Before they become parents, they have to grow up. Watch all episodes of Trying on May 1 on the Apple TV app with an Apple TV+ subscription: https://apple.co/_Trying
All Nikki (Esther Smith) and Jason (Rafe Spall) want is a baby—but it’s the one thing they just can’t have. How are they going to fill the next 50 years if they can’t start a family? They already went through The Sopranos in a weekend. After ruling out every other option, Nikki and Jason decide to adopt and are confronted by a world of bewildering new challenges. With their dysfunctional friends, screwball family, and chaotic lives, will the adoption panel agree that they’re ready to be parents?
Co-starring BAFTA Award winner Imelda Staunton, Ophelia Lovibond, and Oliver Chris, and written by Andy Wolton, Trying is a new comedy series from Apple TV+ and BBC Studios about a thirtysomething couple and their friends learning to grow up, settle down, and find someone to love.
Home Before Dark is a new Apple Original about a nine-year-old journalist who helps solve a murder. Watch Friday on the Apple TV app with an Apple TV+ subscription: https://apple.co/_HomeBeforeDark
A mystery inspired by the reporting of a real nine-year-old journalist. When a young girl and her family move back to the small town her father left behind, her pursuit of the truth leads to the unearthing of a long-buried cold case.
The series is created and executive produced by Jon M. Chu and showrunners Dana Fox & Dara Resnik; written and executive produced by Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner; and executive produced by Steve Golin for Anonymous Content, Joy Gorman Wettels, Rosemary Rodriguez and Sharlene Martin.
Netflix has cancelled two US series, V-Wars and October Faction.
Vampire series V-Wars starred Ian Somerhalder as a scientist racing against a killer disease. It premiered in December but ends at a single season.
Somerhalder was also a producer, telling TV Tonight, “I know that we can turn this show into not only a watercooler show, but into a very relevant, very controversial and very gripping streaming show. We don’t have the confines of network television. We can do whatever the hell we want. I want it to be raw and I want to be grounded. And I’m going to fight tooth and nail with my producing partners together to make sure that we make this happen.”
Sci-fi series October Faction starred Tamara Taylor and J.C. MacKenzie as a married couple who also work together as monster hunters.
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It’s already been two weeks since pro sports games were last played in the U.S., and the absence is not getting any easier for fans to deal with–whether they’re longing for the NBA, NHL, or MLB, which would’ve started its regular season this week. But while the coronavirus-enforced loss of matchups is tough for fans, it’s tougher still for the teams and leagues themselves, which now have to figure out how to keep fans interested during an extended hiatus from actual games.
Teams are used to it, to some extent. During the offseason, there are highlights to show and fan contests to publish. But that’s also following the finality of the season before. A team can point to the full results of a completed season and look back on that. With the NBA and NHL postponing games just a month away from the playoffs, and MLB would normally be ready to start the regular season, it feels like a bit of a cliffhanger right now. Some franchises are figuring out how to adapt, however.
In the above graph from video analytics firm Tubular Labs, you can see the steep decline in uploads from sports creators once the games went dark. It might have taken a week to iron out exactly how to handle the new reality without new highlights, but the more recent uptick shows at least some movement in the right direction. Looking specifically at pages owned by the NBA, NHL, and MLB, Tubular data shows over 396 million views across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube between March 12 and 27.
Since March 12, the leagues themselves do seem to be doing the best job of creating popular videos that get in front of fans. Of the top 10 videos created by the NBA, NHL, and MLB (and their teams), six were from the NBA’s main feed and four were from the MLB or its Spanish-language content feed, Las Mayores. Spanish-language content has actually been a big driver for MLB, in particular, with the Las Mayores feed (just on Facebook) driving 10.6 million views since May 12, compared to 39.2 million for MLB’s main English page.
On YouTube, the top creators in this cohort have mostly come from the NBA. The league leads all creators from the group with 11.8 million views, followed by the NHL (951,000), MLB (773,000), and then basketball’s Milwaukee Bucks (351,000), Dallas Mavericks (328,000), and Golden State Warriors (310,000). Though the NBA was still the top creator on Facebook with 34.9 million views in the timeframe, MLB (26.4 million) and the NHL (21.4 million) were much closer on that platform. The top four team-specific creators were also NBA teams there (a list that includes the Los Angeles Lakers, the Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, and the Bucks).
Many of these themes–and teams–stayed pretty consistent no matter the platform. On Instagram, the NBA led, while the NHL and Warriors actually generated more views than MLB. Nearly three quarters of the top 20 creators were owned by the NBA on that platform. For Twitter, things were a little more evenly matched, though. There, the NBA just edged out MLB in views (15.9 million to 14.8 million), with two NBA teams and two MLB teams among the top 10.
Of the top videos across platforms, most have appeared within the last week, showing that teams and leagues are only getting better at sharing content that’s resonating with fans (and/or fans are getting progressively more bored). Hopefully this isn’t put to the test in a long-term hiatus for sports. But most indications say we’re likely waiting at least another month for action to return.
Daisy Keech, a social influencer and fitness model who claims to be one of the co-founders of TikTok creator collective The Hype House — an allegation that is disputed by oft-credited founders Thomas Petrou and Chase Hudson — has officially moved out of the group’s Los Angeles mansion. Keech has also filed a federal lawsuit against influencer-entrepreneur Petrou and Hudson, a 17-year-old eboy with 17.8 million TikTok followers.
According to Forbes, Keech collected her remaining belongings from The Hype House, flanked by an armed security guard, earlier this month. And Keech’s new lawsuit accuses Petrou and Hudson of striking business deals without her knowledge or involvement, exiling her from the group, and attempting to position themselves as the only co-founders of the venture.
Keech alleges she came up with the idea for The Hype House in partnership Petrou last fall. The two then teamed up with Hudson before onboarding two other stars: Alex Warren (8.1 million TikTok followers) and Kouvr Annon (4.8 million). Keech says that she and Hudson each contributed $18,000 to put down a deposit on the 6,000-square-foot Encino mansion, whereas Petrou, Annon, and Warren each contributed $5,000. (Keech also shared a YouTube video over the weekend outlining her side of the story, which you can check out below).
Keech tells Forbes that, early on, the co-founders reached an oral agreement to share any revenues from brand sponsorships, merch sales, and other business ventures — though no specifics were ever formally put on paper. That said, she alleges that Petrou and Hudson subsequently struck sponsorships with Chipotle and Bang Energy drinks without her inclusion. Additionally, Keech and Hudson have filed dueling trademark applications for The Hype House name, as a line of branded merchandise is reportedly in the works.
With her lawsuit, per Forbes, Keech is seeking control of The Hype House trademark, repayment for her share of any income that has been brought in to date, as well as a means of formalizing the various stakeholders in the venture.
In the meantime, Keech has formed a new creator collective called Clubhouse, which will reside in a 12,000-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion — twice the size of The Hype House. Among the first members are comedy creator Chase Keith (4.4 million TikTok followers) and fitness and lifestyle star Abby Rao (847,000 followers), though Keech told Forbes that she wants to focus on creators with a presence on other platforms beyond TikTok, including YouTube and Instagram. Keech says she formed the Clubhouse — the launch of which has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic — with at least one outside investor: New York real estate developer Amir Ben-Yohanan.
Travel may be off-limits, but YouTube viewers can still take a trip back to Scranton, Pennsylvania, thanks to actor John Krasinski’s new channel.
Krasinski is best known for playing lovable prankster Jim in all nine seasons of The Office. He’s since gone on to star in numerous notable projects like horror film A Quiet Place and Amazon‘s political thriller Jack Ryan, but his turn as Pam’s husband and iconic camera-starer is firmly lodged in fans’ hearts–and on competing streaming services.
Perhaps with that in mind, Krasinski introduced his new project, a YouTube channel called Some Good News, with a reunion between himself and fellow Office alum Steve Carell, who starred as “world’s best boss” Michael Scott. Krasinski’s overall goal with the channel is to crowdsource bits of heartwarming news that he’ll present, in full host’s suit and tie, from his home. “For years now, I’ve been wondering, why is there not a news show dedicated entirely to good news?” he asks at the beginning of his and Carell’s video.
After the news rundown, Krasinski introduces Some Good News’ “entertainment correspondent”–and up pops Carell, calling in via webcam.
“It’s so good to see you, and thank you so much for doing this,” Krasinski tells Carell. “We are trying to start a news network just for good news, and boy, are you good news.”
The two note that their reunion celebrates the 15th anniversary of The Office’s first season premiere, and revisit some of their favorite filming moments. Carell says it’s “a happy surprise” to see The Office is still gaining fans who are discovering it for the first time on Netflix. As for a long-demanded reunion of the show’s entire cast, Krasinski is pretty vague: “Hopefully one day we just get to reunite as people and all get to say hi.”
The duo’s video has netted more than 2.6 million views in the 18 hours since it was uploaded, and is currently No. 1 on YouTube’s Trending tab. Some Good News now has more than 330,000 subscribers.
On Twitter, Krasinski said he’s “totally blown away by the response,” and asks fans to keep sending news.
Wow!! Totally blown away by the response to #SGN ! Thank you thank you… But hey, you guys did this!! So you keep sending me #SomeGoodNews and making me smile… and I’ll keep trying to return the favor! Pass it on!https://t.co/smtSgIlNGG
The news comes on the same day fellow IDW-produced drama Locke & Key scored a renewal for a second season.
V Wars starred Ian Somerhalder as Dr. Luther Swann, a scientist who “enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans.”
“As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of these ‘vampires.’ Swann races against time to understand what’s happening, while Fayne rises to become the powerful underground leader of the vampires.”
The talented cast also includes Adrian Holmes (Arrow) as Michael Fayne, Peter Outerbridge (The Umbrella Academy) as Calix Niklos, Laura Vandervoort (Bitten, Smallville) as Mila Dubov, Kyle Breitkopf (The Whispers) as Dez, Jacky Lai (Beyond) as Kaylee Vo, and Kimberly-Sue Murray (Shadowhunters) as Danika.
V Wars Season 1 launched in December on Netflix, and the lack of renewal until now was somewhat concerning.
The streamer typically makes decisions on renewal or cancellation after taking 28 days worth of data into consideration. Given the long way, it is likely the streamer was waiting to see if the numbers swelled.
Somerhalder took to Instagram earlier this month to urge fans to watch the show, while also complimenting scientists.
#VWars is streaming right now on @netflix -this is a glimpse into the last 2 years of my life with this story and now it’s happening outside our doorsteps! I’ve NEVER been more proud to play an epidemiologist on #VWars as I am right now.
These scientists spend their lives and careers trying to keep us safe so that we may live full, healthy and happy lives. I solute you all and thank you for your tireless efforts to help us and our families. Scientists ROCK.
Let’s please listen to them. With immense gratitude and appreciation, Ian/Dr. Swann PS If you’re stuck in like the rest of us, find your country below and click on YOUR NETFLIX link! Sign up if you haven’t and stream VWARS.
I cannot believe this is happening to the world! I spent almost 2 years of my life making this exact story but with vampires! Whoa… @nxonnetflix Badasses
October Faction, meanwhile, starred Bones alum Tamara Taylor and J.C. MacKenzie which revolved around their married couple who also work together as monster hunters.
The series had a paltry 33 percent among critics on Rotten Tomatoes. That series was considerably less buzzy than V Wars, with a quiet launch in January.
Netflix recently axed freshman shows Spinning Out, Messiah, and AJ and the Queen.
The streamer is building up a track record of canceling many shows after single seasons. Without knowing the true number of viewers, it’s difficult to assess how well its shows are actually performing.
Fullscreen’s longtime director of talent, Michael Gordon, has exited the company to join Night Media, the talent management and digital marketing agency that represents star YouTubers like MrBeast(33.4 million subscribers), Preston(26.9 million), and Typical Gamer(9.04 million).
Gordon joined Fullscreen in 2013, and during his time there signed top clients like Tfue (11.6 million), DALLMYD (10 million), and Mind of Rez (4.01 million). He most recently forged brand deals at Fullscreen with the U.S. Navy, Puma, GFuel, and Experian.
As Night Media’s new VP of talent management, Gordon will open the company’s first office outside its HQ in Dallas. He’ll be based in Los Angeles, and will work on securing further opportunities for Night’s current roster of 12 clients, who collectively have more than 100 million subscribers and net 1.6 billion views per month. His responsibilities also include expanding that roster–but not by much. Reed Duchscher, the former NFL manager who founded Night Media in 2014 and serves as its CEO, tells Tubefilter that his company keeps a slim client list because their fundamental goal is to sign creators whose platforms can be built into major media businesses.
“We don’t really sign content creators, we sign entrepreneurs,” he says. “We sign people who want to grow their internal businesses. You can just look at someone like Preston, who started with one YouTube channel with us, and now it’s six YouTube channels and a large merchandise company and a kid’s production studio and all these other tentacles we’ve helped them build.”
Night’s approach to business-building was what drew Gordon to the position. “I strive to provide the best service in the industry for the clients I work with,” he says. “And partnering with an already established company allows me to have the resources I need to be super successful. For me, it was very hard to find the right partner, but Reed and I do so well together I think it was a naturally good fit.”
For the L.A. office, Gordon has so far hired two managers (who will be announced separately) and an assistant. Duchscher says Night is in the process of “figuring out one or two other managers that are embedded in the digital space and are also located in L.A.,” and expects the office to grow to around six or eight people total in the coming months.