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To all you Hannibal fans out there (myself included) it seems like nothing but bad news lately, and not to add insult to injury, but I’m about to add insult to injury. To recap, NBC decided to cancel Hannibal about three episodes into its third season, but since Hannibal isn’t a wholly owned product of NBC, and the network merely licensed the internationally-made series to air in the U.S., there was a very good chance that Hannibal could be picked up elsewhere. In fact, show producer Bryan Fuller was absolutely certain of it. Well, those odds got slightly more narrow today as Fuller tweeted that neither Netflix nor Amazon, the two likeliest candidates for a Hannibal reprise, have passed on picking up the show. (more…)

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It’s the worst kept secret that Netflix has changed the game of television, both on the side of the networks and on the side of the viewers. As TV viewers become more acclimated to binge-watching, on-demand, anytime scheduling, the major U.S. networks have scrambled to keep up by phasing out repeats, having year-round schedules of new programs, and, like a recent move by NBC, posting all episodes of a series to stream instantly. Given all that, and the ease and access of Netflix business model, observers are now saying that in just over a year, Netflix will have more viewers than NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox. (more…)

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Despite the recent back and forth about two houses divided under one roof, anything Marvel Studios does, on TV or at the movies, is sure to generate excitement. To wit, some casting news just hit the interwebs concerning the second season of the Marvel/Netflix series Daredevil, and some pretty major casting news at that. Interested in seeing the Man Without Fear in the same room with another marquee Marvel character? Well, in season two of the show, Daredevil will cross paths with Frank Castle, AKA: The Punisher, who will be brought to life by a fan who is no stranger to playing a dark and disturbed comic book character. Walking Dead fans: Jon Bernthal is you’re new Punisher! (more…)

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Just days after the full first season the Man Without Fear debuted on the Netflix, it was received as a bona fide hit, and a second season was immediately ordered. We’ll be seeing more of Matt Murdock and the battle for Hell’s Kitchen.

Charlie Cox will again be playing Daredevil and Vincent D’Onofrio will be back as Wilson “The Kingpin” Fisk. While Deborah Ann Woll and the rest of the primary cast also appear onboard. We’ll also see a new cast of characters and villains. One in particular is making some news today.

You can’t think about Daredevil for too long without thinking of Bullseye. Reportedly, Fast and Furious 7 star Jason Statham is in talks for the role. (more…)

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While Netflix and Hulu offer similar services on a very broad level, one has become a major disruptive force for the entertainment industry while the other has become a bit player. Both offer over-the-top digital streaming of television shows and movies and both create original content, but it’s pretty clear that red (Netflix) dominates over green (Hulu).

Don’t ask me for the numbers, but I think its fairly obvious how and why Netflix leads the streaming pack. They have a greater selection of desirable content. A large portion of their streaming base came over from their DVD subscription service. Most importantly… they don’t run any ads!

Seems the latter is about to change. Before you grab your pitchforks and torches, you should realize it’s not as bad as you may think. (more…)

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Joss Whedon maybe god of the nerd movie universe right now having written and directed The Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he’s not infallible. Last week in a BuzzFeed interview, he talked about his miscalculations in co-creating Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but now he’s pondering whether Marvel made the right call when letting Daredevil go to series on Netflix rather than work to develop a Daredevil feature film. That may come as surprise to all those who a) have been loving Netflix’s Daredevil since it first hit the air several weeks ago, and b) have appreciation for Whedon’s own accomplished TV work. So what is the filmmaker’s justification for wanting Daredevil on the big screen? (more…)