Now?

At present, the biggest change that subscribers to Netflix are likely to notice is that the explosion of new and still-to-come streaming services means that many networks want their titles back. And in the case of Netflix, this means that its biggest title is at risk of being taken away. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that when its contract expires with Netflix in 2021, the US version of The Office may be snapped back up by NBC Universal, who are getting set to launch their own streaming service. Whether this will also effect Netflix’s licensing of the original UK version of The Office as well is unclear.

Just three years ago, Netflix managed to acquire The Office, which had finished its wildly popular nine-season run back in 2013. Since that time, the series has gone on to become the single most watched program on Netflix. That’s an impressive achievement to say the least, with original programming on the streaming platform unable to hit the same mark. Titles such as Orange Is The New Black and Ozark take the title of most-watched original content on Netflix, but neither one comes anywhere near the ongoing success of The Office. This isn’t the first potentially huge shock to Netflix’s programming, either. Just last February, news hit that beloved 1990s era sitcom Friends was likely going to leave Netflix when its $100 million contract expires next year.

It’s unfortunate that the concept of streaming – that is, a variety of commercial free, unedited programming on one service, for an affordable rate – seems set to change back into something that more closely resembles the cable television model of the past. If every network or studio has their own service, all of which stream only their own content, then one has to wonder exactly how many services are these providers expecting customers to shell out for? For now, that remains to be seen, but the direction that streaming is currently heading in seems to indicate that for fans of numerous programs on a handful of different networks, the option is either pay for several services or go back to buying DVDs and Blu-Rays.

More: 15 Streaming Services That Put Netflix To Shame

Source: The Wall Street Journal

2019-04-24 03:04:18

Mike Jones