In this deleted scene, Dick Cavett remembers Muhammad Ali’s “Angry” bit on The Jerry Lewis Show and how it contrasted with his affable personality. Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes premieres Feb. 11 at 9pm on HBO. #HBO #HBODocs #AliCavettHBO Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: https://goo.gl/wtFYd7
Susie Essman, Cheryl Hines and J.B. Smoove agree that Larry David is most likely to break character on set. Curb Your Enthusiasm is back for a landmark tenth season. Don’t miss new epsiodes Sundays at 10:30PM on HBO. #HBO #CurbYourEnthusiasm #LarryDavid Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: https://goo.gl/wtFYd7
Curb Your Enthusiasm stars Larry David as… Larry David, living the good life out in Los Angeles and stumbling through one faux-pas after another.
Pope John III welcomes Sharon Stone to the Vatican for an enlightening conversation. #HBO #TheNewPope #TheNewPopeHBO Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: https://goo.gl/wtFYd7
Academy Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino returns with The New Pope, his second original series set in the world of the modern papacy. Written by Sorrenttino with Umberto Contarello and Stefano Bises, the nine-episode original series features Jude Law and John Malkovich. Sharon Stone and Marilyn Manson guest star.
The Young Turks (TYT), a progressive digital news outlet that rose to renown on YouTube, is looking to pass on journalistic tips and tricks to the next generation of digital reporters.
To this end, the company — co-founded by flagship host and aspiring politician Cenk Uygur — is launching TYT Academy, an online course that will seek to help burgeoning creators report on their local communities. The two-track video series — with eight videos per track — will teach the basics of news-gathering and reporting, as well how to produce and publish reports to various platforms. The first track is titled ‘Journalism & Ethics’, while the second is dubbed ‘Video Platforms’. In order to earn a TYT Academy certificate, participants must pass a final exam.
“Just as Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian are passionate about news at the national level, there are many people out there who are passionate about news at the local level,” TYT’s chief business officer Steven Oh said in a statement. “We want to empower them to report on their local communities, from what’s happening at city hall to the local restaurant scene to their traffic issues and more.”
TYT Academy will initially be tested by 10 to 15 hand-picked candidates — with applications available here. This initial group will receive personal mentoring from TYT managing editor Jonathan Larsen and director of platform distribution Aaron Wysocki. In June, the program will open up to the public at large — though obviously TYT staffers won’t furnish guidance for every viewer of the series.
The project is being funded in part by the Google News Initiative, which YouTube‘s parent company unveiled in 2018, committing $300 million over three years to: ensure quality news content on its platforms, provide cutting-edge tools to partners, preserve an open digital ecosystem, and experiment with new formats. Axios pegsGoogle‘s investment in the TYT Academy in the “mid-six figures range.”
While some onlookers will inevitably find it objectionable that Google is putting its money behind an outlet with such a firm political leaning, Oh tells Tubefilter, “I’m not worried about any perceived bias because our program is completely nonpartisan. We are simply teaching digital journalists how best to report on their local communities.”
You can check out an intro video for the Academy featuring Uygur below, and a playlist of the first track in its entirety right here.
Tentpole events like the Oscars and SuperBowl aren’t just a boon for networks looking for live viewers—they can help celebrities achieve above-average engagement rates on social media as well.
We recently examined engagement around Super Bowl ad teasers that celebrities and influencers had released on social media before the Big Game. Today, we’re looking specifically at three of the full Super Bowl ads posted by the stars they featured that received notable engagement. Data is through Feb. 3 and comes from CreatorIQ, an influencer platform that helps companies run brand ambassador campaigns with content creators.
TomBrady was front and center in Hulu’s Super Bowl spot that, when the teaser was released, had some thinking he was going to announce his retirement from football. But nope—in the full ad, Brady made it clear that he was only there to say goodbye to “TV as you know it” (thanks to Hulu’s multiple offerings). Brady posted the full ad to Instagram, where it’s received a remarkable engagement rate of 12.34%, more than double his usual Instagram average of 5.28% (which CreatorIQ considers excellent for an influencer of his size). The Twitter version received a 6.13% engagement rate, which is still respectable but actually below Brady’s Twitter average of 11.39%.
A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Feb 2, 2020 at 4:14pm PST
MountainDew tapped BreakingBad star BryanCranston to reenact famous scenes from 1980 horror classic The Shining, and Cranston posted the full spot to both Instagram and Twitter. The Instagram video received an engagement rate of 12.27%, which is above Cranston’s average of 10.66%, according to CreatorIQ. On Twitter, the video received a 0.22% engagement rate, far below that of Brady’s but still above Cranston’s Twitter average of 0.05%.
A post shared by Bryan Cranston (@bryancranston) on Feb 2, 2020 at 1:31pm PST
Game of Thrones and Aquaman star JasonMomoa partnered with Rocket Mortgage for a humorous ad showing that home is the one place he can let his guard down—which means removing boots that make him taller, arms that give him muscles, and a wig covering up a balding head. Rocket Mortgage sponsored Momoa’s Instagram post of the full ad, and it received an engagement rate of 3.43%, which is slightly higher than Momoa’s Instagram average of 3.13%, and above CreatorIQ’s Instagram sponsored content benchmark for mega influencers (1M+ followers) of 1%.
The popularity of podcasts has been at a steady rise since at least the mid-2000s when iTunes began making them available through their platform. According to Music Oomph, there are over 700,000 active podcasts comprised of more than 29 million episodes across 100 different languages. Now, that is a lot of podcasts!
Podcasts often center around a narrative and yet, it’s still open to the listeners’ imagination. We take in the information (which can usually be counted on to be reliable and factual), immerse ourselves in the stories being told, and we’re granted the freedom to watch it all play out in our mind’s eye.
They are also a great way for people to learn more about the world. Whether the genre is random trivia, daily news, true crime, paranormal, or self-help. Given the vast potential that podcasts have, it’s no wonder that it only continues to gain a larger audience each year.
So yeah, we can pretty much all agree that podcasts are awesome enough to be great foundations for dramatization on both the big and small screen. With that, we’ve put together a list of ongoing and upcoming drama series based on podcasts.
Current podcast-based TV Shows
Gimlet Media released its pioneer scripted podcast series on November 16, 2016, in the form of Homecoming.
In the podcast, we’re treated to a collection of phone calls, therapy sessions, and conversations that effectively tie the whole story together.
The main characters are a caseworker and her supervisor assigned to an experimental facility. As well as a soldier who wants to retransition to civilian life.
Accompanied by an eerie soundtrack and the distant buzzes of background noise, Homecoming is a psychological thriller that unfolds over twelve episodes.
Two years after the podcast was released, the web television production premiered on Amazon Prime Video. The show was created by the podcast creators, Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, who served as writers and executive producers as well.
The show sticks quite closely to the podcast and stars Julia Roberts as the main character, Heidi Bergman, in Roberts’ major small screen debut. Joining her are Bobby Cannavale, Stephan James, Shea Whigham, Alex Karpovsky, and Sissy Spacek.
Though the story played out over two seasons in the original, the show combines both seasons into one, ten-episode series (which you can watch on Amazon now). However, the second season is currently in production and will deviate from the podcast. It will star Janelle Monáe and Chris Cooper, alongside Stephan James and Hong Chau from the first season.
Created by LA Times in collaboration with Wondery and hosted by Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Goffard, Dirty John is a true-crime podcast that tells the life story of John Michael Meehan. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, Meehan was a well-known conman who gained notoriety in the mid-2010s, after he was killed in 2016.
He was known as a swindler. He had an extensive history of manipulating people for money and sex, stealing from people, and basically lying about every single part of his life.
The Dirty John podcast was released in 2017 and focused mainly on his relationship with Debra Newell, along with some insight into both his actions and the actions of those he manipulated.
The Dirty John TV adaptation first premiered in November 2018 on Bravo, and then was made available on Amazon and Netflix later on.
The first season starred Connie Britton as Newell and Eric Bana as Meehan, with Juno Temple and Julia Garner as Newell’s two daughters. Britton and Garner both received nominations for their performances in the show, and positive reviews praise all the actors’ abilities to bring the eeriness of the story to the forefront.
Though the first season has wrapped up, it was announced in September 2019 that it would proceed as an anthology. With the second season titled Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story.
The fictional podcast series Limetown, created by Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie for Two-Up Productions, harkens a little to the mystery of the Roanoke colony. Except in a modern setting of a neuroscience research facility in Tennessee.
This audio drama spanned over six parts and was told from the perspective of Lia Haddock, a reporter for American Public Radio, as she tries to find out what happened to the over 300 people who disappeared from the research facility.
The first season dives into Haddock’s investigation, while the second narrates what happens after Haddock is (spoiler alert!) abducted in the season one finale.
The Limetown TV adaptation premiered on Facebook Watch in October 2019. Lia Haddock was played by Jessica Biel while Emile Haddock, her uncle, was played by Stanley Tucci.
Limetown features a mix of the supernatural in the form of mysterious forces, telepathy, and shadow people. Along with real-life events like murder and well, missing people.
At the end of the first season, we do finally get some answers as to what happened to everyone but that’s as far as we’ll ever know. Sadly, Limetown was canceled after its first season.
Reminiscent of our days telling scary stories around a bonfire, each episode goes into a deep dive of dark events throughout human history. Odd burial grounds, body snatching, curses, and the asylum where lobotomies originated. And Lore even touches upon folklore from different cultures like elves, changelings, and vampires.
It’s incredibly fascinating, and Mahnke’s narration coupled with the background music makes for an addicting and vastly informative podcast.
The content and information in each Lore podcast episode were interesting enough to develop into an anthology series, which premiered in October 2017 on Amazon Prime Video.
Thanks to the mesmerizing quality of Mahnke’s voice, he stayed on as the show’s narrator and producer alongside Gale Anne Hurd of The Walking Dead franchise. It used a combination of cinematic scenes and documentary footage to, like the original podcast, weave stories that both entertained and informed its audience.
Throughout the show, we see familiar faces like Robert Patrick, Holland Roden, Adam Goldberg, and Kristin Bauer van Straten.
Despite garnering generally favorable reviews, Lore was canceled after only two seasons and 12 episodes in total. Luckily, Mahnke has continued producing podcast episodes for our listening pleasure.
Now, let’s take a look at the podcasts that are being used for future TV adaptations!
Upcoming TV Shows that are based on podcasts
Welcome to Night Vale
Welcome to Night Vale had its beginnings back in 2012 and was published by Night Vale Presents in March 2015.
Creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor built the Night Vale community around the idea “of a town in that desert where all conspiracy theories were real”. So you can just imagine how many weird, paranormal things could happen in this small desert town.
Presented in the format of a radio show, the bi-monthly episodes feature updates for the Night Vale community through news, local weather, and announcements. The story unfolds to add more characters as they go through mysterious lights in the sky, a character that hypnotizes the whole town, a corporate nemesis, and an invasion led by a demon puppy summoned from Hell.
Yes, Welcome to Night Vale is a healthy mix of spooky and deadpan supernatural horror that we never knew we needed in our horror-loving lives.
The television adaptation was announced in December 2017 with executive producer Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) under Sony Pictures Television and developed for FX. Both Fink and Cranor will also serve as executive producers so we have high hopes that the series will maintain the surreal, absurd, and magical realism that the podcast emanates.
Alice Isn’t Dead
Alice Isn’t Dead is a fictional, scripted podcast in the form of an audio diary with heavy doses of supernatural horror and dark humor. This is consistent with the general vibe of the podcast network that published it: Night Vale Presents.
That’s right, apart from having its own TV adaptation, Welcome to Night Vale co-creator Fink will be executive producing the Alice Isn’t Dead series. Which makes sense, considering he’s also the podcast’s author.
In Alice Isn’t Dead, a long-haul truck driver traverses America in search of her wife, Alice, who she has long since presumed to be dead.
The main character, revealed to be named Keisha, chronicles her journey trying to find Alice as well as the supernatural misadventures that she has along the way. Of these include the Thistle Man (a paranormal stalker and serial murderer), and a conspiracy beyond what she could have ever imagined.
If the voice of Keisha sounds familiar, you may have heard it in a couple of places before. Fans of Welcome to Night Vale know her as Dana Cardinal, while TV show buffs may recognize her as Astrid Farnsworth from Fringe and Carly Lever from The Good Doctor.
From Wondery, the podcast network that brought us the true crime story of Dirty John, comes another heart-stopping podcast based on real-life events: the story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch a.k. Dr. Death.
If you haven’t heard of this case yet, hold onto your hats because it’s a doozy – and a fairly recent one, too.
Duntsch was a neurosurgeon based out of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area of Texas. He began his surgical career in 2010 and the horrific events started soon after that. Many of the patients that he operated on either emerged severely maimed or died soon after.
Evidence that emerged in court proceedings showed that he did, indeed, have the intention of killing all 31 of his surgery patients. In 2013, the Texas Medical Board finally revoked his license and in 2017, he was convicted of gross malpractice and sentenced to life in prison with the first possibility in parole in 2045.
The Dr. Death podcast is hosted by Laura Beil, an esteemed medical reporter, and runs for ten episodes. In October 2018, Universal Cable Productions ordered the series into development with Happy! producer Patrick Macmanus executive producing and writing the script.
Jamie Dornan will play Duntsch, while Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater will play the two fellow surgeons who led the campaign to stop Dr. Death.
Over My Dead Body
Wondery seems to have a knack for producing podcasts fit for the small screen, as it adds another slated for TV production. Over My Dead Body now has two seasons, with each one featuring a new true crime story.
The first season, titled “Tally”, features the story of Dan Markel and Wendi Adelson: the “perfect” couple whose love story turns a really bad, really wrong turn.
Hosted by Matthew Shaer, it hones in on the picture-perfect relationship from various perspectives to reveal the horrors that were brewing beneath the surface. As it turns out, Markel and Adelson were having troubles of their own. When Markel suddenly gets shot in his driveway, all eyes are on Adelson and fingers are pointed in her and her family’s direction. The case is still ongoing, so the podcast continued to provide updates as they come.
Tanis is a fictional mystery and horror podcast. But it’s fairly easy to mistake it as nonfiction as it references real-life historical events and its fictional nature is actually never acknowledged. In addition to that, supplemental documents and interviews are released on the website to lend to the notion that the narration is, in fact, very real.
Creator Terry Miles narrates the podcast through the persona of Nic Silver, a former radio host. Somewhat like unraveling a complex conspiracy theory, Silver jumps into the rabbit hole of something he’s seen referenced as Tanis. With no knowledge of what or where Tanis is, he meets an “information specialist” who helps him unearth the secret.
The first season of the podcast premiered in 2015 and capped off in 2018 with its fourth season. As of 2017, it was announced that Universal Cable Productions and Dark House Entertainment were collaborating with Miles and TV writer, Lee Shipman, to adapt the podcast for TV.
With the plethora of amazing podcasts available across various streaming services, the TV industry will never run out of foundations for future series. So, definitely check out the original podcasts before binging the TV shows – or, do them both in parallel!
It’s usually right-wing European ideologies that hark back to their historic, home-grown paganism in order to foment nationalism. Greece’s Golden Dawn used to be fervent proponents of worshipping the gods of Olympus, while you only have to look at Der Pass to see how Woden and Krampus are being used in Austria and Germany for similarly unpleasant ends.
Which makes Ragnarok‘s new youth-oriented Norwegian original an interesting exception to the rule, being a left-wing call for the youth of Norway to channel the viking gods and protect the environment from capitalists.
The show sees David Stakston playing Magne, a young dyslexic, not especially bright man who moves with his mum back to their home town, Edda, in the remote wilds of West Norway. The last place to be Christianised in Norway, it’s now the home of Jutul industry and its super-rich family of Jutuls, who also run the school and most of the companies in Edda.
However, there are concerns about pollution, with the glaciers defrosting and the drinking water more than a bit suspect. Yet nothing happens, because the Jutuls own everything, including the police.
But when Magne shows kindness to an old, one-eyed man, he suddenly finds himself a changed man. He no longer needs glasses, he can run faster than the world’s best athletes, he can smell different kinds of blood, he’s nearly indestructible – and boy, can he throw a hammer.
How will Magne use his new abilities? And are the Jutuls quite what they seem?
Can you feel the love? Check out these eight great episodes on TV all about Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day is drawing near, and whether you have any special plans or not, curling up on the couch and watching some classic episodes of TV is always a good time. Whether you want to laugh, cry, or both, here are 8 episodes of TV you can stream on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV this Valentine’s Day to get your love fix!
Communication Studies — Community Season 1, Episode 16
If you’ve ever watched community you know that Greendale (the fictional college where the show takes place), was always a fan of pointless school dances. In Communication Studies the school’s Valentine’s Day dance is mostly a backdrop for the show’s plot to take place, but it’s full of some real heartfelt moments that and hilarious hijinx that make it worth a watch. Plus, you get to see some killer dance moves from Jeff and Abed. Streaming on Hulu
I Love Lisa — The Simpsons Season 4, Episode 15
Do you remember getting Valentine’s Day cards from your classmates in school? It was always a stressful day, and for Ralph Wiggum, it was a sad day as no one in his class gave him one. Lisa, feeling sorry for Ralph, makes him a card. Ralph takes this gesture to mean a little more than it is, setting into motion a series of events that lead to some pretty serious drama. This episode is very touching and I think everyone in the show learns some important lessons. Streaming on Disney+
Galentine’s Day — Parks and Recreation Season 2, Episode 16
I truly believe there’s a little Leslie Knope in all of us and Galentine’s Day is a sweet (and funny) tradition that I’m still hoping catches on. On February 13th. Leslie gathers all her closest gal-pals to enjoy time together without the men in their lives to enjoy breakfast, exchange gifts, and hear her mother tell the story of how she met a sexy lifeguard with whom she had a brief relationship. Of course, getting into the romantic spirit Leslie goes on a journey to reunite the pair, only for things to go horribly wrong. While this isn’t your typical Valentine’s Day episode, it really celebrates friendship in a very sweet way, and by the end of the episode, I guarantee you will be smiling. Streaming on Netflix
Frist Girlfriend’s Club — Boy Meets World Season 5, Episode 15
I couldn’t find a video clip from this episode, but it’s a classic from Boy Meets World. In the later seasons of the show, you may remember that Shawn and Angela get together, but their relationship is almost derailed by a bunch of Shawn’s ex-girlfriends when they kidnap him to prevent him from making his date with Angela. Of course, this episode is right in the middle of the Cory, Topanga, and Lauren love triangle “crisis” adding to the drama of the episode.
The episode is a pivotal moment in both Shawn’s development as a character and the relationship of Cory and Topanga, there’s no way my list would be complete without mentioning it. Streaming on Disney+
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered — Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2, Episode 16
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my favorite show of all time and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered is a classic episode that many fans of the show adore. Cordelia breaks up with Xander because her social status at school is taking a nosedive. Xander upset manages to blackmail Amy (a witch) to cast a love spell on Cordelia so they can be together. Much to Xander’s dismay, the love spell doesn’t seem to affect Cordelia; however, every other girl seems to want to be with him. The whole episode devolves into every girl in town becoming a Xander-loving zombie, which is equally terrifying and funny at the same time. Any episode that heavily features the loveable and dorky Xander is worth watching. IN fact, when you’re done watching this episode, just watch the entire series, it’s a real treat! Streaming on Hulu
The One with Unagi — Friends Season 6, Episode 17
Friends had a few Valentine’s Day focused episodes, and while The One with Unagi is the least Valentine’s Day centric, it’s my personal favorite. Chandler is freaking out because he and Monica were supposed to give each other handmade gifts and he forgot, on his quest to find something last minute he throws out a lot of classic Chandler one-liners. Joey gets the brilliant idea to hire a fake twin to land a role that leads to all sorts of hijinx. Of course, Ross attempts to convince Pheobe and Rachel that they need “Unagi” — which he claim is a stand of mind to be prepared for the unexpected — to protect themselves from attackers by jumping out an scaring them on a couple of occasions. Unagi is actually a word for eel and has nothing to do with mental preparedness, but if you watch the episode you’ll see just how this turns out for Ross. Streaming on Netflix
Valentine’s Day — The Office Season 2, Episode 16
If you haven’t binge-watched The Office at least three times already, I’m not really sure what you’re doing with your life, but if you want to revisit Scranton once again, Valentine’s Day is a great episode. The episode features small romantic storylines from all the casts couples — Pam and Roy, Angela and Dwight, and Phyllis and Bob. Meanwhile, at a corporate meeting. the cringe-worthy Michael Scott not only reveals to his coworkers, that he slept with his boss — Jan — but also shows a video he “edited on his Mac”. Next year The Office is slated to leave Netflix, so make sure you watch this episode (and the entire series) before its too late! Streaming on Netflix
Valentine’s Day Massacre — Grey’s Anatomy Season 6, Episode 14
If you’re feeling more dramatic than comedic this Valentine’s Day (hey, I’m not judging), then check out Valentine’s Day Massacre from Grey’s Anatomy. When the roof at a romantic restaurant falls down on Valentine’s Day, dozens of patients get rushed to the hospital forces Meredith and all the other doctors to get to work. Of course, as the drama intensifies so does all the drama and relationships between the cast members. If you need a good cry, this may be the episode for you. Streaming on Netflix
What are your favorite Valentine’s Day episodes?
There are a lot of TV shows out there and plenty have Valentine’s Day episodes. Tell us your favorites in the comments down below.
Academy Award-winning best picture Parasite has a television series in the pipeline, US media report.
Director Bong Joon Ho and Adam McKay (Succession) will craft the TV series adaptation.
The film revolves around the members of a poor family who together scheme to work in a wealthy household by posing as unrelated, highly qualified help.
Parasite, which became the first foreign language film to win Oscar for Best Picture, was hotly pursued by top streamers, including Netflix but has landed at HBO. Mark Ruffalo is being eyed to star in the series.
There are very few Best Picture Oscar-winning films that have spawned TV series: In the Heat of the Night and Crash.
“Adam has done an incredible job creating and leading our high growth business segments,” Izad said in a statement. “As Studio71 accelerates its global growth in 2020, promoting Adam to this new leadership role enables us to harness his unique ability to work alongside talent, sales, production, and distribution teams to diversify our revenue streams and unlock synergies across the entire company.”
Prior to Studio71, Boorstin spent three years as head of partnerships at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. He joined Studio71 in 2015 as EVP of distribituion, where he led a team that forged more than 30 distribution deals to monetize content from Studio71 talent on Amazon Prime, Roku, Apple TV, and more.
Studio71 — which also recently named longtime execs Joe Hodorowicz and Joseph Marchese co-heads of its talent division — is owned by Red Arrow Studios, the content and distribution division of German media giant ProSiebenSat.1. With offices in six countries, the company reps over 1,400 YouTube channels. All told, the company says its content and creators attract over 10 billion monthly views.