Don’t Feel Bad For ‘Netflix Spring Bingeing’

Call it Netflix’s spring binge.

At the end of March, Netflix released the critically acclaimed “13 Reasons Why.” April featured new shows “Girl Boss” and “Bill Nye Saves the World,” while May’s lineup includes the second season of Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None,” along with the return of binge favorite “House of Cards,” back for its fifth season.

Many will relish getting lost for hours on end in these shows. But others might feel guilty about their extended screen time, seeing it as sign of laziness. Or maybe they’ve seen an article about one of those studies linking binge watching to depression.

As a professor of communication studies, I’m interested in understanding the ways people use TV, video games and social media to improve their well-being. And I’ve learned that even though watching TV gets a bad rap as the “junk food” of media diets, it can be good for you — as long as you give yourself permission to indulge.

Why TV gets the shaft

My colleagues and I collected some data suggesting that there is, in fact, a double standard for how we think about different media bingeing experiences. We administered a survey that recorded participants’ thoughts about reading or watching TV for certain amounts of time.

Respondents associated more attributes like laziness and impulsivity with people who consume several hours of a television show in one sitting, compared to those who do the same with novels.

This finding probably comes as no surprise.

Although reading a novel for several hours at a time for entertainment can arguably be just as sedentary and addictive as watching TV, no derogatory term like “bingeing” exists for the act of devouring an entire Harry Potter novel in one night. We simply call it “reading.”

Just think about the pejorative term “binge,” which conjures images of excess and abuse (as with binge eating or binge drinking). Contrast this with “marathon viewing,” which connotes accomplishment, and has traditionally been used to describe the experience of consuming multiple installments of film – not TV series – in rapid succession.

Why is it that we “binge” when we watch a lot of TV, but it’s a “marathon” when we watch a bunch of movies?

Perhaps this double standard is rooted in television’s lower status as a source of entertainment. Historically, TV viewing has been considered a mindless activity, capable of dulling the intellect with “a vast wasteland” of shallow, lowbrow content. Watching TV has also been regarded as a lazy activity that displaces time spent on more active, productive pursuits. Avid viewers of the “boob tube” or “idiot box” will get stereotyped as “lazy couch potatoes.”

Meanwhile, headline-grabbing research linking TV viewing to depression and loneliness hasn’t helped binge viewing’s reputation. These correlational studies may give the misleading impression that only depressed or lonely people engage in binge watching —– or worse, that binge viewing can make people depressed and lonely.

In truth, it’s just as likely that people who are depressed or lonely due to unrelated life circumstances (say, unemployment or a break-up) simply choose to spend their time binge watching. There’s no evidence to suggest that binge watching actually makes people depressed or lonely.

The good news about binge watching

But binge viewing TV has become popular for a good reason: Despite its negative reputation, television has never been better. We are in the midst of a golden age of television, with a variety of shows that provide a steady diet of novel premises, long-running, elaborate plots and morally complicated characters. Far from dulling the intellect, these shows create more suspense, interest and opportunities for critical engagement.

According to journalist and media theorist Steven Johnson, watching these shows may even make you smarter. He argues that because television narratives have become increasingly complex, they require viewers to follow more storyline threads and juggle more characters and relationships. All of this makes the audience more cognitively sophisticated.

Gorging on stories is pleasurable, too. When individuals binge watch, they are thought to have what’s called a “flow experience.” Flow is an intrinsically pleasurable feeling of being completely immersed in a show’s storyline. In a flow state of mind, viewers intently focus on following the story and it’s easier for them to lose awareness of other things, including time, while they’re wrapped up in viewing. One study found that viewers will continue viewing additional episodes in order to maintain this positive flow state, so there is an addictive quality to binge viewing. Interruptions like advertising can break the continuous viewing cycle by disrupting the flow state and drawing viewers out of the story. Luckily, for TV bingers, Netflix and Hulu are ad-free.

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits binge watching can offer is psychological escape from daily stresses. What better way to decompress than watching four (or seven) straight episodes of “House of Cards”? A 2014 study found that people who were particularly drained after stressful work or school experiences watched TV to recharge and recuperate.

Unfortunately, this study also found that TV watching didn’t help everybody. Individuals who bought into the “lazy couch potato” stereotype enjoyed fewer benefits from watching TV. Instead of feeling revitalized after watching TV, they felt guilty.

The researchers believe that the shame associated with TV watching can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, making it hard for viewers to reap psychological benefits.

For this reason, we need to shake the notion that bingeing on stories we engage with on TV is somehow less worthy leisure pursuit than bingeing on stories that we consume other ways, like novels. Immersing ourselves in narratives on TV can be good for us, even in heavy doses, but only if we truly appreciate it for what it is: a pleasure. Not a guilty pleasure, simply a pleasure.

The 10 Best New Things on Netflix This Month

At first glance, it looks like May is going to be a great month for Netflix subscribers. We’re getting new seasons of both House of Cards and Master of None, some excellent sci-fi and fight movies, some educational documentaries, etc. But when we look at what’s leaving, we can’t help but wince: The Jurassic Park trilogy, Invincible, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Seasons 1-5), Graceland (Seasons 1-3), Bob’s Burgers Season 2, and quite a few others. So it’s going to hurt, but let’s look on the bright side.  May is still offering us far more good than bad. Here are the 10 best things coming to Netflix in May.

Sense8 Season 2

May 5

If you’re into action, drama, and sci-fi, Sense8 is going to be one of those shows that blows your mind. The show revolves around the lives of eight random strangers from all over the world who suddenly become emotionally and psychologically linked. These eight people can lend each other certain skills and powers, and if it sounds like a bit of a mind fuck, it’s because it is. Importantly, the show finds interesting and unique ways of addressing different real-world issues like gender, politics, race, and identity—which we definitely appreciate.

The Mars Generation

May 5

If you’ve paid attention to the news at all over the last few years, you’ve noticed that America—once the world’s largest pioneer of space exploration—has dialed back quite a bit on its plans to live among the stars. Not a great way to honor the legacy of the Moon Landings, but maybe we can make up for it. The Mars Generation is a Netflix Original documentary about a group of kids who are training and studying to ensure that this generation will be the first one to put footprints in Martian soil. Look for interviews by esteemed scientists and space travel pioneers like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Elon Musk, as well as the kids with their hearts and eyes focused on what’s out there (and more).

Mindhorn

May 12

A serial killer is on the loose and the only man that may be able to stop him is… A washed up actor from a forgotten 1980’s detective crime drama? Yup. The film’s writing and humor is distinctly British (as is its cast), and it’s great to see a new way of dealing with the nostalgia people have for the 1980s.  Tint those glasses rose as deeply as you’d like, 80s entertainment was cheesy as hell.

Master of None Season 2

May 12

The second season of the acclaimed Netflix Original series Master of None debuts May 12, and we’d be willing to bet Season 2 is going to be a whole new type of adventure. What makes Master of None so good is that it’s always funny, but adds to that incredible honesty and relatability. It accomplishes something a lot of “funny shows” tend to miss out on—purposeful authenticity. From the trailer, it looks like Alan Yang (Ansari) somehow winds up in Italy/Europe, rides a scooter, meets a ton of new women he probably won’t date, etc. For that and whatever else he gets up to, we can’t wait.

Inglourious Basterds

May 22

We’re gonna be doing one thing and one thing only, and that’s killin’ Nazis! Ugh, we love this WWII action comedy from Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Reservoir Dogs). The film stars Brad Pitt (in a role eerily similar to the one he’ll be playing in War Machine) as Lieutenant Aldo Raine, a member of the First Special Service Force tasked with putting together a team of Jewish-born American soldiers to go kick Nazi ass. It’s hysterical, crude, and particularly gory. And unless you like Nazis, you’ll likely love this film.

Southpaw

May 24

We love a good fight movie, and when it’s brilliantly written and stars an all-star cast? More please. Southpaw, written by none other than Kurt Sutter and starring Jake Gyllanhaal, Forest Whitaker, and Rachel McAdams, follows the rise, fall, and redemption of Billy “The Great” Hope (Gyllanhaal), a prized boxer whose life is destroyed after his wild antics and hot head result in the murder of his wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams). Billy hits rock bottom and loses his fancy house, as well as custody of his daughter. Billy seeks out the help of trainer Titus “Tick” Wills (Whitaker), who eventually reluctantly agrees to train him for a fight against Miguel—the very man responsible for the death of his wife. It’s a tad on the overly dramatic side, but definitely worth the watch.

Bloodline Season 3

May 26

The only real way to describe Bloodline is: “A complete and utterly mind bending cluster fuck.” It truly is one of those shows you watch, gripping your couch the whole time and yelling, “Oh holy shit!” over and over and over again. We could write paragraphs on the show’s twisted and all-over-the-map plot line, but there just isn’t time. Instead, imagine the hands-down worst family you’ve ever seen, complete with psychotic behavior, murder, and all the other fun stuff bad families are made of. Few would argue that Season 2 was anywhere near as good as Season 1, but we’re optimistic that Season 3, which debuts May 26 and will be the show’s final season, will once again bring the heat.

War Machine

May 26

As years-long subscribers, we’ve been blown away by how much of a media giant Netflix has managed to establish itself as over the last couple years. And if anyone was in doubt of that status, try this. You know you’ve made it when Brad Pitt is starring in one of your original movies.

War Machine stars Pitt as four-star General Glen McMahon, a decorated leader tasked with bringing the war in Afghanistan to an end after eight long and trying years. The film is a brilliant satire/parody that explores the relationship between war and politics, and how the media influence the lives of the world’s shot callers. Pitt isn’t the only name to look out for, either. Notable additions include Topher Grace (no, really), John Magaro, Anthony Michael Hall, and the one and only Alan Ruck. We’re betting this one’s going to be a winner.

Doctor Strange

May 30

The Box Office smash (more than $677 million!) Doctor Strange also makes its way to Netflix in May. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Vincent Strange, a disgraced former surgeon-turned powerful sorcerer who must protect the world from Kaecilius, an evil sorcerer hellbent on destroying everything. Critics and comic book nerds alike praised the film, and we have to agree—if you haven’t yet, check this one out.

House of Cards Season 5

May 30

Another “Oh holy shit, what’s even happening right now?” kind of Netflix Original series,  House of Cards debuts its fifth season May 30 and boy, if you thought our actual political sphere was in total chaos, wait until you see this shit. It’s a lot to get into, but the show follows the political career of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), from his time as South Carolina Congressman to his rise to President of the United States. Season 4 ended in tumult with the Islamic Caliphate (yeah, we know), which appears to have led to a full-on world war (yeah, we know). We’re excited to see where Season 5 ends up, especially knowing the show’s history of going everywhere viewers never thought possible.

YouTube Now Provides Live TV

Cable cutters just got another option for ditching their old service providers in the form of YouTube TV. It’s a service from the video sharing site that allows you to watch live programming on more than 50 channels, though currently only for customers in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Limiting it to those cities must be some kind of a beta, and to make sure this is something people even want. And honestly, we’re not sure people would. It provides pretty much the same service as cable at a price point that isn’t particularly competitive, especially when you factor in bundle-cancelling price hikes on the service provider’s part. Watching DVRed programming on any of your devices is nice, but it’s also not revolutionary, considering the (what feels like) hundreds of streaming options. Don’t get us wrong, it’s great to have options, we’re just not exactly chomping at the bit to switch to YouTube for our TV binges. It’s important to remember that change does not beget innovation, and everyone should be skeptical of any product that’s swearing anything resembling “Finally, live TV made for us.”

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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Netflix in April

In just a matter of days, we’ll be ushering in a new month. This of course means that not only will we be saying goodbye to a number of movies, TV shows and documentaries on Netflix, but we’ll also be welcoming a slew of new pictures.

First off, you have until Saturday (and forthcoming dates in April) to take advantage of select favorites that will be leaving, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the Superman films, The Princess Bride, X-Files, and Vanilla Sky, among other titles.

However, you have A Nightmare on Elm Street, Cool Runnings, Schindler’s List, Tropic Thunder, Louis C.K. 2017, The Get Down: Part 2, Kevin Hart: What Now, Bill Nye Saves the World: season one, Casting JonBenet, and Dear White People: season one to look forward to, in addition to other notable newcomers.

For a complete breakdown of everything coming to and leaving Netflix in April, see underneath.

Let us know what you’re most excited for.

Coming to Netflix

April 1:
A Weekend with the Family
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Across the Universe
An American Tail
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster
Boy Bye
Born To Be Free
Cool Runnings
Good Witch: Season 2
Gremlins
Only for One Night
Richord Pryor: Live & Smokin’
Scooby-Doo
Schindler’s List
Something’s Gotta Give
Thunderstruck
Wynonna Earp: Season 1
Trouble with the Curve
Tropic Thunder
The Tenth Man

April 2:
The D Train

April 4:
Chewing Gum: Season 2 – Netflix Original
Louis C.K. 2017 – Netflix Original

April 6:
Disney’s The BFG

April 7:
El Faro De Las Orcas – Netflix Original Film
Dawn of the Croods: Season 3 – Netflix Original
The Get Down: Part 2 – Netflix Original
Win It All – Netflix Original Film

April 8:
Kubo and the Two Strings

April 10:
Documentary Now!: Season 2

April 11:
Kevin Hart: What Now

April 12:
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2

April 14:
Chelsea: Season 2 – Netflix Original
El Elegido
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return – Netflix Original
Sandy Wexler – Netflix Original Film

April 15:
Disney’s Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Slam – Netflix Original Film

April 18:
Lucas Brothers: On Drugs – Netflix Original

April 19:
A Plastic Ocean

April 21:
Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 1 – Netflix Original
Girlboss: Season 1 – Netflix Original
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On: Season 1 – Netflix Original
Sand Castle – Netflix Original Film
Tales by Light: Season 2 – Netflix Original
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show: Season 4 – Netflix Original
The Prestige
Tramps- Netflix Original Film

April 22:
The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass: Season 1-3
The Secret Life of Pets

April 23:
Liv and Maddie: Season 4
Phantom

April 24:
Long Nights Short Mornings

April 25:
Disney’s Queen of Katwe
The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared – Netflix Original Film
Vir Das: Abroad Understanding – Netflix Original

April 26:
Real Rescues: Season 6-7
Trust

April 27:

Las Chicas del Cable: Season 1 – Netflix Original

April 28:
A Murder in the Park
Casting JonBenet – Netflix Original
Dear White People: Season 1 – Netflix Original
Rodney King – Netflix Original Film
Small Crimes – Netflix Original Film

April 30:
Sofia the First: Season 3

Leaving Netflix

April 1:
Ally McBeal: Seasons 1-2
Angel: Seasons 1-5
Better Off Ted: Season 1
Barbershop 2: Back in Business
Bones: Seasons 1-4
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Seasons 1-7
Chaplin
Dollhouse: Season 1
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Firefly
House, M.D.: Seasons 1-8
Lie to Me: Season 1
Menace II Society
Resident Evil: Extinction
Rosewell: Seasons 1-3
Snow Day
Stomp the Yard
Superman II
Superman III
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Superman Returns
Superman: The Movie
The Agony and the Ecstasy
The Boys from Brazil
The Escapist
The Princess Bride
The Riches: Seasons 1-2
The Usual Suspects
The X-Files: Seasons 1-9
Vanilla Sky

April 3:
Collateral Damage
The Circle

April 7:
Legit: Season 2
Wilfred: Season 4

April 9:
Hero

April 10:

Legit: Season 1
Flower Girl

April 14:
The Lazarus Effect

April 15:
A Fantastic Fear of Everything

April 17:

American Dad! Season 6

April 26:

The Nutty Professor 2: Facing the Fear

April 30:
Under the Tuscan Sun
The Mirror
Born to Defense
The Defender

Saturday Morning Cartoons… ‘Looney Tunes’ and Other Beloved Cartoon Classics Get a Streaming Service

Your childhood favorite cartoons will soon be available for streaming with Time Warner Inc.’s online subscription video service called Boomerang. The production house’s timeless animation franchises that includes the likes of Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry and Scooby Doo are a few noteworthy favorites that will be featured amongst the 5,000 titles. In addition to the classic animations, Boomerang will produce new and original content for the service including, Dorothy & The Wizard of Oz as well as the revamped and rebooted Wacky Races. New episodes of the classic animation series Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry will only be available through the service. Boomerang is set to launch this spring on the web, iOS and Android devices. Drop by Boomerang’s website for more details.

Game of Thrones Season Seven Premiere Date Announced

HBO  announced the premiere date of Game of Thrones’ seventh season today via Facebook Live, in an odd game of ice block versus fire torch, driven by the typing commands of “fire” and “Dracarys” from tuned-in Facebook users. It was, in a word, incredibly not-exciting, but eventually, it revealed the premiere date: July 16, 2017.

This comes after the new poster released yesterday, hinting at the show’s coming conflict between fire and ice. There are plenty of questions that arise from that very concept, but we have no answers yet. For those of you excited to return to Westeros and glorious sword fights, there’s only a few more months to see what sort of dramatic twists and turns await us, all while the showrunners come up with new, inventive ways to crush our hearts.

Game of Thrones season seven premieres on HBO on July 16, 2017. Check out a neat little teaser embedded below that aired on Facebook after the ice finally melted, and if for some reason, you want to revisit the reveal for yourself, you can do so here.

YouTube Goes Up Against Cable Companies With $35 Live TV Streaming Service

Back in October, Google began shaping up its YouTube-based pay-TV service with the hope of launching the option early this year. Now, just as February comes to an end, the company has officially launched YouTube TV.

Google on Tuesday revealed details of YouTube TV, a $35/month TV service will provide customers with 40 network options and several add-on options.

YouTube TV will first launch in large U.S. markets. Those interested in the service can sign up to be notified when the option launches in their area.

The service, which will be available through a standalone app and comes with six accounts per membership, offers a package of both broadcast network and cable channels.

In all, the service will offer more than 40 networks, including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, regional sports networks, as well as the cable channels owned by those networks, like USA, Fox Sports Network, ESPN, Disney, and Bravo. Customers will have the option to add Showtime or Fox Soccer Plus to their package for an unspecified cost, Google notes.

Additionally, subscribers receive access to YouTube Red original content. YouTube launched Red, an ad-free $9.99/month subscription service in Oct. 2015.

If you’re too busy to watch any of these channels live, YouTube TV will also offer a DVR service, with no storage limits.

Google says the cloud DVR can record an unlimited number of programs, simultaneously, without using data or space on your mobile device. The recording will be stored for nine months.

While Google expects that service to be most popular on mobile devices, it will be available on all screens, including computers and TVs through Google Chromecast.

YouTube TV is just the latest entry in the over-the-top cable-replacement market, joining Dish’s Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now from AT&T.

Here’s Every Movie and TV Show Coming to and Leaving Netflix in March

As we are now less than a week away from the month of March, it’s time to take a look at what Netflix has becoming available during the forthcoming 31 days, as well as what we’ll be saying goodbye to.

As expected, a slew of new original content is coming to the streaming service, while all-around notable arrivals include Friday After Next, Jurassic Park, Memento, Nacho Libre, Amy Schumer: The Leather Special, The Waterboy, season two of Love, Million Dollar Baby, season one of Iron Fist, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Better Call Saul season two.

For those leaving, bid farewell to standouts like Jaws and National Lampoon’s Animal House, among a number of other pictures.

Available March 1

Angry Birds: Season 2 (2013)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Chicago (2002)
Deep Run (2015)
Dirt Every Day: Season 1 (2013)
Epic Drives: Season 2 (2015)
Friday After Next (2002)
Head 2 Head: Season 2 (2013)
Hot Rod Unlimited: Season 1 (2013)
Ignition: Season 1 (2013)
Impossible Dreamers (2017)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Kate and Mim-Mim: Season 2 (2015)
Know Your Enemy – Japan (1945)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Let There Be Light (1946)
Memento (2000)
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Nacho Libre (2006)
Nazi Concentration Camps (1945)
Roadkill: Season 2 (2013)
Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane (2012)
San Pietro (1945)
Singing with Angels (2016)
Sustainable (2016)
Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
The Craft (1996)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny (2006)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944)
The Negro Soldier (1944)
Thunderbolt (1947)
Tunisian Victory (1944)

Available March 3

Greenleaf: Season 1 (2016)

Available March 4

Safe Haven (2013)

Available March 5

Señora Acero: Season 3 (2016)

Available March 7

Amy Schumer: The Leather Special—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available March 8

Hands of Stone (2016)
The Waterboy (1998)

Available March 9

Thithi (2015)

Available March 10

Buddy Thunderstruck: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Burning Sands—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Love: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
One More Time: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Boss’ Daughter (2016)

Available March 13

Must Love Dogs (2005)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Available March 14

Disney’s Pete’s Dragon (2016)
Jim Norton: Mouthful of Shame—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available March 15

Disney’s The BFG (2016)
Notes on Blindness (2016)

Available March 16

Beau Sejour: Season 1 –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Coraline (2009)

Available March 17

Deidra & Laney Rob a Train—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Julie’s Greenroom: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Marvel’s Iron Fist: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale (2016)
Pandora—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Samurai Gourmet: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available March 18

Come and Find Me (2016)
The Vampire Diaries: Season 8 (2016)

Available March 20

El Reemplazante: Season 1-2 (2012)

Available March 21

Ali & Nino (2016)
Another Forever (2016)
Evolution (2015)
Fire at the Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)

Available March 23

How to Get Away with Murder: Season 3 (2016)
Welcome to New York (2015)

Available March 24

Bottersnikes & Gumbles: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Déjà Vu (2006)
Felipe Neto: My Life Makes No Sense—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Grace and Frankie: Season 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ingobernable: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Spider (2007)
The Square (2008)
The Most Hated Woman in America—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Available March 25

The Student Body (2017)
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)

Available March 26

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Available March 27

Better Call Saul: Season 2

Available March 28

Archer: Season 7 (2016)
Jo Koy: Live from Seattle—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available March 30

Life in Pieces: Season 1 (2015)

Available March 31

13 Reasons Why: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Bordertown: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life: Season 1 (2016)
Dinotrux: Season 4—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
FirstBorn (2016)
Five Came Back—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (2012) Rosewood: Season 1
The Carmichael Show: Season 1-2
The Discovery—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Trailer Park Boys: Season 11—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Leaving March 1

Jaws
Jaws 2
Jaws 3
Jaws: The Revenge
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Justice League: War
Keeping Up Appearances
Monarch of the Glen: Seasons 1 – 7
National Lampoon’s Animal House
Robin Hood: Seasons 1 – 3
Survivors: Series 1 – 2

Leaving March 2

Black or White
Sweetwater

Leaving March 3

Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
Misfire
Web Junkie

Leaving March 4

Entertainment
I Dream of Wires
Otto the Rhino
Seashore
The Discoverers
The Nanny Diaries

Leaving March 5

Food Chains
Jail Caesar
The Days to Come
Two Hundred Thousand Dirty

Leaving March 6

Pit Stop
Rigor Mortis

Leaving March 7

Hansel vs. Gretel

Leaving March 8

Love At First Fight
The Starving Games

Leaving March 15

Boy
B for Boy
My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
Sushi: The Global Catch

Leaving March 16

American Dreamz

Leaving March 23

Love Me
The Invincible Iron Man

Leaving March 25

All Stars
Pup
The Perfect Wedding

Leaving March 27

Dragonwolf

Leaving March 28

Erasing Hate
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Leaving March 29

6 Guns
Detropia
I Melt With You
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne

Thirsty Thursday: A Show About the Life of Jack Daniel Is Coming to TV

As you’d expect from a man whose career began just before the Civil War, Jack Daniel’s early life has all the makings of a great story. That’s why we’re surprised it took nearly 150 years for someone to write a biography about the guy, then another decade and change for television to think about putting out a show. WGN America and Aaron Paul’s production company, Lucid Road Productions, have started work on Blood and Whiskey, a drama about the life of Jack Daniel. Presumably, the show will follow Daniel as he is orphaned at 15 and discovers distilling, works as a moonshiner for 10 years, then founds his famous distillery in an attempt to go legitimate. We’re going to assume a lot of the series will focus on Daniel’s time as a moonshiner, since that’s where most of the action was, but with Andrew Colville of Mad Men fame penning the script, you can bet the corporate plot lines are going to be meaty as well. Marketing those square bottles won’t be easy.

Watch The First Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Upcoming ‘Tales From the Crypt’

TNT just released the first thrilling trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Tales from the Crypt reboot that is set to arrive sometime this year. While the trailer does not reveal any new information, it does give fans an idea of what they can expect once the series debuts. Additionally, TNT released a Tales from the Crypt featurette starring M. Night Shyamalan, where the acclaimed director discusses the idea of the show and reveals each episode will be two-hours long and the Cryptkeeper will return as the host. No formal details about when the show will officially air just yet, but these two new videos from TNT does reassure fans that production is moving forward. Stay tuned for more details when they become available.

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