viper club trailer

YouTube may be trailing behind Netflix when it comes to scripted content, but it’s just getting started. Following the success of Cobra Kai, it’s getting into the original movie game. And it’s got Oscar winner Susan Sarandon headlining its first feature film, Viper Club.

Sarandon stars as ER nurse Helen, who tries to gather support for her journalist son (Julian Morris) after he get kidnapped in Syria. And she finds it in the mysterious Sam (Matt Bomer), who heads an an informal network of international journalists, Middle Eastern operatives, and charitable rich people who throw in their support to help her son.

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Have you ever emerged bleary-eyed after going down a YouTube rabbit hole, looked up at the clock, and wondered, “How much time did I just spend watching all of those videos?” Now YouTube is rolling out a new tool that will make it easy for you to answer that question. But prepare yourselves, because you may not like what you discover. Read More »

youtube original shows

The streaming battle continues to heat up, with Netflix continuously churning out more content each month, and Amazon and Hulu trailing not far behind. But YouTube, which was catapulted into the competition thanks to the acclaimed debut of Cobra Kai this year, is about to throw down the gauntlet for 2019.

YouTube is kicking its original content game into high gear, with plans to release a whopping 50 original TV shows in 2019.

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Party Down revival

Ever since its cancellation after two seasons, fans of Party Down have been hoping for a continuation. The show’s creators were writing a movie, but even after revivals of X-Files, Full House, Roseanne, Will & Grace and Arrested Development, there hasn’t been a Party Down revival. Now fans can get a glimpse at a Party Down revival, but will be a joke in the second season of YouTube’s Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television.

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Jordan Peele Nazis

After the success of his Oscar-winning film Get Out, Jordan Peele has gotten some TV deals. He is creating a reboot of The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access, but creating another anthology series for YouTube Premium. Both promise to tell surreal, bizarre, twisty stories, but the Weird City stories will be more connected than standalone Twilight Zones.

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cobra kai season 2

Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content for YouTube, returned to the Television Critics Association after a breakthrough season that saw the renewals of Cobra Kai, Impulse and Step Up: High Water. /Film asked Daniels about the second season of Cobra Kai during her executive sessions, and we may have incepted her to increase the episode order by asking if there would be more than 10 in season two.

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YouTube Origin

If Cobra Kai didn’t convince you to check out YouTube Premium, how about a new science fiction horror series that feels as if Event Horizon and Lost were genetically spliced together? And that Event Horizon comparison isn’t a throwaway reference, either – the first two episodes of Origin were directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the filmmaker behind that 1997 B-movie gem and more than a few Resident Evil movies.

Appropriately, the footage from Origin that was screened at San Diego Comic-Con International looked like Anderson at his best – slick, schlocky, and simultaneously straight-faced and silly. And while it’s leaning heavily on the Lost model for basic structure, there are far worse shows from which to steal. Think of Origin as Lost, but instead of a mysterious island, everyone is trapped on a labyrinthine spaceship filled with things that mean them harm.

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Weird City

Jordan Peele shocked the world with his directorial debut Get Out early last year, and he’s been remarkably busy ever since. His list of active projects has grown to an impressive length, and now he’s adding yet another one to the top of the pile: a show called Weird City, which he calls a “twisted-ass science fiction” anthology series. The show is coming to YouTube Premium next year, and you can read more about it below.
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cobra kai season 2

Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) may have the one who swept Daniel LaRusso’s (Ralph Macchio) leg in The Karate Kid, but John Kreese was the one who told him to do it.

The original Cobra Kai sensei played by Martin Kove was the cruel karate master who preached “no mercy” to the bullies in the Karate Kid series, but perhaps mercy is what we’ll feel toward John Kreese when Cobra Kai season 2 is over.

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On Becoming a God in Central Florida

YouTube is determined to forge their own path with original streaming content, and they just got a big boost. The streaming service has given a 10-episode order to On Becoming a God in Central Florida, a dark comedy starring Kirsten Dunst. The series was originally in development at AMC before landing at YouTube. Look for it on YouTube Premium in 2019.

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