DC TV's Crisis of Infinite Earths revealed. Plus, what did you binge on Netflix?
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With a very quiet Christmas period for television, getting more buzz than expected has been the CW’s DC superhero shows big crossover event. In what is actually a fairly impressive level of forward planning, it looks like the crossover and a whole bunch of storylines in all of the shows were actually leading towards a HUGE event next year - Crisis of Infinite Earths. This will mean nothing to non-comics readers, but it is a significant comic series from the mid 80s that saw the deaths of The Flash and Supergirl.
The half-hour comedy stars Thomas as Nicholas, a neurotic 25-year-old still living at home with his single dad and two teenage half-sisters, one of which has autism. He is not particularly helpful in raising his siblings, but when their dad becomes terminally ill, the girls have to cope with not only a devastating loss but also the realization that Nicholas is the one who will have to hold it all together. Co-starring alongside Thomas are Kayla Cromer, Maeve Press, and Adam Faison.
Variety has put together its list of shows its staff stopped watching in 2018. The only interesting additions to the list are Sesame Street (a curveball inclusion, based on little more than the fact it’s only available digitally via the HBO app), and the Marvel Netflix shows.
Which leads nicely into the next story…
Netflix released this list of shows that Netflix viewers binged. Don’t really read much into it - it’s a fairly meaningless list as it doesn’t give any figures of how many people were watching it. Plus it is based on ‘the highest average watch time per viewing session,’ which is why the list skews younger. For example, Grace & Frankie may have a greater completion rate and more people watching it, but if people are only watching 3 episodes of it at a time and not 6, then it may not make the list.
Not on the list were any of the Marvel dramas.
Netflix has released this teaser for one of its remaining Marvel shows, The Punisher:
Rapper Killer Mike has a new docu-series coming to Netflix, Trigger Warning.
"In six episodes, we explore the human condition using nontraditional approaches. Not everyone will agree with my methods (and some of what we're putting out is f---ing crazy), but this show is about embracing your freedom to challenge societal expectations and conformity," Mike writes. "This show is if an anarchist determined the status quo."
Those "nontraditional approaches" include only spending money in the black community for three days (which means no lap dances from Asian strippers) and helping the Crips capitalize on their brand recognition by launching a line of soda. There's gonna be some stuff that makes you go "I can't believe Netflix let him get away with this."
Partnering with the fundraising site Omaze, the show is auctioning off a chance to visit the studio where the acclaimed Netflix series is produced. To cap off the experience, the winner will get to sit in on a table read of the episode and be drawn by the show’s artists. From there, that person’s likeness will be worked into an upcoming episode.