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Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 4:36AM EDT
YouTube's programming chief admits the "YouTube Red" name was scrapped because it sounded like porn
Susanne Daniels said some of her favorite jokes on YouTube Premium's original series Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television were about how YouTube Red sounded like porn. "We valiantly tried," she said of using the "YouTube Red" name, adding that it "wasn't sending the message about our offerings.... It wasn't resonating with viewers."
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 10:30PM EDT
YouTube Premium renews Step Up: High Water
Naya Rivera and Faizon Love will reprise their roles in Season 2 of their YouTube Premium dance series.
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
YouTube Red to become YouTube Premium
Source: The Verge
Google is breaking up YouTube Red into two services: "a YouTube Music streaming service, available either for free with ads or for $9.99 per month, and a YouTube Premium for original video content, costing $11.99 per month," according to The Verge.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
Robert Downey Jr. to host a YouTube Red docuseries on artificial intelligence
Downey and wife Susan Downey will produce the untitled eight-episode hourlong docuseries that "will feature researchers and leading experts in science, philosophy, technology, engineering, medicine, futurism, entertainment and the arts sharing their perspectives on A.I."
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 6:52PM EDT
Veronica Mars stars "pranked" into campaigning for another revival
Source: Brit + Co
Ryan Hansen got Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring to film a video that was actually intended to campaign for another season of YouTube Red's Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television.
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Could Elisabeth Shue and Hilary Swank appear on Cobra Kai Season 2?
Co-creator Josh Heald says more stars of The Karate Kid movies could make a cameo now that the YouTube Red series has been renewed. “We have established a lot of new characters and a lot of new storylines that are going to continue to spider web out and expand," he says. "But let’s not forget we have the entire canon of The Karate Kid universe and history. As it continues on and on, we expect to see some more of those characters making (their presence known) as well.'"
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Check out YouTube Red's Impulse trailer
The teen teleportation drama from Doug Liman stars Maddie Hasson and David James Elliott.
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 1:22PM EDT
Cobra Kai will return for Season 2
The Karate Kid sequel starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka will begin production on a 10-episode second season this fall, to air in 2019. The first episode of Cobra Kai has been viewed 20 million times over the past week.
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 10:52PM EDT
Jake Paul's late-night YouTube Red show is reportedly offering a $50 "gas incentive" for teens to attend the taping
The show with the working title Lit Night with Jake Paul is taping its first show on Monday in Los Angeles. The show is hoping to lure teens from around Southern California by offering a "gas incentive" of $50 to each attendee.
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 1:30PM EDT
Hailee Steinfeld's Edge of Seventeen is set to get a YouTube Red spinoff
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The acclaimed 2016 coming-of-age film starring Steinfeld as a teenage outcast and Woody Harrelson as the teacher she confides in will be rebooted with a whole new cast for a YouTube Red pilot.
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 9:08PM EDT
The key to Cobra Kai is the relationship between Johnny Lawrence and Miguel Diaz
Source: The Ringer
"It’s the first time that we’ve gotten to see a Latino significantly worked into the fabric of a true American classic (which The Karate Kid absolutely is)," says Shea Serrano of 16-year-old Xolo Maridueña's performance. "And they don’t ever even turn him into a totem or force him to be an avatar or representative for the whole community. He gets to just be a normal teenage kid karate-kicking his way through normal teenage issues."
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 6:07PM EDT
Cobra Kai received 5.4 million views on its first day on YouTube
The first two episodes of the YouTube Red series are available for free, while the eight remaining episodes will be part of the $10-a-month streaming service.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Cobra Kai asks us to rethink labels in rebuking the common hero/villain binary
With their new YouTube Red series, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg -- who co-created The Karate Kid sequel with Josh Heald -- employ the same subversive tactics they used in making their three Harold & Kumar films. "That is, they’ve taken an appealing conceptual kernel and cooked it into something heartier, expanding upon a Reagan-era underdog tale in a way that speaks to America in 2018," says Melanie McFarland. Unlike Karate Kid, Cobra Kai fully fleshes out William Zabka's Johnny Lawrence character. "Positioning one of ‘80s cinema’s best known bullies as an anti-hero is a fierce hook, but what keeps Cobra Kai interesting is its conscientiously-rendered contrast of the kind of men Daniel and Johnny symbolize, separately and together," says McFarland. "Clearly Johnny is stand-in for guys mired in a retrograde view of masculinity, the kind of loathsome dude-bro many falsely hoped was on his way toward extinction. Daniel represents the high example of the capitalist ideal, a man who pulled himself up by his bootstraps and did everything the right way."
- Cobra Kai succeeds by turning antagonist Johnny Lawrence into an unlikely protagonist without selling out the character
- If you're a Karate Kid superfan, Cobra Kai is everything you could've wanted and more
- Cobra Kai manages to be even more "orientalist" than the original film
- Cobra Kai is much more consistently entertaining than it has any right to be
- Where Cobra Kai really shines is its ability to tap into the complexities of humanity
- Ralph Macchio on Cobra Kai creators being more knowledgeable than him: "The Karate Kid was Star Wars to them"
- William Zabka: "My biggest concern was that I wasn’t going to double down on being mean"
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 2:02PM EDT
Adam Pally reunites with Happy Endings creator for a YouTube Red comedy series
Jay Pharoah will recur and Veep's Sam Richardson will also star on the David Caspe-created untitled comedy about a rapper and his close-knit crew.
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 9:17PM EDT
YouTube Red series Origin will travel through space with two Harry Potter alums
Natalia Tena and Tom Felton will star on the 10-episode series about a group of strangers who find themselves stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant planet.