ICYMI: Netflix’s Bright will get a sequel, Netflix’s The End of the F***ing World is now streaming, and Chance did not get a chance on Hulu
Hello and welcome to another edition of Streaming After Dark!
In case you missed it, Netflix’s Bright starring Will Smith has been renewed for a second season! Netflix put a lot of money into the production, and it seems like it worked out in their favor. We will update you when we know more details!
Also in recent Netflix news is their series produced in part by the UK’s Channel 4, The End of the F***ing World released their trailer that we shared with you last week and we can now report that the series is now streaming! It has also been renewed for a season 2 as well! And finally, Hulu has canceled their series Chance that was a two-series drama starring Hugh Laurie and in partnership with Fox 21 Television Studios.
If you missed last week’s issue, you can catch up to see what else you missed here!
Hot Topic: Disney is creating a streaming service that will include over 8,000 ABC TV series’ episodes and Hulu orders a monthly horror anthology
Fans of ABC television series rejoice! Disney is creating a streaming service to compete with basically every other network investing in the world of streaming. The president of the parent company Disney-ABC Television Group confirmed that over 8,000 episodes will be available when it launches. However, it is not expected to launch until 2019. Sherwood commented on the new streaming service at Variety’s Entertainment Summit at CES 2018 by saying:
”We’re going through this unbelievable moment of transformation in how we take television and distribute it.”
Sherwood did not reveal much about the specifics to the new endeavor, especially when it came to Marvel, but he did say that one of the new series produced on the platform would be the new High School Musical reboot. However, the new Disney platform is not expected to launch until 2019.
Hulu has ordered a monthly horror anthology after agreeing to a partnership deal with Blumhouse Television. It will be part of the Hulu new originals mission. The anthology will bring 12 standalone stories for an entire year with one released each month. This is new for streaming as the ‘new thing’ has always been to binge-watch. What do you think of this?
Guess Who: Sabrina in the new Sabrina The Teenage Witch series has been cast! And it is…
It’s happening! Kiernan Shipka has been cast as Sabrina Spellman for the new Sabrina The Teenage Witch series! Kiernan is just 18-years-old and already hails from the Screen Actors Guild as a SAG Award-winning actress. She played Sally Draper from the now-finished series Mad Men when the series won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2009 AND 2010. And she even resembles a young Melissa Joan Hart, the original television Sabrina.
The Netflix reboot, which will just remain titled Sabrina, is based on the new coming book, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It was reported that the executive producer of the series, who is also the CEO of Archie Comics, Jon Goldwater had this to say about the casting news:
“I am thrilled that Kiernan is playing Sabrina and have no doubt that she will embody the strength, courage and boldness that has made the character a fan favorite.”
Interviews: Hulu’s Chief Content Officer unveiled new programming strategy moving forward after the still-ongoing success of The Handmaid’s Tale
The Chief Content Officer at Hulu, Joel Stillerman, sat down with Variety to discuss his new strategies to produce another hit series like The Handmaid’s Tale after its success, especially after it’s big Golden Globe win. He admitted there’s pressure to produce another big hit like the Huu series. Stillerman comes from nearly a decade at AMC networks so you could say he’s developed experience with original programming. His plan is to: “double down on big, broad, hopefully, event-series television” that is brand elevating. He plans for this to include both comedy and drama series. This also comes after the news that Hulu is creating a 12-part anthology to air once a month. Here’s what he also said about his expectations for the company:
“The expectations are there, and you have to keep that in mind when you make your next round of choices”
He also jokingly added in a later interview:
“If there’s a career tip in this session, it’s to take a job at Hulu after ’The Handmaid’s Tale’”
Coming Soon: Apple orders a straight-to-series sci-fi drama from Peaky Blinders creator, and your first look at Jeff Daniels exploring the events leading to 9/11 attacks in The Looming Tower
The underdog streaming services are taking action. First, Apple, who just recently started developing their new-video content venture, has announced a straight-to-series order for a new science fiction drama. The series will be called See and it comes from the creator of Peaky Blinders, Steven Knight. Francis Lawrence will direct, according to Variety, and he and Knight will executive produce along with Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and Kristen Campo. This makes the fourth scripted series Apple has ordered since. Big names have already signed on to be a part of Apple’s new venture as actors, directors, or executive producers. It includes Octavia Spencer, Reese Witherspoon, and Jennifer Aniston just to name a few.
Finally, one of Hulu’s other highly anticipated series is the new limited drama series The Looming Tower which will star Jeff Daniels, Alec Baldwin, and Peter Sarsgaard to name a few. The limited series explores the events that led up to the September 11th tragedy that changed the world. It is based on Lawrence Wright’s book with the same name. The series places John O’Neill (Jeff Daniels) as a New York-based FBI supervisor who tried to prevent what later happened.
The Looming Tower premieres to Hulu on February 28th. You can view the anticipated limited series trailer below!
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