Back in 2018 Warner Bros Discovery was high on the potential of niche streaming services and launched an app named DC Universe. For a monthly subscription DC fans could read a decent library of comics, along with watch all of their favourite movies and TV shows based on the DC superheroes. But also: DC Universe Originals! That's right kids, brand new shows starring characters that are only of interest to the most hardcore of DC fans. They launched a Swamp Thing show (which they terminated production on before season one was done), a Doom Patrol show, and a series based on Teen Titans called Titans.
Very quickly, the company pivoted and pulled all the video from the app. It became a comics-only app and these days has a very deep library of DC content with books published just a month after physical release in stores. It is rather good, but discovery and management of ongoing series that you're reading is shockingly bad.
Thanks to international sales to Netflix, Titans and Doom Patrol continued on. Both went as far as four seasons, but that is no more. No clear reason was given, but it ultimately likely comes down to cleaning house on DC product ahead of relaunching the DC films under new creative leadership, combined with the financial repositioning of the company as the Discovery bean counters completely upend Warner Bros.
New DC Studios co-chief James Gunn says he has nothing to do with the decision.
“The decision to end the series precedes us,” Gunn said. “But I certainly wish the best for the talented group of creators, actors, and the rest of the crew that produced both shows.”
Bluey sings and dances her way into US kids hearts
A live stage show based on Bluey is debuting in the US - restoring a lot of the original intent of the stage show that had to be removed due to the stupid virus.
The original vision for the show featured some special interactive features, but COVID-19 protocols prevented those from being realized. By the time the show landed at Madison Square Garden in November, however, the interactive aspect was back. Children, says Myers, are overjoyed at the opportunity to play “Keepy-Uppy” with Bluey — a game featured in a beloved Season 1 episode where the Heeler family tries to keep a balloon from touching the floor. In the play, the balloons are bandied about in the audience and back to the stage.
- Netflix has renewed The Recruit for a second season. Read: THR
- Nina will star in the third spin-off to CoComelon. You may not realise this, adult person without a little person in your household, but this is actually likely to be the most consequential news story of 2023 Read: C21
- The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Bob's Burgers have been renewed for another two seasons. This brings The Simpsons to season 36. Read: Deadline
- Greys Anatomy and Station 19 showrunner Krista Vernoff will leave both shows at the end of this season - while both are yet to be renewed, it is expected that both shows will return. Read: TV Insider
- Larry Wilmore is writing and producing a new show for the US ABC called Lately. It is a behind the scenes show about the people running a late night TV show. Even if this gets a greenlight, the question will be what Larry Wilmore will be doing the next season after Lately gets cancelled. Read: Deadline
- Nielsen has released a list of the most-streamed shows of 2022. I say ignore the lists based on the many caveats about them - they are US viewing only and only reflect viewing done on television sets (which introduces age and technology bias' and thus doesn't represent the entire TV viewing audience). The lists have no value. Read: THR
- Animal Planet will live simulcast the annual Puppy Bowl across multiple Warner Bros Discovery channels including HBO Max. Read: Deadline
- Phoebe Waller-Bridge has renewed her deal with Amazon Prime Video. Read: THR
- Amy Ryan will star in an upcoming Apple TV+ film from writer/director Jon Watts - her co-stars will be some guys named George Clooney and Brad Pitt. Read: Deadline
Succession returns to HBO March 26.
Anthony Mackie and David Harbour co-star in Netflix film We Have a Ghost. It debuts Feb 24.
Party Down returns Feb 24 on Starz.
The Strays debuts on Netflix in Feb.
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