It's time to say goodbye to the fun-loving, dark and gritty Archie gang. Riverdale will end after seven seasons. The decision has been made well-ahead of time, giving the show enough time to end on its own terms.
“We had a long conversation with Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa, “Riverdale” executive producer and Archie Comics [chief creative officer] yesterday, who’s thrilled by this news. And we’re going to treat the show in the manner it deserves. It was an iconic pop culture star, and we want to make sure it goes out the right way and that is the decision. I think they choose that seven years is the right amount, and we want to do the right thing. That’s a personal thing. As a fan myself. I do want to do what’s right for the show.”
I'll join y'all down at Pop's for a milkshake to mourn the loss of the show.
The rise of small screen Gojira
But as one titan of television falls (Riverdale), another shall rise.
Apple TV+ has a Godzilla live action show in the works. The Godzilla and The Titans show is from co-creators Matt Fraction and Chris Black - it continues the mythology built around the recent live action Godzilla films.
Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco and the shocking new reality that monsters are real, the Monsterverse series will explore one family’s journey to uncover its buried secrets and a legacy linking them to the secret organization known as Monarch.
The news today is that Wandavision director Matt Shakman is set to direct it.
New Daredevil show at Disney+
There is no official confirmation, but Disney+ are at work on a new Daredevil TV show. Not known is, well, anything about it (including whether Netflix's Daredevil Charlie Cox will be back playing the man without fear), except we know that writers Matt Corman and Chris Ord have been hired to write/EP the show.
Netflix has a retention problem
The strategy at Netflix has long been about driving new subscribers: What new shows are people signing up for? The thinking being that if you're a long-term subscriber, you're likely not going anywhere anytime soon. And that is sound-enough thinking. But in doing that, Netflix has clearly not tended enough to its existing garden. New data shows that Netflix subscribers who have been with the company for 3+ years are leaving at an increasing rate.
According to a report at The Information (using data from Antenna), the 3+ year subscribers are now churning away at a rate of 13%.
Some TV to watch on your weekend
To promote Love, Death + Robots on Netflix, returning for season 3, a full animated short has been released. It runs just over 10 mins...
But maybe you just want to watch a pilot you have never seen before. Here's a pre-Seinfeld show Larry David wrote for HBO. It starred young ingénue Gilbert Gottfried. 1987's Norman's Corner.
- Surprising no one, HBO has renewed Barry for season 4. Bill Hader will direct all eight episodes. Read: NextTV
- Netflix has introduced a 'mystery box' for kids to watch something random. Read: The Verge
- RIP John Aylward. The actor is best remembered for playing longtime recurring character on ER. Read: THR
The Terminal List debuts July 4 on Amazon Prime Video.
Love Death and Robots returns May 20 on Netflix
The Umbrella Academy Season 3 debuts on Netflix June 22.
Prehistoric Planet debuts May 23 on Apple TV+.
Sing, Dance, Act: Babuki featuring Toma Ikuta debuts June 16 on Netflix.
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