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1. The third season of Netflix's serial killer drama "Mindhunter" has been put on "indefinite hiatus," and the cast has been released from their contracts. Executive producer and frequent director David Fincher – one of the driving creative forces behind the series – has stepped away to focus on other projects and the team felt "it wasn’t fair to the actors to hold them from seeking other work." Netflix has not formally canceled the series and noted in a statement that Fincher may choose to revisit "Mindhunter" again in the future. Fincher's first original feature for Netflix, the Herman J. Mankiewicz biopic "Mank" starring Gary Oldman, will be released later this year. He's also an executive producer on the Netflix animated anthology series "Love, Death, and Robots," which is currently in production on its second season. – TVLINE

2. Apple TV+ will premiere a new documentary about the Beastie Boys from filmmaker Spike Jonze in April. The film, "Beastie Boys Story," will also have a limited theatrical run in IMAX theaters in the spring. Jonze directed and co-wrote the movie along with group members Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, based in part on research they'd completed for the 600-page "Beastie Boys Book." The third member of the Beastie Boys, Adam "MCA" Yauch, died in 2009 at age 47. "Beastie Boys Story" will hit IMAX theaters on April 3 and Apple TV+ on April 24. – PITCHFORK

3. WHAT'S NEW ON STREAMING TODAY?

NI NO KUNI: Animated feature from Japan that's based on the series of role-playing video games, but tells its own original story. Directed by Studio Ghibli animator Yoshiyuki Momose, whose prior credits include classics like "Spirited Away," "Princess Mononoke," and "Grave of the Fireflies." [Netflix]

4. HBO MAX AT THE TCAs

It was HBO's turn on stage at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour. Here's a little taste of everything that was discussed and announced during the panel.

HOUSE OF THE DRAGON: The "Game of Thrones" spin-off – focused on a conflict within House Targaryen taking place 300 years before the events of the original show – will likely not make it to HBO Max until 2022, according to HBO programming chief Casey Bloys.

FRIENDS REUNION: Though it's been rumored for a while, and HBO Max chief content officer Kevin Reilly said there remains "interest all around," plans to bring back the entire cast of the classic sitcom have stalled for the time being. Executives blamed the complexity of aligning everyone's schedule.

DEMIMONDE: Now that "Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker" is in theaters, director J.J. Abrams is returning his attention to this "epic and intimate sci-fi fantasy drama" first announced in 2018. It will be the first series solely created by Abrams since "Alias" debuted in 2001. Abrams' company Bad Robot also produces "Westworld" for HBO.

RONAN FARROW DOC: The network inked a deal with Pulitzer Prize-winner Ronan Farrow to collaborate on a new documentary about the use of threats, intimidation, and violence to silence journalists.

HIGH MAINTENANCE: The upcoming fourth season of the comedy-drama series now has a trailer. Co-creator Ben Sinclair returns once more as The Guy, a weed deliveryman who drops in on the lives of a variety of eccentric New Yorkers. Season 4 hits HBO on February 7.

I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE: A debut image shows Mark Ruffalo playing twins in this upcoming miniseries adaptation of Wally Lamb's best-selling novel from writer/director Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine"). The six-episode series arrives on HBO in April.

GREEN LANTERN: Uber-producer Greg Berlanti, who supervises the CW's "Arrowverse," will bring DC Comics' Green Lantern Corps to HBO Max in a new series highlighting the origins of not one but TWO of Earth's protectors. The show will apparently also explore the villain Sinestro's background. Though AT&T will maintain the DC Universe standalone streaming service, "Green Lantern" will debut on HBO Max.

AQUAMAN: Big-screen "Aquaman" director James Wan will executive produce a three-part animated series based on the DC Comics character for HBO Max. "King of Atlantis" will look at Arthur Curry's early days as ruler of the undersea kingdom, as he faces a challenge to his rule from his brother and the looming threat of discovery by surface-dwellers.

5. THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE CHAMPS RELEASE "TEQUILA" (1/15/1958)

This week, in 1958, a rock and roll group called The Champs released a song with just one word that went on to become a timeless classic. Of course, I'm talking about "Tequila." The song had been written by a guy named Danny Flores for his group, The Flores Trio, which somehow became "The Champs" once the record was complete. The group hadn't even come together specifically to record Flores' song; the intention was to serve as a B-Side for another song, called "Train to Nowhere," recorded by a guy named Dave Burgess.

But "Train to Nowhere" didn't end up having near the staying power of "Tequila," which hit #1 on the Billboard charts within two months of being recorded, and has become something of a musical institution. The Flores Trio/Champs tried to go back to the well for another hit, recording a follow-up titled "Too Much Tequila," but lightning, in this case, didn't strike twice, and they've gone down in history as one of the most iconic one-hit wonders of all time.

Still, that's some hit. It's perhaps best-remembered by present-day Americans for its association with three very nostalgic films of the 1990s: "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and "The Sandlot." The song had a viral moment in 2019 as well when comedian Andy Rowell performed a "karaoke version" on "America's Got Talent."

[Need your "Tequila" in context? "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" is streaming for free with ads on IMDb TV. The 1990 "Ninja Turtles" is available on Netflix. Sadly, none of the major platforms has "The Sandlot" in their libraries right now, but you can rent it from the usual suspects. - Lon]

6. Peacock ordered a full 10-episode first season of the "Punky Brewster" reboot series. Original star Soleil Moon Frye, who started playing Punky at seven years old, will return for the new series. The character's now a single mother of three who takes in a young foster girl named Izzy (Quinn Copeland). Freddie Prinze Jr. co-stars as Punky's ex-husband, a musician who's frequently on the road. "School of Rock" creators Steve and Jim Armogida will write and executive produce the new series; Frye and original series creator David Duclon are also on board as producers. In a separate announcement on Instagram, actor/comedian Patton Oswalt indicated that Peacock would also produce a third season of the canceled NBC sitcom "AP Bio." – EW

7. Hulu will develop an adaptation of the three-part sci-fi novella "Binti" by author Nnedi Okorafor. The book is set in a futuristic version of Africa, where a young woman must choose between remaining on Earth and leading her community or venturing into space. The book won both the 2016 Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Novella. Okorafor will co-write the adaptation herself along with "Watchmen" and "The Morning Show" scribe Stacy Osei-Kuffour. – THR

8. A new lawsuit accuses the Apple TV+ thriller "Servant" of ripping off a 2013 Sundance film. The suit, filed on Thursday in California, alleges that "Servant" – written by Tony Basgallop and executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan – borrows liberally from the 2013 indie film "The Truth About Emanuel," from writer/director Francesca Gregorini. The suit accuses "Servant" and specifically Shyamalan – who directed the show's pilot – of borrowing not only story elements from "The Truth About Emanuel," but also "its use of cinematic language, creating a substantially similar feeling, mood, and theme." The complaint also accuses the producers of "Servant" of sexism for replacing the female filmmakers behind "The Truth About Emanuel" with a crew of mostly men. Apple declined to comment on the suit. – DEADLINE

[Want to see for yourself if "Servant" and "Truth About Emanuel" are too similar? You're in luck. The show wraps up its first season on Apple TV+ on Friday and the indie film is streaming right now for free on YouTube. - Lon]

9. Ben & Jerry's announced a new streaming-themed flavor: Netflix and Chill'd. The pint includes peanut butter ice cream with pretzel swirls and fudge brownie pieces; the container features three of Ben & Jerry's signature cow mascots relaxing together on a couch. A non-dairy version, made with almond milk, is also available. Thrillist gives the taste high marks. – THRILLIST

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.

Edited by Sheena Vasani, staff writer at Inside.

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