Saturday, May 5, 2018

Internet TV Digest #7

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

Internet TV Digest

"The days of having to tune in live or buy expensive discs in order to watch your favorite shows and movies are gone. Our favorite service overall is Netflix, offering an excellent selection of TV shows, movies and original programming. If you need something a little cheaper, however, Hulu is a worthwhile alternative, and a few dollars less expensive — if you're willing to sit through some commercials, that is."

- Marshall Honorof
From Tom's Guide
April 5, 2018

Note. Tom's Guide reviews video and streaming services and tech products independently.

What's new on Netflix for May 2018

The Rain is a post-Apocalyptic drama.  It takes place six years after a deadly virus wipes out most of the population of Scandinavia and focuses on a small group of young survivors of the disaster.  The Rain was created by Danish filmmakers Jannik Tai Mosholt, Christian Potalivo and Esben Toft Jacobsen.  It is Netflix's first original Danish series.  It was set for release on May 4th.

On May 25th, comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short, debut their Netflix special.  It is entitled Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.  Also on May 25, Trollhunters premieres its third season. This computer-animated fantasy TV series was created for Netflix by Academy Award-winning film director Guillermo del Toro.  It is the story of an ordinary teenager, Jim Lake Jr., who discovers a mystical amulet on his way to school one day.

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman will have two guests this month.  .  Letterman's first guest will be actress/comedian Tina Fey (May 4th).  His second guest will be the irreverent Howard Stern (May 31st).

The second season of Justin Simien's satirical comedy Dear White People premiers on May 4th.  Two comedy specials also debut this month, Ali Wong's Hard Knock Wife on May 13th and The Break With Michele Wolf on May 27th.

There is disappointing news for fans of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  The Netflix original comedy series has been cancelled and will end following its fourth season, which begins streaming on May 30th. The sitcom was created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and has been streamed on Netflix  since March 6, 2015.  It stars Elle Kemper as a woman who adjusts to life in New York City after being rescued from a doomsday cult in a fictional town in Indiana.  The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has been nominated for 16 Primetime Emmy Awards and     culture and entertainment critic, Scott Meslow, has described the series as "the first great sitcom of the streaming era."

There is also some positive news for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fans.  According to Deadline and Hollywood Reporter, the show's producer, Universal Television, is discussing the possibility of a big screen movie to wrap up the series.

What's new on Amazon and Hulu for May 2018

The new Showtime series, Patrick Melrose, will be streamed on Hulu.  It stars Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays an English gentleman with a nasty heroin habit.  Amazon Prime is debuting an original animated series, Rocky  & Bullwinkle.  It's a remake of the classic cartoon.  There will also be an Amazon-produced drama, Last Flag Flying, a movie about a Vietnam vet coming to terms with his son's death in the war in Iraq.  It stars Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Carell.

-  Joanne

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