28
Aug
2014

The Blacklist

What The Blacklist shows up on Netflix beginning next weekend, make sure you enjoy it. Netflix paid through the nose for you to be able to watch it.

If you thought your favorite TV shows are only supported by the ads you have to sit through, you were very wrong. Those are but a small component of how they make their money. Honestly, the ads barely make each episode break even, if they even get that far. The real money comes from selling the rights internationally, and that’s how some shows end up staying on the air despite low ratings in the U.S. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had a rough first season in the U.S., but it did extremely well overseas, as an example.

Then there is the money from home video sales. It isn’t huge, but it helps.

The real money these days comes from “repurposing.” It’s a fancy word for finding other places to air episodes. Sony Television, the company that produces The Blacklist, just struck a massive deal with Netflix that will see the fan favorite series hit the streaming service for an amazing $2 million per episode. Seeing as there were 23 episodes in the first season, that means Sony just pulled in $46 million dollars off a secondary stream of the series.

How much each episode costs to produce is unknown, but this is sure to recover a lot of the cost.

As Deadline points out, the current per episode champ is CBS’ Elementary at $3 million per episode, but that included both syndication and a deal with Hulu. When The Blacklist goes to sell its syndication rights it is just about guaranteed to become the new champ.

[ Source Deadline ]

27
Aug
2014

Daredevil

Netflix has finally confirmed that its upcoming Marvel shows do indeed exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While it seemed crazy for the upcoming Netflix Marvel shows – Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones – to exist anywhere else, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos has finally confirmed that the shows share a universe with The Avengers. Speaking with Empire Magazine, Sarandos was asked if the shows could cross-over with the films and simply stated, “It has definitely been talked about.”

While not black and white, it seems fairly clear that we could someday see these characters show up in the films, and that is fine by me. Why create a totally different universe when you already have one already so well established?

Sarandos also commented on how the shows will be built and will follow the example set by The Avengers.

It was really based on the theatrical model of The Avengers. Could you take another group of characters, The Defenders, and go about it the same way? Normally they do the big movie and then eventually they get to the group origin story. Having 13 hours to tell each of these stories, you can go right to the origin story and the action at the same time.

And the big one for me, will the Daredevil series be darker than the film? Thankfully it appears so.

The series will not be afraid to go darker than the film did. What we love about this particular set of heroes is that they’re a little more down to Earth. Costume wise and also in that these are gritty crime stories, more in the streets than in the clouds.

Daredevil is currently filming, and I can’t wait to see what Netflix turns out. No release date has been announced as of yet other than some time in 2015.

17
Jul
2014

Deborah Ann Woll

The Netflix Daredevil series has added yet another cast member in the form of Deborah Ann Woll.

It was announced today that Deborah Ann Woll would be joining the Netflix Daredevil series in the role of Karen Page, a long term love interest of Matt Murdock.  Page started off as the secretary for Murdock and Froggy Nelson and eventually became the former’s girlfriend throughout the run of the series.

Woll is best known for her role as Jessica on True Blood, which was easily one of my favorite characters on that series. As a matter of fact, she kept me watching the show long after I had lost interest in the main characters.

No word yet on when the series will launch on Netflix other than the vague time frame of 2015.

11
Jun
2014

Vincent D'Onofrio

The cast for Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil series has added a big villain in the most literal sense.

Marvel announced on Tuesday that Vincent D’Onofrio will be playing Wilson Fisk, also known as The Kingpin. Longtime readers of the comic series, or even those that saw the 2003 film, will know The Kingpin is Daredevil’s arch-nemesis, and the characters inclusion in the series is pretty essential to everything the character is built on.

That being said, can D’Onofrio play the physical size of the Kingpin? He is an outstanding actor, but Kingpin has always been portrayed as physically huge and imposing, so it will be interesting to see what they do here. Either way, I have complete faith in his acting ability.

Daredevil will air on Netflix sometime in 2015.

Vincent D’Onofrio is Wilson Fisk on Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix

Iconic Marvel villain brought to life in new series on Netflix!

Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that acclaimed actor Vincent D’Onofrio has joined “Marvel’s Daredevil,” an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015. Best known for his critically-lauded work in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Men in Black, “Full Metal Jacket” and “Homicide,” D’Onofrio will play Wilson Fisk, a powerful businessman whose interests in the future of Hell’s Kitchen will bring him into conflict with the blind attorney Matt Murdock and his alter ego Daredevil.

D’Onofrio joins Charlie Cox, previously announced as Matt Murdock, in the exciting cast of “Marvel’s Daredevil.”

“We’re incredibly proud to have an actor with the gravitas and versatility of Vincent joining ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ in such an integral role,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “Wilson Fisk is an iconic villain whose cunning and power make him the dangerous equal of our hero.”

“Marvel’s Daredevil” follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus”, “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” in addition to writing the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Daredevil”), along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”).

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

28
May
2014

charlie cox boardwalk empire

It appears as though Charlie Cox will be playing Daredevil in the Netflix adaptation of the comic series.

While Marvel and Netflix have yet to officially confirm the casting of Cox – who is best known for roles in Boardwalk Empire and Stardust – you couldn’t throw a billy club on Tuesday without someone saying it was a done deal. This is the first significant casting for Marvel’s four upcoming series on the streaming video service, and it will also the first of the four announced series to air.

For those unfamiliar with the character, Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer who is gifted with special powers by the same chemicals that took his eye sight. His powers allow him to see the world clearer than any eyes ever could, and he uses those powers to protect the residents of the Hells Kitchen neighborhood of New York City by night.

Just please forget the Ben Affleck movie based on the character if you ever suffered through it.

No word as of yet as to when Daredevil will premiere on Netflix, but I’m certainly looking forward to it.

25
May
2014

Daredevil

Marvel is having a rough weekend with news now that its original showrunner has departed the Daredevil series as it prepares to begin shooting.

Following the news that Edgar Wright has departed Ant-Man, Drew Goddard has departed his role as executive producer, showrunner, writer and director on Marvel’s upcoming Daredevil min-series. Apparently the decision was actually made back in March and will see Goddard going over to work on Sinister Six – a Spider-Man spinoff film – for Sony. Although, with the somewhat lackluster performance of Amazing Spider-Man 2 in the U.S., that project has yet to receive the greenlight.

The reason the news comes to light now is Marvel has announced that Steven S. DeKnight (Buffy, Angel, Spartacus) was taking over the series.

Apparently Joss Whedon’s old team is just completely taking over the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Goddard also worked on both Buffy and Angel.

Seeing as Goddard’s departure actually transpired two months ago, and Wright’s departure was leading to much speculation online this weekend, you would think Marvel may have wanted to hold off on the DeKnight announcement so that it didn’t become part of a slow news weekend. Of course, since Latino Review broke the story before Marvel announced, it may have moved up Marvel’s time table.

While I see a lot of hand wringing going on that Marvel is falling apart, I think it is just a natural shake out as a company grows larger. Marvel is no longer the scrappy upstart, it is now a multi-billion dollar media house, and there are always going to be disagreements over artistic visions. In the case of Goddard, however, I think he may have simply had too much on his plate.

[ Source Marvel ]

8
Nov
2013

Daredevil

On Thursday it was announced that four original Marvel series will be coming to Netflix in 2015, but one has to wonder how they will work into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage will each be receiving 13-episode runs on Netflix and then will join up for a mini-series of The Defenders, a lesser-known superhero team in the Marvel Universe. The four of them make sense for this project as all of them operate out of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, so it isn’t a stretch at all for them to interact with one another.

While this news itself is exciting, I had a lot of thoughts since the announcement of how these series will work their way into the larger tapestry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I have a couple ideas.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

It’s hard to ignore the fact that these series all premiere in 2015, but no one said exactly when in 2015. Could they be arriving after May 1, 2015, the premiere of The Avengers: Age of Ultron? The reason this intrigues me is there could be either a cameo by the characters, or just an off handed comment about, “There are more heroes appearing every day, the world is becoming a crowded place.” There are a lot of ways this could play out that would allow Marvel to use what is sure to be a huge film to launch these series. It’s definitely a way to bring these characters to the attention of a lot of people.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

If Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is still on the air come 2015, it would be easy to have one episode where the agents investigate reports of vigilantes running rampant in Hell’s Kitchen. Normally this would be a taboo as they will be airing on different “networks,” but Netflix is not a network, and as Disney owns ABC and Marvel, it would only be helping itself to allow the reference to happen.

Phase 3

After The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be kicking off with Ant-Man. What comes after that in this phase has not been announced as of yet, but lets say one of these shows is a breakout hit, could one of them turn into a film? This, of all the theories, seems the most unlikely to me as Marvel has said they plan the films six years in advance, but what if they could show up as a supporting character? Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) has appeared in Iron Man 2, The Avengers and the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, could one of these characters move into that position, or possibly even a rotation of them? I don’t think that is the craziest of ideas.

Avengers 3

A lot of theories have been floating around that the third Avengers film will deal with the Infinity Gauntlet storyline. Should this come to be, to really communicate the gravity of the situation, Marvel is going to need a far larger roster of heroes to work with than it currently has. To me, this is the most logical location for The Defenders to show up. “We need more firepower!” “I know a few people we can call.” Done and dusted and these heroes come in and join the fight.

These are all just speculation at this point, but it feels like this whole scenario is a set up to a larger plan. Bringing in television versions of the characters will allow Marvel to build its overall Cinematic Universe that much faster. They have so far stuck to a plan of two films a year, but if they can get a few extra characters introduced each year via deals such as this, it will be a quick way to populate the world they live in. If I had any complaint about the first Avengers film was it felt like it happened in a vacuum. I know the larger Marvel Universe, and this just felt tiny to me as I know what lurks at the borders of these films.

So color me excited for this all to come together, and I can’t wait to see where this goes.

3
Feb
2013

Arrested Development season 4 photo

You have to realize you have a “problem” when a lone photo from the fourth season fo Arrested Development is enough to get you excited.

To date there have been some on-location images taken by press services, and the actors have tweeted a couple pictures here or there, but there has been no official images from the fourth season of Arrested Development that has been produced for Netflix. For now it appears the episodes will debut this May, but there has been no word on exactly how many episodes there will be yet as apparently series creator Mitch Hurtwitz ended up with more material than he anticipated.

What can we tell from this image? Who the heck knows. Apparently Tobias (David Cross) has injured himself somehow, while Gob (Will Arnett) and Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) don’t seem particularly interested… and that is the way things should be.

Yes, this one lone image tells me: A) Lucille’s (Jessica Walter) condo looks exactly as it did in the first three seasons, and B) the Bluths appear to have not become better people. Thank goodness.

If you still haven’t gotten on the Arrested Development train, now is the time to do so. At least you won’t have to suffer through the cancellation like the original fans did, nor wait years for new stories. How else will you ever know why I sometimes like to walk out of a room and yell, without warning, “Steve Holt!”

9
Aug
2012

Arrested Development day 1 filming - 1:Photo via PacificCoastNews.com

It has officially begun: Arrested Development has resumed filming.

As was reported the other day, filming on the new season of Arrested Development was set to begin this week, but it still seems surreal this is happening.  There is no word on the premise of what photographers captured being filmed beyond it was taking place at an airport and it appears that Tobias (David Cross) and Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) Fünke may be returning from a trip somewhere.  Jason Bateman was seen on set, but no images showed up of what he was doing in the scene.  (Although I get the sense the University of Phoenix shirt he is clearly wearing under his dress shirt has to play into a joke somehow.)

There has still been no confirmed premiere date for these episodes beyond sometime in 2013 on Netflix.  The day can’t come soon enough.

7
Aug
2012

Arrested Development - banner

The impossible is set to happen today as Arrested Development is going to begin filming ned episodes today for Netflix.

Cancelled in 2006 by Fox, fans have tried everything they can to get at least one more little taste of Arrested Development.  There has been talk time and time again of a movie, but nothing ever seemed to be actually taking shape.  Then late last year the truly shocking happened: Netflix said new Arrested Development episode would be released in 2013.

Netflix agreed to a 10 episode season which would allow the series to make a bridge to the eventual feature film.  While this was exciting, it still seemed like the impossible was happening and that things could go wrong at any moment.

Then we move forward a couple of weeks and find images of a script, and actual sets being built of location from the original series.  Things are just getting so real with the resurrection of this cult series that seems that it feels like a dream.

And, then we learn not everything is sealed.  Despite every cast member saying they were ready to come back, it seems that in this 11th hour that not all of the contracts are signed just yet.  Deadline is reporting that it is expected that all nine main cast members will be back, but I’ll believe it when I see it for sure.  Should they all come back, the line-up will be:

  • Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth
  • Portia de Rossi as Lindsay Bluth Fünke
  • Will Arnett as George ‘Gob’ Bluth II
  • Michael Cera as George-Michael Bluth
  • Alia Shawkat as Mae “Maeby” Fünke
  • Tony Hale as Byron “Buster” Bluth
  • David Cross as Tobias Fünke
  • Jeffrey Tambor as George Bluth Sr.
  • Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth

As the cherry on top to all of this, apparently there is already talk of additional seasons on Netflix should this first one perform well.  Seeing the rabid nature of fans of this show, I’m pretty positive that the company shall see an upswing in subscriptions when it announces the release date for the  first new adventures of the Bluth family in seven years.

[via Deadline]

31
Jan
2012

arrested developmentIf everything goes according to the most recent plans, Arrested Development won’t feel like it’s missed a moment since its cancellation.

Series writer Dean Lorey took to his blog this weekend with some very welcome news about the return of Arrested Development:

We’re really doing this thing. Mitch Hurwitz, Jim Vallely and I are off writing the new season of ARRESTED to premiere on Netflix in 2013. The original cast is back. There are offices and parking spaces. We’re shooting this year. I wish I could give more specifics but, for the moment, even the schedule is being kept under wraps. But it’s happening and it’s great to be back with my pals from the show. More later as it becomes okay to release further details…

If this is true, and there’s no reason to think it isn’t, that means we can expect:

  • Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth
  • Portia de Rossi as Lindsay Bluth Fünke
  • Will Arnett as George ‘Gob’ Bluth II
  • Michael Cera as George-Michael Bluth
  • Alia Shawkat as Mae “Maeby” Fünke
  • Tony Hale as Byron “Buster” Bluth
  • David Cross as Tobias Fünke
  • Jeffrey Tambor as George Bluth Sr.
  • Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth

As regular readers of this blog know, I can hardly wait for these new episodes and the follow-up movie. As a matter of fact, I can’t tell you how many people were firing variations of this link off to me through out the day on Monday. (Credit to Jon Rettinger for being the first) With each additional piece of information, it’s looking more and more like this is really happening, and that just continues to amaze me. We haven’t seen new episodes since 2006, and the idea that all of these people coming back together after this long is just a testament in my mind to how special this show was to everyone involved, and that should tell you part of what the fans see in it as well.

19
Nov
2011

arrested developmentApparently the rumors were true and Arrested Development really is coming back to TV … via Netflix.

Last month it was rumored that new Arrested Development episodes were coming, but after so many false starts on the movie, it was hard to put in faith in this report.  Luckily I was very, very wrong this time.

Netflix announced yesterday that it had struck a deal with Twentieth Century Fox and Imagine TV for new episodes of the cult series to air exclusively on its Watch Instantly service.  The new season is scheduled to air in early 2013, and while the movie wasn’t mentioned, this fits in with the previous rumor, so that too may still be on the table.

By the time this airs it will have been nearly seven years since the series was canceled, and anyone who remembers the show knows we were left with several cliffhangers.  As the two youngest actors have aged – Michael Cera as George Michael and Alia Shawkat as Maeby – one has to suspect they will have to say at least some time has passed, and they will probably just tell us the resolutions to those cliffhangers in flashbacks where they can avoid showing those two.

Of course, this is all assuming that the entire original cast returns, but that seems pretty likely as all of them, with the exception of Cera, have been saying for years they would come back at a moments notice.  (Cera has softened as of late, but that’s what happens when your movie career has become a bad joke.)

With such a long break in production it is natural to wonder if they will be able to capture the same magic they had for the three seasons they were on, but I’m fairly confident that they can.  Because, just like there was always money in the Banana Stand, there will also be a million jokes you can do about the Bluths.