Netflix has often touted a show's viewership based on how many households watch at least two minutes. During Vox Media’s Code Conference on Monday, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos unveiled a new metric for ranking TV series: total hours viewed. By that metric, Bridgerton is (again) the No. 1 show with 625 million hours viewed. “We’re trying to be more transparent with the market and talent and everybody,” Sarandos said. “It’s a big black box for everybody.” The Top 10 list also includes Money Heist (619 million hours viewed for Part 4, 426 million for Part 3), Stranger Things (582 million for Season 3, 427 million for Season 2), The Witcher (541 million), 13 Reasons Why (496 million for Season 2, 476 million for Season 1), You (457 million for Season 2) and Ginny & Georgia (381 million). "Netflix previously touted Bridgerton as being viewed by 82 million member accounts (the company counts two minutes of watching as a view)," explains The Hollywood Reporter's Rick Porter. "Dividing 625 million hours of watch time by 82 million accounts equals about 7 hours and 37 minutes of viewing per account — nearly the entire 8 hour, 10 minute running time for the eight-episode season. Similarly, The Witcher‘s 541 million hours of viewing spread across the 76 million member accounts who watched at least two minutes equates to about 7 hours and 7 minutes per account. The series’ first season has a run time of 7 hours and 58 minutes, again suggesting that a large number of subscribers stuck with the whole season. Stranger Things 3, meanwhile, had a higher average viewing time (8 hours, 41 minutes) than its full running time (7 hours, 29 minutes), based on 67 million member accounts consuming 582 million hours of the season. That implies some users completed the season and then rewatched some portion of it within four weeks." Meanwhile, Sarandos said Korean survival drama Squid Game is on pace to become Netflix's No. 1 show 10 days after its premiere. “We did not see that coming, in terms of its global popularity,” Sarandos said.
The untitled spinoff is set at America’s only college exclusively for young-adult superheroes, described as an "irreverent, R-rated series that explores the lives of hormonal, competitive superheroes as they put their physical, sexual and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities." As part of the pickup, former Agent Carter executive producers Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters will take over showrunning duties from Craig Rosenberg, who departed the drama following creative differences with Amazon and producers Sony Pictures TV.
"Man, Beck Bennett leaving SNL is legit the most surprising cast exit I could imagine this year," says TV critic Liz Shannon Miller. "(Admittedly this is because I never even considered the possibility.) He's such a solid utility player, it's actually a real shame." NBC News correspondent Morgan Chesky tweeted: "Beck Bennett became a force on @nbcsnl. Versatile, solid straight man, who always brought the laughs. Gonna miss him, but excited to see the new cast." College football reporter Chris Vannini added: "Beck Bennett was the most underrated SNL cast member in years. He never had a bad skit and made every performance better. Always reliable and funny. That’s a big loss."
In a profile by Vulture's Matt Zoller Seitz -- who has chronicled The Sopranos since its launch, when he wrote for Tony Soprano's newspaper, the Newark Star-Ledger -- Chase acknowledges the monumental nature of his achievement while constantly reminding us — and himself — that monuments crumble. “In the end,” says Chase, “nothing stands the test of time. Not art, not film, not music. TV seems to have a shorter shelf life than some other art forms. Of course The Sopranos will be forgotten, because eventually everything will be, including you and me.” Seitz adds: "Even as David has worked diligently behind the scenes to try to get different sorts of projects into the pipeline, it seems like he has made peace with the fact that The Sopranos was the big one, the first-line-in-the-obituary work, the Citizen Kane of TV, add your own superlatives here, and, inevitably, a hothouse of critical and scholarly analysis (including the book I co-wrote with Alan Sepinwall, The Sopranos Sessions) and a fandom as belligerent as anything surrounding Marvel, DC, or Star Wars....But any expectation that David would have industry carte blanche after the end of The Sopranos disappeared once the streaming revolution came, shifting the media spotlight away from anti-hero-driven stories set in some version of reality and recentering it on unscripted dramas, competition shows, and blockbuster documentary series; epics like Game of Thrones and The Crown, where the sheer hugeness of the production was part of the appeal; and shows that celebrated compassion and kindness, like Parks and Recreation, Schitt’s Creek, and Ted Lasso." As Chase puts it: “I read an article the other day about Ted Lasso. It basically went, ‘Thank you, Ted Lasso, for relieving us of all these scumbags!’ wanted to say, ‘I wasn’t the one making you watch those other shows, the ones with all the scumbags! You did that to yourself!’"
Ghavami, a veteran of So You Think You Can Dance, is one of two new pros for Dancing Season 30, making her first appearance in the season premiere. Ghavami will dance with Rigsby for the next two shows following Burke's positive COVID test.
Freeridge will follow a new crew of friends from where On My Block is set, who may or may not have unleashed a deadly curse kicking off an unforgettable adventure. On My Block creators Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft are reteaming for Freeridge, which they created with Jamie Uyeshiro and Jamie Dooner. “Some of the greatest comments we’ve heard about On My Block were from fans telling us that they felt seen and represented,” Uyeshiro, Gonzalez and Haft said in a statement. “As we embark on Freeridge, a more female-driven show, we will continue to invest in authentic characters that represent our passionate audience… Oh, and there may be gnomies.”
Jurors in Brooklyn federal court deliberated for a little more than a day before voting to convict the 54-year-old Kelly on all nine counts he faced following the 5-1/2 week trial that was bolstered by Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly.
Showrunner Alexi Hawley wouldn't go into details about the third cast exit in just over three seasons, while the departing Rookie star hasn't spoken out on social media and in interviews. ALSO: It's absurd that The Rookie sending newly minted LAPD officers to Guatemala.
Amurri will recur on the Fox country music drama as a younger version of Sarandon’s character, country music star Dottie Cantrell Roman.
"Regardless of what some fans think of his quirky answering style, he’s already done something far more important in the immediate sense as he continues to cruise through Season 38 of Jeopardy!: make everyone focus on the games, not the drama around the show’s disastrous search for a new host," says Ryan Nagelhout of Amodio, who joined Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer in the million-dollar earnings club last Friday. "Aside from Amodio’s brilliance, recent news about the show has been nothing short of exhausting. Mike Richards was a bad pick to replace Alex Trebek, may have rigged the search that landed on him in the first place, and made decision-makers at Sony look bad for thinking his extensive baggage wouldn’t matter to the show’s biggest fans. Every other person seemingly in the running has had a bad news cycle or two, to boot. Even the groundswell of support for a guest host like LeVar Burton got tiring. It didn’t help that, for a variety of reasons, he simply wasn’t very good at the job. Burton knew it and said it himself, but it didn’t seem to matter to those crusading for him to get a job he now has repeatedly said he doesn’t want." As Trebek has said repeatedly, the contestants are the true stars of Jeopardy! -- not the host. "The loss of that guidance has been notable since Trebek’s death in November but so, too, is the obvious change in what’s become important when watching the show," says Nagelhout. "Turning the end of last season into a proverbial bake-off made what the hosts were doing on stage much more important than how contestants played or who could survive wave after wave of hosting change. It absolutely impacted the game, too."
Elena Goode and Zakiya Young will also play mothers in the HBO Max present-day spinoff of Pretty Little Liars.
"It's been brought to my attention that 25 years ago today Sept 27, 1996 our show first aired on ABC for 7 seasons," Hart wrote on Instagram. "The little engine that could we called it since it was in the shadows of the largely anticipated show #Clueless but it persevered and we got to steal @reddonovan to come over to our fun cast. Tons of talented guest stars, musical acts and magic tv tricks over the years. Full of friendships and crazy memories, it was an incredible ride to be sure! Thanks for the love and support to help us do what we love to do, make people smile!! Happy #SabrinatheTeenageWitch Day!" ALSO: Sabrina the Teenage Witch creator Nell Scovell reflects on the impact having female leadership had on her show.
"A hush has settled in at the network" following Ross' New York Times opinion piece last Friday revealing that Cuomo grabbed her buttock during a going-away party in 2005, says Erik Wemple. Cuomo apologized at the time and issued the following statement: "As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in nature. It happened 16 years ago in a public setting when she was a top executive at ABC. I apologized to her then, and I meant it.” Wemple adds: "It looks as if CNN is going to leave the matter there. Thus far, the network’s PR operation has yet to issue a statement about how the company views the matter. On his Friday night program, Cuomo himself didn’t mention the story. Nor did host Brian Stelter on the Sunday media show Reliable Sources. (The Reliable Sources newsletter — a joint venture of Stelter and CNN’s Oliver Darcy — did cover the controversy.) So maybe Cuomo & Co. are going to ride this one out."
"The lifestyle choices are always going to give you more danger," 50 Cent said of his new Starz series, based on a real 1980s crime drug-trafficking syndicate. "It's going to give you entertainment and energy. If those lifestyle choices weren't there, it would still be a family drama."
With Rachel Maddow reportedly exiting MSNBC's primetime lineup early next year, Jones appears to be re-examining the mission of the left-leaning cable news network's mission, signaling she wants to battle CNN on breaking news rather than focus on its “personality-driven, opinion programming with big stars,” a source tells the New York Post.
A source tells Page Six the couple have broken up "for good this time" after failing to agree on some major issues, like which state to live in and how soon to start having kids.
Although a catchy, chart-topping single, Justin Simien notes that “Bye Bye Bye” is also “white people singing R&B, which is totally culturally appropriative." But "as a Black person, it’s just one of those guilty faves. It’s one of those problematic faves," Simien adds. “We went through a lot of possible options there, and we kept coming back to ‘Bye Bye Bye,'” co-showrunner Jaclyn Moore says of the Dear White People team’s relentless lobbying to use the 'NSYNC song. “We kept being like, ‘Justin, what about now? We’ve gone through a lot of other choices.’” Ultimately, the show used an edgier version of the song that gave it a different feel.
The New York Post's Andrew Marchand reports Stephen A. Smith and Michael Wilbon are the top candidates to replace him. Williams' exit comes months after NBA Countdown host Maria Taylor left the show and the network for NBC Sports.
Check out the four posters, including one of Kendall Roy staring down his father Logan.
The heartwarming Good Timing with Jo Firestone follows the comedian as she preps 16 seniors to perform in their first standup show. The special premieres Oct. 15.
Bennett is exiting Saturday Night Live along with Lauren Holt, a featured player who joined last season, ahead of this week's Season 47 premiere. The rest of the cast will return, including Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Pete Davidson. As expected, Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman have been promoted to the regular cast after two seasons. "Love you, SNL. Gonna miss you so much," Bennett, who joined as a featured player in 2013, wrote on Instagram accompanied by behind-the-scenes photos. "Thank you for 8 years of remarkable people and incredible experiences. that completely changed my life I had so much fun." Bennett famously portrayed Sen. Mitch McConnell, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, former Vice President Mike Pence and Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Joining the Season 47 cast are three new featured players: comedian and Silicon Valley vet Aristotle Athari, a member of Hasan Minaj’s sketch group Goatface; comic and actor James Austin Johnson, an impressionist known for his viral Donald Trump impression; and writer and actress Sarah Sherman, who goes by the online name Sarah Squirm, who has already tackled the pandemic in a "The Sarah Vaccine" sketch for Means TV. As was the case last year, SNL will allow some cast members to take time off to work on other projects.
A “from-the-ground-up reboot” of the 1990s Emmy-winning space opera is in development at The CW. "Written by Straczynski, the reboot revolves around John Sheridan (played by Bruce Boxleitner in the original series), an Earthforce officer with a mysterious background, who is assigned to Babylon 5, a five-mile-long space station in neutral space, a port of call for travelers, smugglers, corporate explorers and alien diplomats at a time of uneasy peace and the constant threat of war," according to Deadline. "His arrival triggers a destiny beyond anything he could have imagined, as an exploratory Earth company accidentally triggers a conflict with a civilization a million years ahead of us, putting Sheridan and the rest of the B5 crew in the line of fire as the last, best hope for the survival of the human race." Babylon 5 premiered in 1994 after the pilot movie aired a year earlier in 1993, ending in 1998 after five seasons. Straczynski won over a dozen awards for his work on the series, including two Hugo Awards, the Saturn Award, the Space Frontier Foundation Award, and the Ray Bradbury Award. Babylon 5 spawned the spinoff Crusade and several movies. Straczynski, who co-created Sense8 with The Wachowskis, was recently in the news when he pitched himself on Twitter to become the new Doctor Who showrunner -- a job that last week went to former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies.
Since Friday's episode, it has been determined through extensive testing that Hostin and Navarro had false positives when they were pulled from the show live on Friday, before Vice President Kamala Harris was set to appear on the show. On today's show, executive producer Brian Teta apologized for the way the situation was handled. “I really want to acknowledge, and apologize to Sunny and Ana, because in the midst of all this chaos, they were put in this position where they had this information put out on television and then, to make it even worse, it turned out not to be true later on,” Teta said, according to The Wrap. “So it was unfortunate that mistakes were made.” Teta added that the circumstances in the moment were just so “unbelievable” that the immediate reaction was to act quickly and directly. “In that moment, all I could think of was that we had to keep the hosts safe, and we had to keep the vice president safe. She could not walk out, no matter what,” Teta said. “And that led to some really awkward television that I’d like to have back, if I could.” Meanwhile, Hostin teared up on air as she described the fallout from the false positive test and its impact on her family. “There were real-life ramifications when things like that happen," said Hostin. "My husband is a surgeon, he was in the operating room and had to be pulled out of the operating room, because God forbid he’s operating on someone and he’s Covid positive. My child’s school had to be notified, and she had to be pulled out. My parents had to be rushed to be tested and my son was notified at school as well.”
The Veep alums will co-host Second in Command: A Veep Rewatch Podcast, which will be available on podcast platforms and YouTube starting Oct. 12. Each weekly episode will tackle an episode of Veep and reveal exclusive stories from filming, play trivia, answer fan questions, talk with political commentators about the show’s often absurd politics and more.
Bailey, who joined the Bravo reality show with Season 3 in 2010, wrote on Instagram: "After much thought and consideration, I have made the very difficult and heartfelt decision not to return for the next season of Real Housewives of Atlanta. Thank you NBC Universal, Bravo, and Truly Original for over a decade of partnership. I can’t wait to see what we do next! Thank you to my Real Housewives of Atlanta castmates for eleven of the most unbelievable years of my life; and the most incredible & UNFORGETTABLE memories! am so grateful to have had this amazing journey, and I am anxiously waiting to embark on new adventures. Most importantly, THANK YOU to my fans! I could not have done it without your blessings, love, and support. Without the fans, none of this would be possible. I love and appreciate all of you. It’s time to move on to my next chapter, and I look forward to sharing it with all of you. See you guys soon!"
Hornsby joins previously announced series lead Trevante Rhodes, who will play Tyson.
In a series of tweets, Lakshmi pushed back on the idea of a boycott of the Lone Star State. To one Twitter user, Lakshmi tweeted: "to reiterate- the abortion funds, civil rights groups, restaurant owners & workers I’m working with in TX don’t support a boycott. This is their daily, lived experience. I value their position on it far more than the opinions of (Texas Gov.) Abbott/GOP or Twitter contrarians."
The Fallen Angels Book Club, a series of two films arriving in 2022, marks Braxton's return to Lifetime after she executive produced and starred in 2016’s Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart and 2018’s Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story and Every Day is Christmas.
The Girlfriends, Being Mary Jane and The Game creator's adaptation of Blume’s YA romance novel revolves around two Black high schoolers in Los Angeles navigate first love and intimacy amidst social and parental pressures.
Sunday night's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver included a compilation of the ESPN star making dramatic pauses during his various shows.
Check out the first look at the Bridgerton family welcoming the Sharma family.
The Italian music group helped put together the new version with the dog Blue, Blue’s Clues & You star Josh Dela Cruz and former Blue’s Clues hosts Donovan Patton and Steve Burns.
Netflix has ordered a second season of the steamy Sarah Shahi-led drama four months after its May 25 premiere. The streaming service says 67 million households watched at least two minutes of Sex/Life during its first four weeks of release, resulting in the third largest audience for an original Netflix series after the first seasons of Bridgerton and The Witcher. Shahi and co-stars Mike Vogel, Adam Demos and Margaret Odette are set to return. “Sex/Life is a dream come true,” said creator Stacy Rukeyser in a statement. “To create a show about empowered female sexuality that has entranced so many millions of viewers is not only immensely fun but also incredibly gratifying. When I think about all the women who have reached out from all over the world to say that the show speaks to them in a deeply personal way, I am so inspired. I’m thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to continue telling this story for Billie, and for all of us.” Watch Sex/Life's renewal announcement. ALSO: Netflix revealed 20 million users replayed Sex/Life's notorious NSFW scene at least once.
The Dancing pro announced the news via Instagram and said she tested positive despite being fully vaccinated, adding that was concerned about her dance partner Cody Rigsby. Burke must quarantine for 10 days. "The PCR test came back, and it came back positive," she said through tears in an emotional video. "I feel so bad for Cody. I feel like I'm letting him down. I just feel like sh*t, to be quite honest. And it's so overwhelming because it's Sunday, and the show's tomorrow."
The first look at Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey in character as father and daughter looks exactly like the PlayStation video game.
Navarro shared on Saturday that since she and Sunny Hostin were pulled live on air Friday, she took three more COVID tests and they all came back negative.
The show business union International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which is seeking a new contract, says that Apple claimed its streaming service had less than 20 million. That allows Apple to pay production crew lower rates than streamers with more than 20 million subscriptions, says a spokeperson for IATSE.
"Splitting the traditional three hours into four and somehow coming up with the right math, Tony organizers, Paramount+ and CBS presented a two-hour livestreamed 74th Annual Tony Awards and, immediately following, the two-hour broadcast concert special The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!," says Greg Evans. "The approach worked remarkably well. The no-nonsense presentation of award announcements and acceptance speeches was followed by a lively special that impressively showcased contemporary Broadway musicals on their home turfs and classic reunions that felt fresh and welcome. Perhaps best of all, both portions of the evening were emceed by hosts who avoided entirely the tired combination of snark, smarm and insider smirk that has been de rigueur on the Oscars and Emmys for more than a decade now. Audra McDonald hosted the awards portion with elegance and charm, while Leslie Odom Jr. handled the CBS special with a likability and panache that was perfectly suited to Broadway’s homecoming."
Letterman appeared in person at this morning's Nets Media Day, identifying himself as "Dave from Basketball Digest." Durant responded to his question with: "My first name is Kevin with a K, and my last name is Durant with a D." “Y’all just let anyone in here," said Durant.
Coogan said the decision to portray Savile -- a BBC TV personality and Top of the Pops host who died in 2011 before his widespread pedophilia emerged -- was not one he “took lightly” but the series had “an intelligent script tackling sensitively an horrific story which – however harrowing – needs to be told." Many people on social media have condemned the new drama, arguing that it exploits Savile’s hundreds of victims. “Could go my whole life without seeing a drama series on this,” tweeted one Twitter user. “Given the Savile victims were vulnerable children & I have no doubt this still affects them now also probably many who didn’t speak out, who needs to see this misery.” Another wrote: “Here’s a mad thought. Maybe the world doesn’t need a Jimmy Savile biopic? Maybe we could just respect the victims and stop talking about the rotten old f***er?”
The BBC host will helm Queen of the Universe, Eurovision-style reality competition that will have drag queens putting their real singing voices to the test with no lip-syncing. Queen of the Universe is from RuPaul's Drag Race producer World of Wonder.
“So, it’s taken me a little while to process what I think about the latest episode of Ted Lasso. I’m a massive fan of the show, and I was just completely blown away with what they did with that song,” the pop star said in a video posted to Twitter. “I have to say, to Hannah Waddingham — Emmy award winning Hannah Waddingham — you did an amazing, incredible job.”
Fox slightly lowered its score bug near the bottom of its screen between its early and late games on Sunday, presumably to discourage RedZone Channel viewership. So the RedZone Channel responded with its own scorebug.
“Attention YouTube TV Customers,” began the banner, which ran roughly every 10 minutes during last night's Sunday Night Football game, making YouTube subscribers aware of their carriage dispute. The banner lists over a dozen channels that could disappear if a deal isn’t reached by the end of September.
Rekha Sharma and Kate Vernon have been cast in the second season of her Netflix sci-fi space series.
The Last Week Tonight host likened border patrol agents in Texas riding on horseback whipping Haitians seeking asylum last week to the controversial hiring and firing of Mike Richards Jeopardy! "It’s not great when our process for deciding who gets released and who gets expelled is as haphazard as the process in finding the new host of Jeopardy!," said Oliver. "And, by the way, great job so far, guys. You dodged giving that dude the job permanently and now we’ve got somebody absolutely free of controversy, Mayim Bialik. A person I think is great cos I don’t have Google.”
Weiss actually returned to filming his History Channel reality show with a surprise grand entrance in March.
Rush Propst, 63, who stars in the recently released Netflix reality show, told AL.com via text that his condition was “not good” and he was “too weak” to type. He is receiving oxygen but is not on a ventilator.
The Darren Aronofsky-produced National Geographic docuseries will follow Smith on an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime adventure around the world. Welcome to Earth premieres in December.
The streaming service devoted the last part of its inaugural TUDUM: A Netflix Global Fan Event for The Witcher news. In addition to announcing the fantasy series' Season 3 renewal three months ahead of its Season 2 premiere on Dec. 17, Netflix also revealed that a second anime feature film, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, as well as a new kids and families series are in the works. Netflix also shared two clips from Season 2. One featured a look at Kristofer Hivju’s monstrous character Nivellen and the other focused on Ciri, played by Freya Allan. Netflix also dropped a The Witcher: Blood Origin set tour featurette and a Road to Season 2 trailer.
The renewal of the British teen dramedy, announced at Netflix's TUDUM event, comes one week after the Season 3 premiere.
“All of a sudden it turned into an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm," Navarro told Anderson Cooper of being ushered off stage live on air while Vice President Kamala Harris was in the wings, adding it was a “very awkward moment.” The positive tests resulted in Harris making her appearance remotely.
Showrunner Kerry Ehrin tells The Hollywood Reporter the focus on Mitch Kessler in this week's Episode 2 fit with their pandemic filming. “What happens to a Mitch Kessler?” adds Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show star and executive producer. “There’s such varying degrees of unthinkable and unforgivable actions. But, what is it that happens? Do they just disappear off into the ether? Do they never get a job again? Is there room for redemption? Is there room for self-reflection and forgiveness? Are these inherently evil people?”
Imelda Staunton, the Netflix series' third Queen Elizabeth II, announced the premiere month in a video message as part of Netflix's TUDUM event. The announcement means The Crown won't be in contention for next year's Emmys after this week's Emmy Awards domination.
Check out the chemistry between Simone Ashley's Kate Sharma and Jonathan Bailey's Anthony Bridgerton in the second season of Bridgerton, premiering in 2022.
Watch the first trailer for the Neil Gaiman adaptation.
The Netflix live-action adaptation also revealed four new photos promoting its Nov. 19 premiere as part of today's TUDUM presentation.
Watch the video announcing that Season 2 of the Emmy-nominated comedy will arrive on Dec. 22.
Netflix announced that Season 4 will premiere on Dec. 31.
The streamer also announced that the fourth and final season will be split in two parts when it premieres in 2022.
The Vikings spinoff, set 100 years after the original series after the original series and arriving in 2022, stars Sam Corlett as famed explorer Leif Eriksson.
Watch the Date Announcement trailer for the return of the Netflix pandemic hit.
The animated series from the creators of League of Legends premieres Nov. 6.
The long-awaited fourth season will premiere in 2022.