Nielsen: Netflix Dominates Weekly Household TV Streaming Through Aug. 1

After a few interlopers, Netflix re-asserted itself as the most-streamed video platform across U.S. household televisions, generating more than 3.6 billion combined minutes for the top original series, movie and licensed shows, according to new data from Nielsen.

Licensed series “All American” led all content with 1.43 billion minutes streamed across 51 episodes of the CW show that premiered in 2018 about coming-of-age experiences black teenagers have growing up. Netflix original series “Outer Banks” was a close second with 1.42 billion minutes streamed across 20 episodes.

Netflix original movie Blood Red Sky knocked off Disney’s Luca to rank as the most-streamed feature film of the week with 387 million minutes, compared with 371 million minutes, respectively.

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

 

Original Series:

Rank

SVOD Provider

Program Name

No. of Episodes

Minutes Streamed
(Millions)

1 NETFLIX OUTER BANKS 20 1,423
2 NETFLIX VIRGIN RIVER 30 782
3 NETFLIX NEVER HAVE I EVER 20 328
4 NETFLIX LOVE IS BLIND 14 300
5 NETFLIX ATYPICAL 38 291
6 NETFLIX THE MOVIES THAT MADE US 8 272
7 NETFLIX LUCIFER 83 202
8 AMAZON BOSCH 64 187
9 DISNEY+ LOKI 6 180
10 NETFLIX ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK 91 164

Movies:

Rank

SVOD Provider

Program Name

Number

Minutes Streamed (Millions)

1 NETFLIX BLOOD RED SKY 1 387
2 DISNEY+ LUCA (2021) 1 371
3 DISNEY+ JUNGLE CRUISE 1 343
4 NETFLIX RESORT TO LOVE 1 176
5 NETFLIX THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER 1 167
6 DISNEY+ RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON 1 155
7 NETFLIX TWILIGHT 1 155
8 DISNEY+ MOANA 1 155
9 AMAZON THE TOMORROW WAR 1 152
10 DISNEY+ BLACK WIDOW 1 151

Season Six of ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ Coming to Disc Nov. 9

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray and DVD Nov.9.

The release includes all 15  one-hour episodes from the sixth season of the CW series, plus extra content including several featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Sixth Season is also available to purchase from digital retailers.

In season six, having spent last season trying to track down the Loom of Fate, the Legends must now save history from a foe like none they’ve encountered in the past or future. The timeship Waverider’s crew have dealt with monsters, time anomalies, and most recently, villains from Hell, but this season they will face something even more challenging and bizarre — space aliens.

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First Season of Reimagined ‘Kung Fu’ Due on Disc Nov. 2

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Kung Fu: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 2.

A reimagining of the same-named 1970s series, “Kung Fu” airs on the CW network and stars Olivia Liang as Nicky Shen, a young Chinese-American woman who drops out of college and journeys to an isolated monastery in China. When she returns to San Francisco, she finds her hometown is overrun with crime and corruption and her parents are at the mercy of a powerful Triad. Nicky vows to protect her community by bringing these criminals to justice while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor.

The show also stars Kheng Hua Tan, Eddie Liu, Shannon Dang, Jon Prasida, Gavin Stenhouse, Vanessa Kai, Tony Chung, Tzi Ma and Yvonne Chapman.

The Blu-ray and DVD editions will include all 13 episodes from the first season, deleted scenes and a “Bond of Honor” featurette.

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Season 7 of ‘The Flash’ Running to Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 12

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 12.

The collection includes all 18 episodes from the 2021 season of the CW series that chronicles the adventures of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who uses his super-speed powers to become the superhero known as the Flash, and his friends as they protect Central City from a variety of threats.

The cast also includes Candice Patton as Iris West-Allen, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Killer Frost, Carlos Valdes as Cisco, Tom Cavanagh as Wells, Jesse L. Martin as Joe West, Danielle Nicolet as Cecile, Kayle Compton as Allegra and Brandon McKnight as Chester.

Extras include the show’s 2020 DC FanDom panel, plus the featurettes “The Journey Ends: Carlos and Tom Cavanagh” and “Never Alone: Heroes and Allies.” Exclusive to the Blu-ray and DVD will be deleted scenes and a gag reel.

The season is also available to own from digital retailers. The Blu-ray will include a code for a digital copy of the season, redeemable in the United States only.

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Season One of ‘Superman & Lois’ Flying to Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 19 With Extended Episodes

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Oct. 19 will release Superman & Lois: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD with extended versions of all 15 episodes.

The series stars Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane, who are now married and raising twin teenage sons, Jordan (Alex Garfin) and Jonathan (Jordan Elsass). When Jordan stars exhibiting superpowers like his father, the Kents move back to Smallville, where they uncover a scheme by businessman Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner) to transform the population into an army of Kryptonian soldiers.

The cast also includes Dylan Walsh, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Erik Valdez, Inde Navarrette and Wolé Parks.

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Blu-ray and DVD extras include the “Superman & Lois” DC FanDome panel, plus the featurettes “Superman: Alien Spirit,” “Superman and Lois Legacy of Hope” and “Never Alone: Heroes and Allies.”

The first season of “Superman & Lois” will also be available for digital purchase and can be streamed exclusively on HBO Max starting Aug. 20. The season finale airs Aug. 17 on the CW.

 

 

 

‘Batwoman’ Season Two on Disc Sept. 21

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Batwoman: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 21 (order date Aug. 17).

The second season of the CW series introduces a new Batwoman, Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie), who discovers the bat-suit in the wreckage of Kate Kane’s plane. As the Bat-team tries to piece together what happened to Kate, the new Batwoman confronts a new enemy to Gotham City: the Black Mask. Meanwhile, the villainous Alice (Rachel Skarsten) confronts her past, and the leader of a cult of women who live on a mysterious island and may have been involved causing Kate to disappear.

The cast also includes Dougray Scott, Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang, Camrus Johnson and Elizabeth Anweis.

“Batwoman” is part of the “Arrowverse,” a shared universe of CW shows that also includes “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” among others.

The three-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD editions will include all 18 episodes from the second season, plus exclusive extras such as deleted scenes and a gag reel. Other extras include “Villains Analyzed” and “Never Alone: Heroes and Allies” featurettes. The Blu-ray will present the episodes in 1080p full HD video with DTS-HD master audio for English 5.1, and will include a digital code for the season.

The second season is also available to own through digital retailers, and will be available to stream on HBO Max starting July 27.

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Supernatural: The Complete Series

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 5/25/21;
Warner;
Fantasy;
$329.99 86-DVD set, $359.99 58-disc Blu-ray;
Not rated.
Starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert, Katie Cassidy, Lauren Cohan, Mark A. Sheppard, Mark Pellegrino, Jim Beaver, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Samantha Smith, Adrianne Palicki, Kathryn Newton, DJ Qualls, Felicia Day, Osric Chau, Lauren Tom, Alaina Huffman, Courtney Ford, Sterling K. Brown, Kurt Fuller, Curtis Armstrong, Ruth Connell.

It may be a cliché to say they don’t make ’em like they used to, but it’s an idiom that certainly applies in the case of “Supernatural.”

The series stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester, brothers who spend the show traveling the country in a black 1967 Impala hunting monsters, demons, ghosts and other supernatural beings. Their quest to find their father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and find their mothers’ killer introduces them to a wider world of demon hunters, magic and divine beings who hold the fate of reality in their hands. At one point, the characters even become animated for a crossover with Scooby-Doo (in season 13).

Running an amazing 15 seasons and 327 episodes, the series began in 2005 on the old WB network, its last year before it merged with UPN to become what’s now known as The CW. Airing on the lowest rung of the network ladder certainly helped it flourish, as it became the longest-running American sci-fi/fantasy TV series in history with its 11th season, surpassing WB/CW sister series “Smallville,” which had run for 10 seasons and 217 episode, outpacing another 10-season sci-fi series, “Stargate SG-1,” by three episodes. The British side of the genre has produced “Doctor Who,” of course, with separate runs of 26 and 12 seasons (and an upcoming 13th), but with shorter episode lengths in the classic era and fewer episodes per season in the modern.

That’s the kind of output the TV industry just isn’t interested in sustaining anymore, beyond the handful of legacy procedurals that are sticking around on the networks. Between cable and streamers and the short attention spans of audiences, three- to four-season runs of 10 episodes apiece are much more the norm now.

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The massive complete-series Blu-ray disc set efficiently repackages all the previously released individual season sets, as well as the new 15th and final season set, and all the bonus material that entails.

The set comes in the form of a handsome outer box housing seven thick Blu-ray cases, packed two seasons per case, except for the seventh case which contains the final three seasons. Each of the first six cases house eight discs (except for case two, which has seven discs for seasons three and four), while case seven has 10 discs in total. This distribution pattern left no room for the season 15 bonus disc, which is instead housed in its own separate cardboard sleave at the end of the stack, alongside a booklet containing an episode guide, photos from the series, production artwork, and notes to the fans from series creator Eric Kripke and executive producer Robert Singer.

It’s a slightly awkward configuration but seemingly unavoidable without either splitting up one of the seasons into two separate cases, inventing an 11-disc case, or putting the four discs of season 15 in its own case and making the overall box bigger. All in all it’s just a minor infringement on any OCD some fans or collectors might have.

Among the extras on that final disc are a featurette about the series finale, a documentary about the show’s strong themes of family, and a look at the Winchesters as American heroes in the vein of folklore archetypes. There’s also a gag reel, a retrospective of all 15 seasons, and highlights from the show’s 2019 San Diego Comic-Con panel, which due to COVID-19 canceling the 2020 event turned out to be the show’s last.

In the final extra, a lucky fan wins a replica of the show’s iconic Impala.

The set does not include Supernatural: The Anime Series, which was released on Blu-ray in 2011.

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CW’s ‘Superman & Lois’ Top Anticipated New Show on February TV Time Chart

The CW’s “Superman & Lois” was the top anticipated new show, and the CBC’s “Workin’ Moms” the top anticipated returning show, on the TV Time Charts for February.

TV Time 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.

“Superman & Lois,” debuting on the CW Feb. 23, follows the famous superhero and journalist, who after years of facing supervillains, monsters, and aliens, try to deal with the stress and complexities that come with raising two boys as working parents.

Season five of the comedy “Workin’ Moms” debuts Feb. 16 on Canada’s CBC.

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Netflix took two of the top five spots on the new show chart. At No. 4 was “Firefly Lane,” debuting Feb. 3. It follows Tully and Kate, who meet as young girls on Firefly Lane and become inseparable friends throughout 30 years of ups and downs. At No. 5 was “Tribes of Europa,” hitting screens Feb. 19. Set in 2070, it follows three siblings trying to change the fate of Europe after a global catastrophe fractures it into countless micro-states fighting for dominance.

Among other streamers, Apple TV+’s “For All Mankind” came in at No. 3 and Amazon’s “The Family Man” at No. 4 on the returning shows chart. Both debut their sophomore seasons in February. The alt-history series “For All Mankind” moves to 1983 in the midst of the Cold War, where tensions between the U.S. and the USSR are at their peak. “The Family Man” is an Indian spy series.

 

Most Anticipated New Shows for February:

  1. “Superman & Lois” (CW) — Feb. 23
  2. “Clarice” (CBS) — Feb. 11
  3. “The Equalizer” (CBS) — Feb. 7
  4. “Firefly Lane” (Netflix) — Feb. 3
  5. “Tribes of Europa” (Netflix) — Feb. 19

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for February:

  1. “Workin’ Moms” (CBC) — Feb. 16
  2. “Black Lightning” (CW) — Feb. 8
  3. “For All Mankind” (Apple TV+) — Feb. 19
  4. “The Family Man” (Amazon Prime Video) — Feb. 12
  5. “Harrow” (ABC) — Feb. 7

Crisis on Infinite Earths

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Available With:
Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season Blu-ray, $44.98;
Batwoman: The Complete First Season Blu-ray, $44.98;
The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season Blu-ray, $44.98;
Arrow: The Complete Eighth Season Blu-ray, $29.98;
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season Blu-ray, $29.98;

Warner;
Sci-fi/Action;
Not rated;
Stars Stephen Amell, Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist, Caity Lotz, Ruby Rose, Brandon Routh, Cress Williams, David Harewood, Tom Cavanagh, Tyler Hoechlin, John Cryer, Matt Ryan, David Ramsey, LaMonica Garrett.

Multiverses are all the rage nowadays.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe and the live-action DC movies are scrambling to introduce the concept in their upcoming blockbusters, filling the Internet with casting rumors of the return of previous versions of certain characters. And one reason they may be motivated to do so is how popular the idea proved in the CW Arrowverse’s big crossover event last season, Crisis on Infinite Earths, which brought together characters from six of the DC superhero shows and featured cameos from several more, and even referenced a few from the big screen.

The TV Crisis is based on a major DC Comics storyline from the mid-1980s, which redefined and modernized all the publication’s classic characters while seeking to streamline convoluted histories that went back decades. In doing so, characters encountered versions of themselves from parallel realities in an epic battle against a villain called the Anti-Monitor who was destroying entire universes.

The CW networks’ “Arrowverse” shows adopted the same basic premise. The series have been doing annual crossovers for a while, and have been laying the groundwork for Crisis on Infinite Earths for years.

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The crossover itself is structured like a miniseries, though each of the five parts are actually an episode from one of the participating series: part one is an episode of “Supergirl,” part two is an episode of “Batwoman,” part three is an episode of “The Flash,” part four is an episode of “Arrow,” and part five is an episode of “Legends of Tomorrow.” Though they use a unified Crisis title card instead of the individual show, the main credits still reflect the cast of that show. This is likely more a matter of contractual obligations, since it probably would have made more sense to produce the crossover as a separate production outside the purview of any of the shows. The fact that these are technically separate episodes of different series makes for some awkward distribution scenarios.

For home video, Warner has chosen to include a special bonus disc containing all five episodes and bonus materials with the relevant season Blu-ray releases of each of the series. It’s the same disc for every show, so “Arrowverse” fans who pick up the Blu-ray for each show will get it five times.

Since the individual parts are also episodes of the shows, they are also included with the regular episode runs for each show on disc. Since the miniseries version is exclusive to the Blu-ray, anyone wanting each part just on DVD has to buy each show’s separate season, and those don’t come with the special “Crisis” extras.

In years past, the crossovers on disc were handled a bit differently, with Warner including all crossover episodes on the Blu-ray for each show’s relevant season as part of the regular episode listings, so that they’ll come up in a “play all” binge.

Either way, it kind of points to a more common sense solution being to release the Crisis disc as a standalone miniseries, and not part of any of the shows’ seasons, but contracts are what they are.

The fact that these are individual episodes of each show makes for some messy plot developments in terms of where certain events happen in relation to what show they are technically happening on. Major life events affecting Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) happen on “Supergirl,” and not his own show, “Arrow.” However, “Arrow” does get a monumental cameo involving The Flash, rather than that bit of fan service actually happening on “The Flash.”

With the central conceit that every TV show and movie ever based on a DC Comics property exists alongside the others in a multiverse, producers have packed in cameos from a number of these other shows, in many cases offering a reunion or update for some of the characters. These range from quick glances at other current shows such as “Titans” and “Stargirl,” as well as drop-ins on the worlds of Superman Returns, the 1989 Batman movie, the 1960s “Batman” series, “Smallville,” the 1990 “Flash” TV show and even the recent Justice League movie.

It’s all in good fun for the fans of these characters who have been following them not just on the CW, but on the other shows as well, not to mention the original comics. The idea of using “Batman: The Animated Series” star Kevin Conroy to play a live-action version of an older Bruce Wayne is just a marvelous idea. As is putting Brandon Routh back in the Superman suit to play an older version of the character. Routh already plays the Atom in the Arrowverse, but physically he seems much more suited to play Superman now that he’s a bit older than he did in 2006, which he was a bit to thin for the part.

For comic book fans, the looks of Conroy’s Bruce Wayne and Routh’s older Superman borrow a lot of influence from the 1990s Kingdom Come miniseries.

Tom Welling also makes an appearance as the “Smallville” Clark Kent, and between him and Routh they just make the Arrowverse’s Superman, Tyler Hoechlin, seem way too undersized for the role.

In addition, Cress Williams shows up in a couple episodes to play Black Lightning from his own CW show. While “Black Lightning” doesn’t have one of the Crisis episodes, it did do its own prelude to Crisis episode similarly to the other participating shows. That episode isn’t included here, but it is available with the third season of “Black Lightning” which is available digitally now and coming to DVD and Blu-ray from Warner Archive Oct. 27.

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Nostalgia aside, Crisis does a lot to resolve several of the storylines from the various shows, not the least of which is to finally put Supergirl and Black Lightnine in the same universe as the other heroes (though that has raised its own plot problems as the shows have continued post-Crisis). It’s an ambitious piece of television that should satisfy fans of the series involved, but the various crossovers and nostalgia bait do a lot to distract from flaws that become apparent on subsequent rewatches.

Primarily, the quaintness of plotting that persists on the five main shows carries over here, and the dialogue can get a bit grating the more one hears it. In some instances the collective writing teams may have been in over their heads coordinating such a big production, as there are many attempts to cram in the supporting casts of the various shows in their series’ respective episodes with subplots that end up going nowhere or having no effect on the larger storyline. Some of these are excuses for cheap cameos, while others just seem like they are giving the characters busy work.

When these shows are syndicated to various stations and streaming services in the future and have to stand on their own, I can only imagine the confusion some viewers might having when encountering the crossover episodes in the middle of a binge and seeing partial storylines that have little to do with the rest of the show they’ve been watching. But, a happy fan is an informed fan, and they should know what they’re getting into with the Arrowverse to begin with.

The extras on the Crisis bonus disc are fun backgrounders typical of the kinds usually found on Blu-rays of DC-based content, particularly the DC Universe animated movies.

Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Architects Return” is a 12-minute featurette that reflects on the original comic book, featuring interviews with its original creators, plus a look at the new comic book tie-in created for the Arrowverse version.

“Crisis Management” is a 13-minute making-of featurette looking at how the five shows coordinated to bring the crossover together.

“Crisis Past and Present: Kevin Conroy Bat Legend” is a three-minute profile of Conroy and bringing him to play a live-action Batman for the first time.

“Crisis Past and Present: Superman vs. Superman” is a four-and-a-half-minute featurette about a showdown between Routh and Hoechlin for super-supremecy.

“Characters in Crisis: Pariah” is a four-minute video about turning Tom Cavanagh’s “Flash” character into the Pariah role from the original comic.

Finally, “Characters in Crisis: The Anti-Monitor” is a five-minute examination of the main villain of the story.

First Season of DC’s ‘Stargirl’ on Disc Sept. 29

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Stargirl: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 29.

The discs will include all 13 episodes from the first season of the superhero series. The Blu-ray will also include a digital copy of the season. Episodes will also be available for purchase through digital retailers.

Based on the DC Comics character created by Geoff Johns, “Stargirl” follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger), who tries to re-form the long-lost superhero group the Justice Society of America to battle a team of supervillains. She seeks guidance in her quest from her stepfather, Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson), the former sidekick to original JSA member Starman, whose cosmic staff gives Courtney her power.

The cast also includes Yvette Monreal, Anjelika Washington, Cameron Gellman, Trae Romano, Jake Austin Walker, Hunter Sansone, Meg DeLacy, Neil Jackson, Christopher James Baker and Amy Smart.

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The series is currently midway through airing its first season, with the season finale slated for August. Episodes debut Mondays on the DC Universe streaming service and are presented the next day on the CW network.