HBO Max Renews Kaley Cuoco Comedic Thriller ‘The Flight Attendant’ For Second Season

HBO Max Dec. 18 announced it has renewed for a second season the comedic thriller “The Flight Attendant” starring Kaley Cuoco. The eight-episode first season premiered Nov. 26 and had its finale on Dec. 17. The first season saw week-over-week growth and ranked as Max’s No. 1 series overall during its run. The entire first season is available to stream now on Max, which launched on May 27 priced at $14.99 monthly, $69.99 for six months.

Season one was based on the novel of the same name by New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian and told the story of how an entire life can change in one night. Flight attendant Cassie Bowden (Cuoco) woke up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man — and no idea what happened. The season also starred Michiel Huisman, Rosie Perez, Zosia Mamet, Michelle Gomez, T.R. Knight, Colin Woodell, Merle Dandridge, Griffin Matthews and Nolan Gerard Funk. Season two will feature Cassie in a new adventure.

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“We are delighted that the show has resonated so strongly with audiences and critics,” Casey Bloys, chief content officer of HBO and HBO Max, said in a statement. “We congratulate Kaley, Steve, Greg and Sarah, along with the rest of the incredibly talented cast, executive producers and our partners at Warner Bros. Television on all the success of the first season.”

“The Flight Attendant” is produced by Warner Bros. Television.

‘Saved by the Bell’ Revival, ‘The Crown’ Top TV Time Charts

Peacock’s “Saved by the Bell” reboot was the top rising show and Netflix’s “The Crown” was again the top binge program on the TV Time charts for the week ended Nov. 29.

The reboot of “Saved by the Bell,” which debuted on Peacock Nov. 25, features the original cast members Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Mario Lopez from the early-1990s hit with several newcomers. In the new series, Governor Zack Morris sends kids from underfunded schools to the wealthy Bayside High.

Taking the silver on the rising show chart was “The Flight Attendant,” which debuted on HBO Max on Thanksgiving. The limited series based on the book stars Kaley Cuoco as a flight attendant who doesn’t know what happened after she wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed with a dead man.

“The Crown,” season four of which debuted Nov. 15, chronicles the continuing saga of the British royal family with the addition of a new princess, Diana, and the marital problems that ensue with her husband and heir to the throne Prince Charles. It also follows the friction between Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) and Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman).

Coming in at No. 2 on the binge chart was “The Queen’s Gambit,” which debuted on Netflix Oct.  23. The limited series is a coming-of-age story following a young Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, who discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Netflix Nov. 23 announced that 62 million households had watched “The Queen’s Gambit” in its first 28 days, making it the service’s biggest limited series ever.

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TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the service. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program. The network displayed is the network where the show first aired (e.g. “Friends” on NBC).

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Top Binge Shows Week Ended Nov. 29 by Share of Binges:

  1. “The Crown” (Netflix) — 3.21%
  2. “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix) — 2.14%
  3. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) — 2.04%
  4. “Virgin River” (Netflix) — 1.69%
  5. “Modern Family” (ABC) — 1.67%
  6. “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC) — 1.53%
  7. “Friends” (NBC) — 1.48%
  8. “The Office” (NBC) — 1.47%
  9. “One Piece” (Fuji TV) — 1.43%
  10. “Supernatural” (The CW) — 1.20%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended Nov. 29 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “Saved by the Bell” (Peacock) — 99.9%
  2. “The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max) — 98.2%
  3. “Lekko Stronniczy” (YouTube) — 94.6%
  4. “Virgin River” (Netflix) — 93.4%
  5. “Sugar Rush Christmas” (Netflix) — 89.2%
  6. “Bangtan Bomb” (YouTube) — 87.6%
  7. “Vite in fuga” (Rai 1) — 83%
  8. “Great Pretender” (Netflix) — 79.8%
  9. “New Amsterdam” (NBC) — 62.9%
  10. “Motherland: Fort Salem” (Freeform) — 55.9%

HBO Max Making ‘The Flight Attendant’ Series Premiere Free to Stream

The series premiere episode of HBO Max’s dark comedic thriller “The Flight Attendant,” starring Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”), is now available to stream for free at www.hbomax.com/the-flight-attendant ahead of its Nov. 26 debut.

Following its bow on Max, the premiere episode will also air on the HBO linear channel, On Demand, and on select partners’ streaming platforms on Nov. 27 at 10 p.m. during a Free Preview Weekend offered by participating partners, as well as on TBS at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 29 as part of an HBO Max-themed marathon over Thanksgiving weekend.

The show officially takes flight on Max with three episodes premiering Nov. 26. The limited series continues with two new episodes on Dec. 3, followed by two new episodes Dec. 10, leading up to the finale episode Dec. 17. The series is a story of how an entire life can change in one night. A flight attendant (Cuoco) wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man — and no idea what happened. The series is based on the novel of the same name by New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian.

The series also stars Michiel Huisman, Rosie Perez, Zosia Mamet, Michelle Gomez, T.R. Knight, Colin Woodell, Merle Dandridge, Griffin Matthews and Nolan Gerard Funk.

In addition to streaming “The Flight Attendant,” viewers can sample the most popular series from the HBO Max library on the HBOMax.com/watch-free page with no subscription needed. The page currently features more than two dozen episodes and programs available to stream for free including “A West Wing Special: When We All Vote” and series premiere episodes of “Lovecraft Country,” “Raised by Wolves,” “The Murders at White House Farm,” “Close Enough” and “Selena + Chef.”

First Season of ‘Harley Quinn’ Due on DVD June 2

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Harley Quinn: The Complete First Season on DVD June 2.

The DVD will include all 13 episodes from the first season of the animated series that debuted on the DC Universe streaming service. The show is currently in its second season on DC Universe.

Based on the character from Batman’s rogues gallery, the show stars Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory) as the voice of Harley Quinn, who has broken up with the Joker and vows to become the Queenpin of Gotham City with the help of her fellow villain Poison Ivy (Lake Bell) and a crew of minor criminal characters. Her ultimate goal is a seat at the biggest table in villainy — the Legion of the Doom.

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The voice cast also includes Jason Alexander as Sy Borgman, Tony Hale as Doctor Psycho and Felix Faust, J.B. Smoove as Frank the Plant, Alan Tudyk as Joker, Ron Funches as King Shark, Wanda Sykes as Queen of Fables, Christopher Meloni as Commissioner Gordon, Jacob Tremblay as Robin, and Diedrich Bader as Batman.

Bader previously voiced the Caped Crusader on “Batman: The Brave and the Bold.”

‘Brady Bunch’ Celebrates 50 Years With Comprehensive DVD Collection June 4

CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment will mark the 50th anniversary of “The Brady Bunch” with a new DVD boxed set containing almost every “Brady” TV show and movie spinoff.

The Brady Bunch: 50th Anniversary TV & Movie Collection arrives June 4 as a 31-disc set and includes The Brady Bunch: The Complete Series, The Brady Kids: The Complete Animated Series, the complete runs of spinoffs “The Brady Brides” and “The Bradys,” the TV movie A Very Brady Christmas, the 1995 theatrical remake The Brady Bunch Movie and its two sequels, and the behind-the-scenes docudrama Growing Up Brady.

Created by Sherwood Schwartz, “The Brady Bunch” told the story of a family brought together when a woman with three daughters married a man with three sons. The sitcom premiered on ABC on Sept. 26, 1969 and ran for five seasons, comprising 117 episodes.

The animated spinoff “The Brady Kids” ran for 22 episodes on ABC in 1972 and 1973. Produced by Filmation, the series unsurprisingly featured the whacky adventures of the Brady children.

“The Brady Brides” was a spinoff that ran on NBC in 1981, featuring the lives of newlyweds Jan and Marcia and their husbands, who agreed to live together to save money. The series began with a reunion movie, The Brady Girls Get Married, which is presented on disc in its TV movie format (it was broken up into four sitcom episodes in its initial airing), and was followed by six additional episodes. Incidentally, this TV movie is the only time the original cast reunited in its entirety after the original series ended (subsequent reunions featured at least one of the Brady daughters replaced with a different actress).

The Bradys next reunited in the 1988 CBS reunion TV movie A Very Brady Christmas, which proved popular enough to warrant a spinoff called “The Bradys,” which ran for six episodes in 1990 in an hourlong drama format.

The 50th anniversary collection represents the first DVD releases for “The Brady Brides” and “The Bradys.” The “Brady Brides” disc includes a “Move It” sales presentation.

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The 1995 theatrical adaptation The Brady Bunch Movie, featuring a new cast with cameos by original cast members, spoofed the show by transplanting the family into the 1990s, though they acted as if it were still the 1970s. It was followed by the theatrically released A Very Brady Sequel in 1996 and the TV movie The Brady Bunch in the White House in 2002.

Finally, the collection includes Growing Up Brady, a 2000 NBC TV movie based on the book of the same name by Barry Williams, who played Greg on the show. The movie chronicles some behind-the-scenes stories about the creation of the show and its run. It featured Adam Brody as Williams, and future “The Big Bang Theory” star Kaley Cuoco as Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia.

The collection does not include the infamous “The Brady Bunch Hour,” a nine-episode ABC series that ran in 1976 and 1977 and starred most of the original cast in character hosting a variety show (needless to say, it is not considered part of the “Brady” canon). The replacement of Eve Plumb as Jan with a different actress was famously spoofed in the “Spin-Off Showcase” episode of “The Simpsons.”