ICYMI: Ross Lynch has been cast in Netflix’s Sabrina series and Snapchat is rolling out original programming with James Corden!
Hello and welcome to another edition of Streaming After Dark! In case you missed our last issue, here’s a little of what you missed!
Ross Lynch has been as the male lead in Netflix’s Sabrina series, Harvey Kinkle, opposite Kiernan Shipka. Jeremy Allen White (Shameless), Hong Chau (Downsizing), and Sydney T. Poitier (Chicago P.D.) have been cast in Amazon’s Homecoming!
In other news, Snapchat is rolling out original programming of their own and in its first installment, the social media platform is releasing an original crime documentary, True Crime, and James Corden is releasing a six-episode series for Snapchat’s Discover page.
Hot Topic: Thirteen Reasons Why releases warning ahead of season 2, more stars cast in Amazon’s Homecoming, and AMC is changing its traditional launch strategy with The Terror!
The cast of one of the biggest and most controversial series to come from Netflix last year, Thirteen Reasons Why, has released a warning video ahead of the premiere of season 2. Many people, including parents and mental health experts, have criticized the show for its depiction of issues in graphic detail as well as for the lack of warnings at times. To solve these concerns, Netflix revealed new title cards with advisories for season 1 and on top of that, added a new warning video which will pay before the first episode of every season. The new video features Dylan Minnette (Clay Jensen), Katherine Langford (Hannah Baker), Justin Prentice (Bryce Walker) and Alisha Boe (Jessica Davis) and displays a help link for viewers. You can watch the video below.
Last week, we announced that Jeremy Allen White, Hong Chau, and Sydney T. Poitier have been cast in Amazon’s Homecoming. We can now reveal that Mary Jean-Baptiste, Brooke Bloom, Ayden Mayeri, and Jacob Pitts have also been cast! The series has already been given a two-season straight-to-series order from Amazon. The series is created and directed by Sam Esmail of the hit series Mr. Robot.
AMC is changing its normal launch strategy as part of its new $5 a month streaming service, starting with the launch of the upcoming drama series, The Terror. The entire 10-episode series will be available for AMC Premiere customers when it debuts Monday, March 26 at 9/8c. The company released this statement:
“AMC Premiere was created as a premium expression of AMC for fans of our shows. Providing entire seasons of shows like McMafia and The Terror is one of the ways we are continuing to evolve AMC Premiere and make it even more valuable for fans of AMC programming.”
– Mac McKean (AMC Head of Innovation)
Guess Who: Hulu signs animation deal with the former head of development of Adult Swim and Allison Williams joins in a mystery role in A Series of Unfortunate Events!
Hulu is beginning to push into adult animation and has just signed an animation deal with the former Adult Swim head of development, Nick Weidenfeld. Weidenfeld is behind some popular series from Animation Domination High-Def studios. It seems like Hulu is trying to compete with Netflix’s Bojack Horseman. Hulu has also attempted adult animation with Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker’s The Awesomes.
In another casting deal, Allison Williams has joined the cast of Netflix’s newest hit adapted series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. The Get Out star is currently filming the third and final season and set to also appear in season 2 which premieres March 30th. Her role, however, is a mystery.
Interviews: Netflix took inspiration from Apocalypse Now for its newest teen drama Kiss Me First and Neil Patrick Harris on A Series of Unfortunate Events season 2
The director of Netflix’s upcoming teen drama series Kiss Me First, Misha Manson-Smith, discussed the inspiration he took from the film Apocalypse Now. The series is based on Lottie Moggach’s novel and was created by the co-creator of Skins, Bryan Elsey. Here’s what Manson-Smith had to say about the inspiration behind the series.
“We tracked down the lenses used on Apocalypse Now, of which there are only a handful left in the world. There’s only one set of them in Europe, so we had to get an extra set shipped in from LA in case we broke one. They are really fiddly and slow to work with and so are rarely used, but they have a totally unique, magical, dreamlike quality that we thought would sit well in contrast to the pin sharp animated sequences.”
In other A Series of Unfortunate Events news, Neil Patrick Harris discussed his role in season 2 and everything from his crazy hair and makeup playing Olaf to whether he wants Doogie Howser M.D. to be revived. Here’s what he said about why playing Olaf appeals to him:
“It’s a challenge. I pride myself on being an actor who’s more of a technician than someone who’s more method. I really like being on set filming and getting the prosthetics on and colors and the paints. I like tech rehearsal. I like all of us working together and to make something cool.”
Coming Soon: Trailers and first looks released for Seth Rogen’s stand-up comedy special, Karate Kid spin-off Cobra Kai, Impulse directed by Doug Liman of Bourne Identity and more!
Summer premieres are beginning to be announced which means a ton of new trailers have been released. First, Netflix released the announcement for Seth Rogen’s sixth annual Hilarity for Charity featuring a ton of comedy favorites. The special will include huge comedians and comediennes like Michael Che, Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Sarah Silverman, and Michelle Wolf. Plus, this is the first year the event will be televised! The Hilarity for Charity event will debut to Netflix next month! View the announcement below!
Netflix also released an announcement video for the upcoming post-apocalyptic thriller, The Rain, which has yet to reveal its release date. View the announcement below!
Today is the time for reboots and revivals. If your nostalgia couldn’t be worse, YouTube Red is bringing back The Karate Kid with the original Daniel Larusso, Ralph Macchio! The series, which will be titled Cobra Kai, is set 34 years after the original installment of the franchise which began in 1984. View the official trailer below!
In one final piece of YouTube news, the platform has also released the official teaser trailer for Impulse, an action drama series directed and executive produced by Doug Liman of Bourne Identity. View the teaser trailer below!
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