‘Spiderhead,’ ‘The Boys’ Top Weekly Whip Media Streaming Charts

Prime Video’s “The Boys” topped the Whip Media chart of streaming originals, while Netflix’s Spiderhead led the chart of streaming movies among U.S. consumers the week ended June 19.

The sci-fi thriller Spiderhead, which started streaming on Netflix June 17, stars Chris Hemsworth as a researcher experimenting on prisoner volunteers aiming to reduce their sentence. It’s based on the book Escape From Spiderhead.

Rising from No. 2 to the top spot on the streaming originals charts, “The Boys” is a black comedy series, based on the comic book of the same name, that follows the battle against abusive superheroes. Season three started streaming on Prime Video June 3.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 21 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 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.

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Falling from the top spot to No. 2 on the streaming movies chart was Hustle, which debuted on Netflix June 3. It stars Adam Sandler as an NBA scout who discovers a raw but talented player in Spain and tries to prepare him for the NBA draft.

The Sandra Bullock adventure The Lost City, which started streaming on Paramount+ May 10, remained at No. 3 on the streaming movies chart. The film, co-starring Channing Tatum, follows a reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model who gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure.

Rising from No. 3 to No. 2 on the streaming originals chart was “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” which started streaming on Disney+ May 27. The series, released in weekly episodes, follows the “Star Wars” Jedi 10 years after his battle with Anakin Skywalker, who becomes Darth Vader.

Falling from the top spot to No. 3 on the streaming originals chart was Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” Season four of the Duffer Brothers’ science-fiction horror drama, part one of which started streaming May 27, follows the characters six months since the Battle of Starcourt. Struggling with the aftermath, the friends are separated for the first time and are navigating the complexities of high school. Meanwhile, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, might finally put an end to the horrors of the Upside Down.

 

Top Streaming Originals Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended June 19:

  1. “The Boys” — Prime Video
  2. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” — Disney+
  3. “Stranger Things” — Netflix
  4. “Ms. Marvel” — Disney+
  5. “Love, Victor” — Hulu (Season Premiere)
  6. “The Orville” — Hulu
  7. “First Kill” — Netflix
  8. “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” — Paramount+
  9. “The Summer I Turned Pretty” — Prime Video (Series Premiere)
  10. “Ozark” — Netflix

 

Top Streaming Movies Among U.S. Consumers June 17-19:

  1. Spiderhead — Netflix
  2. Hustle — Netflix
  3. The Lost City — Paramount+
  4. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore — HBO Max
  5. Father of the Bride (2022) — HBO Max
  6. Top Gun (1986)— Prime Video/Paramount+
  7. The Batman — HBO Max
  8. Jerry & Marge Go Large — Paramount+
  9. The Northman — Peacock
  10. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Starz

Sling TV Offering Subscribers ‘Freeview Weekends’ of Streaming Services

Sling TV is offering “Freeview Weekends,” providing paid subscribers free access to select standalone streaming services every weekend through August 2022.

The experience starts with the full suite of Showtime content June 24 to 27, in time for the season five premiere of “The Chi.”

During Freeview Weekends, customers have access to standalone streaming services’ live schedule and on-demand content library. Most Freeview offerings will start Friday and run through Monday. Premium streaming services currently slated in the preview lineup include Epix, Hallmark Movies Now, Curiosity Stream, Sundance Now, AMC+ and more.

The Freeview service will be automatically available on users’ home page and within the guide.

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“Sling launched in 2015 with one goal in mind: provide people easy access to their favorite shows and content, without a bloated monthly bill,” Gary Schanman, EVP and group president of Sling TV, said in a statement. “This sentiment holds true today — if a user wants to subscribe to any of our nearly 50 premium standalone services à la carte, they can do it. And now with Freeview Weekends, our current subscribers can ‘try before they buy’ every Summer weekend with no strings attached by simply turning on Sling to ensure they pay only for what they want to watch.”

HBO Max Renews ‘Julia’ for Second Season

HBO Max has renewed the comedy series “Julia” for a second season.

The series, which debuted March 31 on HBO Max, concludes its first season on May 5.  
 
“Julia” is inspired by chef Julia Child’s life and her long-running television series “The French Chef,” which pioneered the modern cooking show. Through her life and her singular joie de vivre, the series explores a pivotal time in American history — the emergence of public television as a new social institution, feminism and the women’s movement, the nature of celebrity, and America’s cultural evolution. The series is also a portrait of a loving marriage with a shifting power dynamic.
 
The season one cast includes Sarah Lancashire as Julia, David Hyde Pierce, Bebe Neuwirth, Brittany Bradford, Fran Kranz and Fiona Glascott. Guest stars included Isabella Rossellini, Judith Light, Robert Joy, Erin Neufer, Jefferson Mays, James Cromwell and Adriane Lenox. 

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“Julia Child tends to make people happy. In a bleak world, she is a welcome balm,” said executive producers Chris Keyser and Daniel Goldfarb in a statement. “Making this show has done the same for us. Working with our cast — with Sarah and David — our production team, writers, directors and editors, who have become our friends, makes us happy. In the language of Julia, it feeds our souls. The genuine love and care that HBO Max has shown for our show has been overwhelming. They allowed us to tell the simple story of a group of remarkable, oddball, passionate people, who joyfully live their lives to the fullest. That we get to keep them alive for another season makes us the happiest of all, and we are already hard at work.”
 
“Through her masterful performance, Sarah Lancashire welcomed us into the life of Julia Child, a trailblazer who, among her many accomplishments, redefined the possibilities of public television and, in turn, brought French cuisine and culture into American living rooms,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, said in a statement. “We are grateful to our creative team, led by Chris Keyser and Daniel Goldfarb, and talented cast who entranced us all with an endless helping of warmth and charm. ‘Julia’ is the perfect show for this moment and we look forward to serving more in season two.”

Slow Horses

STREAMING REVIEW: 

Apple TV+;
Thriller;
Not rated.
Stars Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jack Lowden.

This darkly funny spy thriller series is based on the 2010 novel of the same name and gives Academy Award-lauded star Gary Oldman another shot at playing a grumpy old mentor following his Oscar-nominated turn in Mank and his Oscar-winning performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour

Needless to say, Oldman has the role of crusty crank down to a science.

He plays Jackson Lamb, the alcoholic ringleader of a band of misfit MI5 agents relegated to Slough House (not-so-affectionately called “Slow Horses”) after they have bungled their spying assignments. The irascible boss Lamb is bent on making their work lives insufferably tedious and pointless until the band of quirky secret agents is unwittingly drawn into a real spy caper involving the MI5 ‘A’ team and its boss Diana Taverner (Kristin Scott Thomas).

Recalling great old spy movies of the 1970s with all their grime and grit — albeit set after the fall of the Berlin Wall — “Slow Horses” succeeds in offering a mystery through-line for its first season (another is on the way) while also introducing characters that keep the viewers’ interest. In addition to Lamb (Oldman) and Taverner (Thomas), we meet River Cartwright (Jack Lowden), the young spy determined to make good, as well as his grandfather and retired MI5 officer David Cartwright (the venerable Jonathan Pryce), among other intriguing personalities. Like any good characters, they are fun to watch and leave viewers wanting to spend more time with them — no matter what the next assignment may be.

Apple TV+ Bows Trailer for May 6 Peanuts Mother’s Day Special

Ahead of the premiere of the new Mother’s Day special “To Mom (And Dad), With Love” on May 6, Apple TV+ unveiled the trailer for the original special, which is based on the classic “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles M. Schulz.

“To Mom (And Dad), With Love” is a Mother’s Day celebration of friendship and family featuring the Peanuts gang. While the other kids are excited to celebrate the special day, for Peppermint Patty it’s just a reminder that she didn’t grow up with a mom. With her good friend Marcie by her side, she soon realizes that real families come in all shapes and sizes, and that Mother’s Day is an opportunity to thank that special person in your life who means the most to you. Meanwhile, Snoopy and Woodstock embark on an epic adventure to find Woodstock’s long-lost mom.

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Produced for Apple TV+ by Peanuts and WildBrain, the special is directed by Clay Kaytis and executive produced by Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, Cornelius Uliano, Paige Braddock, Josh Scherba, Stephanie Betts, Amir Nasrabadi and Anne Loi, and produced by James Brown and Timothy Jason Smith.

 

HBO Max Orders Adult-Animated ‘Harley Quinn’ Spinoff

HBO Max has ordered the 10-episode, adult-animated DC series  “Noonan’s” (working title).

The series, centered on Kite Man (voiced by Matt Oberg), is a spin-off of the Max Original adult-animated DC series “Harley Quinn,” which returns for its third season this summer.
 
In “Noonan’s,” lovable loser Kite Man and his new squeeze Golden Glider moonlight as criminals to support their foolish purchase of Noonan’s, Gotham’s seediest dive bar, where everybody knows your name, but not necessarily your secret identity. 

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“We love the wild and fun world of ‘Harley Quinn’ so much we just had to make a spinoff and who better to center it around than the outcast Kite Man,” Suzanna Makkos, EVP of original comedy and adult animation for HBO Max and Adult Swim, said in a statement. “Justin, Patrick and Dean have created the perfect local hangout for Gotham City’s not-so-finest at Noonan’s, where bar patrons can blow off steam after a long day of mayhem.”    

“‘Harley Quinn’ unlocked a world of hilarious possibilities with the iconic superheroes and supervillains of the DC Universe,” Peter Girardi, EVP, alternative programming, Warner Bros. Animation, said in a statement. “Exploring this world further with our partners at HBO Max and DC is going to be a lot of fun. Plus, after getting dumped by Poison Ivy, the least we could do was give Kite Man his own show.” 

The show is executive produced by Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, Sam Register, Dean Lorey and Kaley Cuoco. Dean Lorey serves as showrunner. Based on the characters from DC, the series is produced by Delicious Non-Sequitur and Yes, Norman Productions in association with Warner Bros. Animation.

Disney+’s ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Top New Show, Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Top Returning Show Anticipated in May

Disney+’s “Obi-Wan Kenobi” was the top anticipated new show, Netflix’s “Stranger Things” was the most anticipated returning show, and Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was the top anticipated movie on the Whip Media charts for May.

“Obi-Wan Kenobi” starts streaming on Disney+ May 27. The series stars Ewan McGregor, reprising his role as the iconic Jedi Master, and begins 10 years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat — the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. The series also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader.

The fourth season of “Stranger Things” starts streaming on Netflix May 27. In season four, it’s been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins. Struggling with the aftermath, the group of friends are separated for the first time. Meanwhile, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, might finally put an end to the horrors of the Upside Down.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness debuts in theaters May 6. Based on the Marvel Comics, the film follows the further adventures of Dr. Stephen Strange as he protects a girl who can hop between realities.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 21 million global users, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

Most Anticipated New Shows for May:

  1. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” (Disney+) — May 27
  2. “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” (Paramount+) — May 5
  3. “The Staircase” (2022) (HBO Max) — May 5
  4. “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (HBO) — May 15
  5. “Candy” (Hulu) — May 9

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for May:

  1. “Stranger Things” (Netflix) — May 27
  2. “The Wilds” (Prime Video) — May 6
  3. “Hacks” (2021) (HBO Max) — May 12
  4. “Love, Death & Robots” (Netflix) — May 20
  5. “Girls5eva” (Peacock) — May 5

 

Most Anticipated Movies for May:

  1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — May 6
  2. Top Gun: Maverick — May 27
  3. Downton Abbey: A New Era — May 18
  4. Bob’s Burgers: The Movie — May 27
  5. Firestarter — May 13
  6. Senior Year — May 13
  7. Men — May 20
  8. Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers — May 20
  9. Along for the Ride — May 6
  10. DC Showcase — Contantine: The House of Mystery — May 3

 

‘The Batman,’ ‘Moon Knight’ Top Weekly Whip Media Streaming Charts

HBO Max’s The Batman led the Whip Media chart of top streaming movies while the Disney+ series “Moon Knight” again led the chart of top streaming originals among U.S. consumers the week ended April 24.

Debuting in the top streaming movie spot, The Batman is a DC Comics-based superhero film starring Robert Pattinson as the caped crusader. In the film, after more than a year of stalking the streets, striking fear into the hearts of criminals, Batman travels deep into the shadows of Gotham City. 

“Moon Knight,” which started streaming in weekly episodes March 30, is based on the Marvel Comics. The series stars Oscar Isaac as a mild-mannered gift shop employee who finds he’s been given the powers of an Egyptian moon god.

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Landing at No. 2 on the streaming originals chart was “Russian Doll,” season two of which premiered April 20. The series follows Nadia (Natasha Lyonne), a woman caught in a time loop in which she dies repeatedly.

Coming in at No. 3 on the streaming originals chart was “The Flight Attendant,” season two of which started streaming in weekly segments April 21. The series follows an alcoholic flight attendant (Kaley Cuoco) who gets involved in international espionage.

Rising from No. 3 to No. 2 on the streaming movies chart was Netflix’s horror thriller Choose or Die, which started streaming April 15. In the film, tempted by a chance to win unclaimed prize money, two friends reboot a mysterious 1980s video game and step into a surreal world of next-level terror.

Falling to No. 3 from the top spot on the streaming movies chart was The Adam Project, released on Netflix March 11. It’s a science-fiction action film, starring Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner, that follows a man who travels through time and meets his younger self.

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Top Streaming Originals Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended April 24:

  1. “Moon Knight” — Disney+
  2. “Russian Doll” — Netflix (Season Premiere)
  3. “The Flight Attendant” — HBO Max (Season Premiere)
  4. “Halo” — Paramount+
  5. “Star Trek: Picard” — Paramount+
  6. “Bridgerton” — Netflix
  7. “Selling Sunset” — Netflix (Season Premiere)
  8. “Heartstopper” — Netflix (Series Premiere)
  9. “Outer Range” — Prime Video
  10. “The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On” — Netflix

 

Top Streaming Movies Among U.S. Consumers April 22-24:

  1. The Batman — HBO Max
  2. Choose or Die — Netflix
  3. The Adam Project — Netflix
  4. Death on the Nile — HBO Max/Hulu
  5. Turning Red — Disney+
  6. The In Between — Paramount+
  7. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Starz
  8. Metal Lords — Netflix
  9. Eternals — Disney+
  10. X-Men: First Class — Disney+

Apple TV+ Orders Preschool Series ‘Sago Mini Friends’

Apple TV+ has ordered “Sago Mini Friends,” a new preschool animated series.

Produced by Spin Master Entertainment (“Paw Patrol”) and animated by Brown Bag Films (”Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Blue’s Clues & You!” and “Wild Kratts”), the series is based on the characters and designs featured in the Sago Mini World app, developed by Sago Mini.

The “Sago Mini Friends” series is a nod to gratitude, featuring Harvey the floppy-eared dog and his best friends Jinja the cat, Jack the rabbit and Robin the bird. The four friends play, explore, imagine and celebrate daily in their joyful town of Sagoville. In each episode, Harvey and all his friends express their true thankfulness for all things, big and small, through optimism, kindness, preschool-friendly humor and original songs.

The Sago Mini World app features more than 40 games for kids ages 2-5 and has been recognized by the Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, the Webby Awards, the Academics’ Choice Awards and the Kidscreen Awards.

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“Sago Mini Friends” is executive produced by Jennifer Dodge (“Paw Patrol”), Ronnen Harary (“Paw Patrol”), Tone Thyne (“Wonder Pets!”) and Dustin Ferrer (“Esme & Roy”). Laura Clunie (“Paw Patrol”) and Toni Stevens (“Paw Patrol”) serve as co-executive producers, with Chad Hicks (“Kingdom Force”) as series director.

Doc Series ‘Menudo: Forever Young’ Streaming on HBO Max Starting June 23

The four-part Max original documentary “Menudo: Forever Young” debuts with all episodes June 23 on HBO Max. 
 
From filmmakers Ángel Manuel Soto (Max original “Charm City Kings”) and Kristofer Ríos  (“Havana Skate Days”), the documentary will have its world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Festival June 11 in New York. 
 
The series chronicles the rise and fall of the most iconic Latin American boy band in history, bringing viewers into the world of  the popular teen idols’ global tours, magazine covers, ’80s outfits, and screaming fangirls. But the four-part documentary reveals that behind the glitz and glamour was a web of abuse and exploitation at the hands of the band’s manager, Edgardo Diaz. Through revealing interviews with former Menudo members, the film examines how this extravagant facade was disguising serious wrongdoings by Diaz. 

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“The Puerto Rican diaspora in New York played a critical role in the success of Menudo, and its crossover in the U.S., shutting down traffic for blocks surrounding the band’s hotel and selling out Madison Square Garden on multiple occasions,” Soto said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to premiere this series in their backyard at TriBeCa and honor their contribution to the band’s legacy.”