SANTA CLARITA DIET Preview: This Family Slays (and Stays) Together

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In SANTA CLARITA DIET, realtors Joel and Sheila Hammond are living a normal life in the suburbs of L.A. when Shiela mysteriously dies, vomits up her insides and then continues “living” as a member of the undead.

But things take a horrible turn for the worst when Sheila starts snacking on body parts. Her husband is understandably upset, but Sheila has never more energy or felt better. So along with their teenaged daughter Abby, the family bands together to kill very bad people and continue getting Sheila the sustenance she needs to survive.

SANTA CLARITA DIET debuts its first season on Netflix on February 3.

SANTA CLARITA DIET Preview: Definitely Not Your Typical Diet


Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant are teaming up for a new Netflix series — SANTA CLARITA DIET — and here’s the completely innocent show synopsis provided by the streaming service: “In SANTA CLARITA DIET, Joel (Timothy Olyphant, Justified) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore, Blended) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenaged daughter Abby (Liv Hewson), until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending their lives down a road of death and destruction…but in a good way.”

But here’s what the summary doesn’t tell you — this is actually a zombie show. Two previews for the shows below reveal that Sheila’s new diet seems to consist of snacking on people.

SANTA CLARITA DIET will be available for streaming on Netflix on February 3.

MUTE: First Look at Netflix’s Furistic Film Starring Alexander Skarsgård

Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux are starring in the original Netflix film MUTE — a futuristic thriller directed by Duncan Jones (MOON and SOURCE CODE).

Netflix has released three photos from the film that give readers a glimpse into the world that Jones has created. Here’s what we know about the plot: “Set in the near-future, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) is a bartender living in the pulsing city of Berlin. Because of a childhood accident, Leo lost the ability to speak and the only good thing in his life is his beautiful girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh). When she vanishes without a trace, Leo’s search for her takes him deep into the city’s seedy underbelly. A pair of wise-cracking American surgeons (Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux) are the only recurring clue and Leo is forced to take on this teeming underworld in order to find his love.”







What’s Coming to Netflix in January 2017?


Several Netflix original comedy specials are coming to the streaming service in January 2017, including from Jim Gaffin, Jen Kirkman and Bill Burr. In addition, the fourth SHARKNADO movie will be available for streaming, as is season 11 of IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA and several original SUPERMAN films.

Check out the full list below of what’s coming to (and leaving) Netflix in January 2017.

January 1
Boogie Nights
The Shining
V for Vendetta
Vanilla Sky
HALO Legends
Bee Movie
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
The Parent Trap
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Ocean’s Twelve
Superman Returns
Superman II
Superman III
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Superman: The Movie
Around the World in 80 Days
Collateral Damage
El Dorado
License to Drive
Nancy Drew

January 3
Degrassi: Next Class: Season 3 (Netflix Original Series)
Jen Kirkman: Just Keep Livin’? (Netflix Original Comedy Special)
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 11

January 6
One Day at a Time: Season 1 (Netflix Original Series)
Tarzan and Jane: Season 1 (Netflix Original Series for Kids)
Coin Heist (Netflix Original Film)

January 7
Alpha and Omega 7 Under the Shadow

January 9
Best and Most Beautiful Things
Ratchet and Clank

January 10
Jim Gaffigan: Cinco (Netflix Original Comedy Special)
We’re Lalaloopsy: Season 1 (Netflix Original Series for Kids)
As I Open My Eyes
Best Friends Whenever: Season 2
Happily Married
theo who lived

January 11
Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass

January 13
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1 (Netflix Original Series)
Clinical (Netflix Original Film)
It Follows

January 14
Camp X-Ray
Cardboard Boxer

January 15
A Beautiful Now
Hostage to the Devil
Pocoyo: Season 1-2
Señora Acero: Season 3
The Similars
Twisted Trunk, Big Fat Body
Wartime Portraits: Season 1

January 16
Flash of Genius

January 17
Neal Brennan: 3 Mics (Netflix Original Comedy Special)
Fatima Ixcanul
Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050

January 19
Friday Night Tykes: Season 3
Good Kids

January 20
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series for Kids)
Take the 10 (Netflix Original Film)
Frontier: Season 1 (Netflix Original Series)

January 21
Bates Motel: Season 4

January 24
Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy (Netflix Original Comedy Special)
Gad Gone Wild (Netflix Original Comedy Special)
Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil
Kill Command

January 27
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series for Kids)
Kazoops!: Season 2 (Netflix Original Series for Kids)

January 28
Ripper Street: Series 4
Mom, Tommy Made a Dinosaur

January 30
Swing State

January 31
Bill Burr Stand Up Special (Netflix Original Comedy Special)
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens

A List of Titles that Will be Rotating off the Service in January 2017

January 1
30 for 30: Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks
30 for 30: No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson
30 for 30: The Day the Series Stopped
30 for 30: Jordan Rides the Bus
30 for 30: Without Bias
30 for 30: Once Brothers
30 for 30: Bernie and Ernie
30 for 30: Requiem for the Big East
30 for 30: The Price of Gold
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman
Angry Birds Toons: Season 1
Blade 2
Bring It On
Bring It On: All or Nothing
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Coming to America
Columbo: Seasons 1 – Season 7
Cupcake Wars Collection: Collection 2
Chopped Collection: Collection 2
Dazed and Confused
Final Destination 3
Flip or Flop: Season 1
Fixer Upper: Season 1 – Season 2
Ghost Town
House Hunters Collection: Collection 3
House Hunters Collection: Collection 3
House Hunters International Collection: Collection 3
House Hunters Renovation Collection: Collection 1
Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Season 1 – Season 3
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Thirteenth Year
Little Black Book
Little Man
Maid in Manhattan
Miracle on 34th Street
Murder, She Wrote: Season 1 – Season 12
Nanny McPhee
Property Brothers: Season 4
Property Brothers: Season 5
Saved by the Bell: Seasons 1 – Season 6
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
The Italian Job
The Painted Veil
Sixteen Candles
Saving Private Ryan
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
The Fast and the Furious
The Uninvited
The Amityville Horror
The Wicker Man
Vanity Fair
You Live in What?: Season 3
Zoom: Academy for Superheroes

January 6
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

January 29
Stephen King’s A Good Marriage

What’s Coming to Netflix Canada in January 2017?


Weekly episodes of SCANDAL, SHADOWHUNTERS and RIVERDALE will be coming to Netflix Canada in January 2017. There’s also a lot of Netflix original series and movies coming to the streaming service, including ONE DAY AT A TIME, COIN HEIST, CLINICAL, LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS and much more.

Check out the full list below of what’s coming to (and leaving) Netflix Canada in January 2017.

January 1

American Sniper
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes
U.S Navy Seal marksman Chris Kyle racks up an unprecedented number of kills in Iraq, even as his home life starts to slip away from him.

American Women
Cast: Ian Hart, Sean McGinley, Niamh Cusack
After being stimulated by a screening of Bo Derek’s 10, a group of lonely young Irishmen cook
up a foolproof plan: They’ll post an ad in the Miami Herald, inviting American ladies to come to

Futurama – Seasons 7-10
Cast: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio
A pizza delivery boy awakens in the 31st century after 1,000 years of cryogenic preservation
and finds a job at an interplanetary delivery service.

HALO Legends 
Cast: Andy McAvin, James Faulkner, Luci Christian
This anthology features seven independent anime shorts from renowned directors, delving into
the futuristic universe of the video game franchise Halo.

Hellevator – Season 2
Cast: Sylvia Soska, Jen Soska
This horror-themed game show sends contestants down a haunted elevator into the depths of
an old warehouse to face spine-chilling challenges.

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella
Accused of murder, Ig Perish wakes up one day to find he’s grown a set of horns — compelling
people to confess their sins to him.

Justice League: Gods & Monsters
Cast: Benjamin Bratt, Michael C. Hall, Tamara Taylor
In an alternative universe where Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman deal out justice with
brutal force, a shadowy enemy frames them for a grisly crime.

Nine to Five
Cast: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton
Three women fed up with their boss entertain fantasies of revenge — which become reality when
they believe they’ve inadvertently poisoned his coffee.

Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Legendary Battle (Extended)
Cast: Andrew M. Gray, Ciara Hanna, John Mark Loudermilk
New footage augments the tale of the Rangers, who give their all to save Earth from Vrak and Emperor Mavro, as the Amanda stages an epic final attack.

Cast: Gael Garcia Bemal, Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas
While in Iran to cover the 2009 elections, journalist Maziar Bahari is detained and brutally interrogated after Iranian forces accuse him of spying.

Shameless (UK) – Series 4-6
Cast: David Threlfall, Rebecca Atkinson, Elliot Tittensor
Unemployed Frank Gallagher — a single father of eight kids — attempts to keep sane, often with a little help from a bottle.

Switched at Birth – Season 4
Cast: Vanessa Marano, Katie Leclerc, Lucas Grabeel
In this dramatic family series, two teenagers discover they were accidentally switched at birth, setting off a chain reaction of life-altering events.

The Day the Earth Stood Still
Cast: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe
An envoy from another world warns Earth’s people to cease their violent behaviour. But panic erupts when a nervous soldier shoots the messenger.

Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest
Cast: Reese Hartwig, Arnie Pantoja, James Hong
The duelling cat and mouse meet two junior spies and their dog who enlist the duo to help stop an army of cats from stealing a world-saving invention.

Top Gear – Series 22
Cast: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May
Jeremy Clarkson and his crew of car lovers test the limits of luxury vehicles in this hit show that also features celebrities racing on a test track.

January 3

Jen Kirkman: Just Keep Livin’? – Netflix Original
Incisive comic Jen Kirkman gets real about women’s bodies, the value of alone time and an Italian private tour guide who may have been a ghost.

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments – Season 2 – New Episodes Weekly – Netflix Original
Cast: Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende
Despite a stunning betrayal, Clary and the Shadowhunters go to war against Valentine’s new army to determine the ultimate fate of the Shadow World.

January 4

LEGO: Justice League vs The League of Doom
Cast: Dee Bradley Baker, Troy Baker, John DiMaggio
In this Lego adventure, Lex Luthor creates a team of supervillains called the Legion of Doom in his plan to stop the crime-fighting Justice League.

January 5

Jupiter Ascending
Cast: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean
A young impoverished woman learns she’s been predestined to change the fate of the universe after a genetically engineered hunter tracks her down.

Lee Daniel’s STAR – Episodes 1 & 2 – New Episodes Weekly
Cast: Jude Demorest, Benjamin Bratt, Queen Latifah
A trio of women form a musical group in Atlanta.

Some Assembly Required – Season 2
Cast: Kolton Stewart, Harrison Houde, Charlie Storwick
A 14-year-old takes ownership of a toy company and hires a group of his friends to help him create amazing new toys.

January 6

Coin Heist – Netflix Original
Cast: Alexis G. Zall, Alex Saxon, Sasha Pieterse
When a crisis threatens to destroy their high school, four teens hatch a daring plan to raise $10 million. Step one? Breaking into the U.S. Mint.

Growing Up Coy
Cast: Michael Silverman
A Colorado family is thrust into the international media spotlight when they fight for the rights of their 6-year-old transgender daughter in a landmark civil rights case.

Cast: Christopher Meloni, Bruce Willis, Dave Bautista
When a bank is hit by a brutal heist, all evidence points to the owner and his high-powered clients. But as a group of FBI agents dig deeper into the case – and the deadly heists continue – it becomes clear that a larger conspiracy is at play.

One Day at a Time – Season 1 – Netflix Original
Cast: Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Isabella Gomez
A reimagining of the Norman Lear classic, centering on a Cuban-American family. Our heroine is a recently separated, former military mom (Justina Machado) navigating a new single life while raising her radical teenaged daughter and socially adept tween son, with the “help” of her old school Cuban-born mom (Rita Moreno) and a friends-without-benefits building manager named Schneider.

Tarzan and Jane – Season 1 – Netflix Original
From 41 Entertainment, Executive Producer Avi Arad (Arad Animation) and animation from ARC Productions comes a new Netflix original kids series based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ collection of stories about his iconic characters, Tarzan and Jane. In this modern day remake, 16 year old Tarzan is returned from the African jungle to a London boarding school where he is a “fish-out- of-water” and challenges conformity. As the title suggests, Jane is central to the story, alongside Tarzan, as his ultimate partner in solving environmental injustice, crimes and mysteries.

January 7

Big Hero 6
Cast: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney
A kid with a knack for robotics is out to stop an evil plot to destroy San Fransokyo — with help from four quirky friends and a big robot best pal.

Miss Sharon Jones!
Filmmaker Barbara Kopple follows rhythm and blues singer Sharon Jones as she tries to hold her band together while battling pancreatic cancer.

January 9

Best and Most Beautiful Things
Cast: Julie Smith, Michelle Smith
In a celebration of outcasts, a precocious young blind woman vanishes into quirky obsessions and isolation. With humour and bold curiosity, she chases love and freedom in the most unexpected of place: a provocative fringe community.

January 10

Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro
In the midst of veteran con man Nicky’s latest scheme, a woman from his past – now an accomplished femme fatale – shows up and throws his plans for a loop.

Jim Gaffigan: Cinco – Netflix Original
Though he’s mostly concerned about what he’ll eat after the show, Jim Gaffigan finds time to joke about kids, phones, trucks and, of course, food.

We’re Lalaloopsy – Season 1 – Netflix Original
The Lalaloopsy gang and their adorable pets know every day is a perfect day to celebrate the magic of friendship, creativity and collaboration.

January 11

Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
Alice returns from adventures on the high seas to confront the evil Lord of Time, who threatens to destroy beloved old friends and all of Underland.

The Innocents
Cast: Lou de Laage, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza
In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advance states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.

January 12

Private Parts
Cast: Howard Stern, Robin Quivers, Mary McCormack
Firecracker Howard Stern (portraying himself) exposes his personal side in this affectionate, big screen version of his best-selling autobiography.

January 13

Cast: Sonia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos
Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story building, built in the 1940s, in the upper-class, seaside Boa Viagem Avenue, Recife. All the neighbouring apartments have already been acquired by a company which has other plans for that plot. Clara has pledged to only leave her place upon her death, and will engage in a cold war of sorts with the company. This tension both disturbs Clara and gives her that edge on her daily routine. It also gets her thinking about her loved ones, her past and her future.

Blue Streak
Cast: Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson, Peter Greene
A jewel thief returns to his hiding place after a stint in jail — only to find that his booty is buried under a newly constructed police station.

Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women
In the last thirty years of the 2nd millennium, John Casablancas created the Elite modeling agency and invented the supermodels. If names such as Naomi, Cindy, Linda, Kate or Claudia are in pop culture, it is mostly his doing He lived a life dreamt by many, surrounded by glamour and beauty. We asked him to tell us his story

Clinical – Netflix Original
Cast: Vinessa Shaw, William Atherton, Wilmer Calderon
In this thriller, a psychiatrist tries to put her life back together after a violent attack but finds she can’t escape her past.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – Season 1 – Netflix Original
Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Joan Cusack,
Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death. The eight-episode series is a Netflix original production, executive produced by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler, and also stars Patrick Warburton (Lemony Snicket), Joan Cusack (Justice Strauss), Malina Weissman (Violet Baudelaire) and Louis Hynes (Klaus Baudelaire).

Historia de un clan- Season 1 – Netflix Original

January 14

Colony – Season 1
Cast: Isabella Crovetti, Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies
Set in the near future, Colony centers on a family headed up by Holloway and Callies who must make difficult decisions as they balance staying together while trying to survive. They live in L.A., which has been occupied by a force of outside intruders. While some people have chosen to collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, others have rebelled and suffer the consequences.

January 17

Neal Brennan: 3 Mics – Netflix Original

January 19

American Beauty
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch
While struggling to endure his tightly wound wife, an unfulfilling job and a surly teen, a man becomes obsessed with one of his daughter’s friends.

January 20

Scandal – Season 6 – New Episodes Weekly
Cast: Kerry Washington, Columbus Short, Darby Stanchfield
A powerful team of Washington, D.C lawyers make scandals disappear while handling government crises and coping with problems of their own.

Take the 10 – Netflix Original
Cast: Chester Tam, Josh Peck, Carlos Alazraqui
Two buddies working dead-end cashier jobs endure a mind-blowing series of events on their quest to get to the hip-hop show of their lives.

Voltron: Legendary Defender – Season 2 – Netflix Original
Cast: Jeremy Shada, Tyler Labine, Bex Taylor-Klaus

January 21

Grami’s Circus Show – Season 2
Grami, Nemo and Sam, a trio of wacky lions, join ringmaster Jack to train and perform together in their very own circus extravaganza.

January 24

Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy – Netflix Original

Gad Gone Wild – Netflix Original

Kill Command
Cast: Vanessa Kirby, David Ajala, Mike Noble
Set in a near future, technology-reliant society that pits man against killing machines.

Terrace House: Aloha State – Season 1: Part 1 – Netflix Original
Cast: Reina Triendl, Ryota Yamasato, Yoshimi Tokui
The camera follows six strangers, including a model, a furniture maker and a “ukulele artist,” who live together under one roof in beautiful Hawaii.

January 25

Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger
Cast: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan
During World War II, frail weakling Steve Rogers volunteers for scientific experiments that turn him into allied super soldier Captain America.

Scooby-Doo Meets KISS
Cast: Matthew Lillard, Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, Mindy Cohn
Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo are traveling to an amusement park called Kiss World to see Kiss at their big Halloween concert and solve a mystery, mostly because Daphne has a crush on Starchild, much to Fred’s jealousy.

January 26

The Manchurian Candidate
Cast: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber
Two U.S. soldiers in the first Gulf War are programmed to rebel once they return home. Several years later, one becomes a vice presidential

January 27

Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh – Season 2 – Netflix Original
Cast: Rachel Crow, Mark Whitten
Tip and Oh – best friends from two very different worlds – are back. In season 2, watch the besties prove their friendship is inseparable as they stumble onto hilarious and silly adventures together and meet new eccentric characters along the way.

iBOY – Netflix Original
When shards of a cell phone get lodged in a teenager’s brain, he discovers he can control electronic devices and uses his newfound power for revenge.

Kazoops! – Season 2 – Netflix Original
Cast: Reece Pockney, Scott Langley, Alex Babic
Music meets imagination in this inventive animated series about thinking outside the box and having fun.

Riverdale – Season 1 – New Weekly Episodes – Netflix Original
Cast: Marisol Nichols, K.J. Apa, Cole Sprouse
Archie’s got an edge. Veronica’s hiding her past. Riverdale is a little darker and a lot more interesting than it was in the days of Archie Comics.

Shadows of Truth – Season 1
On December 6th 2006, a 13 year old girl named Tair Rada was found dead inside a locked bathroom stall at her school in Katzrin, a quiet town way up in the north of Israel. The entire country went into shock, the media became obsessed, and there was a lot of pressure on the police to find the murderer. After a week they arrested a Ukrainian immigrant who had worked at the school, and eventually he confessed and was found guilty by a court of law. This 4-episode documentary series examines the main narratives that evolved around the murder that still haunts Israel to this day, 10 years later.

Suits – Season 5
Cast: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman
When he impresses a big lawyer with his razor sharp mind, a college dropout score a coveted associate job, even though he has no legal credentials.

The Karate Kid
Cast: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue
When bullied teen Daniel LaRusso teams with a martial arts master, he ends up learning much more than just self-defense in this classic underdog tale.

January 31

A Bigger Splash
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes
The vacation of a famous rock star and a filmmaker in Italy is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter.

Bill Burr Stand Up Special – Netflix Original

Last Call – Titles that Will be Rotating Off the Service in January 2017

January 1
Curious George – Seasons 1-9
Dexter – Seasons 1-8
Friday Night Lights – Seasons 1-5
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Texas Chainsaw
The Social Network
The Usual Suspects

January 4
Zero Dark Thirty

January 29

THE OA Preview: First Look at Netflix’s New Mind-bending Series


Netflix is exploring a mind-bending reality, death and the unknown in the new series THE OA.

Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij (Sound of My Voice, The East), created and wrote the eight chapter, mind-bending odyssey together. When the show begins we meet Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling), a blind woman in her twenties who went missing years before. When she returns, however, her sight has been restored. Some people think that her return is miracle, while others believe she is a dangerous mystery. What we do know is that Prairie doesn’t talk about her seven missing years with her parents and the FBI.

Other cast members include Emory Cohen (Brooklyn, The Place Beyond the Pines), Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead, Junebug), Phyllis Smith (The Office), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, Fury, Dig), Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact, Silent Hill), Patrick Gibson (The Tudors), Brendan Meyer (Mr. Young, The Guest) and newcomers Ian Alexander and Brandon Perea.

THE OA launches globally Friday, December 16 on Netflix.

Netflix Data Shows A Series-Movie-Series Binge Pattern

Netflix is constantly putting out interesting data about the habits of its viewers, even if it’s not releasing actual ratings data.

Today the streaming service released data showing a trend among more than 30 million Netflix members around the world.

After finishing a series, a majority of Netflix members (59%) take a pause, usually lasting three days, before committing to a new show. During that break, more than half (61%) watch a movie to keep the binge feeling alive.

“It’s interesting that in this golden age of television, movies are consistently in demand on Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “What we’ve come to figure out is that movies are really an important part of people’s viewing routines and complementary to the way they watch and enjoy TV.”

Related: Get into the holiday spirit with a month-long Netflix marathon

When looking globally into what movies most often followed some of today’s top series, interesting pairings emerged. After watching HOUSE OF CARDS, some members moved to BEASTS OF NO NATION. In other cases, viewers of BLOODLINE turned to THE BIG SHORT after a series binge. And Vince Gilligan’s cinematic nod to Tarantino in BREAKING didn’t go unnoticed with watchers moving on to PULP FICTION after finishing with Walter White. Meanwhile, fast talking fans of GILMORE GIRLS keep their pop culture references fresh with CLUELESS and MEAN GIRLS.

An exception to this pattern is comedy series. When watchers are in the mood for a different entertainment rhythm they tend to choose comedy as their series pair. This stands especially true for horror series where viewers of the frightful most often turn to comedy before moving to the next nailbiter. For instance, fans of STRANGER THINGS turned to GHOSTBUSTERS to help l’eggo of the thrills while watchers of SCREAM traded serial killers for serial laughs with RIDE ALONG.

According to Netflix, here are some of the most popular pairings.


Stars Hollow Scoop: Yanic Truesdale Reflects on Returning to the GILMORE GIRLS


With the GILMORE GIRLS revival GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE still fresh on everyone’s Netflix cue, we caught up with Stars Hollow’s Michel played brilliantly by Yanic Truesdale to gab all about the revival! So, if you’re one of the few (I can’t include myself in this) people who has some self control and is savoring the four perfect installments of the revival this SPOILER FREE interview will definitely take you back to Stars Hollow and get you even more excited for the revival!
When the show ended in 2007 did you ever think you would get to go back to Stars Hollow again?
Yanic Truesdale: No, I did not when the show ended. Although years went by and I did realize that the show kind of never went away.  As an actor you feel the pulse of a show that you’re in on the streets, by people talking about it and all of that and it never really went away. When it started on Netflix it was, for me as an actor, it felt as if the show started again, as if it was a brand new show because you had a whole new generation discovering it. It wasn’t surprising when it came back.
When you first read for Michel and first read for the show what stood out to you about him back then?
The first time around, it was very instinctive my take on him. For some reason I connected with him, Michel is very sarcastic and has dry humor and has an opinion on a lot of things and I can relate to it on that part and that was my way in. Also, I had gotten more scripts and discovered more of his personality I kind of molded who he was once we went along. Emotionally I understood the feeling of an outcast, I was living in LA and I’m French-Canadian, also I am a black kid in a white family. My mother is white and I was raised by her, I don’t know the black side of my family. So that feeling of feeling like an outcast that Michel very much had was my way into the character.
Going back and doing the revival did you pick up right where you left off with him?
The character felt very much like it would to be meeting an old friend again. The connection with him was very quick, he has grown like all of the characters have grown in the revival. There is much more going on in his life, at least we will know much more that is going on in his life. To me as an actor its very rewarding because there is more meat to him, there is more storyline and there is more going on with him that is actually shared with the fans. It was very rewarding this time around.
Can you tell us anything new that we will get to learn about Michel in the revival?
Well you will get to see his love life, which we’ve never seen. You will get to know what is going on with him personally and all of that kind of stuff. That to me is huge because we have never seen anything with him outside of the inn.
Aside from Michel, whose storyline are you most excited for the fans to see in the revival? Are there any characters that have a funny storyline throughout the revival?
I don’t know about funniest, just because we lost Ed (Herrmann) and he was so beloved by the fans and so beloved by us. He was such an awesome guy and the fact that he is not there is a big part of the story. Emily’s (Kelly Bishop) storyline because of what she’s going through with the loss of her husband has many layers to it for us. It’s very touching and there is a lot going on there with what it does to her relationship with her daughter and that’s very rich and that’s very moving to me.
Are you happy with how the revival ended?
Yeah! The ending is very surprising but makes a lot of sense. It will leave many with their mouths open. It is a very full circle kind of ending. This is the thing I am most curious about, to see how fans will react to the ending.
People were obviously SO excited when the revival was announced (myself included) what are some shows that you would love to see brought back?
Well I was a huge fan, and the irony of it is that they did bring it back – THE COMEBACK, with Lisa Kudrow because that is very much my sense of humor. Her humor is very dry and sarcastic and they brought it back for a season and I could take fifteen seasons of THE COMEBACK and it still wouldn’t be enough for me. Another show that I loved and was so upset that it went away last year was GETTING ON on HBO, which again was very dry and sarcastic humor and I thought they were all so good in it.
You can watch GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE on Netflix. 

Netflix Announces Premiere Dates for SENSE8: A Christmas Special and Season 2


Netflix has announced two upcoming premiere dates for SENSE8 — one for a Christmas episode and one for the upcoming second season.

SENSE8: A Christmas Special is launching globally Friday, December 23 at 12:01am PT. The only synopsis for this special is “The journey continues as these eight singular hearts and minds weave in and out of each other’s lives finding deeper connections, learning darker, more desperate secrets about one another and struggling to identify with more than just oneself.”

The season two story continues with 10 new episodes launching globally on Friday, May 5 at 12:01am PT. Netflix describes season 2 as “Picking up where season one left off, Capheus (Toby Onwumere), Kala (Tina Desai), Lito (Miguel Angel Silvestre), Nomi (Jamie Clayton), Riley (Tuppence Middleton) , Sun (Donna Bae), Will (Brian J. Smith) and Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) come together both physically and mentally, plunged into the middle of each other’s tragedies and triumphs. On the run from Whispers (Terrence Mann), and forced to question their very identity, it’s a matter of survival as the Sensates must find a way to live with, understand and protect one another against all odds.”