What’s Coming to Netflix in July 2016?

marco polo

The new Netflix original series STRANGER THINGS is coming to the US streaming service in July 2016, as is season 2 and 3 of MARCO POLO and BOJACK HORSEMAN, respectively. In terms of movies, MEAN GIRLS, the LETHAL WEAPON series and the BACK TO THE FUTURE series are all coming to Netflix.

Related: What’s Coming to Netflix Canada in July 2016?

July 1
41 on 41
A Long Way From Home
Back to the Future
Back to the Future Part II
Back to the Future Part III
Bad Boys II
Batman: The Movie
Beavis and Butt-head Do America
Between: Season 2 - Netflix Original
Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop II
Big Trouble in Little China
Blade 2
By the People: The Election of Barack Obama
Catwoman
Cheaper by the Dozen
Cinderella Man
Conflict
Death Race 2
Death Race 3: Inferno
Deep, Season 1 - Netflix Original
Dreamcatcher
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Gladiator
Hello, Dolly!
Hey Arnold! The Movie
Honey
Insomnia
The Italian Job
Jackass: Number Two
Jim Jefferies: Freedumb
Lalaloopsy Ponies: The Big Show
Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon 2
Lethal Weapon 3
Lethal Weapon 4
The Longest Yard
The Lovely Bones
Making the American Man
Marcella, Season 1 - Netflix Original
Marco Polo, Season 2 - Netflix Original
Mean Girls
Nevada Smith
Nick of Time
The Painted Veil
Pandemic
Phenomenon
Raiders Of The Lost Art, Season 2
Rumor Has It
Scooby-Doo
The Shannara Chronicles, Season 1
The Sting
Stomp the Yard: Homecoming
Talhotblond
Terminus
Turner and Hooch
Twisted
Watershed: Exploring A New Water Ethic For The New West
Well Wishes
Working Girl
Yours, Mine and Ours

July 4
Kuromukuro, Season 1 - Netflix Original

July 6
The Big Short

July 7
A War
The Armor of Light
Brahman Naman - Netflix Original
NSU German History X, Season 1 - Netflix Original

July 8
The Invitation
Word Party, Season 1 - Netflix Original

July 9
Mustang
Mystery Files, Season 1

July 10
The Last Kingdom, Season 1

July 12
Rolling Papers

July 14
Gridlocked
Magi: The Adventures of Sinbad, Season 1 - Netflix Original
Todd Margaret, Season 3

July 15
The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Season 3 - Netflix Original
Ghostheads
Holidays
Rebirth - Netflix Original
Stranger Things, Season 1 – Netflix Original
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru - Netflix Original

July 16
Fighting

July 19
Liv and Maddie, Season 3

July 21
Internet Famous

July 22
BoJack Horseman, Season 3 - Netflix Original
Degrassi: Next Class, Season 2

July 24
Popples, Season 3 - Netflix Original

July 27
The Wave

July 29
Home: Adventures With Tip & Oh, Season 1 - Netflix Original
Last Chance U - Netflix Original
LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One, Season 2 - Netflix Original
Tallulah - Netflix Original

July 30
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Season 6, part 1

July 31
Hit Record on TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Season 2

Expiring

July 1
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Clockwork Orange
A League of Their Own
Allegiance
Along Came Polly
Best in Show
The Beverly Hillbillies
Bulworth
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Caillou
The Central Park Five
Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke
The Conspiracy
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, seasons one-two
Dinosaur Train, season two
Drive Me Crazy
Flashpoint, seasons one-five
The Flintstones
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
The Game, seasons one-three
How to Marry a Millionaire
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Medium, seasons one-seven
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, volume one
Mouse Hunt
My Sister’s Wedding
Notting Hill
Numb3rs, seasons one-six
Odd Squad, season one
The Perfect Storm
The Quiet Man
Reading Rainbow, volume one
The Right Stuff
Rubber
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek: Generations
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Team America: World Police
Tesla: Master of Lightning
Thumbelina
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories
Wild Kratts, seasons one-three
Witness
Women Aren’t Funny
WordWorld, season one
Zoboomafoo, season two

July 2
Venus and Serena

July 15
Color Crew

July 16
Serenity

July 31
Braxton Family Values, season three

The latest hard-hitting TV treats

Whilst there’s plenty of frivolous TV fun out there at the moment such as The Bachelorette and Unreal, sometimes there’s nothing like a good action-based television series to keep us gripped to our sofas!

So from violent fantasy epics, to series that explore the dark glamour of the casinos, here’s a look at the hardest-hitting range of current TV series.

Few television shows have had such a visceral impact on modern culture as Game of Thrones. This has updated the Lord of the Rings aesthetic with a much more modern and adult twist, and the sixth season certainly hasn’t slowed down with its insanely complicated plotlines and drama that’s kept us all completely hooked.

Although the internet’s full of spoilers and other weird tributes to the HBO fantasy series, that hasn’t stopped History’s Viking series getting in on the swordplay action. This enjoyable show has just finished its fourth season which saw no let-up in the action as we followed Ragnar and his band of warriors attempting to conquer yet more formidable territory!

Of course, there comes a time where we have to come back to the present day. And where better to start than by catching up with Stan Lee’s Lucky Man. Stan Lee is famous for his comic-book masterpieces, but his new TV series sees him creating a world where a policeman suddenly gains the ability to control his luck at the casino which has some predictably unpredictable results!

This series ties in with the resurgence of casino culture in the online world where we can all play live casino games here at Betway, but unfortunately we’ll have to play without the lucky amulet featured in the Stan Lee Lucky Man television show!

And although Lucky Man has managed to prove to be one of spring’s surprise TV hits, it doesn’t have to sheer edge-of-your-seat terror factor of the recent Walking Dead television series. Once again, this zombie-slaying epic managed to terrify the entire planet thanks to the never-ending series of monstrous challenges that faced the survivors of a particularly unpleasant global zombie pandemic.

Season six of the horror series has already provided Rick Grimes and his gang with plenty of perilous tasks. And with even John Cusack wanting to join the action, it’s clear that whether it’s fantasy sword-fighting or just taking on a live dealer at the casino, there’s no end to the success of the current wave of visceral boxset TV hits!

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 3: Truly a Mystery

As it is the time of year when series are either renewed or cancelled, fans of the popular HBO crime drama will be excited to learn that HBO has renewed the contract for the crime anthology True Detective, through 2018.  HBO has locked producer Nic Pizollato in for this and several other projects, including The Magnificent Seven, which premieres in September of this year.  While this is great news for the series and the fans, season 3’s premiere date has not still not been announced with certainty.
 

(Image Source:  youtube.com)
 
What we Know
Despite the fact that there was quite a lot of disappointment in season 2 of the series in comparison to season 1, TD fans are screaming for a third season and now that we all know there will be a new cast each season, a lot of speculation is going on about the possibilities of the new ensemble.  Other speculation goes on about whether Pizollato will work alone as he did in season 2 or with the influence of another director/writer/producer as in season 1.
 
Michael Lombardo of HBO told the Television Critics Association that “Pizollato is one of the best writers working in television and motion pictures today.”  He also stated that despite the fact that season 2 became a social media punching bag, it still generated over 12 million viewers per episode, 1 million up from season 1.
 

(Image Source: hbo.com)
 
The Season 2 Curse
So what went wrong with season 2 and how could season 3 benefit from the many comparisons with season 1?  While season 2 received the approval of critics from the likes of The Hollywood Reporter and Rolling Stone, the common thread line was that a lack of character development and too much action combined with uneven storytelling all affected season 2, especially when compared with the brilliance of the first season.  It could be that trying to follow the lives of four main characters left the audience feeling the shallowness of those characters as they stumbled through the action-packed weekly dramas. 
 
The pace of plot development with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey allowed for real character development down to the very still moments where the audience could actually sense the character thinking and figuring things out.  Yes, people really do want to see just two cops riding around in a car talking, especiall when that comes with the brilliant acting these two brought in. Characteristics were far subtler and that is what we hope for season 3.
 

(Image Source: foodandwine.com)
 
Subtle Character Development
 There are many indirect ways to develop a character that engross a watcher allow them to decide what it mean to the character.  What a character drinks shows a lot about who or where he is.  McConaughey drinks Jameson as the younger sharper detective but is drinking warm Lone Star beer by the end, showing how far downhill he has slid. Likewise, James Bond’s “shaken, not stirred” martinis shows a very different officer of the law than Raylan Givens’ (Justified) whiskey straight up or John McClane (Die Hard), who starts with something out of a decanter in DH 1 and ends up drinking anything he can put in a paper bag by DH 3 and 4.
 

(Image Source: polygon.com)
 
Another great tool for developing characters could be what casino game he prefers.  What a person chooses to play at a casino can show you a lot about who they are – and in true literary fashion, it’s showing rather than telling. Wyatt Earp played poker, which is a strategic every-man-for-himself game of skill. It requires instinct, calculation of risk and nerves of steel. while Agent Cooper from Twin Peaks prefers blackjack, a typical game for someone who likes everything to be in order and all of it to make sense. Cooper’s calm and collected. Wyatt Earp is passionate and likes to take risks.
 
In True Detective season 2, it was odd that while Vince Vaughn ran the gaming house in Vinci, he never played.  His game of choice may have shown us something about his character we hadn’t seen before.  Or perhaps it was the fact that he never played that hints at his character. That’s brilliant, but why not bring that to the foreground and juxtapose it with other characters’ choices? The casino was a major theme in the series, but it was never used for character development, just as a set.
 
Who’s In?
Fewer main characters and more character development would go a long way towards re-engaging fan loyalty for season 3. Recently Olive Munn posted a photo on Instagram with the caption “True Detective Season 3” leading to even more speculation on the cast.  The photo also featured Jason Bateman and TJ Miller, which would certainly be an odd ensemble for a drama. But then again, choosing Vince Vaughn for season 2 wasn’t expected either. Idris Elba is another contender, according to industry speculation.  HBO hasn’t confirmed or denied at all.
 

(Image Source: moviepilot.com)
 
Other fan sites are calling for a real bad guy this next time.  Both seasons really only racked up one mysterious corpse each, although season 1 hinted at a serial killer.  Why not explore his side of the story? There are also many wanting to go back to a dark, desolate location.  The pace of the California locations took away from the story instead of enhancing it, according to some.  The Deep South just felt so dirty and real. It’s also vastly unexplored compared to LA.
 
Lombardo has stated that season 3 must evolve in its own time.  He takes blame for any of season 2 failings in that he pushed Pizollato into a time crunch over and over, not “allowing the writing to find its own natural resting place.”  Season 1 began production in 2010 and the crew had three full years to complete its stellar achievement. Season 2 had to be complete in just 14 months, without the assistance of fellow director Cary Fukunaga.
 
Steve Golin of Anonymous Content, had said in one of his interviews that the scripts for season 2 were just not as good.  He also stated that Nic did “not want to go with the stand alone director plan,” as he believed much of the success of season 1 rested in the partnership with Fukunaga.  So an obvious answer for season three would be to bring the team back together with Pizollato at the helm.
 (Image Source: grantland.com)
 
What does all of this mean for True Detective season 3?  It means we will not be seeing it in 2016.  Pizzollato has been given full authority for the upcoming season, which means he can get a team of writers, get a show runner or go it alone again.  With the support of Lombardo and HBO, Pizollato could put together an epic production team, and fans can be enjoying the show by 2017. So we’re going to be patient, and we hope we’re going to be handsomely rewarded.

On TV Tonight: Wednesday May 25, 2016

the_americans

NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC Finding Nemo (Movie) Nashville
CBS The Price is Right Primetime Special Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
CW Arrow Supernatural
FOX Rosewood Wayward Pines The Americans (FX)
NBC Heartbeat Law & Order: SVU Chicago PD
MISC Maron (IFC)
The Path (Hulu)
Rogue (DirectTV)
Royal Pains (USA)
Lopez/Soul Man (TVLand)

Orange denotes what the TV Addict is watching and/or recording tonight!

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Sneak Peek: Bamon-zo!

Butch and Sundance.  Jesse and Frank James.  Bonnie and Clyde.  Bonnie and Damon.  Wait, Bonnie and Damon?  Make that Bonnie and Damon and Enzo.

Tonight on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, “Bamon-zo” turns assassin to eliminate the vampires on Rayna’s (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff) “hit list,” with a little help from their friends.

What possibly could motivate such an alliance?  Damon (Ian Somerhalder) has driven away most of his friends.

Alaric (Matt Davis) has broken off their bromance.  After years of being incarcerated together, Damon chose to escape rather than save Enzo from a fire.

Stefan (Paul Wesley) has faced, yet again, that his brother is undependable, at best.

But, when Bonnie (Kat Graham) slammed the door in his face and on their relationship, Damon truly was crushed.

What can make those whom he has alienated answer his call to arms?  Bonnie’s impending death from the pills that were made from Rayna’s blood.

With only four episodes left this season, expect answers to some of the questions of what happens in between the present and “three years from now.”

What to expect…

1.   When Enzo (Michael Malarkey) gave Bonnie pills made from Rayna’s blood, he was trying to help her.  Expect him to go any lengths to save his new love from the unintentional death sentence that he has inflicted on her.

2.   Rayna will agree to consider helping Bonnie if the vampires released from the Phoenix Stone are destroyed.  The visions of the escaped vampires are driving her insane, and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Enzo’s offer may be the only way for her to have any peace.

3.   Bonnie’s deteriorating condition will bring the Mystic Fallers together to save their friend.  When a scab appears on Bonnie’s hand, Enzo will tell her that she has less than a week to live.

4.   The anti-magic pills will wear off in two days, and Alexandria (guest star Mouzam Makkar) will be able to track Bonnie and abduct her for her own purposes.

5.  Enzo will learn The Armory’s true motives behind the search for Bonnie. Alexandria will tell Enzo that her mentally-disturbed sister, Virginia, killed Lucy Bennett, and Bonnie is the only one who can help Alex save her other sister, Yvette, entombed in the Armory.

6.   Damon will threaten Enzo, furious about the mistake with the pills.  They will argue over which man made the bigger mistake…. Enzo with the pills or Damon’s decision to save his friends by retreating to his coffin.  Bonnie will stop the confrontation, telling Damon that she loves Enzo.

7.   Damon will do anything and everything that he can to save Bonnie, killing a long list of vampires in two days, including the Heretic, Beau.

8.  Alaric (Matt Davis) temporarily un-suspended his moratorium on his friendship with Damon last week to help save Stefan with a vampire hunt.  Irritated with himself over “how good that felt,” Alaric returned to Caroline (Candice King) and the twins to live in un-supernatural domesticity.  He will be pulled back into the hunting lifestyle once more to help Bonnie.

9.  When Stefan drops by the Saltzman/Forbes household, he will spot the couple’s upcoming wedding date on a calendar and will confirm that Alaric has fallen in love with Caroline.

10.  Caroline, still heartbroken over Stefan’s disappearing act, will ignore him at her house.  Alaric will tell him that even though she is still in love with Stefan, he hopes that she will opt to marry Alaric in Dallas rather than returning to the younger Salvatore brother.

11.  Stefan will not give up hope on Caroline, realizing that she and Alaric are still sleeping in separate beds.

12.   Will the potential wedding be postponed to pitch in on the fight for Bonnie’s life, or was it never going to happen anyway?

13.  Will Alaric’s desire to live “supernatural free” break him apart from Caroline?

14.  Will Ric remain in Dallas with the twins while Caroline returns to vampire life?  And, if so, does that signal Davis’s departure from the series for a second time?

15.  Will Matt’s (Zach Roerig) hatred of Stefan and the story of Penny’s demise be resolved?  Will the two former friend become friends once more?

16.  After the vampires on Rayna’s list are killed, will she still agree to do what she can to help cure Bonnie?

17.  Is Alex’s promise to help Bonnie if she frees Yvette just as empty as it was when she promised to help Mary Louise because there is no cure?

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES also guest stars Scott Christopher Kelly and Tierney Mumford.  Tonight’s episode, “Somebody That I Used to Know,” was written Matthew D’Ambrosio (story) and Holly Brix (teleplay).

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

Sponsored: DERANGED MAN CAUSES HAVOC IN LIQUOR STORE, DESTROYS OVER $20K IN WINE

Police searching for augmented individual for questioning.

Security cameras caught a crazed man losing control and causing chaos in a Detroit, Michigan liquor store. Over twenty thousand dollars’ worth of merchandise was destroyed, causing an unimaginable amount of emotional distress for the owner of the store and his patrons.

This is among the latest we’ve seen in a recent escalation of incidents involving mechanically augmented individuals, but likely not the last. Local citizens are worried that augmented individuals are an affliction to their community and should not only be restricted from public areas, but also more closely monitored by law enforcement agencies. Click here to learn more.

On TV Tonight: Monday April 4, 2016

blindspot-hero

NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC Dancing with the Stars Castle
CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) Scorpion (R) NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
CW iZombie (R) Jane the Virgin (R)
FOX Gotham (R) Lucifer (R)
NBC The Voice Blindspot
A&E Bates Motel Damien
MISC The Magicians (Syfy)
Cake Wars (Food)
Better Call Saul (AMC)
GLAAD Awards (Logo)

Orange denotes what the TV Addict is watching and/or recording tonight!

Meet Old Spice Pitchman Bob Giovanni

Old Spice pitchman Bob Giovanni is here to demonstrate the odor-attacking and sweat-pummeling properties of the new Old Spice Hardest Working Collection’s Odor Blocker and Sweat Defense anti-perspirant/deodorants – delivering Legendary Protection for Legendary Men like a torpedo of freshness to your armpits.

To confidently stand behind the Hardest Working Collection’s preeminent performance credentials, Old Spice is going back to the brand’s man-molding performance roots and relaunching its 1-800-PROVE-IT money-back guarantee. If consumers use the Hardest Working Collection and the products do not mercilessly crush sweat and odor, they can call 1-800-PROVE-IT for information on how to receive a full refund.

Take legendary to the edgendary, and check out the Old Spice YouTube page for more of their latest #smellegendary videos!

THE EXPANSE: New Series Gives New Hope for Syfy Channel

the expanse

I stopped taking the SCI-FI Channel seriously when they rebranded it as the Syfy Channel in 2009. The decision was cemented in my mind when they made the movie SHARKNADO and they added wrestling to their programming. All these decisions made me wonder if they were serious about an actual science fiction channel. However, Syfy recently put money up for two programs and that made me sit up and take another look.

The first was Arthur C. Clarke’s CHILDHOOD’S END, which aired in three parts in December 2015. The second was the even better 10-part space drama THE EXPANSE, which began in November 2015 and just ended last week. I was prepared for hamburger but was served up prime rib.

Unlike many of Sysfy’s made-for-TV movies and miniseries, these were high quality, well written and well produced dramas, featuring superb special effects and great acting, with no plot holes bigger than a pin prick. In particular, THE EXPANSE required intricate CGI and set design elements with high caliber space shots and other special effects akin to the quality to you find in high priced movie productions.

THE EXPANSE tells a story hundreds of years into the future when humans have colonized the solar system. They have reached the depths of our system transforming planets and moons, exploiting resources and workers, and bringing with them the stresses of living at the limits. With tensions rising between extensions of civilization, Earth, Mars, and the Asteroid Belt are now on the brink of war. A young woman goes missing, tangling a detective, a politician, and the crew of a disguised spaceship in the greatest conspiracy in human history. This first season ended as the crew of the disguised ship and the detective discovered the missing young woman had been exposed to a “protomolocule” and they barely escaped with their lives. We also learned the protomolocule is part of a larger conspiracy, and controlling it involves the future of humankind in space.

THE EXPANSE has been renewed for a second season, scheduled to begin airing in January 2017 with 13 episodes. To me, that’s a hopeful sign that the network is finally taking science fiction serious again. If we can just get them to stop with the silliness of a SHARKNADO and the insanity of wrestling, it might speak better for the network.

Syfy aired some decent science fiction in its past. The reboot of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, for instance. TAKEN for another. And for those who are into monster fiction and horror movies, they have offered plenty of that. But it’s the reversion to cheap products with poorly plotted scripts and programming that has nothing to do with science fiction in any of its various genres that infuriates me as a science fiction fan. LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT? Really? ECW? WCG ULTIMATE GAMER? Come on! Since when was any of that even remotely connected with science fiction?

It is my hope that with programs like A CHILDHOOD’S END and THE EXPANSE that Syfy will begin taking science fiction to heart – to its heart – again. Even new programs like 12 MONKEYS, DARK MATTER, and THE MAGICIANS give me reason to revisit Syfy’s lineup more often.

The Role Of Wealth In Fiction

They say money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a good enough personality to make a cracking character on TV, in books or on film.

Some of the most interesting or indeed well-known characters in fiction are indeed incredibly wealthy, with their financial prowess providing an interesting back story for their actions; or indeed adding to the plot! Of course, not all great characters are rich. In fact, poverty can be fascinating on our screens, showing suffering and other intriguing dramas which shouldn’t draw us in but secretly do! It just all goes to show that when it comes to make-believe, the cold, hard truth of cash prevails.

Take a look at this list of the richest fictional characters, for example. You’ll notice some of the more prolific ones have money where you might not even have considered it before. Of course, there are some obvious culprits! Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby is renowned for his lavish and frivolous spending in the name of impressing a somewhat exploitative woman, his wealth serving as a catalyst for the very plot line itself.

However, some characters’ wealth is indeed a lot more subtle – take the Cullen family in Twilight, for example. This hugely popular franchise is never centred around money in its tale, but when you sit down to think about it, you’ll realise it comes into play. How else can a group of vampires continue to live in relative comfort for centuries and afford fancy clothes and even plane trips? Of course, money comes into play when you look for it.

pic1
(CC BY 2.0) by magesomido )

On TV, there’s no exception. Often characters will confuse us – for example, the girls in Pretty Little Liars are high school students, and yet they always have wardrobes brimming with the latest trends! Although money is rarely an issue in the plot, it’s implied – without these clothes and despite the girls being beautiful, perhaps “ugly little liars” just wouldn’t have the same ring to it!

pic2
(CC BY 2.0) by public.photos.allowed )

Whether money is the focal point of a particular plot, or it simply allows the main part of the action to take place without obstacles, there is no doubt that wealth has to be carefully considered. No matter if you’re characterising someone’s mannerisms based on their material wealth, or giving a metaphorically rich back story to a rags-to-riches survivor, it’s a more powerful motif than we might originally tend to think!