There's a great interview on Deadline with Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan in which he recounts the confused TV execs in the room as they screened the final episode of Yellowstone prequel 1883 and realised Sheridan had killed most of the characters in the show. The execs had every right to be confused: they had already picked up the show for a second season.
This is what led to new spin-off sequel/prequel 1923. Sheridan explains how he got Harrison Ford to sign up for the new show:
I said, we’re going to do this thing together. He goes, can I read a script? I said, you can when it’s written, but it ain’t written yet and you got to commit to it now. I need to know who I’m writing for. I’m done wondering who I’m writing for, and I have to go try to chase the person I had in my mind and I can’t get the person because they’re doing some fu*king Netflix show. I don’t do that shit anymore.
So, are you going to do it or are you going to watch Chris Cooper do the next great thing? What do you want to do? I poured about two bottles of wine down him. He said yes. I got him on the plane as fast as I could, closed the deal and said, send me the next one. Then came Helen, and same thing. Have a glass of wine.
He also says some episodes of the show cost over $30 million. It's a handsome show, sure. But... how?
- Trey Parker and Matt Stone have raised $20 million in funding for their deepfake special effects studio. Read: Variety
- Only 9% of new Netflix sign-ups have taken the Netflix with no Ads plan. Read: Next TV
- Netflix considered adding pay-per-view titles to the platform to discourage users from sharing their password (do you really want your friend pressing play on a pay-per-view video of Clerks 3?). Read: The Streamable
- The UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) says password sharing is illegal. Read: The Guardian
- Nike Training Club is a series of aerobics videos on Netflix dropping soon to help you with the Christmas kilos. Why not just revive Aerobics Oz Style? Read: Deadline
- Patsy Kensit is joining the cast of Eastenders. Read: Radio Times
- Luther: The Fallen Son is a Netflix original film that continues on Luther starring Idris Elba. Read: Radio Times
Velma debuts Jan 12 on HBO Max.
This trailer for sci-fi drama Jung_E looks pretty wild. It is on Netflix Jan 20.
That's it for today. Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I am still short one gift... and three packages I'm watching nervously...