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Run out of things to watch during your quarantine, you say? I don’t believe you. You haven’t seen every movie and show on our streaming guides. There’s some movies that were recently in theaters remember theaters? coming to digital, too, including The Invisible Man and Emma on Friday, and Birds of Prey on March 24. There’s also Trolls: World Tour, which is currently the only film with no domestic theatrical run that is set to debut online. Will it be any good? Probably not! But it will be a fascinating test to see how tentpole titles do when released via the on-demand model, and could lead to future day-and-date releases. Don’t expect to see Furious 9 on a streaming service, though.
Universal pushed the release date for the ninth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise from May 22 to April 2, 2021, as “it’s become clear that it won’t be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May,” according to star Vin Diesel. There’s been speculation that the studio might put the movie on Peacock, its upcoming streaming service, but the Hollywood Reporter shut that possibility down.
As for a potential blockbuster film aimed at more quadrants, [media analyst Rich Greenfield] says no studio is likely to launch a movie with the potential to gross $1 billion on-demand, even in the current crisis. That explains Universal’s decision to push F9, the ninth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, into 2021. While some in the industry have speculated the studio might consider putting the film on its forthcoming Peacock streaming service to generate excitement — especially if the Olympics are postponed — studio sources rule that out, especially as the Peacock service is not international and the films derive a lot of revenue from China and Latin America.
It’s a shame we have to wait a year to discover how Han magically returned from the dead, but Vin Diesel has a suggestion for how to pass the time: watch Bloodshot, out on digital next Tuesday, on repeat.
Via the Hollywood Reporter
Late night television shows were among the first productions to shut down once the spread of coronavirus became more threatening this month. That’s mostly because the shows are shot with a live television audience. Initially, some of the shows attempted to stick it out by shooting episodes without a crowd, but eventually entire productions had to be shut down out of an abundance of caution. However, fans will now have some of their late night fixes back in action, albeit with some social distancing changes.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will be returning to Comedy Central this week after delivering a couple digital editions of the program under the new moniker The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah. Furthermore, Late Night with Seth Meyers will be making a bit of a comeback by doing digital editions of the show’s signature “A Closer Look” segment from the comedian’s home. They join Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brien, who have been keeping their shows alive with snippets of new segments uploaded to YouTube in the days since their shows were shut down. Find out more below.The Daily Show Returns to Comedy Central
Deadline has word on The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah, which started last Wednesday, a little bit behind the rest of the late night programming shifting to digital segments. Apparently, it worked well enough that the show will be returning to Comedy Central in its usual 11:00 P.M. ET time slot starting tonight, March 23. The show will be shot, produced and distributed remotely, obviously without an audience.
If you watch the above clip, you’ll see that the online version of The Daily Show was easily the most impressive among all the late night returns. It’s not just a funny segment shot on an iPhone with Trevor Noah messing around at home or Skyping with celebrities for the fun of it. The Daily Show‘s online edition has the same kind of editing, usage of clips, and even images and graphics that the regular show would have though the other shows improved as last week continued. It’s also been raking in solid viewership with over 3 million views per episode in the first 24 hours of release.
The Daily Show isn’t quite as big of a production as the late night network shows hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Kimmel, so that makes it a little easier for them to return. They don’t have multiple guests, a house band, and they don’t require a lot of set pieces for big segments. So I wouldn’t expect any of those shows to return in full to television at this time. But at least one of them will be returning a little more consistently after sitting things out for a bit. Plus, let’s not forget that Conan will be coming back with new episodes shot on an iPhone...
Content! It’s all about content! And if you’re already running out of things to watch at home, CBS All Access is here to help. The streaming subscription service was already offering up a free trial for 30 days, but since it looks like we’re going to be social distancing for at least another month, they’ve extended the trial period for another 30 days. That means you can get a 60-day CBS All Access free trial right now, giving you plenty of time to binge The Twilight Zone reboot and more.
Mashable called our attention to the 60-day CBS All Access free trial. All you have to do is head over to the streaming service’s website, and when you go to checkout, use the promo code GIFT and sign up for a one-month free trial. Once your account is created, then go into your account settings and in the “Subscription & Billing” area you can put in the ENJOY promo code to add another free month.
With two months of CBS All Access, you’ll have plenty of time to stream as much Star Trek as you please. They have everything from Star Trek: The Animated Series to Star Trek: The Next Generation. Plus, you’ll find the CBS All Access exclusives Star Trek Discovery and Star Trek: Picard available there too. If you’re wondering where the original Star Trek series from 1966 is streaming, you’ll have to head to Hulu or Amazon Prime.
That’s not all the sci-fi offerings CBS All Access has. You can also find both the original iteration of The Twilight Zone and the reboot of the anthology series from executive producer Jordan Peele. Our review painted a complimentary portrait of the modern spin on the classic series, so now’s the time to check it out.
All you crime procedural fans out there will get plenty of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and NCIS, including the spin-offs NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: Los Angeles, and CSI: Miami. There’s also both the original and new versions of MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0.
Reality show junkies can get their fix with tons of episodes of Survivor, Big Brother, and The Amazing Race. Even though Big Brother might hit a little too close to home for everyone stuck at home, the other two shows will be therapeutic for those who are desperate for a change of scenery.
But if you’re not interested in any of those contemporary shows, there are plenty of classics available too, including I Love Lucy, Magnum P.I. Mission: Impossible, Family Ties, Gunsmoke, Taxi, and Perry Mason.
The only way to figure out what you want to watch from CBS All Access is to sign up for that free channel. So enjoy!...
Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, kids all around the United States are home from school for the foreseeable future. But some of the younger ones may not fully understand exactly why they’re home, and some parents may not be sure how to best explain it to them. Nickelodeon wants to help with #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall, an hour-long special offering “a kid’s-eye view of life today amid the COVID-19 outbreak.” We’re not sure how you’ll get kids to sit still for an hour to watch something like this, but maybe having Frozen star Kristen Bell hosting the special will help.
The Nickelodeon coronavirus town hall was announced before the weekend. It will air on Monday, March 30 at 7pm ET/PT. Kristen Bell will host the special which is said to “directly address kids’ questions and concerns, include tips and insights from medical experts on ways to be healthy, and give first-person accounts from kids and families around the country who are social distancing and making changes to their everyday lives and relationships.” Sounds like a great way to educate kids and provide a good example to families around the country.
Kristen Bell, who has kids of her own, said in the press release from Nickelodeon:
“It’s so important to remember that we are all in this together, and our kids and loved ones need outlets to help them process and understand what’s going on and, most importantly, to still feel connected. I hope kids and families come away from this special feeling a little more comfortable and that they enjoy some much-needed moments of humor during this difficult time.”
Along with Kristen Bell hosting the event, there will be a musical performance by Grammy winner Alicia Keys, as well as other guest appearances by as well as appearances by Charli D’Amelio, Josh Gad, Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, and Ciara and Russell Wilson. They’ll all be appearing via video chat from across the United States. But the most important guests are undoubtedly Dr. Nadine Burke Harris California Surgeon General and Dr. Vivek H. Murthy former U.S. Surgeon General, each providing their expertise and insight into this concerning situation.
#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall will simulcast across Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons, and will be available on Nick On Demand, Nickelodeon YouTube, the Nick App and the Nick Pluto TV channel following the premiere. The special will also appear on Nickelodeon’s international networks....