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Series Renewals and Cancellations in 2018

Truly we live in the golden age of television! With so many streaming services, renowned TV channels, and free options, Television producers and providers are vying for the hottest and best programming around. Unfortunately, this also means that some of our favorites will be going off the air next year in preparation for new shows. There were both bad and good surprises this year as networks and services announced just what we’d be seeing on our assortment of screens next season. Below we’ll take a look at just a few of the series’ we’ll be saying goodbye to, as well as some upcoming gems.

Three separate Marvel affiliated Netflix series’ recently announced they would be producing subsequent seasons. DareDevil will be going into season three on the digital streaming service, as will Jessica Jones, and the newest of the three, The Punisher, will be seeing a second season. Three of Netflix’s other series’ also recently announced new seasons as well. Orange is the New Black will be going into its seventh season, while the adult animated comedy Bo Jack Horseman will be going into its fifth. Netflix has also signed on for a third installment of Stranger Things, unsurprising due to the shows incredible popularity, though we may not be seeing it until 2019 according to a few reports floating around online.

On the other side of the net, Hulu are remaining quiet on their continuing series’, though it is greatly speculated Marvel’s Runaways, and sci-fi comedy Futureman will be seeing a second season. Seth MacFarlane led The Orville will be seeing a second season on Fox, while Cartoon Network mainstay Adventure Time will be ending after season nine. In other surprising endings and cancellations, neither Netflix’s The Get Down or ABC’s Tim Allen led The Last Man Standing will be receiving further seasons. For a full listing of what will be coming to screens in 2018, as well as those beloved series’ getting the ax, check out: http://collider.com/cancelled-and-renewed-tv-shows/

Punisher Season Two Is A Go At Netflix

The Punisher clearly was a big hit for Netflix. Fans know this because season two has already been announced. Season one only first aired a few short weeks ago. The newest live-action version of the anti-hero debuted in Daredevil season two. Clearly, the vigilante can carry a season all on his own. Jon Bernthal truly deserves a lot of credit for bringing the fourth version of Frank Castle to life.

Three previous films saw only one version, the 2004 feature with Thomas Jane, receive any real acclaim. Bernthal’s version may actually lead fans to see him as the definitive Punisher and Jane as the star of a one-off appearance in a campy cult film.

Ironically, the series was never even supposed to happen. The Punisher played a subordinate role in Daredevil. Likely, The Punisher was planned for cameo and secondary roles in other Netflix programs starring another character.

Bernthal’s performance proved so memorable that a spinoff series was greenlighted. This broke the previous rule that Netflix would only air two Marvel series per year. While the reviews were not entirely strong, The Punisher was far better received than Iron Fist. The Punisher probably ranks with The Defenders in terms of audience reaction. Overall, the reception was positive and fans clamor for more. Admittedly though, the critical reception didn’t reach the levels of Daredevil season one.

The second season of The Punisher may not arrive for quite some time. New seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist are all slated to go into production. The sophomore season of The Punisher would likely need to follow these shows.

Netflix’s The Punisher Confirmed for Season 2!

Marvel’s most violent vigilante exploded onto the screen in Netflix’s The Punisher this past November in thirteen action packed installments. After picking up preceding the events of DareDevil season two, the Punisher’s first season explored the fallout of Frank Castle’s initial revenge scheme, and the discoveries that old friends may have been involved with the murder of his family, and the attempted murder of Frank himself. In concluding season 1, Frank finds himself at an impasse having made new enemies, completed his initial plan, and trying to find a new light within himself. However, with Netflix’s announcement today that The Punisher season 2 will be in production soon, it seems the onscreen struggle of Frank Castle may not come to an end with the closing credits of season 1.

Season 1 of The Punisher opened with Frank having abandoned The Punisher identity after seemingly having had his revenge throughout DareDevil season 2. However, as any good Punisher fan knows, the battle of crime and punishment is never one that ends easy for Frank Castle. When reports surface that a black budget program Frank was a part of in Afghanistan while serving in the Marine Corps may have been the catalyst behind the murder of his family, Frank teams up with an ex-C.I.A. hacker by the name of Micro to find the men responsible. Unfortunately for Frank, his hunt leads him back to the squadron of men he served beside, and a few he considered bothers in arms.

Fans of the series will quickly note the likely rise of Jigsaw, a popular Punisher villain, who was seemingly in the making in the last episodes of season 1. Jigsaw could become a prominent opponent in season 2, and may even be the cause of Frank re-donning the Punisher skull once again. No word as to the release date of season 2 has been made available yet, but for further information as it is made available, and for watching the first season of The Punisher visit: https://www.netflix.com/title/80117498.

New Game of Thrones Season Seven Trailer Revealed

The new Game of Thrones season seven trailer is very ominous, to say the least. It starts out with a paranoid Cersei Lannister who, now in control of the King’s Landing as queen of the seven kingdoms, is musing about the impending battles with the enemies that wish to challenge her throne. This is coupled with very dramatic music and a montage of the enemies as she lists them: Greyworm and the Unsullied army, a ship (possibly the Ironborn), a person cleaning a sword (possibly Dornish), and Arya Stark riding a horse alone in Northern attire.

 

Arya Stark’s appearance in this scene is most interesting because we know that Cersei is on her list, and it implies that Arya is returning to Westeros to come after her. With Arya’s new training from the House of Black and White, she will definitely be a threat to Cersei’s rule. Will Cersei be able to respond to all these invaders, or will she end up like the Mad King?

 

We then see Cersei commanding her army from atop the Iron Throne, with Jaime Lannister at her side in the King’s Guard; this is juxtaposed with their brother Tyrion commanding the Khaleesi’s dragons, and Daenerys sitting atop (what appears to be) the Dragonstone Throne. Daenerys is making a fiery speech, similar to the one Cersei made previously, “I was born to rule the seven kingdoms… and I will.” Shortly after this, Unsullied are seen clashing with Cersei’s army in King’s Landing. The Dothraki also make an appearance later on, swarming across a flat land killing members of Cersei’s army, dragons in tow.

 

There is then a shift in focus to the North: Jon Snow in Winterfell, Sansa Stark with Littlefinger, Wildlings running from an unseen threat, Arya huddling for warmth around a small fire, and even a cameo by Theon Greyjoy and the Red Woman. The video is finished by Jon Snow saying, eerily, “The Great War… is here.”

Rio Olympics 2016 Reaches High Ratings Because Of Phelps

The 2016 RIO Olympics have reached an immensely high set of ratings as countless athletes from across the globe gathered together in tough but still friendly competition. The true grit behind this entire event and their ratings is the fact that Michael Phelps took over the entire Olympic Games winning Gold in his first four swimming events. The event was merely his goodbye to the sport, and it was a surefire way to get millions of people to tune in to see this miracle swimmer take the podium and the pool once more.

The Saturday-night coverage on NBC rose from the night and week before. It was driven by the most decorated Olympic, Michael Phelps and his remaining events. Reaching a 16.4 overnight rating among households. More than 24 million viewers tuned in. The countless amount of people who watched Michael Phelps and his teammates take home Gold at the Team Relay Finals is what showcased even more of the growth in the ratings. Jumping into different events has been great because the traffic has helped other sports get more notoriety, but there has been a huge focus mainly on swimming and gymnastics, alongside diving and water polo.

The recent days of the Olympics coverage has reached more than 28 million viewers. The entire event is consistently racking up both views and high ratings among all ages because the competitions are reaching people from all avenues. Phelps is known for his impressive body that makes it perfect for swimming fast and going quick in the water. The entire Olympic event has almost been focused on his work, and it’s proving to be a high stake for what is getting the event more views.

Nightly Show Cancellation Raises the Wrong Questions

Comedy Central has announced that The Nightly Show starring Larry Wilmore has been canceled. The show is one of a number of comedic spinoffs of The Daily Show. The Daily Show has quite a track record for creating new stars and has launched the careers of Stephen Colbert, Ed Helms, Steve Carrell and others.

The Nightly Show focused on the black perspective in America. Many people said that it was an important show as it shined a light on the African American experience in the United States. And yet, it averaged just 700,000 viewers per week. That’s far less than The Daily Show, even though that show is struggling mightily under new host Trevor Noah.

There was a bit of an outcry over the cancellation. This reminds me of another recent moment in our culture, when people took to the internet to complain about how there are no Black Widow action figures in the Avengers toy line. Every male from Iron Man to Hawkeye was there.

It was explained by Marvel and toy executives that they don’t make Black Widow action figures because female action figures don’t sell. This provoked outrage and a storm on social media. The company quickly relented and began making Black Widow figures.

In both cases, people are claiming that they want something, but then when it is offered they don’t actually take it. Clearly many of the people complaining about the cancellation of The Nightly Show didn’t watch it. Black Widow action figures are, in fact, the lowest-selling figures in the line. Action figures are primarily bought by boys. Clearly, there aren’t that many girls interested in buying the Black Widow.

It is nice to feel the need to be inclusive and to consider others. But to harangue a business for simply not wanting to lose money on something doesn’t feel right. They shouldn’t be punished for simply adhering to reality.

To me, the question people should be wondering about is why nobody watched The Nightly Show rather than complaining that it got cancelled. For me, I didn’t watch the show because I just don’t think Larry Wilmore is funny. He is likeable and he can be amusing, but I don’t think he is suited for the host role.

Obviously, other people had similar feelings. That is not Comedy Central’s fault.

Netflix announced as the international host for new Star Trek series

After signing a licensing agreement with CBS Studios Intl., Netflix has been officially recognized as the host for the new Star Trek series. This new installment in the Star Trek series will be available for viewing in 188 countries, and Netflix will be the exclusive platform for viewers to tune in and watch it.

the Netflix arrangement doesn’t extend to viewers in Canada and United States, in which Bell Media and CBS, respectively, hold the rights to airing the series. All episodes of the series will be made globally available within a day of the premier in the United States. Viewers in the United States will be able to view the premier episode on the CBS television network, and following the premier, all subsequent episodes will be made available via digital subscription on CBS All Access.

In Canada, Bell Media will have the premier episode aired simultaneously with the United States release. Bell Media has licensed every episode in the Star Trek series TV library to date.

Production in Toronto for the new series is expected to begin in September, with the premier scheduled for January 2016. The 2017 premier will be series’ first return to television broadcasting since the year 2005. addition to the brand new series, episodes of the previous series will all be made available on Netflix by the end of 2016.

‘Stranger Things’ and the Influence of Steven Spielberg

The new Netflix binge-watch ‘Stranger Things’ is attracting quite a bit of attention. People from all walks of life are raving about the series, including people such as Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro.

The show stars Winona Rider and clearly draws influence from Steven Spielberg films of the 1980’s. The plot is quiet and simple. A boy has gone missing and a group of friends set out to try to solve the mystery. The kids are quite like the Goonies or the children from E.T. The show involves a number of sci-fi elements, including strange creatures and psychic powers.

There has been a steady trickle of Spielberg tributes over the past decade but frankly, you’d think we would be seeing more. Some may think this to be blasphemous, but let’s face it: Steven Spielberg is probably the greatest film director of all time.

His movies have been both commercial and critical successes. Some of his movies, like Jurassic Park and E.T. are classics that defined childhood for entire generations.

Films like Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan are simply great films that are universally lauded. They hold up jut as well today as they did when they were released.

J.J. Abrams paid homage to Spielberg with Super 8, but he is one of the few to do so. Perhaps the hesitancy comes from the fact that few people could do what Spielberg does. It could be that they simply appreciate him from afar rather than try to simulate his work.

America’s Got Talent Reaches An All Time High After July 4th Weekend

America’s Got Talent is the most well respected talent show on television today. Known for discovering singers like Bianca Ryan and magic acts like Collins Key, the show is known for creating massive amounts of viral hits on YouTube. The show recently hit an all time high on Tuesday night’s show on July 5,2016. After the holiday weekend, the series rose to becoming the highest-rated episode of the season and also celebrated the most-watched episode ever since the show premiered. With more than 12.6 million people tuning in, they dominated the 8 to 10 p.m. section. It’s one of the highest rated showing in years, and they witnessed a growth of more than 10 percent in their ratings.

The CBS and ABC channels were the only channels to air originals after the weekend. Shows like Zero Movement, Uncle Buck, and To Tell The Truth aired episodes. The channels all fought over who would gain the attention and views. Millions of people watch the episode of Simon Cowell nonchalantly being intensely honest to people.

America’s Got Talent has been on the air since 2011 receiving respectable reviews for finding new raw talent every single year and broadening the opportunities of performers in all disciplines outside of just dancing and singing. Actors, entertainers, magicians, puppeteers, and performers from all sorts of entertainment have gone on to America’s Got Talent to showcase their skill and performances. The show continues to dazzle audiences year after year, alongside inspiring up and coming performers to audition for the show.

Collection Company Takes a Hit

The recent numbers from the Nielsen’s rating system have TV analysts concerned that big time network television is collapsing. The four major television networks are NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox. The data collected from the 2014-2015 television season would suggest that ABC, NBC, and CBS are almost tied for first place. The major network Fox, was a close fourth with only about a hundred thousand viewer difference from the rest of the networks. Analysts have concluded that this information is prime example of why television and its rating system is collapsing. People are no longer only able to view shows through one mode. Cell phones, tablets, iPods, laptops, and everything in between can stream shows whenever viewers feels like it. Unfortunately, the streamed shows don’t go into the recorded data that the Nielsen Company collects. Only television shows watched during prime time are recorded. Unfortunately, some people are requesting that Nielsen ratings stop recording television viewership data. The company report their findings every year but without being able to collect data from suggested streaming services, the numbers for networks can be incredibly wrong. The Nielsen Company was also under heavy fire in recent years when it was reported that some of their numbers were fudged to give CBS a moderate lead in the major network line up. Alexei Beltyukov (adweek.com) has learned that the company has expressed their desire to continue recording data. The Nielsen rating system is a staple in American culture and American TV. The company has also noted that they plan on fine tuning their data collection for streaming services and will continue to provide quality service to television viewers and companies.