Amazon Renews Longest-Running Original Drama Series, ‘Bosch’

Amazon Feb. 13 announced the fifth-season renewal of original drama, “Bosch.” Season four of the Emmy-nominated Los Angeles police detective drama premieres on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, April 13.

Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels, the hour-long series Bosch stars Titus Welliver (“Lost”) as homicide Detective Harry Bosch, Jamie Hector (“The Wire”) as Jerry Edgar, Amy Aquino (“Being Human”) as Lt. Grace Billets, Madison Lintz (“The Walking Dead”) as Maddie Bosch and Lance Reddick (“The Wire”) as Deputy Chief Irvin Irving.

Season three has an average customer rating of 4.8, with 89% 5 star reviews.

In the 10-episode season four, when an attorney is murdered on the eve of his civil rights trial against the LAPD, Bosch is assigned to lead a task force to solve the crime before the city erupts in a riot. Bosch must pursue every lead, even if it turns the spotlight back on his own department. One murder intertwines with another, and Bosch must reconcile his past to find a justice that has long eluded him.

“As Prime Video’s longest-running one-hour series, ‘Bosch’ has long been a cornerstone of our scripted programming,” Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series, Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “We are excited to give them another season with Harry Bosch, Jerry Edgar, Grace Billets and the rest of the diverse characters that make up the Bosch universe.”

Amazon Names NBC Entertainment Boss Jennifer Salke to Head Studio Operations

Amazon has appointed Jennifer Salke president of Amazon Studios, replacing Roy Price, who resigned last year following sexual harassment allegations.

Salke, who headed NBC Universal since 2011, was responsible for development of current programming, casting, and diversity programming initiatives at NBC, in addition to Universal Television operations, which included parallel divisions of development, programming and casting.

Last month, she added oversight of business affairs and production for scripted programming to her purview.

Salke’s resume includes helping launch “This Is Us,” which earned an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series – the first broadcast show to earn a nom in that category since 2011.

She has also been instrumental behind Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” franchise as well as dramas, “Shades of Blue” and “The Blacklist.”

Calling her departure from NBC “bittersweet,” Salke said she looked forward to being on the front lines of an “innovative business” going forward.

“I am both honored and emboldened by the opportunity to lead this extraordinary business,” Salke said in a statement.

Netflix Streams ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ Following Super Bowl LII

For football fans, it was the Philadelphia Eagles denying a trademark New England Patriots rally to win its first Super Bowl (discounting a 1960 NFL Championship) in a thrilling contest, 41-33.

For Hollywood, the marquee televised event (111 million viewers in 2017) provided massive eyeballs for movie trailers/teasers reportedly costing more than $5 million to air.

Netflix went a step further, using the Super Bowl’s typical 100 million household audience to announce that its acquisition of former Paramount Pictures’ sequel, The Cloverfield Paradox, would be available to stream globally following the game.

The SVOD pioneer reportedly acquired the movie after Paramount pushed back its theatrical release to April, and then abandoned the idea. Netflix and Paramount previously partnered on Annihilation, a sci-fi action horror film starring Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

This marked the first time a major motion picture was made available almost immediately following its Super Bowl commercial.

Early results from comScore cited spots from Walt Disney’s Marvel Avengers: Infinity War, Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Disney’s Lucasfilm Solo: A Star Wars Story generating the most social media buzz.

comScore said Fallen Kingdom and Paramount Pictures’ Mission: Impossible – Fallout generated 3.56 million and 2.09 million views, respectively on Facebook and YouTube.

The Cloverfield Paradox generated the most buzz among subscription streaming video services, followed by Universal’s Skyscraper, starring Dwayne Johnson, and Quiet Place (Paramount) and Red Sparrow (Fox).

Amazon Studios ran a spot for “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” starring John Krasinski, while Hulu ran a trailer for new series, “Castle Rock,” starring Sissy Spacek and Bill Skarsgard, among others.

HBO ran a spot for the second season of “Westworld.