Cobra Kai Creators Interview

The good news was that Cobra Kai season 3 premiered on Netflix earlier than previously annoyed. The bad news was that meant we couldn’t schedule an interview with creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald until the new year. It was a small price to pay for getting Cobra Kai early, especially for the fans who’ve been waiting almost two years since season 2 on YouTube.

Season 3 dealt with the aftermath of the high school battle royale that ended the previous season and left Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) in the hospital. Daniel (Ralph Macchio) went to Okinawa to save his auto dealership and reconnected with some Karate Kid II characters. The Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do kids kept fighting throughout the season, but the season finale set up a new battle for the future. 

Hurwitz, Schlossberg and Heald spoke with /Film by phone this week about season 3 of Cobra Kai and where things might be headed in season 4, which Netflix has already ordered. Cobra Kai seasons 1 through 3 are on Netflix now.

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Cobra Kai flips the script of The Karate Kid by focusing on the protagonist’s rival’s dojo, but The Karate Kid himself is still a major character in the saga. You know the premise by now: years after the events of the movies, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) reopened the notorious Cobra Kai dojo, which brought back painful memories for Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio). Now both men try to teach teenage pupils their distinct forms of karate.

Netflix is premiering the first two seasons of the show, which originally streamed on YouTube Premium. Netflix will be the home of Cobra Kai moving forward, including the upcoming third season next year, but first, the streaming service wants subscribers to be able to catch up with what they might have missed.

The first two seasons are now streaming on Netflix, which gave /Film a chance to speak with Macchio again about some of the moments from the first two seasons he perhaps couldn’t talk about before they aired. During the interview, Macchio also looked ahead a little to the aftermath of that season 2 cliffhanger. Read More »

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/Film has been following the phenomenon of Cobra Kai since it premiered on YouTube Premium in 2018. The continuation of The Karate Kid 30 years later gave Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) a lot more to do, and brought back Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) as a father. Now, there’s a whole new generation of karate kids, some under the misguided leadership of Johnny’s Cobra Kai dojo, and a few under Daniel’s Miyagi-Do.

Netflix has acquired the phenomenon of Cobra Kai. As fans waited for news on when season 3 would premiere on YouTube, Netflix made the announcement this summer that the show was moving to the streaming service. Season 3 debuts in 2021, but the first two seasons are streaming on Netflix right now.

Cobra Kai creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald have spoken to /Film for every season so far, and they gave us more time to talk about the move to Netflix. There are some spoilers for the first two seasons in this conversation since many /Film readers are already obsessed with the show, and there’s a bit of what to expect when the show premieres its new season next year. Read More »

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Snowpiercer finally premiered on May 17 after a very long development. Scott Derrickson directed a pilot for creator Josh Friedman, but TNT asked for revisions, neither returned. Graeme Manson redeveloped the series based on Bong Joon-Ho’s 2013 film, which was itself based on a French graphic novel.

The plot of the series will be familiar to anyone who saw the film. After an experiment to combat global warming inadvertently freezes the earth, the last survivors of humanity live on the Snowpiercer train. It continuously revolves round the earth, with the people inside divided into a caste system, with the wealthy at the front and the poor in the tail. In the series, Snowpiercer engineer Melanie Cavill asks tailee Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs) to help her solve a murder in return for some privileges. 

Manson spoke with /Film by phone this week ahead of the next episode of the series, which airs this Sunday.

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Amazing Stories Showrunner Interview

Apple has resurrected Steven Spielberg’s anthology series Amazing Stories as part of its Apple TV+ streaming service, the first of their shows to be a revival of a pre-existing show. The original series ran from 1985 through 1987 on NBC. Apple’s first season consists of five hour-long stories. 

The first episode of the new series stars Dylan O’Brien as a modern man who travels back in time through the basement of a house he’s restoring. Episode two tells the afterlife tale of a runner (Hailey Kilgore) who gets hit by a car, but stays around to help her friend (E’myri Crutchfield). The newest episode stars Robert Forster as a grandfather who gains super powers from an old toy ring.

Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz serve as showrunners on the new Amazing Stories. Their previous credits include creating and running Once Upon a Time and writing and producing for Lost. Kitsis and Horowitz spoke with /Film by phone this week about Amazing Stories and a little bit about their Beauty and the Beast prequel series for Disney+. New episodes of Amazing Stories premiere Fridays on Apple TV+.

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It’s time for our twice annual interview with Al Jean, showrunner on The Simpsons. Jean is such a reliable attendee to Fox’s Television Critics Association that I now think of questions every week while I watch the show and unleash them when we have a chance to talk.

This batch of questions covers The Simpsons’ inclusion on Disney+, the new Disney ownership, Aquaman Jason Momoa’s voice cameo, and recent episodes, like the return of Artie Ziff and “Thanksgiving of Horror.” The Simpsons airs Sunday nights on Fox. 

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Hunters Showrunner Interview

Al Pacino takes on his first streaming television series in Amazon’s new series Hunters. He plays Meyer Offerman, a Holocaust survivor leading a team of Nazi hunters in 1977 New York. While David Weil created the series, he shares showrunner duties with Nikki Toscano. Toscano comes from shows like 24: Legacy, Shades of Blue, State of Affairs, Revenge and Bates Motel. Jordan Peele’s company Monkeypaw Productions produces Hunters.

Toscano spoke with /Film by phone this week about the show’s stylistic flair, its provocative themes, and the basics of its production. Hunters premieres Friday, February 21 on Amazon. 

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For the last two seasons, Peter Gould has taken over as showrunner on Better Call Saul. While Vince Gilligan wrote and directed El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, his co-creator Gould has handled the origin story of Saul Goodman, from his early days as Jimmy McGill to his future as Gene Takovic in witness protection in Nebraska.

At the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, AMC announced Better Call Saul was renewed for a sixth and final season. Gould and Gilligan also revealed some Breaking Bad characters who would appear on season five of Saul. Consider this as spoiler alert if you’re trying to stay fresh before the new episodes.

After the panel, Gould spoke with /Film about spending more time with Gene, working Breaking Bad characters into the story, and how they’re thinking about ending the series. We even got into some theories about what Jimmy/Saul is doing to Kim Wexler. Better Call Saul returns Sunday, February 23 on AMC.

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The Simpsons Executive Producer Interview

Every Television Critics Association press tour, we catch up with The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean. January’s TCA was no exception, and we’ll bring you that interview soon enough. But this time, Jean brought executive producer Matt Selman with him. 

Disney acquired The Simpsons in its acquisition of 20th Century Fox. Since November 12, every Simpsons episode is available on Disney+. Streaming gave Selman some more ideas to maximize content and he has some ideas about enhanced Simpsons content for Disney+. He also talked about the upcoming Marvel-centric episode featuring voice cameos from major Marvel filmmakers.

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AppleTV+ Launch Date

Apple TV+ presented panels to the Television Critics Association for the first time since its launch on November 1. Two of the shows appearing on the panel shows have already been renewed for a second season before they premiere (just like some of the shows that have already debuted on the streamer), and Apple announced premiere dates for them and a couple other upcoming original series.

Chris Evans, Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Daveed Diggs, Rob McElhenney, and more star in the upcoming Apple TV+ shows Defending Jacob, Central Park, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banqet, and Home Before Dark. And you can find out all about them below. Read More »