Thursday, November 2, 2017

Internet TV Digest #5

This is the fifth of an occasional feature on TV Banter called Internet TV Digest.  Internet TV Digest contains recent news, information and discussion about online television.


Netflix cancels production of House of Cards

Kevin Spacey

Fans of House of Cards may not be able to watch any new episodes of the show.  On October 31, 2017, Netflix suspended production of the sixth season of the series.  The cancellation comes amid revelations of sexual harassment allegations involving the shows's star, Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey.

Netflix and Media Rights Capital issued a statement that production was being suspended "to give time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew."  Production of the sixth season had recently gotten underway in Baltimore.

Barbra Streisand brings concert special to Netflix

Barbra Streisand

Legendary singer Barbra Streisand brings her Barbra: The Music . . . The Mem'ries . . . tour to Netflix in a concert special that was filmed last year in Miami, Florida.  The Streisand special begins streaming on November 22, 2017.

Amazon's numbers show substantial growth

Amazon Prime reported that its membership increased a whopping 59 per cent in the third quarter of 2017.  According to a November 2nd article by Casey Coombs of the Puget Sound Business Journal, Amazon only began reporting its subscription fees in it 2016 report under pressure for openness from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The company still declines to disclose how many members it has.

Amazon ascribed its strong third-quater profit partly to Prime Day, the 30-hour July sale for Amazon Prime members.  It showed a 60 per cent increase over last year.

What's new on Netflix in November?

Alias Grace (available November 3rd)

Alias Grace is a six-part television adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name.  If you have enjoyed Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, you will enjoy this.  I  have already watched it here in Canada on CBC-TV.  It is gripping entertainment.  Written and produced by Sarah Polly, Alias Grace is a psychological dramatization of a 19th-century murder mystery involving an Irish immigrant maid.  Sarah Gadon simply shines in the lead role of Grace Marks.

Mudbound (available November 17) 

Mudbound, an adaptation of a Hilary Jordan's novel, explores the relationship between white landowners and black sharecroppers in the Mississippi Delta following World War II.  The film received rave reviews at the Sundance film festival, especially for its stars, Cary Mulligan, Jason Clarke and Mary J. Blige.  Director Dee Rees is being touted for an Oscar nomination.

Godless (available November 22)   

Godless is an seven-part Western series from co-creator and executive producer Steven Soderbergh.  It takes place in a frontier town where all the men have perished in a mining accident.  The women are left to fend for themselves and they must uphold law and order.  It stars Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery in a completely different role.

Links to Internet streaming articles and information
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