‘Reacher’ Season 1 Heading to Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 13

Paramount Home Entertainment will release Reacher: Season One on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 13.

The Prime Video original series is based on Lee Child’s novel series about veteran military police investigator Jack Reacher, who has just recently entered civilian life. Played by Alan Ritchson, Reacher is a drifter, carrying no phone and the barest of essentials as he travels the country and explores the nation he once served. When Reacher arrives in the small town of Margrave, Ga., he finds a community grappling with its first homicide in 20 years. The cops immediately arrest him and eyewitnesses claim to place Reacher at the scene of the crime. While he works to prove his innocence, a deep-seated conspiracy begins to emerge, one that will require Reacher’s keen mind and hard-hitting fists to deal with.

Prime Video has renewed the series for a second season.

The first season will be available as a three-disc set on Blu-ray Disc or DVD, with a 4K Ultra HD edition available on a manufacture-on-demand basis. The discs include all eight episodes from the first season, plus 30 minutes of bonus featurettes: “Realizing Reacher,” a look behind the scenes, and “Novelistic,” an in-depth interview with Child.

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Amazon Posts $3.8 Billion First-Quarter Loss

Amazon April 28 reported a $3.8 billion loss for the fiscal first quarter ended March 31. The loss included a pre-tax valuation loss of $7.6 billion from the common stock investment in Rivian Automotive. That compared with net income of $8.1 billion during the previous-year period. Net sales increased 7% to $116.4 billion, compared with $108.5 billion in first-quarter 2021.

Video highlights in the quarter included Amazon closing its acquisition of MGM, with MGM employees joining Prime Video and Amazon Studios. The deal complements Prime Video and Amazon Studios’ work in delivering a diverse slate of original films and TV shows to a global audience and will create even more opportunities to deliver quality storytelling to customers.

The teaser trailer for “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” broke a global record for the most-watched entertainment trailer to debut during a Super Bowl telecast, with 257 million views globally in the first 24 hours of its release. The series debuts Sept. 2.

Longtime football announcer Al Michaels and analyst Kirk Herbstreit joined Prime Video as the voices for its exclusive coverage of “NFL Thursday Night Football.” Joining them is executive producer Fred Gaudelli, who marks his 33rd season as the lead producer for the NFL in primetime. The inaugural season under Prime Video’s 11-year agreement begins Sept. 15.

Prime Video became the first streaming service to exclusively carry a major industry award show live with the 57th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which aired on March 7.

“Reacher,” Prime Video’s new drama series starring Alan Ritchson, ranked on Nielsen’s overall streaming Top 10 list for the first three weeks of its premiere, with a No. 1 ranking and more than 1.5 billion minutes watched in its first full week and six consecutive weeks.

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“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” also landed on Nielsen’s top 10 list, with 499 million minutes viewed during the week of its season four premiere and six consecutive weeks in the Top 10 streaming originals list.

Prime Video debuted 30 local originals internationally, including new seasons of the unscripted franchise “LOL” in Canada, France, Germany, and Italy, as well as “Luxe Listings” (Australia), “Mahaan” (India), “Bang Bang Baby” (Italy), and “HOMESTAY” (Japan). New locally produced series and movies launched in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.

On April 27, IMDb TV became Freevee. Amazon said the new name better defines the brand and what it offers customers — free, premium streaming content.

‘Inventing Anna’ Tops Nielsen Streaming Chart Week After Debut

Shondra Rhimes’ limited series “Inventing Anna” topped Nielsen’s weekly streaming chart the week after it launched on Netflix, tripling its viewership to nearly 3.3 billion minutes.

The prior week’s chart topper, the Amazon Original series “Reacher,” slipped to No. 5 during the week of Feb. 14 to 20.

“Inventing Anna” stars Anna Chlumsky as a journalist with a lot to prove who investigates the case of Anna Delvey (played by Julia Garner), the Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York’s social scene, along with their money as well.

Another Netflix series, the dating reality series “Love Is Blind,” cracked the top 10 with a No. 2 chart debut — and more than 1.4 billion minutes streamed.

The No. 3 spot went to the animated Disney film Encanto, streaming exclusively on Disney+, with over 1.2 billion minutes.

“Ozark,” with just over 1 billion minutes streamed, placed fourth, while “Reacher” posted 935 million streaming minutes, down from nearly 1.6 billion minutes the prior week.

Source: Nielsen Streaming Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, Netflix and Apple TV+), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.