‘Love Is Blind’ Top Rising Show, ‘Outer Banks’ Top Binge on TV Time Charts

Netflix’s “Outer Banks” was the top binge show and the service’s “Love Is Blind” was the top rising show on the TV Time charts for the week ended Aug. 1.

“Outer Banks,” season two of which hit screens July 30, follows teens on an island of haves and have-nots hunting for a legendary treasure.

“Love Is Blind” is a reality show where singles have to find a match without seeing each other. A season one reunion special debuted July 28.

Taking the silver on the rising show chart and the bronze on the binge chart was the German coming-of-age drama “How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast).” Season three of the series debuted July 27.

Coming in at No. 2 on the binge chart was the coming-of-age comedy “Never Have I Ever,” season two of which debuted July 15. Created by executive producer Mindy Kaling, it continues to follow Indian-American teenager Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), who deals with the everyday pressures of high school and drama at home, while also navigating new romantic relationships.

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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 Aug. 1 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Outer Banks” (Netflix) — 5.29%
  2. “Never Have I Ever” (Netflix) — 2.97%
  3. “How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)” (Netflix) — 2.05%
  4. “Atypical” (Netflix) — 2.02%
  5. “One Piece” (Fuji TV) — 1.86%
  6. “Grey’s Anatomy” (U.S.) (ABC) — 1.52%
  7. “Modern Family” (U.S.) (ABC) — 1.52%
  8. “Elite” (Netflix) — 1.31%
  9. “Sky Rojo” (Netflix) — 1.27%
  10. “The Good Doctor” (U.S.) (ABC) — 1.19%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended Aug. 1 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “Love Is Blind” (Netflix) — 97.4%
  2. “How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)” (Netflix) — 96.6%
  3. “Outer Banks” (Netflix) — 96%
  4. “Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star” (BBC Three) — 88.5%
  5. “Roswell, New Mexico” (The CW) — 84.9%
  6. “The Grand Tour” (Amazon Prime Video) — 78.3%
  7. “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO) — 75.6%
  8. “Summer Olympics Tokyo 2020” (NBC) — 72.2%
  9. “Them” (Amazon Prim Video) — 63.5%
  10. “Temptation Island” (IT) (Canale 5) — 38.4%

Cinedigm Launches Three Channels on Sling TV

Cinedigm has placed three of its channels on Sling TV: the family friendly Dove Channel, pop culture channel CONtv and documentary channel Docurama.

Docurama is a streaming service dedicated to bringing audiences acclaimed, cutting-edge documentaries. Popular titles include Anthony Bourdain: A Cook’s Tour, Beatles: How The Beatles Changed The World and Kobe: The Life of a Legend.

The Dove Channel is a source for family friendly content, feature films and television titles suitable for all audiences. It features comedy classics such as “The Little Rascals,” young adult series “H20: Just Add Water” and “Dance Academy,” and faith favorites such as The Ultimate Gift.

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CONtv: carries a diverse range of film and television series focusing on the action/thriller, horror, anime and sci-fi/fantasy genres, including films featuring superstars such as Milo Gibson and Peter Facinelli (Gangster Land) and anime classics such as “Yu-Gi-Oh!”

Sling TV delivers live and on-demand television to compatible internet-connected devices through monthly subscriptions starting at $35 per month. Through its genre-based “Extras,” customers can pick their personal channel lineup.

“Since its inception, Sling TV has been at the forefront of live TV streaming,” Jennifer Soltesz, VP of business development and strategy at Cinedigm, said in a statement. “Working with Sling TV not only allows us to reach a diverse, new audience, but it gives us a partner with the same forward-thinking drive. We can’t wait to show these new customers the amazing networks Cinedigm has to offer.”

Disney+’s ‘What If …’ Top Anticipated New Show in August

Disney+’s “What If …” was the top anticipated new show on the TV Time chart for August.

The Marvel Universe animated anthology series, debuting Aug. 11, explores major Marvel moments had they gone differently.

Two new Hulu shows took the second and third spots on the chart. “Nine Perfect Strangers” (No. 2) is based on the New York Times bestseller about a health and wellness resort and debuts Aug. 18. “Only Murders in the Building” (No. 3) is a comedy murder mystery series and hits screens Aug. 31.

Topping the anticipated returning shows chart for July was NBC’s long-running cop comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The show’s eighth season debuts Aug. 12.

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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 Report” is based on data from those users.

Most Anticipated New Shows for August:

  1. “What If …” (Disney+) — Aug. 11
  2. “Nine Perfect Strangers” (Hulu) — Aug. 18
  3. “Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu) — Aug. 31
  4. “Heels” (Starz) — Aug. 15
  5. “The Chair” (Netflix) — Aug. 20

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for August:

  1. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) — Aug. 12
  2. “American Horror Story” (FX) — Aug. 26
  3. “Control Z” (Netflix) — Aug. 4
  4. “Titans” (2018)(HBO Max) — Aug. 12
  5. “See” (Apple TV+) — Aug. 27

‘Dino Ranch’ Preschool Series Renewed for Second Season on Disney Junior and Disney+

The animated preschool series “Dino Ranch” has been renewed for a second season at Disney, the production company Boat Rocker announced. Season two will air on Disney Junior and Disney+ in the United States and Latin America beginning in 2022.

“Dino Ranch” has received an incredible response from kids and parents around the world and we couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to produce a second season,” Michel Pratte, president of Boat Rocker Media and GM of Boat Rocker Studios, said in a statement. “The show is a shining example of franchise IP for Boat Rocker and we are looking forward to continuing to build brand affinity and engagement love for ‘Dino Ranch’ with our partners.”

“We’re very excited to continue our strong partnership with Disney for ‘Dino Ranch,’” Jon Rutherford, president of Boat Rocker Studios, kids & family, and rights, said in a statement. “Disney’s incredible support, along with the show’s ability to resonate with audiences through its unique blend of dinosaurs, family, and engaging storytelling has helped us achieve immediate success. With Season two, we plan on deepening engagement with our fans by unveiling new characters and locations, and many new thrilling adventures with the Cassidy family.”

“Dino Ranch” takes place on a working farm, home to the tight-knit Cassidy family: Ma (Jane), Pa (Bo), and their three adopted kids, Jon, Min, and Miguel. But it isn’t an ordinary ranch. The Cassidy family is in charge of rounding up, riding and caring for a lively herd of racing, roaring dinosaurs who are also their best friends.

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Boat Rocker has developed a licensing program for “Dino Ranch,” partnering with Jazwares on a line of “Dino Ranch”-themed toys that will be available in fall 2021. The company is also working with publishing partner Scholastic to design and produce a range of “Dino Ranch” readers, sticker storybooks, novelty, activity books, and audiobooks with products due to launch in the fall. Further licensees have been secured in the United States for apparel, bedding and bath, watches, Halloween costumes, and costume characters for live events.

“Dino Ranch” was created by Matt Fernandes (of Industrial Brothers) and is produced by Industrial Brothers and Boat Rocker Studios, in association with CBC Kids and Radio-Canada. Boat Rocker Studios manages global franchise development, including content distribution and consumer products. Animation services for season two of “Dino Ranch” will be provided by Boat Rocker’s Jam Filled Entertainment.

Billie Eilish Concert Film to Premiere Exclusively on Disney+ Sept. 3

The Billie Eilish concert film Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles will premiere globally Sept. 3 on Disney+.

Off the heels of her new album Happier than Ever, the Disney+ original will feature a performance of every song  in the album’s sequential order — for the first and only time — from the stage of the Hollywood Bowl. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and by Oscar-winner Patrick Osborne, the special will also include animated elements, taking viewers on a dreamlike journey through Billie’s hometown of Los Angeles and its most iconic backdrops. Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles features Finneas, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, and world renowned Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, with orchestra arrangements by David Campbell.

“Disney is incredibly iconic, so to collaborate on something like this is a huge honor,” Eilish said in a statement. “To be able to present my album in this way and dedicate it to the city that I love and grew up in is so exciting to me. I hope you love it.”

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“We are all huge admirers of Billie and Finneas here in our household. They are such impressive, world class talents that it’s a real honor to work with them on this film,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “The way the narrative story and animated pieces weave through her incredible concert performance, makes this a spectacular event that is truly unique.”

“Billie has captivated fans around the world with her soulful voice and raw, honest lyrics, and we are proud to bring this incredibly cinematic and unique concert experience to Disney+,” Michael Paull, president, Disney+ and ESPN+, said in a statement.

Doc Series ‘Through Our Eyes’ Debuting on HBO Max July 22

The documentary series “Through Our Eyes,” spotlighting the perspectives of children as they experience some of the most challenging issues facing families today, will begin streaming exclusively on HBO Max July 22.

The series explores issues of homelessness, parental incarceration, military caregiving and climate displacement in four 30-minute films designed for adults and as a co-viewing experience for kids ages 9 and older. The series is produced by Sesame Workshop, with each episode directed by lauded filmmakers.

Episode 101 “Through Our Eyes: Apart” looks at the effects of incarceration. One in 14 American children will experience the incarceration of a parent, and 2.7 million children have a parent in prison right now. This introspective portrait shows the effect of incarceration on families. “Apart” shares the experiences of three resilient children navigating the complex emotional challenges of their parents’ incarceration as their families work to provide stability and support. The episode is directed by Primetime Emmy award-winners Geeta Gandbhir (I Am Evidence, Call Center Blues) and Rudy Valdez (The Sentence). It had its world premiere at the 2021 Provincetown Film Festival.

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Episode 102 “Through Our Eyes: Uprooted” looks at the effects of climate change. Since 2016, millions of people in the United States have been displaced by weather-related disasters that are occurring more frequently and with greater intensity. In “Uprooted,” two children in Iowa face the loss of their family farm due to climate change, while a third in Texas waits for her hurricane-damaged home to be rebuilt. The film is directed by news and documentary Emmy Award nominee Talleah Bridges McMahon (Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, My Name is Pauli Murray).

Episode 103 “Through Our Eyes: Homefront” looks at the experiences of service member families. There are currently 1.9 million service members and veterans relying on caregiver support in the United States, and 3.4 million children live in the homes of these caregivers. In “Homefront,” three children of veteran families cope with the emotional impact of having a wounded parent, navigate the unique challenges of visible and invisible injuries sustained during military service, and embark on the family’s journey toward healing. The episode is directed by news and documentary Emmy Award winner Kristi Jacobson (A Place at the Table, Solitary).

Episode 104 “Through Our Eyes: Shelter” looks at homelessness. It follows three unhoused children and their parents in Los Angeles as they navigate housing insecurity. While each family’s circumstance is different, they are bound by love and a common determination to keep their dreams alive.  The film, which won the AFI Docs Audience Award for Best Short, is directed by Academy Award nominee Smriti Mundhra (St. Louis Superman, A Suitable Girl).

Zack Snyder to Direct Sci-fi Adventure ‘Rebel Moon’ for Netflix

Zack Snyder will direct the upcoming sci-fi adventure Rebel Moon for Netflix from a script written by Snyder, Shay Hatten and Kurt Johnstad.

In the film, when a peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy finds itself threatened by the armies of the tyrannical Regent Balisarius, they dispatch a young woman with a mysterious past to seek out warriors from neighboring planets to help them take a stand.

This marks the fifth collaboration with Netflix and Shay Hatten, who previously wrote Netflix’s Army of the Dead with Zack Snyder, and three upcoming films, the German-language prequel Army of Thieves starring and directed by Matthias Schweighöfer, anime spin-off Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, and the vampire-hunting film Day Shift starring Jamie Foxx.

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Producers on the film are Deborah Snyder, Wesley Coller and Zack Snyder for The Stone Quarry; and Eric Newman for Grand Electric. Executive  producer is Sarah Bowen for Grand Electric.

This marks a reunion for Newman, Snyder and Netflix’s Scott Stuber. Newman drafted Snyder to direct his first film, Dawn of the Dead, in 2004. Stuber oversaw that film in his then role of vice-chairman of Universal.

The film continues Netflix’s relationship with the Snyders and Stone Quarry who just produced zombie thriller Army of the Dead. The film, helmed by Snyder, is one of Netflix’s top 10 most watched films, according to the streamer.

Netflix’s ‘Mortel’ Top Rising Show, ‘Elite’ Top Binge Show on TV Time Charts

Teens ruled the TV Time charts for the week ended July 4, with Netflix’s “Mortel” the top rising show and the service’s “Elite” again the top binge.

The French series “Mortel,” season two of which debuted July 2, follows teens dealing with gods and demons.

“Elite,” season four of which came out June 18, is a Spanish series about an elite prep school. In the latest season, with the arrival of a new principal and his kids — Ari, Mencia and Patrick — comes a new mystery after Ari is found close to death.

Coming in at No. 2 on the binge chart was Netflix’s reality series “Too Hot to Handle,” season two of which debuted June 23. The competition series follows couples on a vacation getaway who must abstain from physical relations to win a $100,000 prize.

Another reality series, “Love Island,” took the silver on the rising show chart. The series follows men and women who must pair up to stay in the competition.

Coming in at No. 3 on the rising show chart was HBO Max’s “The Flight Attendant,” a black comedy based on the best-selling book and starring Kaley Cuoco.

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Top Binge Shows Week Ended July 4 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Elite” (Netflix) — 6.07%
  2. “Too Hot to Handle” (Netflix) — 4.46%
  3. “One Piece” (Fuji TV) — 1.79%
  4. “Modern Family” (ABC U.S.) — 1.69%
  5. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC U.S.) — 1.62%
  6. “Sex/Life” (Netflix) — 1.59%
  7. “Lucifer” (Netflix) — 1.43%
  8. “Lupin” (Netflix) — 1.29%
  9. “Friends” (NBC) — 1.19%
  10. “The Seven Deadly Sins” (MBS) — 1.04%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended July 4 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “Mortel” (Netflix) — 97.8%
  2. “Love Island” (ITV2) — 84.4%
  3. “The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max) — 81.9%
  4. “Black Lightning” (The CW) — 74.2%
  5. “Sex/Life” (Netflix) — 57.6%
  6. “So I’m a Spider, So What?” (AT-X) — 46%
  7. “Too Hot to Handle” (Netflix) — 41.7%
  8. “The Seven Deadly Sins” (MBS) — 33.1%
  9. “Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network) — 20.8%
  10. “Sex and the City” (HBO) — 19.9%

 

Disney+ Reveals Details for ‘Star Wars: Visions’ Anime Series to Debut Sept. 22

At Anime Expo Lite July 3, Disney+ announced seven Japanese anime studios working on “Star Wars: Visions” — a collection of animated short films from Lucasfilm that will stream exclusively on Disney+ Sept. 22.

They are Kamikaze Douga, Geno Studio (Twin Engine), Studio Colorido (Twin Engine), Trigger, Kinema Citrus, Science Saru, and Production IG.

Lucasfilm’s Jacqui Lopez (executive producer), James Waugh (executive producer), Josh Rimes (executive producer), and Qubic Pictures’ Justin Leach (co-executive producer) and Kanako Shirasaki (producer) were on hand to reveal each studio and give fans a special look at the environment and concept art as they debuted the title and first details of each short.

The shorts are The Duel (Kamikaze Douga), Lop and Ochō (Geno Studio, Twin Engine), Tatooine Rhapsody (Studio Colorido, Twin Engine), The Twins (Trigger), The Elder (Trigger),  The Village Bride (Kinema Citrus), Akakiri (Science Saru),  T0-B1 (Science Saru) and The Ninth Jedi (Production IG).

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“As a first formal venture into anime, each ‘Star Wars: Visions’ short bears a unique Japanese sensibility, which in many ways aligns with the tone and spirit of Star Wars storytelling,” according to Disney+. “From the beginning, stories told in the Star Wars galaxy have counted Japanese mythology and the films of Akira Kurosawa among their many influences, and these new visions will further explore that cultural heritage through the unique animation style and perspective of each anime studio.”

Disney+ to Debut New Animated ‘Loki,’ ‘Simpsons’ Crossover Short July 7

Disney+ has announced The Good, The Bart, and The Loki, a new Marvel-themed short from “The Simpsons” premiering July 7.

In the new short coming exclusively to Disney+, Loki is banished from Asgard once again and must face his toughest opponents yet — the Simpsons and Springfield’s mightiest heroes — as the God of Mischief teams up with Bart Simpson in the crossover production.

Tom Hiddleston, star of the series “Loki” on Disney+, provides the voice of Loki.

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The Good, The Bart, and The Loki is the second in a series of Disney+ shorts from “The Simpsons” that highlight the service’s brands and titles. The previously released “Star Wars”themed short Maggie Simpson in ‘The Force Awakens from Its Nap’ is now streaming on Disney+.

New episodes of Marvel Studios’ original series “Loki” stream Wednesdays on Disney+.