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Inside Streaming (Dec 6th, 2019)

"The Outsider" trailer / YouTube hates "Rewind" again / TikTok suppressing videos / Dr DisRespect series


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1. HBO released a first trailer for the upcoming Stephen King adaptation, "The Outsider." Ben Mendelsohn stars in the 10-episode series as a homicide detective investigating the murder of an 11-year-old; complicating his case is the fact that the lead suspect (Jason Bateman) appears to have been in two places at the same time. Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, and Julianne Nicholson co-star. Both Mendelsohn and Bateman are also on board the project as producers, and Bateman directed the first two episodes. "The Outsider" will debut on HBO on January 12. – INDIEWIRE

2. YouTube's 2019 "Rewind" retrospective apologized for the 2018 "Rewind," but it still didn't satisfy commenters. Each December, YouTube posts a compilation video, called "YouTube Rewind," tracking the year's most popular creators, breakout trends, and other significant goings-on within the community. The 2018 edition became the most disliked video in the site's history and was knocked for focusing on brands rather than celebrating the creators and fans. The 2019 "Rewind" (subtitled "For the Record") opens with an apology for the 2018 video, and a look back at popular creators grimacing as they watched it, before continuing with a more conventional Top 10 format. The comments and votes on the new video, however, have remained negative, with many complaining about the lack of new footage. Others in the comments noted that the act of disliking "Rewind" videos has itself become an annual YouTube tradition. – POLYGON

3. WHAT'S NEW ON STREAMING TODAY?

THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL: The hit comedy-drama series, starring Rachel Brosnahan as a '50s housewife turned stand-up comedian, is back for a third season. Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub both won Emmys earlier this year for their supporting performances in Season 2. [Amazon]

CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG: Debut animated series based on Norman Bridwell's beloved children's books. The show will air on PBS Kids and stream concurrently on Amazon. [Amazon]

INSIDE EDGE: The Indian drama series, which follows the fictional T20 cricket team the Mumbai Mavericks, returns for a second season. [Amazon]

TRUTH BE TOLD: Octavia Spencer stars in this debut drama series as a true-crime podcaster who begins to question the guilt of the serial killer (Aaron Paul) she helped to convict. [Apple]

MARRIAGE STORY: Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson star in writer-director Noah Baumbach's comedy-drama as a stage director and an actress going through a painful, coast-to-coast divorce. Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Julie Hagerty, and Merritt Wever co-star. The film debuted to strong reviews at the Venice Film Festival and is considered a likely award contender. [Netflix]

FULLER HOUSE: The first half of the "Full House" spin-off's final season arrives on Netflix today. Part B is coming sometime in 2020. [Netflix]

ASTRONOMY CLUB: THE SKETCH SHOW: This six-episode debut comedy series from the New York-based sketch and improv troupe was produced by "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris. [Netflix]

THE CONFESSION KILLER: Five-part true-crime docuseries profiling Henry Lee Lucas, who confessed to 600 murders in the early 1980s. Though Lucas knew specific details about many of the attacks, authorities and journalists nonetheless began to doubt many of his claims. [Netflix]

VIRGIN RIVER: This debut Netflix drama series is based on the "Virgin River" romance novels by Robyn Carr. Alexandra Breckenridge stars as Melinda Monroe, a nurse who takes a job in a remote California town, hoping for a fresh start. Martin Henderson co-stars as an eligible local bar owner. [Netflix]

GLOW UP: Reality competition series from the UK -- which aired earlier this year on BBC Three -- in which aspiring make-up artists face off in a series of colorful challenges. [Netflix]

SPIRIT RIDING FREE: THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS: Holiday special spun off from the DreamWorks animated series about a girl and her horse. [Netflix]

THE CHOSEN ONE: The Brazilian thriller series -- about three doctors who become trapped in an isolated village they attempted to vaccinate against the Zika virus -- is back for a second season. [Netflix]

THREE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS (DÍAS DE NAVIDAD): Limited drama series from Spain -- set on Christmas Day in four different eras -- about a family coming to terms with some long-kept secrets. [Netflix]

TRIAD PRINCESS: Eugenie Liu stars in this romantic action-comedy series from Taiwan as a gangster's daughter who takes a job as a bodyguard for a famous actor (Jasper Liu). [Netflix]

TEASING MASTER TAKAGI-SAN: The romantic comedy anime series, about middle-school friends who love to prank one another, is back for a second season. [Netflix]

REPRISAL: Abigail Spencer stars in Hulu's debut revenge drama as a femme fatale getting back at the gang of gearheads who left her for dead. Mena Massoud, David Dastmalchian, and Rory Cochrane co-star. [Hulu]

INTO THE DARK: A NASTY PIECE OF WORK: The latest holiday-themed satirical horror film from Blumhouse stars Julian Sands as a CEO who forces his employees to participate in a violent spectacle to earn their Christmas bonuses. [Hulu]

BURDEN OF TRUTH: Canadian legal drama series, which airs in the US on the CW, starring Kristin Kreuk as a corporate attorney who uncovers a deadly conspiracy. The second season hits Hulu today. [Hulu]

TOP CHEF: The 16th season of the reality cooking competition series was set in Kentucky, and aired on Bravo earlier this year. The full season lands on Hulu today. [Hulu]

THE PUSH: Inspirational 2018 documentary profiling Grant Korgan, who despite having suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down, managed to make a demanding journey to the geographic South Pole. [Hulu]

A TINY AUDIENCE: Debut music series in which Latin artists perform songs that are meaningful to them, and reveal one personal secret each, before small crowds in intimate live venues. The first episode features Colombian superstar Juanes, along with Natti Natasha, Sebastián Yatra, and Jackie Cruz. [HBO]

LONG SHOT: Seth Rogen stars in this 2019 romantic comedy as a journalist who becomes a speechwriter for a former babysitter (Charlize Theron) who's now the US Secretary of State. [HBO, Saturday]

DAN SODER: SON OF A GARY: The comedian and "Billions" regular taped his first HBO stand-up special at New York's Bowery Ballroom. [HBO, Saturday]

THE L WORD: GENERATION Q: Showtime's new drama series -- about a group of lesbian friends in Los Angeles -- is a sequel to "The L Word," which aired on the network from 2004 to 2009. "L Word" regulars Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moenning, and Leisha Hailey reprise their roles alongside a new ensemble. [Showtime, Sunday]

WORK IN PROGRESS: New comedy series co-created by and starring Abby McEnany, based on her 2016 stage show. She plays a "45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke" from Chicago who embarks on a promising new relationship. [Showtime, Sunday]

4. The massively popular social video app TikTok has admitted to suppressing videos from creators the company feared were "vulnerable to cyberbullying." The official TikTok policy applied to creators with facial disfigurement, autism, Down Syndrome, and other unspecified disabilities, but an investigation by German site Netzpolitik revealed that many more creators -- such as those with birthmarks, weight problems, or members of the LGBTQ community -- may also have had their videos impacted. TikTok's system includes moderators who watch brief clips of a specific creator's videos, and then determine if the individual might be susceptible to bullying. If the creators were flagged as "vulnerable," this would limit the spread of their content, particularly in foreign countries. TikTok responded to the Netzpolitik report, saying that the policy "was never intended to be a long-term solution" and would be changed. – SLATE

5. Twitch personality Guy Beahm IV (better known as "Dr DisRespect") signed a deal to create a narrative, scripted series based on the character for Skybound Entertainment. The show will relate the fictional origins of Beahm's arrogant, over-the-top alter-ego. The deal is the first of its kind for a Twitch personality. Beahm has more than 3.8 million followers on Twitch, and his videos have received over 100 million views. Skybound is the multi-platform production company founded by "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman. – THR

6. Netflix will spend over $420 million on original content for the Indian market by the end of 2020. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made the announcement at a conference in New Dehli. The $420 million will go to both producing original shows and licensing third-party content. Various sources told TechCrunch that this amount exceeds what any other streaming service is spending on content designed for Indian viewers; Disney+ is also expected to launch in India sometime in the second half of 2020. Netflix's current chief Indian rival, Hotstar, spent an estimated $17 million on original shows in 2019. – TECHCRUNCH

7. Apple TV 4K device owners have reported that Apple TV+ no longer plays through their devices in the Dolby Vision format. Instead, a number of Apple TV+ shows appear to have reverted to lower-quality HDR10 playback. According to the reports, series including "The Morning Show" and "For All Mankind" are labeled as streaming in Dolby Vision, and initially did utilize the high-quality format, but have now reverted to lower-quality HDR10 streams. Only "Dickinson" appears to have retained its use of the Dolby Vision standard. For now, the issue remains largely theoretical, as current-generation televisions can't reproduce the full range of color and brightness provided by the Dolby Vision system. – 9TO5MAC

8. The infamous "Numa Numa" viral video turns 15 years old on Friday. The video features an American vlogger named Gary Brolsma lip syncing and dancing to the song "Dragostea Din Tei" by Romanian-Moldovian pop group O-Zone. It was initially uploaded to early entertainment and social aggregator site Newgrounds on December 6, 2004, where it was eventually viewed hundreds of millions of times before spreading around the internet. – YOUTUBE

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

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