There is little doubt that Squid Game is one of the most popular Netflix shows right now. But does this guarantee that the South Korean series will be getting a second season? Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has finally addressed the possibility of Season 2 and it sounds like it won't be happening anytime soon.
Filming on the feature film based on the Netflix British historical drama series will begin next year, shortly before the fifth and final season premieres. While next year’s season five “fully concludes the series,” producer Nigel Marchant said “there was always one more story that we wanted to tell.”
Inside Job gets in its own way: "In practice, it takes a lot of cues from American Dad!, BoJack Horseman, Rick and Morty, Venture Bros., Archer, and even Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," says Kevin Johnson. "These comparisons point to the series’ central struggle—a lot of its themes and character development choices are meaningful and relatable, but also a bit played out. Reagan is a ball of neuroses and trauma, and Inside Job approaches its lead character in much the same way its high-concept predecessors have."
Emmy-winning husband-and-wife team Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello are teaming with her younger sister, writer Genevieve Aniello, on Hot Robot, which follows a jaded young woman whose life is turned upside down when she’s recruited to work on a super-secret AI project by a big brother corporation. Genevieve Aniello, who will write the series, was most recently the showrunner, executive producer and head writer on Quibi's Gayme Show as well as a staff writer on The Other Two. Hot Robot will be shopped to streamers and networks.
The gritty BAFTA-winning British crime drama created by Sally Wainwright and starring Sarah Lancashire, James Norton and Siobhan Finneran will return for Season 3 after its first two seasons aired in 2014 and 2016, respectively. After Happy Valley captured an American viewership via Netflix, AMC has picked up the rights to air Season 3 premiering 2022 and will serve as co-producer.
The company earlier this year introduced Idea Pins, a video-first feature aimed at creators which is something like a mix of both TikTok and Stories. These Pins allow Pinterest users to record and edit creative videos using tools similar to those you would find on other short-form video platforms — like background music, transitions and interactive elements. The Idea Pins can be up to 60 seconds in length, but unlike traditional short-form video, video can be just one part of what the Pin offers — it can also include up to 20 pages of content per Pin, which you tap through like in Stories. This could allow a creator to explain the various steps involved in recreating their recipe or DIY project, for example.
"There have been no press releases or grand announcements, but it would appear that COVID storylines and television shows have consciously uncoupled," says Amy Amatangelo, adding: "TV no longer seems interested in addressing our current reality. Yes the medium has always required a willing suspension of disbelief; a fictional comedy or drama is not an accurate reflection of society or even of how the world works. But there is such a disconnect now between the world fictional characters live in and the world we live in. Television has moved on, but we cannot." As Amatangelo points out, the pandemic never happened on shows like Ted Lasso, The Rookie, Mare of Easttown, Hacks and Only Murders in the Building, allowing for a great escape for viewers. While other shows like The Good Doctor, Grey's Anatomy and This Is Us have moved on after doing COVID storylines. "During this time of great unrest and stress, TV has been a comforting constant," says Amatangelo. "And yet now, more than ever, viewers and fictional characters are in parallel universes—one where COVID exists and one where it never did (or where it’s been vanquished). Is that fine for now? Probably? But what about next year or the year after? Unfortunately, we will be living with the effects of COVID most likely for years to come. In small ways (supply chain issues are guaranteed to make Christmas shopping difficult) and heartbreaking ways (people are still dying), COVID affects our daily lives. We cannot actually transport ourselves to a fictional post-pandemic world—no matter how much we would like to."
Dua Lipa, Tyler, the Creator and Haim are among the leading names on the line-up for Roskilde 2022. The Danish festival is aiming to return next year for the first time since 2019, with their 2020 and 2021 editions both cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Roskilde 2022...
Jon Hein knows TV. In the late 1990s, he coined the phrase "Jump the Shark" when he founded the site of the same name. Since then, he's written about television everywhere from The New York Times to TV Guide. In his column for Primetimer, he shares his thoughts on what's new and good on TV and the shows on his radar for the coming week.
The CW revives time traveler drama 4400, All American returns from summer hiatus, and mega mentor Ed Sheeran helps The Voice kick off the Season 21 Knockouts in an episode taped before his COVID diagnosis. Plus, DWTS gets spooky, the Saints and Seahawks battle on MNF, and a new charter season begins on Below Deck. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Monday:
"When a beloved franchise is rebooted, the risks almost always outweigh the rewards. This is especially true for a television series," says Terry Terones. "For every Battlestar Galactica and One Day at a Time there are 10 Magnum P.I.s and Knight Riders, with the latter reimagined twice and each version failing spectacularly. Despite most reboots having a history of success only acceptable for a Major League hitter, The CW is wading into the waters with another franchise near and dear to many: 4400. The original series, titled The 4400, debuted on the USA Network in 2004 and ran for four seasons. It had pedestrian ratings but was a critical success and acquired a cult following, with fans viewing the series as a mix of The X-Files and The Twilight Zone. The cast was also loaded, with Peter Coyote, Billy Campbell, Garret Dillahunt, Summer Glau, and future Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali playing pivotal roles. A 14-year gap between the first series and the latest iteration provided producers with a chance to put their mark on the franchise, which they’ve certainly done in the pilot (the only episode available for review)." Terones adds: "While at first glance 4400 has potential, there are several red flags that should make viewers proceed with caution. The dialogue is clunky, with some lines bordering on parody, particularly for any character from a time period more than 20 years in the past. There are dubious plot choices, starting with how the 4400 quickly learn from a guard what year it is. Amazingly, they take the news relatively well, which is quite strange. The apparent antagonist in this series, the government officials quarantining the group, seem to be understaffed and disorganized. While that last point might be realistic, it also illustrates the show’s overall ramshackle and dated feel. Somewhat ironically, 4400 feels like it was made in 2004, with characters quickly pigeonholed into specific archetypes and a plot that’s easy to poke holes through.The pilot is disjointed, which will remind hardcore fans of one of the original series’ most nagging issues."
With all the conversation taking place recently about the lack of respect for Black creators on most social media platforms, one company is doing its part in showcasing Black creators on its stage. Popular global social media and music discovery platform, Triller has just announced the launch of Assembly for...
Netflix finally announces the release date for the upcoming season of Ozark. Right now, Netflix is still riding high for the debut of its biggest series ever with Squid Game. The show has shattered all records for the company and went on to become a cultural phenomenon. With Halloween right around the corner, we will have to endure cosplay from the show and even more sad attempts from social media managers to reference the show in branding.
Stardew Valley creator ConcernedApe's next game will be Haunted Chocolatier, a brand new sim that bears a strong resemblance to his previous work. It's so similar, in fact, that it looks like it could even be a sequel. In a brief reveal on Youtube, ConcernedApe showed off Haunted Chocolatier's beautiful...
Twitter announced on Tuesday that it plans to support Twitter Spaces creators through a new three-month accelerator program called the Twitter Spaces Spark Program. Twitter’s plans follow a similar creator three-month program that Clubhouse launched in March 2021. The Spark Program is designed to “discover and reward” around 150 Spaces...
Horror icon Chucky is already set to explore the small screen in Syfy and the USA Network's upcoming series, but the infamous doll could soon set his sights on something much grander: outer space. Creator Don Mancini was recently asked whether he could envision the murderous Chucky ever donning a little spacesuit and terrorizing astronauts while whipping through the cosmos, and he seems pretty sold on the idea.
The ballad songs on Oct. 14 filled the room with emotion. The third round of The Voice had everyone on the edge of their seats in Washburn A/B. With 12 contestants and only three spots for the finals, judges had to make the tough decision of who would move on.
Top Animation Explainer Video Service Reaches for the Stars in this Four-Part Instagram Series Explaining Space Travel to Mars. Explainify, a leader in animated explainer videos, has partnered with Iliya Pyshnyy, German science communicator and animator known as Spaceiac, for an exclusive Instagram series on the SpaceX Starship Journey to Mars.
"Netflix’s show about teens fighting demons with magical keys is back, but Locke & Key’s second season makes some big changes," says Andrew Webster. "The pace is faster, the tone is darker, and with that, it loses some of the magic that made the show so interesting in the first place. Things don’t start out so dark, though. At the outset of Locke & Key’s second season, things are going well for the Locke family. After dealing with the death of their father and surviving a fight with a demon in season 1, they’re able to spend the summer relaxing with friends and their keys. It’s one of the rare times in the series we see magic used for having fun; Kinsey (Emilia Jones) is relaxing inside her own head (literally), and younger brother Bodie (Jackson Robert Scott) is using a new super-strength key to rearrange old furniture. It’s playful and surreal — but it doesn’t last for long. Eventually, the demon makes its return, and the rest of the season feels like a race as the Locke kids try to defeat it. The new season is certainly darker than its predecessor, and it delves a little more into the history of magic in this world. But it also moves too fast for its own good. Whereas season 1 was about introducing mystery, the sophomore effort is more like a drawn-out superhero battle."
Keeping track of what's new and noteworthy in the world of television has never been more challenging. From a veteran team behind some of the web's favorite TV sites, Primetimer tracks the Peak TV era in real-time.