Netflix Producing Hip-Hop Music Competition Reality Show

Spurred by the ongoing success of singing reality TV series, “The Voice,” and “American Idol” reboot, Netflix is entering the genre with a multi-city, 10-episode hip-hop competition series launching in 2019.

Rhythm + Flow” features Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I. as hosts searching for the next breakout star. The series is co-produced by John Legend.

The celebs will serve as the main judges for the competition, joining additional artists and industry VIPs to be announced.

Auditions begin this fall, including in the judges’ hometowns of Atlanta, Chicago, and New York. In each audition city, established rappers who hail from that city will serve as guest judges to help seek out the best unsigned hip-hop artists.

‘American Idol’ Going Live Nationwide

Ratings-challenged “American Idol” announced it would for the first time air live simulcasts nationwide of the remaining three weeks of season 16 of the music performance reality show. Previous telecasts have been tape-delayed for Westcoast audiences.

The series, which began airing for the first time in March on ABC after its original run (through 2016) on Fox, is down to 14 contestants. Celebrity judges this season include Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Ritchie.

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, revamped “Idol” has struggled against rival reality show, “The Voice” on NBC, whose first-time celebrity judge Kelly Clarkson was the original “Idol” winner on the show’s inaugural 2002 season.

Despite reportedly luring Perry to “Idol” with a $25 million payday, the show has trailed “The Voice” in TV viewers for the past five weeks. Indeed, “Idol” ratings last week dropped to an all-time low among the coveted 18-49 demographic.

Media reports suggest Perry’s antics on the show, which include kissing an unsuspecting male contestant and pulling a strand of hair from 19-year-old long-haired contestant Cade Foehner on the April 22 show, are politically incorrect in the #MeToo era.

‘La Casa De Papel’ Tops Digital Originals Chart, Parrot Analytics Says

The Spanish limited series “Money Heist” (“La Casa De Papel”) vaulted to the No. 1 spot on the digital originals chart for the week ended April 14, a week after it debuted at No. 3.

The crime heist drama posted a 21% spike in popularity, according to Parrot Analytics’ Demand Expressions data.

Netflix bought global distribution rights to the series earlier this year and re-edited the original run of nine episodes into 15 different untitled episodes, released as two seasons. Netflix released the second season on April 6 with a runtime of 40 to 50 minutes instead of the original 70 minutes per episode.

“Stranger Things,” also a Netflix series, slipped to No. 2 on the top 10 digital originals chart, with demand dropping 17.9%.

A third Netflix digital original, “On My Block,” slipped to No. 3 as demand fell a modest 5.4%. One week earlier, the coming-of-age series – which debuted on Netflix on March 16 – shot up to No. 2 from No. 5, with a 12.5% demand increase.

New to the digital originals chart is “Trailer Park Boys,” which debuted at No. 8, on the heels of a new season bowing on Netflix on March 30.

Meanwhile, on the overall TV series chart, “Spongebob Squarepants” and “The Walking Dead” remain at No. 1 and No. 2 for the third consecutive week. Demand for “Spongebob” was only down a fraction of 1%, but demand for “The Walking Dead” was off 7.5%.

Moving up to No. 3 on the overall TV series chart was “American Idol,” with demand up 7.7%. A week before, “American Idol” posted an 8.4% increase in demand and moved up the chart to No. 4 from No. 5.

New to the top 10 the week ended April 14 was NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” bowing at No. 4. The series posted the highest bump in demand from the prior week, 63%. It’s prior-week ranking was No. 17.

Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States. Parrot Analytics uses a proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.