Love

Netflix presented its new Judd Apatow-produced series Love to the Television Critics Association on Sunday. The show stars Paul Rust (who created the series) and Gillian Jacobs as single people working in the entertainment industry who meet awkwardly and develop a relationship. After the panel Apatow spoke with reporters further, and praised the new television climate that allows shows to blend comedy and drama more commonly. When he was producing network shows, it was much harder.

“When we did Freaks and Geeks, our show seemed crazy to everybody,” Apatow said. “It was just a vibe that didn’t exist on television and as a result, there wasn’t a lot of energy behind making it survive. The same with Undeclared. It was a single-camera show about college but there were no other single-camera shows to put it with because it didn’t exist. It was just us, Bernie Mac and Malcolm in the Middle so I’m glad there’s tons of them now.”

After the jump, Apatow also discusses the freedoms of working with Netflix, the recurring themes in his work, his daughter’s role in Love, and his upcoming pilot for HBO. Read More »

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Fuller House

Netflix presented a panel on Fuller House to the Television Critics Association with returning stars Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber, with creators Jeff Franklin and Bob Boyett. Franklin and Boyett spoke with a roundtable of journalists later in the day about the new incarnation of TGIF classic Full House.

Fuller House embraces the nostalgia with some self-referential humor, including a reference to the Olsen twins and several references to classic Full House episodes. “Who gets to do that?” Franklin said. “Who gets to reference 192 episodes that have been watched over 29 years and have everybody get the jokes? It’s great. It was a lot of fun. There was a lot of stuff I didn’t want to do because we tried not to do that too much, but it was just fun to do those kinds of jokes.”  Read More »

the godfather epic

Last night, HBO aired The Godfather Epic, a 424-minute long version of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II that re-edits both films into chronological order and features footage that isn’t in the theatrical cut of either film. It will air again on January 23, but it’s currently available to stream on HBO Go and HBO Now.

But here’s the thing: you probably shouldn’t watch this version, especially if it’s your first exposure to these movies. This cut is a fascinating curiosity for devoted fans, but it’s also the worst possible way to experience two of the greatest movies ever made.

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LOVE

Now that we’ve met Mickey and Gus, the first full-length Love trailer has arrived to show us what they’re like together. The upcoming Netflix series from Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!) centers on two very different young adults trying, with very mixed results, to navigate the complexities of modern love. Rust himself plays nice guy Gus, and Gillian Jacobs is wild-child Mickey. Watch the new Love trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Could ‘Making a Murderer’ Return for Season 2?

Making a Murderer

After his executive session, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos addressed the popularity of Making a Murderer and the demand for a follow-up or a second season. Given that the series is a true crime documentary, a continuation could take different form. They could wait for further developments in the Steven Avery case, or tackle another true crime story. Sarandos is open to either.

“The story is still unfolding, so we’ll certainly take a look at it,” he said. “It’s just unfolding. Like I said, this was 10 years in the making.”  Read More »

Marvel's Jessica Jones

After announcing a season two pickup for Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Netflix presented a panel with the cast and creators of the show. After her panel, Krysten Ritter spoke with journalists further. When she signed up for the show, there were already plans to join the Netflix Marvel characters in a Defenders series. News of getting her own second season delighted Ritter.

“I love Jessica and I’m so excited to see what happens next for her,” Ritter said. “When I watched the show the weekend it came out with everybody else, I was like, ‘Okay, what’s next?’ Which is kind of what happens with all the Netflix shows. You need more. So I’m excited to see where she goes next and how she handles this next chapter of her life.”

More on season 2 after the jump, including Jessica’s upcoming arc, where Jessica and Luke might meet next, and whether a certain someone will return.

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Matt Groening

As the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama — two of the most beloved animated series of… well, ever — Matt Groening‘s name will always loom large in pop culture. And now he’s preparing to add one more show to his already impressive legacy. Groening is reportedly in talks with Netflix to create a new animated series.  Read More »

‘Fuller House’ Teaser: Welcome Back, Tanners

Fuller House teaser

Who’s ready for a heady dose of ’90s nostalgia? Netflix has debuted a new teaser for its Full House sequel Fuller House, and unlike that last trailer it actually shows the whole gang, not just Comet 2.0. Well, the whole gang minus Michelle, anyway, since both she and her real-life counterparts off enjoying high-powered careers in fashion. Watch it after the jump. Read More »

Miranda Sings

Ten years ago, the sentence “YouTube star to get Netflix series” would have been literally incomprehensible. YouTube was barely a year old, and Netflix was still a DVD-by-mail service. But in the year 2016, it feels like an inevitability. Of course it was only a matter of time before streaming giant Netflix started plucking talent from fellow streaming giant YouTube.

The first YouTube star to also become a Netflix star will be Colleen Ballinger-Evans, better known as her painfully awkward, heavily lipsticked, wannabe star character Miranda Sings. She’ll have a scripted comedy series on Netflix called Haters Back Off, inspired by her popular YouTube videos. Learn more about the Miranda Sings Netflix series after the jump.

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