Netflix’s ‘Halston’ Top Rising Show on TV Time Charts

Netflix’s “Halston” was the top rising show and the service’s “Love, Death & Robots” the top binge show on the TV Time charts for the week ended May 16.

The limited series “Halston” follows the legendary fashion designer (Ewan McGregor), as he leverages his single, invented name into a worldwide fashion empire that’s synonymous with luxury, sex, status and fame, literally defining the era he lives in, 1970s and ’80s New York. Then, a hostile takeover forces him to battle for control of his most precious asset — the name Halston itself.

“Love, Death & Robots” is an adult animation anthology series created by director Tim Miller (Deadpool) and director David Fincher. The series also took the silver on the rising show chart.

Coming in at No. 3 on the rising show chart was another adult animated series, Netflix’s “Castlevania,” the fourth and final season of which hit screens May 13. The series, based on the Japanese video games about battling vampires, also landed at No. 5 on the binge chart.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by almost 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 May 16 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Love, Death & Robots” (Netflix) — 4.63%
  2. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC U.S.) — 2.13%
  3. “One Piece” (Fuji TV) — 1.82%
  4. “Modern Family” (ABC U.S.) — 1.72%
  5. “Castlevania” (Netflix) — 1.70%
  6. “Jupiter’s Legacy” (Netflix) — 1.53%
  7. “Attack on Titan” (NHK) — 1.25%
  8. “The Office” (U.S.) (NBC) — 1.14%
  9. “Friends” (NBC) — 1.08%
  10. “Shadow and Bone” (Netflix) — 0.98%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended May 16 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “Halston” (Netflix) — 99.8%
  2. “Love, Death & Robots” (Netflix) — 96%
  3. “Castlevania” (Netflix) — 94.6%
  4. “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” (Disney+) — 91.4%
  5. “Haunted” (Netflix) — 90.8%
  6. “Hotel Paradise” (PL) (TVN) — 88.5%
  7. “Plus belle la vie” (France 3) — 81%
  8. “SKAM France” (France.tv slash) — 71.9%
  9. “My Wife and Kids” (ABC U.S.) — 53.7%
  10. “The Bold Type” (Freeform) — 48.3%

Nicki Minaj Docuseries Coming to HBO Max

Rapper Nicki Minaj will bow a docuseries on HBO Max based on her life.

Each of the six, half-hour episodes of the untitled project will tell the story of her personal and professional journey. Minaj will guide viewers through the most challenging and fulfilling times in her life, navigating highs, lows and misguided agendas in her rise to fame and her journey to motherhood. Minaj’s many achievements include 19 Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits, and 114 total entries on the Billboard Hot 100 — the record for “Most Billboard Hot 100 Entries Ever by a Female Artist.”

“Nicki Minaj is a multi-faceted artist, businesswoman, and innovator as well as force to be reckoned with. It’s a privilege to bring this project to HBO Max and provide our viewers with unprecedented access to her life,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max, said in a statement.

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The series is directed by six-time Emmy nominee Michael John Warren, who made his directorial debut with Jay-Z’s Fade to Black. Executive Producers are Minaj, Warren and Aaron L. Gilbert, Brenda Gilbert and Cassandra Butcher for Bron Life, in association with Creative Wealth Media. Bron Life, the non-scripted arm of Bron Studios, is focused on original docuseries, documentary films and short-form digital content centered around socially relevant themes and topics. The division also recently announced the civil justice series “Homicide or Justified” with civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump.

“Nicki Minaj is one of the most important and influential recording artists of all time; never to be duplicated — and many have tried. We are proud to support this living icon, as she bravely opens her home to the world,” said Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert and Brenda Gilbert in a joint statement.

“I love that this series not only provides an all-access glimpse at one of the most iconic musicians of our generation; it also profiles the brave woman behind the artist, Onika. I believe all of us can learn a great deal from her remarkable professional and personal life. It’s an honor to be entrusted with this dynamic story,” said director Warren in a statment.

Minaj broke the news on social media with this announcement video.

Ava DuVernay to Make Feature Based on Best-seller ‘Caste’ for Netflix

Under her Array Filmworks banner for Netflix, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Ava DuVernay will direct, write and produce a feature film adaptation based on The New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club selection Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson.

Through a multiple-story structure, Caste examines the unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how our lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions dating back generations.

Caste marks DuVernay’s first feature film at Netflix, reuniting her with Netflix executive Tendo Nagenda. The pair worked together on Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time.

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The project continues Netflix’s relationship with DuVernay, who was the first Black woman feature director to be nominated for an Academy Award with her acclaimed documentary 13th garnering BAFTA, Emmy and Peabody Awards. Most recently, her limited series When They See Us received 16 Emmy nominations. DuVernay is currently producing a limited series for Netflix based on the adolescent life of athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick entitled Colin in Black & White.

DuVernay will produce alongside Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes of Array Filmworks.

Kids’ Series ‘Karma’s World’ Created by Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges to Stream on Netflix

A new CG animated series, “Karma’s World,” created by rapper, actor and producer Chris “Ludacris” Bridges will stream on Netflix.

The series for children ages 6 to 9 is a coming-of-age story about a young black girl finding her voice and using it to change her world. It was originally inspired by Chris’s oldest daughter, Karma, and is based on the interactive educational website of the same name created by Karma’s World Entertainment in 2009. The series follows 10-year-old Karma Grant, an aspiring musical artist and rapper with big talent and an even bigger heart. Smart, resilient, and deeply empathetic, Karma pours her soul into songwriting, channeling her feelings into rhymes with passion, courage and her signature brand of humor.

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The series will feature original songs that tackle issues such as self-esteem, body positivity, discrimination, creativity, expressing emotions, friendship, family, leadership and celebrating differences. Sound design and original music are created and supervised by Bridges and James Bennett Jr., and produced by Gerald Keys.

Executive producers include Vince Commisso, Cathal Gaffney, Darragh O’Connell, Angela C. Santomero, Wendy Harris and Jennie Stacey from 9 Story Media Group (“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Blue’s Clues”). The series is produced in partnership with 9 Story’s Oscar-nominated, Dublin-based studio Brown Bag Films and its Emmy Award-winning creative affairs group as well as Karma’s World Entertainment, Bridges’s production company.

“I’ve had a lot of accomplishments in my life, but everything that I’ve experienced seems to have led up to this point to where I can leave a legacy for all my daughters,” Bridges said in a statement. “‘Karma’s World’ is one of those legacies. I hope this series will show kids that there are many ways to overcome difficult situations. This show is going to move hip hop culture forward and show young girls that they have the power to change the world. This project has been a long time in the making and I can’t wait to bring Karma’s World to the entire world.”

“It has been an absolute privilege to work with Chris to bring his vision of Karma to life. Karma is a character who does not yet exist on kids’ TV,” 9 Story’s Santomero said in a statement. “She is a powerful, empowering role model who uses her words and music to bring about change in her community. Kids who watch ‘Karma’s World’ will be inspired to use creativity as a vehicle for self-expression, and the series furthers 9 Story’s commitment to creating diverse content for children that encourages them to find their voice and follow their dreams.”