Deadline is reporting that a 20-episode, two-season series of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been ordered by Netflix. In October we reported that the CW was in talks to bring the show to their network. Rumor has it that Netflix made an offer to the producing studio, Warner Bros., that it could not refuse. Given the hot streak Netflix has been on lately with such hits as Stranger Things, Mindhunter and The Punisher, the series could seemingly be another solid addition for both horror and comic fans.
It’s been a good week for unsurprising renewals of popular Netflix shows! Just yesterday, the streaming service announced that its popular new series, Mindhunter will be coming back for Season Two. Fans weren’t very surprised because the show has been so popular that it seemed all but certain that it would be coming back. Frankly, the only thing stranger would be the cancellation of Stranger Things! But now we know for certain that the horror-centric 80s throwback is definitely coming back for Season Three. Netflix took to its official Twitter account to formally announce the show’s renewal: read more
Netflix’s critically acclaimed new series Mindhunter has just been renewed for Season Two! The hot new program- which was created by Joe Penhall and co-produced with episodes directed by the legendary David Fincher among others- instantly clicked with fans of intelligent and suspenseful storytelling. The show stars Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, and it focuses on a critical point in time for the FBI as it entered a transition period in how it began to understand and apprehend the serial killers of the late 1970s. read more
Hot off of this past weekend’s trailer release for “Arkangel,” the upcoming Black Mirror Season Four episode directed by Jodie Foster, Netflix has continued to stoke the flames of hype for the franchise by releasing yet another trailer. This one is for an episode entitled “Crocodile,” and it features performances by Kiran Sonia Sawar, Andrea Riseborough (Bloodline), and Andrew Gower (Outlander). The episode will be directed by John Hillcoat (The Road, Triple 9). read more
“Auteur filmmaking”- a term used to describe movies which are the product of the sole vision of their director- has been used to describe the process and works of such masters of cinema as Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Martin Scorsese since the concept originated in France in the 1940s. The term “auteur” has since been reserved for directors whose approach is so signature and iconic that their works would simply be altogether different had they been directed by anyone else. While the “single-vision” concept has resulted in some of the greatest films of all time, the approach has since taken a back seat to the contemporary “filmmaking by committee” style employed by many major studios (which is why most of the Marvel superhero movies- with some notable exceptions, such as Guardians of the Galaxy– have mostly been directed by newcomers or hired guns with experience in completely different genres, yet they all have the same unmistakable market-tested sense of humor and mind-numbingly unimportant finales). Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that the auteur style is dead entirely. Some contemporary expert directors are currently turning in their best work, and any student of film knows them by name: Denis Villeneuve, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and David Fincher. read more
Only a few short years before the events of Stranger Things, the pop-culture-obsessed kids of Netflix’s hit show were surely tuning in to the iconic Sesame Street. Most would reasonably assume that’s where the connection between the two series stops. However, Sesame Street‘s official Youtube channel has launched a 6-minute parody video over the holiday weekend which samples numerous characters and scenes from Seasons One and Two of Stranger Things! Entitled, “Sesame Street: Sharing Things,” the video features everything from the series’ eerie opening text to a demogorgon-esque Cookie Monster. read more
Netflix has never been shy about putting big names in front of the camera for its popular anthology series, Black Mirror. Last season featured such incredible talent as Bryce Dallas Howard and Mackenzie Davis. When the series returns with Season Four, the streaming network will follow up on its tremendous success by placing a superstar behind the camera this time around! Jodie Foster has directed a new episode entitled “Arkangel,” which features a rather extreme new technological method of parenting. The studio has just released a short promotional clip for Foster’s episode, and it features the tagline, “The key to good parenting is control.” It all goes downhill from there! read more
In the history of comic books, there are some strange coincidences when it comes to timing. Probably two of the most famous examples are the initial similarities between The Doom Patrol and The X-Men and Swamp Thing and The Man-Thing. Both pairs were released very close to each other by DC and Marvel, and they bear more than a passing resemblance to each other, at least on a surface level.
In a similar fashion, when it comes to Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s Image Comics series Paper Girls, comparisons to the Netflix darling Stranger Things are impossible to avoid. Although the first issue of Paper Girls debuted almost nine months before Stranger Things aired, new fans whose first introduction to the series through the trade paperbacks and the new hard cover deluxe edition are sure to see some similarities. read more
As ratings for The Walking Dead continue to plummet, Stranger Things’ second season shows that fans still crave horror programming on television. While Netflix is usually quite secretive about its viewership numbers, Nielsen has released “Live + 3 Day” viewership ratings for all episodes of the new season. According to The Wrap, the results are incredible!
15.8 million viewers watch the series premiere over last weekend. Almost 11 million of those viewers represented the highly-coveted 18-49 age demographic. Here are the viewership statistics for the rest of the season’s episodes during the first three days of availability: read more
Netflix’s wildly popular second season of Stranger Things is finally upon us! Just like the early franchises of the 80s from which it draws its inspiration, the sequel was bound to draw comparisons to its breakout first season. Just like how no one can watch Ghostbusters II without preconceived expectations based on the incredible success of its predecessor, Stranger Things 2 will undoubtedly be judged by what it does with the characters, monsters, set pieces, and motifs it established to such critical acclaim in 2016. The filmmakers seem aware of the blessings and curses of a sequel, cleverly titling the second season “Stranger Things 2” like a proper sequel as opposed to the continuation of a television series. read more