Inside Streaming - August 12th, 2019

Inside Streaming (Aug 12th, 2019)

"The Crown" S3 tease / Eddie Murphy "Dolemite" trailer / CBS All Access for kids / Ninja-Twitch controversy

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1. The royal drama series "The Crown" will return to Netflix for a third season on November 17. It's been about two years since the release of Season 2, back in the fall of 2017. Oscar-winner Olivia Colman will replace Claire Foy, who starred in the first two seasons, as Queen Elizabeth II. The third season will cover the monarch's life from 1964 through 1977, known as "The Wilson Era" for Prime Minister Harold Wilson (who will be played by actor Jason Watkins). Tobias Menzies, Ben Daniels, and Helena Bonham Carter will also join the series, as Prince Philip, Lord Snowdon and Princess Margaret, respectively. – DEADLINE

[Colman won her Oscar this year for playing a different English ruler -- Queen Anne -- in "The Favourite," which is now streaming on HBO. - Lon]

2. Netflix released an NSFW trailer for the upcoming Rudy Ray Moore biopic "Dolemite is My Name!," starring Eddie Murphy as blaxploitation icon Rudy Ray Moore. Moore started performing as "Dolemite" in comedy clubs in the 1950s and went on to star as the character in a string of films stretching from the 1970s through the '90s. Moore died in 2008. The film -- from director Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow") -- co-stars Chris Rock, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Keegan-Michael Key, Luenell, Wesley Snipes, and Tituss Burgess. It will debut on Netflix and in select theaters this fall. – INDIEWIRE

[Many of Moore's "Dolemite" films -- including the all-time classic, "Disco Godfather" -- are available to stream on the Amazon Prime Channel "Brown Sugar," which is dedicated to blaxploitation films and American black cinema more generally. It's an additional $3.99 per month if you already have Prime Video. - Lon]


OUR BOYS: Debut HBO original series from Israel, based on the true stories of two 2014 kidnappings and murder cases that led to the outbreak of war in Gaza. [HBO]

ANDY IRONS: KISSED BY GOD: Documentary profile of the late professional surfer Andy Irons and his struggles with both opioid addiction and bipolar disorder. [Amazon Prime Video]

4. CBS All Access announced plans to feature more children's programming, including original series and a library of over 1,000 licensed episodes. The all-ages content will begin rolling out on the platform -- which up until now was largely focused on adult viewers -- later on this year. The subscription service announced two original series: one based on the book and film series "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," and the modern update of the British animated classic "Danger Mouse," which initially streamed on Netflix. The original "Danger Mouse" is among the classic kids' shows that will be available to stream on CBS All Access, along with "Inspector Gadget," "The Adventures of Paddington Bear" and "Heathcliff." – DEADLINE

5. Popular video game streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins complained on social media after his former Twitch channel was used to stream pornography. Blevins recently moved from Twitch to Microsoft's competitor, Mixer, as part of an exclusive deal. Typically, dormant Twitch channels just feature general information about their owners; in Blevins' case, Twitch replaced his channel with a humorous reference to "Super Mario Bros." and a feed promoting other popular "Fortnite" channels. One of these channels also featured pornographic images. On Twitter, Blevins complained about Twitch's decision to use his channel to promote other streamers, and apologized to fans, saying he was "disgusted and so sorry." Twitch CEO Emmett Shear took to social media to explain the situation and apologize to Blevins. The feed has since been removed from his former channel. – CNET

6. "The Boys" showrunner Eric Kripke shared the first-ever image from the Season 2 set. The image features a number of "Boys" regulars -- including, from left to right, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, Jack Quaid, and Laz Alonso -- covered in fake blood and flipping off the camera. (That's Kripke in the middle.) Amazon confirmed the series had been picked up for a second season -- and that Aya Cash of "You're the Worst" would join the series as a new superhero -- at this summer's San Diego Comic-Con. The first season of "The Boys" is currently Amazon Prime Video's most popular original series on IMDb, with an audience rating of 8.9/10 so far. (This also makes it the 36th highest ranked show of all time.) – DEADLINE

7. HBO Max picked up the rights to "Starstruck," an upcoming comedy series that will air on BBC Three in the UK. Comedian Rose Matafeo wrote the series and stars as a London woman who enters a surprising new relationship with a movie star. The WarnerMedia platform, which will launch in early 2020, will produce the series along with BBC Three. Matafeo recently won the Best Comedy Show prize at the 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Festival for her one-woman show, "Horndog." – THR

8. In IndieWire, Hanh Nguyen looks at the history of "surprise" releases by streaming platforms, and the unique challenges they pose. Examples include Netflix's without-warning drop of the first season of "The OA" and Hulu's decision to release "Veronica Mars" a full week early. Though sometimes these sudden announcements can generate buzz and make a show feel like a pop culture "event," they also comes with the risk of potentially alienating fans or confusing new viewers. – INDIEWIRE

9. Amazon Prime is now the top advertiser among major streaming platforms. According to a study by the firm MediaRadar, Amazon massively increased its advertising spend in 2019 over the previous year. Most of that advertising focused on the promotion of three new original series: "Hanna," "Good Omens" and "The Boys." – FORBES

10. Upstart live TV streaming service Frndly currently offers a package of 12 channels for $5.99 per month, with plans to expand soon.

Lon Harris is the writer and editor of Inside Streaming, and was the very first person to ever write an Inside newsletter. He lives in Los Angeles, California, and also writes about TV and film for Fandom, Screen Junkies, Rotten Tomatoes, Gamma Ray and others. He competes on The Movie Trivia Schmoedown as "The Professor." You can follow him on Twitter @lons

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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