L.A. Retailers Roll Back Prices in Amazon ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Emmy Push

An Amazon promotion for the original series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was too marvelous for its own good.

Police shut down a promotion in which a Chevron gas station in Santa Monica, Calif., offered gasoline for 30 cents a gallon, the same price gas sold for in 1959, the year in which “Mrs. Maisel” is set, according to the local ABC affiliate.

The promotion, on the first day of voting for the annual Emmy Awards, was one of 28 similar price rollbacks at retailers around Los Angeles.

Barbershops, candy stores, theaters, hotels, bakeries and other participating businesses all participated in Amazon’s “Maisel Day” by scaling back their prices to 1959 levels. One user commented on the show’s Twitter page that the See’s Candy Store, which was selling one-pound boxes of chocolate for $1.50, was sold out; the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood was offering rooms for $40 a night. Art’s Deli in Studio City was selling corned beef on rye sandwiches for 99 cents, while the Hollywood Improv comedy club was selling tickets for just $1.

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The promotion was heavily promoted on social media, with Amazon offering a “Mrs. Maisel” filter on Snapchat

“Mrs. Maisel” has been nominated for 20 Emmy Awards.

DC Universe Scores Big with ‘Young Justice,’ ‘Titans’ on Digital Originals Chart, Parrot Analytics Says

Three digital originals cracked the top 10 the week ended Jan. 12, led by the DC Universe show “Young Justice,” according to Parrot Analytics.

The program – an adaptation of the entire DC Universe with a focus on young superheroes – debuted at No. 4 after its average daily Demand Expressions more than doubled from the prior week, to 28 million.

Demand Expressions is a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. The metric draws from a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

“Young Justice” initially aired on a linear platform, the Cartoon Network, but was canceled in 2013 after two seasons. Warner Bros. Animation subsequently resurrected the series, with Season 3, “Young Justice: Outsiders,” premiering Jan. 4 on DC Universe, a video-on-demand service operated by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Networks. DC Universe launched last September.

“You,” which airs on Netflix and debuted at No. 8 on the digital originals chart, is a modern thriller that also transitioned from a linear platform, Lifetime, where it launched last September. In December it was announced that “You” would move to Netflix as a “Netflix Original,” title, ahead of the premiere Season 2.

“You” finished the week ended Jan. 12 with 21.6 million average daily Demand Expressions, up 16% from the prior week.

A third new entry into the digital originals top 10, “Lemony Snickets’ A Series of Unfortunate Events,” posted a 12.5% gain in average daily Demand Expressions to finish the week at No. 9. The third and final season of the show, which like the movie of the same name is based on the children’s novel series about the misadventures of the three Baudelaire children, was released on Netflix on Jan. 1.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week despite a 31% decline in average daily Demand Expressions. DC Universe’s Titans, which had debuted at No. 1 the last full week in 2018 before dropping to No. 3, nudged back up to No. 2, with 31.7 million average daily Demand Expressions.

Another Netflix show, “Black Mirror,” finished the week at No. 3, with a 26% drop in demand. The quirky sci-fi series had shot into the top 10 at No. 2 the prior week in the wake of hoopla surrounding the release of a standalone interactive film titled Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, released Dec. 28.

Rounding out the top five on the digital originals chart for the week ended Jan. 12 was Amazon Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” with a 9% spike in demand—despite the fact that the series is currently on hiatus and gearing up for its third season.

Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s  proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

 

SVOD Contenders Score Big at 2019 Golden Globes

TV shows and movies from subscription streaming services made a big showing at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jan. 6.

Programming available through SVOD services won a total of seven trophies, with two each coming from Netflix’s Roma and “The Kominsky Method.”

Roma won for Best Foreign-Language Film (representing Mexico) and Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón. Netflix has been pushing the film’s awards chances through a limited theatrical release in addition to its availability through the service.

Meanwhile, Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method” won Best TV Series — Musical or Comedy and Best Actor in a TV Series — Musical or Comedy for Michael Douglas.

BBC’s “Bodyguard,” available through Netflix in the United States, won Best Actor in a Television Series — Drama for Richard Madden.

Amazon Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won Best Actress in a TV Series — Musical or Comedy for Rachel Brosnahan. And the BBC’s A Very English Scandal, available through Amazon in America, won Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film for Ben Whishaw.

Universal’s Green Book led all winners with three trophies, including Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Mahershala Ali, and Best Screenplay.

Bohemian Rhapsody won Best Motion Picture — Drama and Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama for Rami Malek. Fox releases the musical biopic digitally Jan. 22, followed by a Feb. 12 release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The Wife won Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama for Glenn Close. Sony Pictures releases the film digitally Jan. 22, and on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 29.

Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won Best Animated Feature Film.

Warner’s A Star Is Born, due digitally Jan. 15, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Blu-ray Feb. 19, won Best Original Song for “Shallow.”

The Neil Armstrong biopic First Man won Best Original Score for Justin Hurwitz. The film is due on digital Jan. 8, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Jan. 22 from Universal Pictures.

Fox’s The Favourite won Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for Olivia Colman, while Annapurna’s Vice won Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for Christian Bale, and If Beal Street Could Talk won Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Regina King.

In the TV categories, FX’s “The Americans” won Best Television Series — Drama. All six seasons are available on DVD from Fox.

FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story won Best Miniseries or Television Film and Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film for Darren Criss. The miniseries will be available on Netflix starting Jan. 17.

The BBC’s “Killing Eve” won Best Actress in a Television Series — Drama for Sandra Oh. The first season is now available on DVD and Blu-ray; season two arrives April 7 on BBC America.

HBO’s Sharp Objects, available now on Blu-ray and DVD, won Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Film for Patricia Clarkson.

Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora won Best Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Film for Patricia Arquette.

‘The Ranch,’ ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ ‘Voltron’ Return to Top 10 Digital Originals Chart

Driven by double-digit gains in demand, three digital originals returned to the top 10 the week that ended Dec. 15, according to Parrot Analytics Data.

“The Ranch,” with a 42.9% increase in average daily Demand Expressions, shot up to No. 7 from No. 15 the prior week. The Netflix sitcom, which debuted in 2016, is set on a ranch in a fictitious small town in Colorado and follows a dysfunctional family consisting of two brothers, their rancher father, and his divorced wife and local bar owner.

“Star Trek: Discovery,” from CBS All Access, came in at No. 8, with just over 20 million average daily Demand Expressions, an 18.6% gain from the prior week, when the sci-fi series was ranked at No. 13.

And “Voltron: Legendary Defender,” from Netflix, rode a 37.6% increase in average daily Demand Expressions to the No. 9 spot, up from No. 21 the prior week.

Demand Expressions is a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. The metric draws from a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

Elsewhere on the chart, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” tumbled from No. 1 all the way to No. 5 with a 20% decline in average daily Demand Expressions, just one week after the supernatural teen-witch series regained the top spot on the digital originals chart it had held for five of the past six weeks.

Taking its place at No. 1 was perennial favorite “Stranger Things,” whose rise from No. 4 was powered by a 45.6% gain in demand.  The likely trigger was the release earlier in the month of a teaser for Season 3, which is expected to bow in 2019, most likely in the summer or early fall.

Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, in the 1980s, the first season focused on the disappearance of a young boy amid various supernatural events, including the appearance of a girl with psychic powers who helps look for the boy. Season 2 is set a year later and focuses on the town’s attempts to return to normalcy.

The DC Universe series “Titans” rose to No. 2 from No. 5 the prior week, with an 8.7% uptick in demand, while Amazon Prime Video’s award-winning comedy “The Marvelous Mrs, Maisel” continued its climb up the chart, landing at No. 3, up two spots from the prior week, thanks to a 10.5% spike in demand.

“Narcos: Mexico” slipped to No. 4 from No. 2 the prior week.

Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s  proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

 

‘Mrs. Maisel,’ ‘F is for Family’ Zoom Onto Top 10 Digital Originals Chart

Two digital originals shot into the top 10 the week that ended Dec. 8, according to Parrot Analytics Data.

The Dec 5 release of Season 2 propelled Amazon Prime Video’s award-winning comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” to No. 5 from No. 21 the prior week, with 30.4 million average daily Demand Expressions, twice as many as in the prior week.

The animated Netflix sitcom “F is for Family” soared to No. 9 from No. 48 with 18.2 million average daily Demand Expressions, up from 7.2 million the prior week. Again, the catalyst was the recent (Nov. 30) release of a new season, Season 2.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is a period comedy-drama created by  Amy Sherman-Palladino. The series stars Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a housewife in 1950s New York City who finds she has a talent for standup comedy. The series won two Golden Globe Awards (Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for Brosnahan) and five prime-time Emmy Awards.
“F is for Family,” created by Bill Burr and Michael Price, revolves around Francis X. “Frank” Murphy (voiced by Burr), a hot-tempered, foul-mouthed Korean War veteran and father of three who lives in the fictitious Rust Belt city of Rustvale during the 1970s.

Elsewhere on the chart, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” regained the No. 1 spot on the digital originals chart it had held for five weeks prior to last week, when “Narcos: Mexico” jumped into the top spot, sending “Sabrina” to No. 2.

“Sabrina” generated nearly 36.7 million average daily demand expressions in the week that ended Dec. 8, to 34.6 million for the latest “Narcos” season.

Demand Expressions is a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. The metric draws from a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

The No. 3 spot on the digital originals chart went to “Marvel’s Daredevil,” up from No. 4 the prior week. Demand rose 12% as the fan backlash to Netflix’s decision to cancel the superhero series continued to grow.

Rounding out the top five on the digital originals chart was “Stranger Things” at No. 4, down a notch from the prior week.

Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s  proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

 

Amazon Says Fire TV Stick Most-Purchased Prime Item in 2018

Amazon Dec. 2 announced that its branded Fire TV Stick streaming media device with Alexa voice-recognition software was the top-selling item for Prime members in 2018.

That was followed by the Echo Dot home speaker – which was also one of the most gifted items during the week leading up to both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and the best-selling product on Amazon during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday weekend.

The $119 annual Amazon Prime membership platform, which includes Prime Video, is available in 17 countries. Prime Video is available globally and separately for $8.99 monthly.

Top home entertainment honors in the U.S. went to original TV series, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (most awarded show – 8 Emmy Awards – on Prime Video),“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” starring John Krasinski, and “Homecoming,” starring Julia Roberts in her first TV show (most binged shows on Prime Video), and Justin Timberlake (most streamed artist on Prime Music).

Notably, “X-Ray,” the bonus material feature available on Prime Video that allows viewers to go behind the scenes of movies and TV shows and get access to cast photos, bios, filmographies, sound track info and trivia, continues to resonate with Prime members.

The top-five series and movies Prime members worldwide used X-Ray included “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Psych,” “The Grand Tour,” “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and “Vikings.”

Movies included Baywatch; Jack Reacher: Never Go Back; Transformers: The Last Knight; Twilight; and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

“Prime members worldwide ordered more than two billion products for one-day delivery or faster in the last year, which is pretty amazing,” Cem Sibay, VP of Amazon Prime, said in a statement.

Prime Video stats include:

The top three cities worldwide that streamed the most hours of Prime Video per capita include Santa Clara, Calif., Norderstedt, Germany; and Tokai, Japan.

Prime members in the U.S., U.K. and India streamed more Prime Video than any other country between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. local time.

Night owls in Japan, Germany and Spain streamed more Prime Video than any other country between the hours of 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. local time.

The nine NFL games thus far on Prime Video and Twitch have combined to reach 20 million total viewers in over 200 countries and territories and all 50 U.S. states.

The top three American cities that streamed the most minutes of Thursday Night Football so far this year include Atlanta, Denver and Seattle.

 The most streamed music artist was Justin Timberlake. Prime members’ favorite albums included Man of the Woods by Justin Timberlake, Camila by Camila Cabello, Astroworld by Travis Scott and Mitchell Tenpenny EP by Mitchell Tenpenny.

Favorite songs sold (and recommended by Alexa) included “The Middle,” by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey; “Lose It,” by Kane Brown; “Idgaf,” by Dua Lipa; “Better Now,” by Post Malone; and “Done for Me,” by Charlie Puth, featuring Kehlani.

Other Prime member favorites included televisions such as the TCL 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV, LG Electronics 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV, Samsung 65-Inch 4K Smart TV

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Amazon’s ‘Mrs. Maisel,’ HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Lead Way at 70th Emmys

For the second year in a row, a show from a streaming service won the Emmy for best series in its category.

While last year Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” won Outstanding Drama Series, this year it was Amazon Video taking the top prize in the Outstanding Comedy Series category with the first season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

“Maisel” ended up with eight Emmys, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Rachel Brosnahan as the title character, and Outstanding Supporting Actress for Alex Borstein (who won another Emmy this year for her voiceover work on Fox’s “Family Guy”).

The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Sept. 17 at a televised ceremony in Los Angeles and at the Creative Arts ceremony a week earlier.

Netflix and HBO ended up tied as the top networks with 23 wins apiece.

Outstanding Drama Series again went to HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” this time for its seventh season, which is readily available for digital download or on Blu-ray and DVD.

“Game of Thrones” previously won the Best Drama Series Emmy in 2015 and 2016 for its fifth and sixth seasons, respectively, but a quirk in its production meant the show didn’t air during the 2017 eligibility period, opening the door for “Handmaid’s Tale” to win last year.

“Thrones” won nine Emmys this year, including Peter Dinklage winning his third trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor for the role of Tyrion Lannister (previously won in 2011 and 2015).

FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story won seven Emmys, including Outstanding Limited Series. The nine-episode miniseries is available for digital download.

Among some other notable categories, HBO’s “Barry” (on DVD Oct. 2) won Outstanding Actor and Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Bill Hader and Henry Winkler, respectively. Matthew Rhys won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for the sixth and final season of FX’s “The Americans,” coming to DVD Oct. 23 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Claire Foy won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for playing Queen Elizabeth II in the second season of Netflix’s “The Crown.” And Thandie Newton won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for season two of HBO’s “Westworld,” which will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 4 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

For a complete list of 2018 winners, visit Emmys.com.