Untitled Anna Nicole Smith Doc Headed to Netflix

An untitled documentary about Anna Nicole Smith is heading to Netflix. 

Directed by Ursula Macfarlane (The Lost Sons, Untouchable), the feature-length documentary will include never before seen footage of the iconic Playboy and Guess jeans model, who blazed a trail through the 90s before her tragic death at the age of 39.

Bringing Smith’s own voice to the foreground, the film will include never before seen, exclusive footage from an unreleased documentary of a young Anna Nicole on the verge of global stardom, offering a unique glimpse into her life out of the spotlight and her dreams as a young mother. Bringing surprising revelations to the story of an icon, the film will include testimony from those who knew Smith best when the cameras weren’t rolling — many of whom have never shared their full story until now.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

“I approached Anna Nicole’s story as an epic mystery tale,” Macfarlane said in a statement. “How did someone with so much charisma and jaw-dropping beauty, with the world at her feet, fall so far, so quickly? Now feels like the right time to re-examine the life of yet another beautiful young woman whose life has been picked over and ultimately destroyed by our culture. I am thrilled to work with Netflix and Propagate to make a moving, unflinching and sensitive portrayal of one of the most misunderstood women of our time.”

Season 2 of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Streaming Jan. 9 on PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel

Season two of “All Creatures Great and Small” will be available to stream on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel on Jan. 9.

Subscribers can binge season one now on the  PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel.

With an ensemble cast headed by Nicholas Ralph (“The Most Reluctant Convert”) as James Herriot, the series also stars Academy Award-winner Rachel Shenton (“The Silent Child”) as Helen Alderson, Samuel West as James’s charismatic but eccentric boss, Callum Woodhouse as Siegfried’s womanizing and carefree younger brother, Anna Madeley as Mrs. Hall and newly added cast member Olivier Award-winning actress Patricia Hodge (“A Very English Scandal”) as Mrs. Pumphrey.

The climax of season one saw Helen call off her impending wedding to wealthy landowner Hugh (Matthew Lewis, “Harry Potter”), after having developed a close friendship with James. After working hard to become accepted by the local farmers and prove himself indispensable, James became a senior vet in the Skeldale House veterinary practice. Following years of half-hearted effort, Tristan believed he had finally passed his veterinary exams. Siegfried, however, learned that Tristan failed once again, but didn’t have the heart to tell him. Meanwhile, Mrs. Hall was heartbroken when she was unable to reconnect with her estranged son.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

As season two opens, James returns from Glasgow where he has been visiting his parents for Easter. While there, he is offered a job at a modern local veterinary practice and must decide between staying home in Glasgow with his elderly parents or returning to his new life in Yorkshire.

Netflix’s ‘Don’t Look Up,’ ‘Cobra Kai’ Top Weekly Whip Media Streaming Charts

Netflix’s Don’t Look Up led the Whip Media chart of top streaming movies, while the Netflix series “Cobra Kai” led the chart of top streaming originals among U.S. consumers the week ended Jan. 2.

Don’t Look Up, which began streaming Dec. 24, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep and follows astronomers on a media tour to warn the planet about an approaching comet.

“Cobra Kai,” season four of which premiered New Year’s Eve, is the continuing story of the conflict between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) decades after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with more than 19 million global users. The streaming originals chart rankings are determined by streaming original TV series with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app. The movie rankings are determined by theatrical or streaming movies with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app.

Taking the silver on the streaming movies chart was the HBO Max retrospective Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, which started streaming Jan. 1.

Remaining at No. 3 on the streaming movies chart was Disney+’s latest animated feature Encanto, available simultaneously in theaters. The film, about an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, started streaming on Christmas Eve.

Falling from the top spot to No. 2 on the streaming originals chart was the fantasy drama “The Witcher,” season two of which debuted on Netflix Dec. 17. Based on the book series, it stars Henry Cavill as the witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter.

Remaining at No. 3 on the streaming originals chart was “Emily in Paris,” season two of which debuted on Netflix Dec. 22. It stars Lily Collins as an American in Paris.

Follow us on Instagram

Top Streaming Originals Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Jan. 2:

  1. “Cobra Kai” — Netflix (Season Premiere)
  2. “The Witcher” — Netflix
  3. “Emily in Paris” — Netflix
  4. “Hawkeye” — Disney+
  5. “The Book of Boba Fett” — Disney+ (Series Premiere)
  6. “The Wheel of Time” — Prime Video
  7. “Star Trek: Discovery” — Paramount+
  8. “Queer Eye” — Netflix (Season Premiere)
  9. “The Expanse” — Prime Video
  10. “1883” — Paramount+

 

Top Streaming Movies Among U.S. Consumers Dec. 31-Jan. 2:

  1. Don’t Look Up — Netflix
  2. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts — HBO Max
  3. Encanto — Disney+
  4. The Matrix Resurrections — HBO Max
  5. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Disney+
  6. Death to 2021 — Netflix
  7. The Unforgivable — Netflix
  8. Red Notice — Netflix
  9. Black Widow — Disney+
  10. Ron’s Gone Wrong — Disney+

‘House of the Dragon’ Most Anticipated New Show, ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse’ Most Anticipated Movie of 2022

HBO Max’s “House of the Dragon” is the most anticipated new show and Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the most anticipated movie of 2022, according to data from Whip Media’s TV Time App.

“House of the Dragon” follows the story of the Targaryen civil war that took place about 300 years before the events portrayed in “Game of Thrones.”

The Marvel Comics-based Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness follows the further adventures of Dr. Stephen Strange and his research on the Time Stone.

TV Time, owned by Whip Media, 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 company. TV Time’s anticipation ranking is based on data from those users.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2022

  1. “House of the Dragon” (HBO Max) — TBA
  2. “She-Hulk” (Disney+) — TBA
  3. “Ms. Marvel” (Disney+) — TBA
  4. “The Lord of the Rings” (Amazon Prime Video) — Sept. 2
  5. “Moon Knight” (Disney+) — TBA
  6. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” (Disney+) — TBA
  7. “Secret Invasion” (Disney+) — TBA
  8. “Vikings: Valhalla” (Netflix) — Feb. 25
  9. “The Sandman” (Netflix) — TBA
  10. “Peacemaker” (HBO Max) — Jan. 13
  11. “The Witcher: Blood Origin” (Netflix) — TBA
  12. “Andor” (Disney+) — TBA
  13. “I Am Groot” (Disney+) — TBA
  14. “Power Book IV: Force” (Starz) — Feb. 6
  15. “The Last of Us” (HBO Max) — TBA
  16. “Resident Evil” (Netflix) — TBA
  17. “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” (Paramount+) — TBA
  18. “The Gilded Age” (HBO Max) — Jan. 24
  19. “Reacher” (Amazon Prime Video) — Feb. 4
  20. “How I Met Your Father” (Hulu) — Jan. 18 

 

Most Anticipated Movies of 2022

  1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Disney) — May 6
  2. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney) — Nov. 11
  3. Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney) — July 8
  4. The Batman (Warner Bros.) — March 4, 2022
  5. Jurassic World: Dominion (Universal) —June 10
  6. Uncharted (Sony) — Feb. 18
  7. Morbius (Sony) — April 1
  8. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Part One (Sony) — Oct. 7
  9. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (Warner Bros) — April 15
  10. The Flash (Warner Bros.) — Nov. 4
  11. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount) —May 27
  12. Hotel Transylvania: Transformia (Amazon) — Jan. 14
  13. Black Adam (Warner Bros.) — July 29
  14. Scream (Paramount) — Jan. 14
  15. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Warner Bros.) — Dec. 16
  16. Avatar 2 (Disney) — Dec. 16
  17. Death on the Nile (Disney) — Feb. 11
  18. Mission: Impossible 7 (Paramount) — Sep. 30
  19. Minions: The Rise of Gru (Universal) — July 1
  20. Lightyear (Disney) — June 17

‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ Among Programs Due on PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in January

The new adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel Around the World in Eighty Days is among the titles streaming on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in January.
 
The subscription rate for the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel is $5.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

In the new, eight-episode limited series from “Masterpiece,” which begins streaming Jan. 7, viewers join adventurer Phileas Fogg, played by Emmy Award-winner David Tennant (“Doctor Who,” “Broadchurch”) as he sets out on a quest to travel around the world in 80 days. As a man who has spent the last 20 years in a comfortable leather armchair at The Reform Club, he needs all the resilience he can muster and the assistance of a quick-witted Frenchman Passepartout played by Ibrahim Koma (“As Far as I Can Walk”). Joining them on the road is a Daily Telegraph journalist (Leonie Benesch, “Babylon Berlin”), who came up with the whole crazy idea in the first place.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

Also coming to the channel is season two of the murder mystery series “Vienna Blood,” which begins streaming Jan. 9. In the series, a Sigmund Freud student and an Austrian detective team up to solve some of the most mysterious and deadly cases in the early 1900s. 

Season two of the “Walter Presents” program “The Wall: Chateau Murders” begins streaming Jan. 28 on the “Masterpiece” channel. The French series follows the story of two investigators coming together to solve the many murders and assaults in Quebec City.

Other titles coming to the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in January include “My Mother and Other Strangers,” “Prime Suspect: Tennison,” “Walter Presents: Below the Surface,” “Walter Presents: King of Warsaw,” “Walter Presents: Moscow Noir” and “Walter Presents: St. Maik.”

‘Matrix Resurrections,’ ‘The Witcher’ Top Weekly Whip Media Streaming Charts

HBO Max’s The Matrix Resurrections led the Whip Media chart of top streaming movies, while the Netflix series “The Witcher” led the chart of top streaming originals among U.S. consumers the week ended Dec. 26.

The fourth feature in the “Matrix” series, which started streaming and hit theaters Dec. 22, has Keanu Reeves reprising his role as Neo, a man navigating a digital world and reality.

The fantasy drama “The Witcher,” season two of which debuted on Netflix Dec. 17, is based on the book series and stars Henry Cavill as the witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with more than 19 million global users. The streaming originals chart rankings are determined by streaming original TV series with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app. The movie rankings are determined by theatrical or streaming movies with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app.

Taking the silver on the streaming movies chart was Netflix’s Don’t Look Up, which began streaming Dec. 24. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep, the film follows astronomers on a media tour to warn the planet about an approaching comet.

The bronze on the streaming movies chart went to Disney+’s latest animated feature Encanto, available simultaneously in theaters. The film, about an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, also started streaming on Christmas Eve.

The Marvel Universe-based series “Hawkeye” fell to No. 2 on the streaming originals chart after several weeks in the top spot. The series, which debuted on Disney+ Nov. 24, follows the exploits of the title Marvel character played by Jeremy Renner as he works with a young avenger (Hailee Steinfeld) who wants to take over his role.

Coming in at No. 3 on the streaming originals chart was “Emily in Paris,” season two of which debuted on Netflix Dec. 22. It stars Lily Collins as an American in Paris.

Follow us on Instagram

Top Streaming Originals Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Dec. 26:

  1. “The Witcher” — Netflix
  2. “Hawkeye” — Disney+
  3. “Emily in Paris” — Neflix (Season Premiere)
  4. “The Wheel of Time” — Prime Video
  5. “1883” — Paramount+
  6. “Lost in Space” 2018 — Netflix
  7. “Star Trek: Discovery” — Paramount+
  8. “The Expanse” — Prime Video
  9. “And Just Like That …” — HBO Max
  10. “Station Eleven” — HBO Max

 

Top Streaming Movies Among U.S. Consumers Dec. 24-26:

  1. The Matrix Resurrections — HBO Max
  2. Don’t Look Up — Netflix
  3. Encanto — Disney+
  4. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Disney+
  5. Elf — HBO Max
  6. Home Alone — Disney+
  7. Red Notice — Netflix
  8. The Unforgivable — Netflix
  9. The Matrix Revolutions — Hulu
  10. Being the Ricardos — Prime Video

Season Eight of ‘Finding Your Roots’ Streaming on PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel Jan. 5

Season eight of “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” will start streaming on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel Jan. 5.

The subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. During a limited-time promotion Dec. 23 to Jan. 3, the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel will be available to new subscribers for 99 cents per month for two months. 

Exploring the mysteries and surprising revelations hidden within the family trees of popular figures, season eight includes 10 episodes of examinations and ancestral discussions with 21 subjects, including Terry Crews, Tony Danza, Kathryn Hahn, Nathan Lane, John Leguizamo, Leslie Odom Jr., Pamela Adlon, Regina King, André Leon Talley, Erin Burnett, Mario Lopez and Anita Hill, among many others. 
 
In the episode “Activist Roots,” Henry Louis Gates explores the family trees of Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Anita Hill, introducing two women who’ve made profound sacrifices for social justice to the ancestors who made sacrifices for them. 
 
Then, in “Children of Exile,” Henry Louis Gates explores the poignant roots of chef David Chang and actor Raúl Esparza — two men whose families fled their homelands to live in exile, never to return. From war-torn cities in North Korea to shark-infested waters off the shores of Cuba, Gates sets off to recover the stories of individuals who came to America against all odds and built a better life for themselves. 

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

Spanning the globe, season eight maps family trees and uncovers lost ancestors from the United States and Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean; as well as Poland, Ireland, Russia and Korea.

Apptopia: HBO Max Most Downloaded Entertainment App in 2021 in U.S.

HBO Max, which provided same-day theatrical releases, was the most-downloaded entertainment app in 2021, according to data from Apptopia.

The top list, specifically for the United States, included Tubi, an advertising supported video service (AVOD) bought by Fox in May 2020; 2021 has been the best year for AVOD apps in the United States by measure of downloads, according to Apptopia. As judged by U.S. monthly active users, Tubi is leading the way.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

10 Most-Downloaded Entertainment Apps in 2021 in United States

  1. HBO Max — 46 million
  2. Netflix — 38 million
  3. Disney+ — 37 million
  4. Peacock TV — 30 million
  5. Hulu — 29 million
  6. Tubi — 28 million
  7. Roku — 26 million
  8. Amazon Prime Video — 25 million
  9. Twitch — 18 million
  10. Discovery+ — 16 million

‘Squid Game,’ ‘Black Widow’ Top Whip Media’s 2021 TV Time Charts; App Bows Personalized Rankings

Netflix’s Korean hit “Squid Game” and Disney’s Black Widow were the top show and top movie tracked by the TV Time app for 2021.

“Squid Game,” which started streaming Sept. 17, follows a group of desperate and cash-strapped people competing in a blood-thirsty survival game.

The Marvel Universe-based Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, debuted simultaneously in movie theaters and on Disney+ via Premier Access for $29.99 July 9 (causing a legal scuffle with the star, which was eventually settled). It became available at no additional cost to Disney+ subscribers Oct. 6.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with more than 19 million global users. The top shows chart was based on the number of episode views by global TV Time users. The movie rankings were based on the number of movie views by global TV Time users.

Disney+ and Netflix dominated the top 10 shows chart. Disney+ shows took five of the top spots: “WandaVision” (No. 2), “Loki” (No. 4), “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” (No. 5), “What if…?” (No. 8) and “Hawkeye” (No. 10). Netflix took the other five. In addition to “Squid Game,” Netflix’s other top 10 placers were “Lupin” (No. 3), “Fate: The Winx Saga” (No. 6), “Ginny & Georgia” (No. 7) and “Shadow and Bone” (No. 9).

In addition to Disney+, Netflix and HBO Max streaming services placed movies among the top 10. The silver on the movies chart went to Disney+’s Cruella, starring Emma Stone and featuring the villain from “101 Dalmatians” franchise. It debuted simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ via Premier Access May 28 and became available on Disney+ at no additional charge Aug. 27. Coming in at No. 3 was Netflix’s teen romantic comedy To All the Boys: Always and Forever, the third installment in the series of films that started streaming Feb. 12.

TV Time Rewind

TV Time has also launched personalized rankings for users tracking their viewing habits, such as favorite TV shows, movies, TV and film characters, genres, and more. The “TV Time Rewind” feature, available in both the TV Time app for iOS and Android in global markets, provides users a customized year-end experience that can be viewed within the TV Time app or viewed on the web. 

Follow us on Instagram

Top 2021 Shows:

  1. “Squid Game” — Netflix
  2. “WandaVision” — Disney+
  3. “Lupin” — Netflix
  4. “Loki” — Disney+
  5. “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” — Disney+
  6. “Fate: The Winx Saga” — Netflix
  7. “Ginny & Georgia” — Netflix
  8. “What if…?” — Disney +
  9. “Shadow and Bone” — Netflix
  10. “Hawkeye” — Disney+

 

Top 2021 Movies:

  1. Black Widow — Disney
  2. Cruella — Disney
  3. To All the Boys: Always and Forever — Netflix
  4. Luca — Disney
  5. Raya and the Last Dragon — Disney
  6. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Disney
  7. The Suicide Squad — HBO Max
  8. Zack Snyder’s Justice League — HBO Max
  9. Dune: Part One — HBO Max
  10. The Kissing Booth 3 — Netflix

Hulu Offers Subs Info on Their 2021 Viewing Habits; ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Its Most Watched Original Ever

This year, for the first time, Hulu is giving subscribers the opportunity to request to see their own “viewing DNA” and the tools to share, should they so choose, their streaming habits.

Subscribers can visit YourTVDNA.com and request to see their personalized Hulu viewing habits throughout 2021, breaking down everything from their most-watched genres to how many films and episodes they streamed.

Overall, among Hulu Originals in 2021 “Only Murders in the Building” was Hulu’s most-watched comedy series, “The D’Amelio Show” was the most-watched unscripted series and “Nine Perfect Strangers” set a record as Hulu’s most-watched series ever. Hulu Originals dominated this year’s overall viewing hours, with “Nine Perfect Strangers,” “Only Murders in the Building,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The New York Times Presents Framing Britney Spears” taking 19 of the top 20 most watched episode slots. Subscribers spent the most hours watching season four, episode three, of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” making it the most-watched episode of any original in 2021.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

Adult animation was the No. 1 genre based on hours watched. The most-streamed day of 2021 was Sunday, Jan. 31, in part because of subscribers waking up to watch the previous evening’s “Saturday Night Live” episode hosted by John Krasinski, according to the service. 

Shrek (celebrating its 20th anniversary in April), Sonic the Hedgehog, The Croods: A New Age and Trolls World Tour were among Hulu’s top movies in 2021. Rounding out the list was Vacation Friends, which was Hulu’s most watched original film in its opening weekend. 

Last year, Hulu announced its co-viewing experience, Hulu Watch Party. In 2021, top Watch Party titles included “Attack on Titan,” “Love Island,” “My Hero Academia,” “The Bachelor” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Four of Hulu’s top 10 Live programs in 2021 were dedicated to sports. The NFL, college football, SportsCenter and MLB together accounted for the majority of Live hours watched. Once again, pro football reigned supreme this year, with Super Bowl LV: Chiefs vs. Buccaneers as the top live-streamed sports event.