ICYMI: Hulu gives a series order to George Clooney’s series while Amazon axes series and Apple acquires rights to Kristen Wiig’s comedy series produced by Reese Witherspoon’s production company!
Hello, and welcome to another edition of Streaming After Dark!
In case you missed it, Hulu has given a series order to George Clooney’s series, Catch 22, which he will both produce and star in. Amazon Studios, on the other hand, has axed the series titled One Mississippi, I Love Dick, and Jean-Claude Van Johnson.
Then in a triple threat, Apple has acquired the rights to a 10-episode series that will be executive produced by, and star, Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig, so the genre of the untitled series is obviously a comedy. Not only that but it will also be produced by Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine and is created by 30 Rock’s Colleen McGuinness who will be the executive producer and showrunner.
Catch more of what you missed in our last issue here!
Hot Topic: The Witcher pilot script is finished, Mo’Nique calls for Netflix boycott, and a new limited series by Erin Brockovich writer and produced by Katie Couric!
Good news, The Witcher fans! The showrunner and writer of the upcoming Netflix fantasy drama, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has shared on Twitter that the script for the pilot is now complete! The series is based on the books by Andrzej Sapkowski that were previously adapted into the popular video game franchise of the same name that is considered by some as one of the best game series of all time. Will The Witcher replace your Game of Thrones obsession when it ends in 2019?
Mo’Nique has called for a boycott of Netflix after she is offered significantly less than other male and white comedians. She posted a video on Instagram that said, “I was offered a $500,000 deal last week to do a comedy special. However, Amy Schumer was offered $11 million, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle $20 million.” Mo’Nique said Amy Schumer later renegotiated her deal to get $13 million. Mo’Nique says Schumer claimed she shouldn’t get as much as Rock and Chappelle because they’re legends but should get more. In comparison, Mo’Nique was only offered $500,000 for a special. She believes Netflix made this decision based on racial and gender bias. It has gained a lot of attention on social media, including from fellow comedienne Wanda Sykes who was offered less than half what Mo’Nique was offered.
Netflix has given an eight-episode limited series order for Unbelievable, from the writer of Erin Brockovich, Susan Grant! The series is co-written by Grant who will also be the showrunner, and will be produced by Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, and Katie Couric.
Guess Who: Casting for Prince Phillip in The Crown season 3 (or so we thought), and Matt Murdock’s mother in Marvel’s Daredevil revealed!
Season 3 of Netflix’s highly successful and critically acclaimed drama, The Crown, is going into the next life-stage of the Queen Elizabeth II reign, therefore casting new roles. It was already announced Olivia Colman will take over for Claire Foy in the role of The Queen. Next to cast is to take over for Matt Smith as Prince Phillip. It was reported that Paul Bettany was closing the deal to play Prince Phillip, but as of January 25th, that is no longer due to apparent scheduling conflicts. We’ll announce the confirmed casting when we hear it!
One piece of casting news we can tell you is for Matt Murdock’s mom in Daredevil, and the role will be played by Joanne Whalley! If you recall from Marvel’s The Defenders, in the ending one of the nuns is told to “Get Maggie,” when Matt Murdock wakes up. Well, our friends, Maggie was revealed as Murdock’s mom in a huge shock by some! Season 3 of Marvel’s Daredevil will grace your Netflix-enabled devices in 2018.
Interviews: Dylan Minnette teases more flashbacks in 13 Reasons Why season 2, but they won’t be between your favorite duo
Attention 13 Reasons Why fans! Dylan Minnette, who plays Clay Jensen, revealed news about season 2 of the fan-favorite Netflix series. Season 2 will feature flashbacks like the first season, but Minnette told Seventeen that most of them won’t be between Hannah (Katherine Langford) and Clay:
“I think that’s interesting because in season one, whenever there was a flashback, it was either Hannah or Clay’s flashback and either Clay or Hannah or both were always in it. Now, maybe there will be a flashback they’re not in and you can learn more about something else. I thought that was pretty cool.”
The good news though, is that we’ll have the chance to learn more about Hannah’s life in Season 2:
“It would have been weird to end Hannah’s story in season one because we only heard very small tidbits of her life told by her. There’s a whole life that Hannah had, and there’s more we can learn about her. Overall, learning more about her is more important to the entire narrative.”
Coming Soon: Netflix’s Altered Carbon featurette revealed, Full Seven Seconds trailer released, Jessica Jones season 2 photos revealed, plus much more!
If you were scrolling Facebook the past few weeks you likely saw a video from a tech convention and believed human bodies were actually being preserved and that you could choose how you wanted your new body to be. Well in case you haven’t heard, that was actually a promotional marketing idea for Netflix’s upcoming series Altered Carbon. The series will be a 10-episode adaptation of Richard Morgan’s 2002 novel set over 300 years in the future. In this futuristic world, human bodies are interchangeable and death is impermanent. The series premieres in just a few days on Friday, February 2! View the featurette below!
Netflix is on a roll this week for news on their upcoming projects! Netflix announced Castlevania will have an eight-episode second season after a successful first season. The full date has not yet been announced, but it was teased that it will premiere this summer. Netflix has also released the full trailer for the new upcoming anthology crime drama, Seven Seconds, which premieres on Friday, February 23. Among the cast includes Regina King, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Russell Hornsby, Beau Knapp, and Michael Mosley. You can view the trailer below!
Photos for season 2 of Marvel’s Jessica Jones have also been released! You can view them here! The series finally returns to Netflix on March 8 with 13 one-hour episodes!
Finally, Amazon has announced that the second season of its original series, Sneaky Pete, will premiere on Friday, March 9. When the series first premiered on Amazon Prime Video, it was the second most streamed original scripted series on an opening day, according to ComingSoon. And as a bonus, it’s executive produced by Bryan Cranston. You can view the trailer below and let us know what you think!
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