There's a lot of TV to watch and if you didn't get around to watching Jupiter's Legacy that's understandable. It was an also-ran superhero drama that had little to no buzz surrounding it. The show was released midway through Disney+'s Falcon and The Winter Soldier run and, frankly, did anyone really have time to add yet another tights & capes show to their weekly viewing? Especially one that was, well, bad.

So, this week Netflix announced that Jupiter's Legacy has been cancelled. The cast has been let go. Creator Mark Millar is working on another show, Supercrooks. It's set in the same world as Jupiter's Legacy, but focuses on villains. Netflix already gave a series commitment to it.

I'm not against super hero shows, but at a certain point they start to look the same unless the show has a really unique take. And look at the new capes shows that do find audiences - animated series Invincible and the live action The Boys both examined super heroics from a real world perspective where characters humanity and base desires are corrupted by physical superpower, and even all the new Marvel shows are each coming at their super hero world with wildly different perspectives and genres. Next week's Loki series is less about super heroes, and more a fantasy heist show.

Mediocrity gets cancelled.

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20 years of Six Feet Under

It has been two decades since Six Feet Under debuted on HBO (3 June 2001). It was one of the first premium drama series to launch at HBO and marked a radical departure from the well-produced single camera comedies the service had been known for (Sex & The City, Dream On, Arli$$) and masculine genre dramas (The Sopranos and Oz).

Six Feet Under was part of TV’s “Golden Age” revolution. No longer was TV drama simply to be gawked at, eaten in front of, and forgotten. All of a sudden, TV was being regarded as Art, as capable of metaphor and nuance as any other medium. And HBO was almost unilaterally behind this sea change. “That was where everybody wanted to be working,” says Ball. “Nothing even came close to HBO".
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TV dates

Some upcoming dates to pop in yr calendars:

  • American Horror Stories - a spin-off anthology series of the American Horror Story anthology series debuts on FX on Hulu on July 15.
  • The OG American Horror Story returns with American Horror Story: Double Feature on August 25.
  • Reservation Dogs debuts August 9 on FX on Hulu.
  • Archer returns for season 12 on August 25.
  • What We Do in the Shadows returns for season 3 on September 2.
  • Impeachment: American Crime Story debuts September 7 on FX.
  • Y: The Last Man debuts September 13 on FX on Hulu.
  • Untitled B.J. Novak Anthology Series (is that it's name? Wild) debuts September 16 on FX on Hulu.

The future of cinemas and the actual money earned

Something to consider as you look at the box office takings - we have entered a new reality where the big studios releasing movies also have an investment in big time streaming services. They own the streaming services and so take 100% of every dollar spent by customers. But with cinemas, they lose half of that money to the cinema screening the film.

Think about Disney last weekend. There was no way I was spending thirty-five bucks to stream Cruella at home via Disney+ (I didn't see it at the cinema either, but that would have cost me under $20). But how many people did see value in that? Disney can make more money with streaming with fewer customers than releasing the film into cinemas.

Of course - without the cinema release, would home viewers find the value in that movie rental?

Head to head, that represents a $20 million shortfall for Disney. However, with “Cruella” available at home for $29.99 — a sum that Disney collects in full — it would take 667,000 rentals, which represents less than 2 percent of Disney+ subscribers in the U.S., to make up the difference. (As a point of comparison, it took approximately 2.9 million ticket buyers for Disney to earn that $14 million.)
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Trailer Park

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain debuts in cinemas from July 16.

It’s not where you go. It’s what you leave behind . . . Chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain lived his life unabashedly. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?), this unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him.

The White Lotus debuts July 11 on HBO

A social satire set at an exclusive Hawaiian resort, The White Lotus follows the vacations of various hotel guests over the span of a week as they relax and rejuvenate in paradise. But with each passing day, a darker complexity emerges in these picture-perfect travelers, the hotel’s cheerful employees, and the idyllic locale itself. The White Lotus stars Murray Barlett (Looking), Connie Britton, (Nashville), Jennifer Coolidge (2 Broke Girls), Alexandra Daddario (True Detective), Fred Hechinger (Eighth Grade), Jake Lacy (Girls), Brittany O’Grady (Little Voice), Natasha Rothwell (Insecure), Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria), and Steve Zahn (Treme). The White Lotus is created, written and directed by Mike White, of HBO’s Enlightened.

Audible debuts on Netflix on July 1.

Football player Amaree McKenstry-Hall and his Maryland School for the Deaf teammates attempt to defend their winning streak while coming to terms with the tragic loss of a close friend. The graduating students face mounting pressures of entering the hearing world while tackling adversity and demanding to be heard in this moving coming-of-age story.

America: The Motion Picture debuts on Netflix June 30.

In this wildly tongue-in-cheek animated revisionist history, a chainsaw-wielding George Washington assembles a team of rabble rousers — including beer-loving bro Sam Adams, famed scientist Thomas Edison, acclaimed horseman Paul Revere, and a very pissed off Geronimo — to defeat Benedict Arnold and King James in the American Revolution. Who will win? No one knows, but you can be sure of one thing: these are not your father's Founding… uh, Fathers.

Reminiscence debuts August 30 in cinemas and 30 on HBO Max.

Nick Bannister (Hugh Jackman), a private investigator of the mind, navigates the darkly alluring world of the past by helping his clients access lost memories.

Dynasty Warriors debuts on Netflix on 1 July.

Based on Koei Tecmo's namesake game. The Yellow Turban Rebellion breaks out in the late Eastern Han Dynasty. With the help of his trusted right-hand men Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, militia leader Liu Pei successfully suppresses the revolt. The calculating warlord Dong Zhuo takes advantage of the situation and takes control of the court, stirring further unrest.

Hospital Playlist season 2 debuts on Netflix June 17.

Inside the hospital, where every patient and every story matters, the five friends confront the ups and downs of life as doctors - and as human beings.

So Not Worth it debuts June 18 on Netflix.

New friends, new loves and new experiences mix together inside a colorful college dormitory in Korea that's home to students from around the world.

Paw Patrol: The Movie debuts in cinemas August 20.

We The People debuts on Netflix on July 4.

Learn the basics of rights and citizenship with upbeat songs by popular artists like Janelle Monáe, H.E.R., Adam Lambert, Brandi Carlile and more.

Sisters on Track debuts on Netflix on June 24.

Three track star sisters face obstacles in life and in competition as they pursue Junior Olympic dreams in this extraordinary coming of age journey.

What's next? Tomorrow.