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Netflix had its Q1 investors’ meeting yesterday, and it did not go great. In that first quarter, the streaming service that has been at the vanguard of the industry, lost 200,000 subscribers and projects to lose another 2 million this quarter (!!!). It is the first time the streaming service has lost subscribers in 10 years.
To combat this bleed, Netflix is going to crack down on password sharing about a year from now; and do the unthinkable: add an ad-supported subscription level.
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— Colby Day (@thecolbyday) April 19, 2022
These changes didn’t do a lot to quell investor fears, and the stock price plummeted 35% on opening this morning, losing $50 billion in value. And Elon Musk is out here talking shit. Yep! “Wokeness” is what the problem is and not a sudden ton of competition from other streaming services and inflation pinching people’s wallets.
Anyway. Two other bits of interesting information out of yesterday’s meeting: Bridgerton season two has somehow outpaced Bridgerton season one; The Tinder Swindler is now Netflix’s most-watched documentary.
In other not surprising news, The Kardashians is Hulu’s most-watched premiere.
HERE’S AN IDEA ON HOW TO GET SUBSCRIBERS BACK TO NETFLIX: RENEW MINDHUNTER FOR SEASON THREE.
Black-ish‘s series finale aired last night, and the Johnson family makes a big move. You can read what happened here if you don’t feel like watching. There was supposed to be a B-plot line involving Junior that would have set up his decision to go back to college (which then leads into his joining grown-ish next season) but they had to cut it for time.
OK, this is fun:
Add Jerry West to the list of people who are REALLY UNHAPPY with HBO’s Winning Time. He’s going so far as to demand an apology for his portrayal in the season.
Liza Minnelli’s friend Michael Feinstein claims that she didn’t need to be in a wheelchair at the Oscars, that the producers forced her to use it moments before going on stage. Minnelli reportedly has a bad back and wanted to use a director’s chair, but when the producers changed their minds, it left her “discombobulated,” and seemingly out of it. What a mess.
Ron DeSantis is calling for Florida to repeal Disney’s special district designation at their Walt Disney Resort in Orlando because they exercised their First Amendment rights to criticize his dumb and bad “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Leaving aside this potential legislation is specifically targeting one company for their constitutionally protected viewpoint, if Florida goes through with this, it will actually cost Florida taxpayers millions when they have to fund all the services that Disney is currently paying for. As the saying goes, fuck around and find out, Ron.
Meanwhile, Ted Cruz has lost his goddamned mind:
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slams Disney for opposing Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law:
“In every episode now, they’re gonna have Mickey and Pluto going at it … You can always shift to Cinemax if you want that.” pic.twitter.com/iZX82OiyC2
— The Recount (@therecount) April 19, 2022
Does Cinemax regularly show animal porn?
Wimbledon has banned Russian and Belarusian players from the Grand Slam tennis tournament as a response to the invasion of Ukraine. GOOD. The Russians are calling it “unfair.” CRY MORE.
Ezra Miller has been arrested in Hawaii again. I hope they get the help they clearly need.
H’oh boy. And you know what has me concerned is not just the rise in case numbers — though that’s not great — it’s that the downward trend of hospitalizations is slowing way down. Keep an eye on those numbers, because if they start trending positive again, so will the deaths. I just worry it’s going to be another rough summer.
And just in time for the mask mandate to be lifted on domestic flights! Listen, I agree that we can’t keep the masks on forever. But the abruptness of the judge’s order to lift the mandates — immediately — did not give people (who might be immunocompromised or unvaccinated for health or age reasons) time to plan. People literally ripped their masks off mid-flight when the order came in. That’s not great!
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) April 20, 2022
I'm no scientist, but I suspect that a pandemic doesn't end just because people are sick of it
— David Lazarus (@Davidlaz) April 20, 2022
And COVID is still out there in a big way:
New York City DJ Kay died of COVID.
Barry Manilow had to miss the opening night of a musical he wrote because he was positive. “This just might be the cruelest thing that has ever happened to me: 25 years waiting for this show to premiere in New York and I can’t attend.”
Jenna Bush Hager tested positive last week.
Julianne Hough has tested positive and will miss her Broadway debut in POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive.
Aaron Paul was supposed to make a cameo in the upcoming movie Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, but couldn’t because he tested positive.
And you know what really chaps my hide is that the only reason this virus has become less of a threat is because of the prevalence of the vaccine. So of COURSE these two assholes are out here undermining them:
Joe Rogan and Bill Maher discuss how hard it is to trust the “heath experts” and their propping up of the COVID vaccine given the amount of profit in play. pic.twitter.com/NLP7mYJsop
— Mythinformed MKE (@MythinformedMKE) April 12, 2022
- The Goldbergs has, remarkably, been renewed for a tenth season on ABC. So are they going to kill Murray off?
- Big Mouth has been renewed for a seventh season on Netflix.
- Human Resources has been renewed for a second season on Netflix.
- The Talk has been renewed for a thirteenth season on CBS.
- Ugliest House in America has been renewed for a second season on HGTV.
- Into the Wild Frontier has been renewed for a second season on INSP.
- Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are going to star in a movie about Nike for Amazon.
- Honest Renovations, a home renovations series hosted by Jessica Alba and Lizzy Mathis is coming to Roku.
- J. Miles Dale has signed a multi-year first-look deal with Netflix.
- Don D. Scott has signed an overall deal with CBS Studios.
- Omari Hardwick, Kelly Rowland, and Rome Flynn have joined the cast of Fantasy Football on Paramount+.
- Jacob Tremblay, Gaten Matarazzo, Golshifteh Farahani, Dianne Wiest, Rita Moreno, Chris O’Dowd, Judy Greer, Alan Cumming, Yara Shahidi, Jackie Earle Haley, Mary Kay Place, Leighton Meester, Spence Moore II, Adam Brody, Charlyne Yi, Maggie Lincoln, Jack Smith with Whoopi Goldberg and Ian McShane will voice the Netflix animated film My Father’s Dragon.
- Emily VanCamp will return to The Resident on Fox.
- Anupam Kher will co-star in The Son In Law, the ABC comedy pilot.
- Bianca A. Santos and Cedric Sanders are joining Grey’s Anatomy on ABC.
- Lil Nas X is guest-starring on The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder on Disney+.
- Cris Collinsworth is joining Sunday Night Football on NBC.
- Missy Peregrym is taking a break from FBI on CBS.
- F. Murray Abraham is not returning to Mythic Quest on Apple TV+, but they’re not saying why.
Mark Your Calendars
- Shoresy will premiere on Hulu on May 27.
- Red Table Talk returns on Facebook Watch today.
- Who Killed Sara? will return on Netflix on May 18.
- Ghost Adventures: House Calls will premiere on Discovery+ on May 19.
- Prehistoric Planet will debut on Apple TV+ on May 23.
- A La Carte will premiere on ALLBLK on May 12.
- Origins of Hip Hop will debut on A&E on May 30.
- Welcome to Eden will premiere on Netflix on May 6.
- Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous returns on Netflix on July 21.
- Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror will debut on Netflix on May 18.
- Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Sustainable War will premiere on Netflix on May 9.
- Showtime 1958 will debut on Netflix on May 3.
- The Orville returns on Hulu on June 2.
- The Chi will return on streaming on June 24 and on Showtime on June 26.
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Russian Doll: The wildest (and best) Groundhog Day take is back this time with 100% more time travel. Season premiere. Netflix
The Real World New Orleans: Homecoming: I was living in New Orleans when this season filmed, that’s how old I am. Series premiere. Paramount+
So Criminal It’s Dumb Hosted by Snoop Dogg: Comedians host crime clips and surveillance videos in this new rip-off of The Soup. Series premiere. Peacock
Freddie Mercury: The Final Act: A look back at the end of Freddie Mercury’s life and the tribute concert Queen threw after his death. 7 p.m., The CW
Captive Audience: This documentary explores the true story of the Stayner family: one brother was abducted as a child, and miraculously returned; the other brother led a much darker life. Premiere. Hulu
Betsy & Irv: A woman was raped by a Penn State football player four decades ago, and became a social pariah for speaking out. However, she found support in an unexpected place: another football player on the team told her he believed her and became her protector. Their story is told in this extraordinary documentary now streaming on ESPN+
Here is the trailier for nicole_noren’s beautiful film. The trailer is just a minute long, and yet you can’t miss the light it shines, the light *they* shine: “Betsy & Irv.” End. pic.twitter.com/ZN0hKfk2hd
— Tom Junod (@TomJunod) April 20, 2022
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- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kaley Cuoco, Aasif Mandvi, Amyl and the Sniffers
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Alexander Skarsgård, Jack White
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Pete Holmes, Lucy Boynton, Jay Jurden
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Bayer, Noah Cyrus
- The Daily Show: Gabriel Iglesias
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