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Netflix To Stream All 180 Episodes of Seinfeld In 2021

Netflix and Sony Pictures Television has announced that all 180 episodes of Seinfeld will appear on Netflix for worldwide streaming starting in 2021. All episodes of the series are currently available for streaming on Hulu.

“Seinfeld is the television comedy that all television comedy is measured against,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said in a statement. “It is as fresh and funny as ever and will be available to the world in 4K for the first time.”

The future of the Emmy award winning series’ online presence has been up in the air as various entertainment companies begin to launch and plot their own streaming services. Netflix has already lost streaming rights for The Office and Friends, casualties of the competitive streaming market as both are headed to NBC Universal’s forthcoming streaming service and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, respectively. The Los Angeles times reports that for this new deal Netflix paid “far more than the $500 million” that NBC Universal used to get back streaming rights to The Office.

Seinfeld‘s appearance on Netflix isn’t a huge shock from one perspective as co-creator and star Jerry Seinfeld has been associated with the streaming service for many years, premiering new episodes of his series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and the Grammy nominated special Jerry Before Seinfeld on Netflix. On the other hand it is surprising to see NBC Universal lose out on the series as Seinfeld was the flagship series for the network during its initial run.

An Emmy and Golden Globe winning series, Jerry Seinfeld stars as a cartoonish version of himself in the popular sitcom, often described as “the show about nothing.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards also star in the series.

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Watch Hulu’s Castle Rock Season 2 Teaser Trailer

Hulu has released the Castle Rock Season 2 teaser, featuring our first look at Lizzy Caplan portraying Stephen King’s iconic Misery character, Annie Wilkes.

The upcoming season will explore a feud between warring clans that comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes (played by Lizzy Caplan), King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.

The Castle Rock Season 2 cast includes Emmy nominee Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), who will be taking on the iconic role of Misery’s Annie Wilkes, as well as Oscar winner Tim Robbins (Mystic River, The Shawshank Redemption), Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Barkhad Abdi (Blade Runner 2049), Yusra Warsama (Call the Midwife), Paul Sparks (House of Cards), Matthew Alan (13 Reasons Why) and John Hoogenakker Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. Guest stars include Emmy Award-nominated actress Robin Weigert (Deadwood, Big Little Lies) as Annie Wilkes’ mother Crysilda Wilkes, Sarah Gadon (True Detective), Alison Wright (The Americans) and Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Alias).

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

Season 2 of Castle Rock will premiere on Hulu October 23.

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Check Out The New Watchmen Featurette

HBO has released a new Watchmen featurette, featuring the creators and cast discussing the series that examines how we as a society feel about heroes, most notably people who wear masks and fight crime.

Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own. Originally published as a 12-issue miniseries beginning in 1986, Watchmen quickly become one of sequential art’s most acclaimed stories. The original story centers on a murder-mystery before unfolding into a planet-altering conspiracy that ultimately asks where the fine line is drawn between heroes and villains. Check out the original comic for yourself by purchasing it here.

The series is made up of an ensemble cast that includes Jeremy Irons (Justice League) as an older Ozymandias, Regina King (The Leftovers), Don Johnson (Django Unchained), Louis Gossett Jr. (Hap and Leonard), Tim Blake Nelson (Colossal), Adelaide Clemens (Rectify), Andrew Howard (Bates Motel), Frances Fisher (Masters of Sex), Jacob Ming-Trent (White Famous), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Handmaid’s Tale), Sara Vickers (The Crown), Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow), Jean Smart (Fargo) as a mysterious FBI agent, and James Wolk (Zoo, Tell Me a Story). 

Damon Lindelof serves as creator, writer, showrunner, and executive producer on the Watchmen series, with Tom Spezialy, Stephen Williams, and Joseph Iberti also executive producing. Nicole Kassell will executive produce and direct the pilot. The series is based on the DC Comics characters.

Watchmen will premiere on HBO on October 20, 2019.

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Stephen King’s The Institute Getting A Limited TV Series Adaptation

Spyglass Media Group’s TV division has optioned Stephen King’s latest novel The Institute to develop as a limited series, with David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) and Jack Bender (Lost), the same creative team behind the critically acclaimed Mr. Mercedes, also based on a King novel, attached. The announcement marks the first television acquisition for Spyglass and was made by Lauren Whitney, President of Television for Spyglass. Additionally, Spyglass has set a multi-year first look deal with Bender to develop future projects for Spyglass, overseen by Whitney.

The project marks a reunion for Kelley and Bender who have worked together on Mr. Mercedes, DirecTV’s Audience Network’s adaptation of King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy that has been renewed for a third season.

Kelley will pen the adaptation for The Institute and Bender will direct. Both will executive produce.

“The Institute” was released on Tuesday. Here is the synopsis for the book:

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents–telekinesis and telepathy–who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

“Having the opportunity to work on a new and brilliant book by Stephen King is an absolute privilege,” said Whitney. “We are thrilled to collaborate with this dream team, including the incomparable David E. Kelley, and Jack Bender, the architect behind this project, whose extensive directing and executive producing credits speak for themselves. After such a competitive pursuit, we have big plans for The Institute here at Spyglass.”

The Institute, on sale today, has received stellar early reviews. Publisher’s Weekly describes the novel as “the most gut-wrenching tale of kids triumphing over evil since It…”

Said King, “I’m delighted to be working with Jack and David, the creative team behind Mr. Mercedes. We think alike, and I believe The Institute is going to be a great success.”

Said Bender, “I am thrilled to be working with Spyglass Media and couldn’t be more excited that we’ll be starting with Stephen King’s extraordinary new book The Institute. Continuing to work with David Kelley only adds to the brilliance I am surrounded by.”

Said Kelley, “It’s a privilege and a joy to be able to team with Stephen and Jack again. Stephen has written yet another compelling and brilliant book. I cannot wait to jump in.”

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Watch The SEE Trailer

In the far future, a virus has decimated humankind. Those who survived emerged blind. 

Jason Momoa stars as Baba Voss, the father of twins born centuries later with the mythic ability to see—who must protect his tribe against a powerful yet desperate queen who believes it’s witchcraft and wants them destroyed. Alfre Woodard also stars as Paris, Baba Voss’ spiritual leader.

SEE is coming November 1 to the Apple TV app with an Apple TV+ subscription.

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The Good Place Season 4 First Look

Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto and William Jackson Harper give you a first look at the fourth and final season of The Good Place, premiering Thursday, September 26 at 9/8c on NBC.

According to NBC, the philosophically minded series has the most highly educated audience of any primetime broadcast show this season, so pat yourself on the back for being a smarty-pants if you watch

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Dive Into The World of Stephen King With Entertainment Weekly’s Collector’s Edition

There are many reasons why Stephen King has been dubbed the “Master of Horror,” and fans of the highly lauded author can find a multitude of great examples in Entertainment Weekly’s Ultimate Guide to Stephen King.

With his spookiest and most iconic creation to date displayed on the cover, Pennywise (portrayed by Bill Skarsgard in 2017’s It) shares an evil look with all those who will purchase the collector’s edition when it hits newsstands today. The scary clown is promoting his return to the big screen in It Chapter Two (in theaters September 6) with several stories — including an interview with the film’s stars — that take a closer look at the latest expansion of King’s horror empire.

Other can’t-miss features include a definitive list of King’s scariest hits, 25 of the scariest moments from his films, and a look at some of his most legendary big screen adaptations.

If you’re a fan of the horror writer from Maine, you’ll want to pick up Entertainment Weekly’s Ultimate Guide to Stephen King, available on newsstands now.

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Eddie Murphy & More Announced To Host Saturday Night Live Season 45

NBC has announced the guest lineup for the next five episodes of Saturday Night Live, which will feature Eddie Murphy hosting on December 21 following the release of his next project Dolemite is My Name which is set to premiere sometime this fall. This marks his first time hosting the program since 1984.

Woody Harrelson (Zombieland: Double Tap) will host on September 28 with musical guest Billie Eilish; Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) will host on October 5 with musical guest Taylor Swift; David Harbour (Stranger Things) will host on October 12 with musical guest Camila Cabello, followed by the November 2 host Kristen Stewart (Underwater) and Murphy making his appearance on December 21.

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It’s Such A Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiered on television over five decades ago. While to some it seems like just yesterday when it was brand new, it’s heartening to know how much it has been a part of the lives of countless children and adults who experienced and learned from the show over the decades.

While its staying power never lapsed, Academy- and Grammy-winning director Morgan Neville’s 2018 documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, reawakened our love for Fred Rogers, and introduced a new generation to him. With the upcoming November release of A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers), the beloved Mister Rogers and his neighborhood will once again be front and center in the hearts, minds, and ears of everyone.

It’s Such A Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers collects 23 songs from the beloved broadcaster (backed by long-time collaborator and pianist Johnny Costa, Carl McViker on bass, and percussionist Bobby Rawsthorne). Containing classics like “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” “You Are Special,” and the title track, this release also features five previously unissued tracks including the show’s original closer, “Tomorrow.”

CD packaging contains photos, an introductory note from Neville, and an essay from Pittsburgh television critic (and long-time USA Today contributor) Robert Bianco.

So, hop on the trolley for the Land of Make Believe, because it really is such a good feeling.

Track Listing:

1. Today Is A Very Special Day
2. Won’t You Be My Neighbor
3. I Think I’m Going To Like Today
4. Look And Listen
5. Be Brave, Be Strong
6. Then Your Heart Is Full of Love
7. Pretending
8. You Can Never Go Down The Drain
9. I Like To Take My Time
10. Sometimes People Are Good
11. You Are Special
12. I’m Looking For A Friend
13. Some Things I Don’t Understand
14. The Clown In Me
15. It’s The Style To Wear A Smile
16. I’m Taking Care of You
17. It’s You I Like
18. Once Upon Each Lovely Day
19. Wishes Don’t Make Things Come True
20. You’re Growing
21. Tree, Tree, Tree
22. It’s Such A Good Feeling
23. Tomorrow

Order HERE.

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Twin Peaks: From Z to A Blu-ray Box Set To Be Released On December 10

A new, exhaustive box set, Twin Peaks: From Z to A, will collect all of the puzzle pieces of David Lynch’s quintessential northwestern mystery. The set, available only on Blu-ray, includes every ‘Episode’ and ‘Part’ of all three seasons of Twin Peaks, the Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me feature film and its deleted scenes called The Missing Pieces. On top of over six hours of previously unreleased bonus content, it will also include the special features from Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery released in 2014 as well as Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series from 2017. 

Twin Peaks: From Z to A will be housed in packaging with an exterior adorned by a wraparound vista of haunting and majestic Douglas Fir trees. Once opened, a depiction of the infamous Red Room is revealed with its brown and crème chevron floor and brilliant red curtains. Sitting in front of the red curtain will be an exclusive die-cut acrylic figure of Laura Palmer kissing Special Agent Dale Cooper. This acrylic figure comes inside a plastic display holder held in place by magnets. Fans will have the option of leaving the figure in place inside The Red Room environment or removing and displaying it elsewhere. The plastic holder can also serve as an easel to display individual images from The Red Room Gallery, a curated set of 5” x 5” printed cards depicting memorable moments in The Red Room. Each package will also contain an individually numbered collectible certificate.

The box is limited to 25,000 copies and will come out on December 10th.

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