By: Sarah Rappaport
Not long ago, the cancellation of a show by a major television network would officially be the end of its run. No reboots. No redos. Maybe, if it was lucky, a show may retain cult status and live on as chat-room canon fodder, but with the rise of streaming powerhouses such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, the network cancellation of a show may just give the program the boost it needed to succeed on an alternative platform.
By: Jenny Hedger
Browsing the array of TV shows and movies available at the click of a mouse (or a TV remote button), it seems impossible to remember life before streaming services like Amazon Prime and Netflix. Initially created as an online DVD rental service, Netflix expanded in 2007 and introduced a video streaming service. From “binge-watching” to “Netflix and chill”, it’s undeniable that streaming services are changing not only the way we talk about TV but the way we watch it, too.
When Amazon Studios announced in November of 2017 that they had acquired the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s wildly popular fantasy series The Lord of the Rings and would be producing a TV prequel series for their Prime streaming service, I did what any self-respecting “Ringer” would have done. I sat myself down and watched, in its entirety, Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Yes, the extended editions. Yes, it was glorious.
Whether it’s the return of a cartoon horse with a knack for inciting existential dread, or a wannabe LA actor who just happens to shoot people in the face at his day job, 2018 had some wonderful tricks hidden up its sleeve.
By Jenny Hedger
Three seasons in and Riverdale is still going strong. Despite its branding as guilty-pleasure TV, critics have been kind the show, a teenage-noir reboot of the Archie comic books. It’s been called “daring” and “addictive” but also “odd.” That’s fair enough. Faithful fans of the comics might be perplexed or even alarmed given how many scenes open with Archie working out shirtless and, you know, all the murder. From the get-go, it’s clear that Riverdale isn’t the Archie Americans will remember reading in the grocery store check-out line.
By: Jenny Hedger
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, along with Netflix, has rebooted the 90s TV series Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Fans of the original were, understandably, skeptical. After all, it takes skill and a fresh new vision to create a compelling new version of a classic. Luckily, Aguirre-Sacasa does exactly that with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Heroes must be held onto for they are few and far between. Since 2015, with the release of Daredevil, Netflix has been the champion streamer of all things superhero. Most recently however a shadow has been casted upon them, as Disney’s own streaming service lurks on the horizon and threatens to steal away the Marvel features which have found their home on Netflix.