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Netflix, House of Cards will return after all

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The on again, off again saga of Netflix series House of Cards post Kevin Spacey allegations takes another move forward this week with the streaming network announcing that it will in fact be continuing production in 2018 on the sixth and final season of the political drama. Without Kevin Spacey.

The series will now focus on Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright, as she attempts to become president of the United States. There will be just 8 episodes instead of the usual 13 but it will at least give the show’s large fan base a proper sense of closure. No word yet on how Spacey will be written out of the series or how much needs to be re-edited or re-shot (production on the season was already well under way when the scandal broke) but Spacey’s character President Frank Underwood has suffered ill-health and an assassination attempt so don’t be surprised to see the season open with his funeral.

Netflix’s chief content officerTed Sarandos made the announcement of the show’s return at UBS’s Global Media and Communications Conference in New York saying “we are really excited about being able to bring some closure for the fans.”

House of Cards is a Media Rights Capital series for Netflix.

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Golden Globes 2018 nominations announced, HBO lead the way

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The 75th Annual Golden Globe(R) Awards Nominees have been announced and on the TV front it’s once again Pay TV and Streaming leading the way. HBO top the board with 12 nominations and their show Big Little Lies tops the list at 6 individual nominations including Best Limited Series, Best actress in a limited series and best supporting actress in a limited series. FX also scored big with 4 nominations for Feud: Betty and Joan and 3 for Fargo. Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale also scored three nominations. Netflix meanwhile managed two Best TV series nominations, one for Stranger Things and one for The Crown.

The full run down of TV nominations is below.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
a. THE CROWN NETFLIX Left Bank Pictures / Sony Pictures Television
b. GAME OF THRONES HBO HBO Entertainment / Bighead, Littlehead / Television 360 / Startling Television
c. THE HANDMAID’S TALE HULU MGM
d. STRANGER THINGS NETFLIX Netflix
e. THIS IS US NBC 20thCentury Fox Television

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
a. CAITRIONA BALFE OUTLANDER
b. CLAIRE FOY THE CROWN
c. MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL THE DEUCE
d. KATHERINE LANGFORD 13 REASONS WHY
e. ELISABETH MOSS THE HANDMAID’S TALE

Caitriona Balfe in Outlander

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
a. JASON BATEMAN OZARK
b. STERLING K. BROWN THIS IS US
c. FREDDIE HIGHMORE THE GOOD DOCTOR
d. BOB ODENKIRK BETTER CALL SAUL
e. LIEV SCHREIBER RAY DONOVAN

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
a. BLACK-ISH ABC ABC Studios
b. THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL AMAZON Amazon Studios
c. MASTER OF NONE NETFLIX Universal Television / Oh Brudder Productions / Alan Yang Productions / Fremulon Productions / 3 Arts Entertainment
d. SMILF SHOWTIME ABC Signature Studios / SupahSmaht, Inc / Quantity Entertainment / Groundswell Productions
e. WILL & GRACE NBC Universal Television

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
a. PAMELA ADLON BETTER THINGS
b. ALISON BRIE GLOW
c. RACHEL BROSNAHAN THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
d. ISSA RAE INSECURE
e. FRANKIE SHAW SMILF

Glow Netflix 2017

Netflix comedy GLOW

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
a. ANTHONY ANDERSON BLACK-ISH
b. AZIZ ANSARI MASTER OF NONE
c. KEVIN BACON I LOVE DICK
d. WILLIAM H. MACY SHAMELESS
e. ERIC MCCORMACK WILL & GRACE

BEST TELEVISION LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. BIG LITTLE LIES HBO HBO Entertainment / David E. Kelly Productions / Pacific Standard / Blossom Films
b. FARGO FX MGM Television / FX Productions
c. FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN FX Fox 21 Television Studios
d. THE SINNER USA NETWORK Universal Cable Productions
e. TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL SUNDANCETV SeeSaw Films

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. JESSICA BIEL THE SINNER
b. NICOLE KIDMAN BIG LITTLE LIES
c. JESSICA LANGE FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
d. SUSAN SARANDON FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
e. REESE WITHERSPOON BIG LITTLE LIES

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. ROBERT DE NIRO THE WIZARD OF LIES
b. JUDE LAW THE YOUNG POPE
c. KYLE MACLACHLAN TWIN PEAKS
d. EWAN MCGREGOR FARGO
e. GEOFFREY RUSH GENIUS

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. LAURA DERN BIG LITTLE LIES
b. ANN DOWD THE HANDMAID’S TALE
c. CHRISSY METZ THIS IS US
d. MICHELLE PFEIFFER THE WIZARD OF LIES
e. SHAILENE WOODLEY BIG LITTLE LIES

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
a. DAVID HARBOUR STRANGER THINGS
b. ALFRED MOLINA FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
c. CHRISTIAN SLATER MR. ROBOT
d. ALEXANDER SKARSGARD BIG LITTLE LIES
e. DAVID THEWLIS FARGO

Feud: Bette and Joan – Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis, Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford. CR: Kurt Iswarienko/FX.

NOMINATIONS BY TELEVISION NETWORK

TELEVISION NETWORK NOMINATIONS
HBO 12
Netflix 9
FX 8
NBC 5
Showtime 5
ABC 3
Amazon 3
Hulu 3
USA Network 3
AMC 1
National Geographic 1
Starz 1
SundanceTV 1

NOMINATIONS BY TELEVISION SERIES OR PROGRAM

TELEVISION SERIES OR PROGRAM NOMINATIONS
Big Little Lies 6
Feud: Bette and Joan 4
Fargo 3
The Handmaid’s Tale 3
This Is Us 3
black-ish 2
The Crown 2
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 2
Master of None 2
The Sinner 2
SMILF 2
Stranger Things 2
Will & Grace 2
The Wizard of Lies 2
13 Reasons Why 1
Better Call Saul 1
Better Things 1
The Deuce 1
Game of Thrones 1
Genius 1
GLOW 1
The Good Doctor 1
I Love Dick 1
Insecure 1
Mr. Robot 1
Outlander 1
Ozark 1
Ray Donovan 1
Shameless 1
Top Of The Lake: China Girl 1
Twin Peaks 1
The Young Pope 1

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Netflix in 2017, Bingeworthy or to Savor… the list in in

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Netflix have just revealed their list of shows that were deemed worthy of devouring in a binge or savoring in smaller bites.

From Netflix… What a difference a year makes. We learned how to launder money (Ozark) and profile serial killers (MINDHUNTER). That life is better with wrestling (GLOW) and just as crazy without Pablo (Narcos). And once again, that Eleven is not to be messed with (Stranger Things). The only thing we didn’t learn… who drew the dicks (American Vandal).

2017 brought a lot of learning and also, A LOT of watching. Netflix members around the world watched more than 140 million hours per day (that’s a little more one billion hours per week in case you were wondering). The most popular of which fell on Sunday, January 1 – one day in and we already needed a comfort binge.

Even Antarctica got in on the watching action, where someone (a penguin) binged through Shameless (talk about Netflix and chill). Not to be outdone, Mexico takes the top spot for having the most members to watch Netflix every-single-day (#goals).

The one we’re still scratching our heads about, the person who watched Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 365 days in a row (streamin’ me timbers?). An impressive feat, especially as the average member watched around 60 movies on Netflix this year.

There’s much to say about what we watched, but how we watched was also intriguing. Though bingeing was standard in 2017, not all series were enjoyed in the same way – there were those we devoured, those we savored, those we cheated on, and those that brought us together…

The Keepers Netflix 2017

The Keepers was a Netflix show worth binging on in 2017.

The Shows We Devoured in 2017

We took an escape from reality in 2017 by devouring (watching more than two hours per day) sci-fi series likes of 3%, Travelers and The OA. The question of ‘whodunit’ (and didn’t do it) in The Keepers and The Confession Tapes also had us watching with might.

American Vandal
3%
13 Reasons Why
Anne with an E
Riverdale
Ingobernable
Travelers
The Keepers
The OA
The Confession Tapes

Ozark Netflix

Ozark – Definitely one to be savored.

The Shows We Savored in 2017

We needed a laugh this year and found that solace by savoring (watching less than two hours per day) shows like Atypical, GLOW, Dear White People and Big Mouth. We also took care to enjoy the splendor of The Crown (it is a visual feast fit for a queen after all).

The Crown
Big Mouth
Neo Yokio
A Series of Unfortunate Events
GLOW
Friends from College
Ozark
Atypical
Dear White People
Disjointed

The Shows That Got Us Cheating in 2017

We couldn’t resist the thrill of a thrill and shamelessly watched ahead of our significant others on Narcos, Ozark, Black Mirror and more (don’t tell Marty).

Narcos
13 Reasons Why
Stranger Things
Orange is the New Black
Sense8
Black Mirror
Marvel’s The Defenders
Marvel’s Iron Fist
Ozark
MINDHUNTER

The Shows That Brought Us Together in 2017

Whether for the adventure, Chief Hopper or bromance (#DadSteve), Netflix members ranked Stranger Things as the top show to watch together as a family. Nostalgia also scored top points for family watching via Star Trek: Discovery, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and Fuller House.

Stranger Things
13 Reasons Why
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Star Trek Discovery
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Riverdale
Fuller House
Chef’s Table
Atypical
Anne with E

Netflix in 2017

Methodology:

1 Popularity based on the average daily viewing hours per member between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017

2/3 Series viewed less than two hours per day were identified as ‘savored.’ Series viewed more than two hours per day were identified as ‘devoured.’ Data was inclusive of new show launches of Netflix originals from November 1, 2016 – November 1, 2017 only. Additional information on the Netflix Binge Scale here.

4 Based on more than 60,000 survey responses from Netflix members between October 24-30, 2017. The sample is representative of an adult population who watch TV shows as a couple in 32 countries. The survey included new show or new season launches of Netflix originals from November 1, 2016 – November 1, 2017 only.

5 Based on more than 60,000 survey responses from Netflix members between October 24-30, 2017. The sample is representative of an adult population who watch TV shows with their family in 32 countries. The survey included new show or new season launches of Netflix originals from November 1, 2016 – November 1, 2017 only.

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HBO, Soderbergh’s Mosaic with Sharon Stone Premieres 22 Jan 2018

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Mosaic, the six part limited series from Steven Soderbergh and starring Sharon Stone will premiere on HBO on 22 January 2018. It will air over five consecutive evenings.

The thriller, written by Ed Solomon and directed by Soderbergh, is set gainst the backdrop of a mountain resort town, MOSAIC follows popular children’s book author and illustrator Olivia Lake (Sharon Stone), whose literary success makes her a local celebrity in the tight-knit community. At the annual fundraiser, where she is accompanied by trusted friend and confidante JC (Paul Reubens), she sets her sights on a handsome, young newcomer in town, aspiring graphic artist Joel Hurley (Garrett Hedlund). Encouraged by the doting and flirtatious Olivia, he accepts her offer for a place to stay and work, but the unexpected arrival of Joel’s girlfriend, Laura (Maya Kazan), sends Olivia into a jealous tailspin.

Olivia subsequently has a chance meeting with charming stranger Eric Neill (Frederick Weller), another new arrival in town, whose duplicitous intentions to sweep her off her feet for financial gain have an unexpected outcome.

When Olivia disappears on New Year’s Day, leaving behind a blood-soaked studio, Mosaic becomes an intricate whodunit, and it is up to detective Nate Henry (Devin Ratray) and Eric’s sister, Petra (Jennifer Ferrin), to unravel the mystery.

There is an interesting backstory to Mosaic, which was actually filmed late 2015-2016, in that in November 2017, it was featured as the first narrative piece on PodOp’s newly unveiled interactive, mobile storytelling app, developed by Soderbergh, Silver and their partners. Through the dedicated app, viewers can choose from which point of view to follow the story and, in effect, build their own experience from the material created and curated by Soderbergh and Solomon.

Besides Stone the cast Garrett Hedlund, Frederick Weller, Jennifer Ferrin, Beau Bridges, Paul Reubens, Michael Cerveris and Devin Ratray.

Mosaic was filmed in Park City, Utah and is executive produced by Casey Silver (“Godless,” “The Forbidden Kingdom”) and Michael Polaire (“Logan Lucky,” CINEMAX’s “The Knick”). Adrian Sack is co-executive producer.

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