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Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
Bosch characters all have analogues with the cops on Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Harry Bosch is Jake Peralta!
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Friday Night Lights is now on Hulu
Hulu's announcement that it has acquired all 76 episodes of the acclaimed NBC series comes two weeks after Amazon announced that it too had picked up Friday Night Lights.
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
Amazon orders a remake of Britain's Utopia from Gillian Flynn
The Gone Girl author will serve a showrunner for Utopia, which HBO originally ordered to series four years ago before running into problems. The original Utopia aired on Britain's Channel 4 in 2013 and 2014. It is described as a show about "a group of young adults who meet online and are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization."
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
Westworld creators to adapt futuristic drama series The Peripheral for Amazon
Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan's next project will involve William Gibson's book about a woman in the future who discovers a very different reality. Gibson is credited with coining the word "cyberspace" and he's considered a pioneer in the cyberpunk sci-fi genre.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Presenting the Bosch-themed "Dating Me' Bingo game
Here's a bingo card for those obsessed with the Amazon procedural.
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
In Season 4, Bosch is even more of a procedural crime-solving show
"The unhurried pace of Bosch can sometimes slow to a crawl, the writing can be workmanlike and the secondary story lines involving Bosch’s family or Los Angeles politics can be thin," Mike Hale says of the Titus Welliver-led Amazon series. "But when it errs, it errs on the side of literalness rather than falseness, of plainness rather than pretension. The show doesn’t require patience so much as relaxation. Surrender to its hard-boiled charms, and it will treat you right."
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Why Amazon's Lord of the Rings prequel won't be the next Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin's epic saga has three important ingredients that have made the HBO series a hit: suspense, humor and sex. As Johnny Oleksinski points out, the Lord of the Rings prequel will likely be without two of those ingredients, the humor and sex. "Lord of the Rings, as its critical acclaim and Best Picture Oscar will attest, is brilliant," he says. "But remember that it was written by an Oxford-educated linguistics professor, not a late-night comic. While it has its provincial charms — like those of The Great British Bake Off— it’s just not very funny. The Hobbit director Peter Jackson tried to inject some gags into that 2012 film, and fell flat on his face in the process. There are no delectably witty characters like GoT's Tyrion, Olenna or The Hound. Samwell Tarley is a hell of a lot funnier than Samwise Gamgee. As for sex, that first Middle Earth story, The Hobbit, was actually told to Tolkien’s young children as a bedtime story."
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 3:02PM EDT
Check out Amazon's new Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
Amazon Kids and Dreamworks have teamed for a remake of the classic cartoon. The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, produced by the original series co-creator Jay Ward's daughter Tiffany Ward, premieres on May 11. It stars Tara Strong as the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel and Brad Norman as Bullwinkle J. Moose.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:23PM EDT
Why Amazon should drop plans for The Dark Tower TV series
Last year's Dark Tower film starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey was such a mess that it could harm the potential TV series based on the Stephen King book series.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
Is Amazon about to order The Dark Tower to series?
Amazon says it has "no news" to report on the potential dark fantasy series based on the Stephen King book series, but the project showrunner Glen Mazzara and an Amazon executive were caught tweeting about The Dark Tower over the weekend.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 7:15PM EDT
Unsolved Mysteries' old episodes on Amazon now come with updates on old mysteries
The modern updates can serve as comfort for fans hoping for a reboot of the the Robert Stack-hosted true-crime series.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Amazon is in talks to make a Muammar Gadaffi TV series
Sandstorm would tell the story of the late Libyan dictator, who seized power in a coup at age 29 and ruled the East African country for decades until he was murdered by his own people in 2011. Bloodline's Carter Harris is set to write the series with Clash director Mohamed Diab set to direct. According to Deadline, "the aim of Sandstorm is to tell the sprawling life story Gaddafi and Libya’s evolution under his reign, in the style that fact-based drama Narcos did to Pablo Escobar. Gaddafi rose from being the penniless son of an illiterate Bedouin goat herder to the young leader of Libya after King Idris was deposed in a bloodless coup. Among the many things he did was rearrange the relationship that oil rich Middle Eastern countries held with global petroleum corporations, often antagonizing his Saudi Arabian and Iranian neighbors."
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
HBO boss says "money is obviously very nice, but it doesn’t automatically mean quality" when asked about Amazon's Lord of the Rings prequel
Asked about reports that Amazon is spending $1 billion on its Lord of the Rings series, HBO programming boss Casey Bloys says it's imperative not to focus on money. "We’ve got to stay focused on our goal, which is curating excellent content — not ignoring the outside world because you can’t but also trying not to get too distracted by Amazon has this money or Apple has that money. Money is obviously very nice but it doesn't automatically mean quality. It's very hard to curate content, and it matters how you engage with talent and how you treat them. And it's the game we've been playing for a long time."
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Mozart in the Jungle canceled at Amazon after four seasons
New Amazon boss Jennifer Salke has made her first big move in axing the Gael García Bernal drama series. Mozart in the Jungle won two Golden Globes, including one for Bernal and one for best TV series, comedy or musical.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 6:37PM EDT
Amazon is trying to get Peter Jackson involved in The Lord of the Rings prequel, which has a five-season commitment
Amazon has two years to begin production on the expensive prequel -- which could cost more than $1 billion -- or else the rights will revert back to the J.R.R. Tolkien estate, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Peter Jackson's attorney, Peter Nelson, has recently helped start a dialogue between the filmmaker and Amazon. "It's very much a creature of the times," Nelson says of the Amazon deal. "We are in an era where streamers are bidding up the price of programming. I think Amazon is taking a page out of the studios' emphasis on franchises. They also are realizing that with the overproduction of television, you need to get the eyeballs to the screen, and you can do that with franchise titles."