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Netflix Releases Groundbreaking Eco-doc 'Mission Blue,' Plus Other Potential Doc Oscar Contenders (TRAILER)

The words 'Netflix' and 'original content' bring to mind shows like "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black." But Netflix has been consistently seeking new types of programming to bring to viewers under its own banner, and it plans to do so significantly this year with a raft of new documentaries.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • July 31, 2014 3:37 PM
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Career Watch: TV Boosts Movie Stars Jon Voight, Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey

With Emmy Award season in full swing (the show airs Aug. 25), we look at three Emmy nominees who came up in Hollywood and are enjoying a career boost from their work in television. These days it's possible to move more fluidly than ever before between movies and TV (the late great James Garner was a rare example of a star who could swing both ways). The Third Golden Age of Television --easily viewed on multi-platforms by a wide range of viewers--has proved a boon for these movie actors.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 21, 2014 11:56 AM
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Casting Watch: Netflix Nabs Waterston for 'Grace and Frankie' Comedy

Sam Waterston is joining "Grace and Frankie," the Netflix comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as nemeses whose husbands, in turns out, are in love with each other.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 8, 2014 10:46 AM
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Amazon Snaps Up Exclusive Rights to Drafthouse Films

Amazon Prime--the internet giant's streaming content arm--has nabbed the exclusive rights to several indie movies distributed by Drafthouse Films.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 27, 2014 11:02 AM
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Netflix Orders 'Magic School Bus' Series for 2016

Children of the 90s, rejoice: the "Magic School Bus" is returning for more passengers.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 11, 2014 11:42 AM
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Can We All Just Get Along? Netflix Pulls Back on Verizon Feud (UPDATE)

OK, seriously, corporate overlords--can we all just get along? This is starting to look like high school!
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 10, 2014 12:50 PM
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As TV Consumption Changes, Everyone Wants a Piece of a Very Messy Pie

It was only a matter of time before some disruptor found a way to let viewers watch live TV on their computers. That service is Aereo (backed by digital entrepreneur Barry Diller), which is currently at the center of a huge legal battle that has everyone from networks to broadcasters to Internet companies to cable providers biting their nails, wondering how the chips will fall.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 10, 2014 7:15 AM
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Each TV Network Does Dramas Differently: Here's How

Thirty years ago, when I began writing episodic television, there were network dramas and syndicated shows. These days, when I’m teaching one-hour drama, that single catch-phrase encompasses everything that fits the time slot. But the explosion of different outlets means that one-size no longer fits all. Each type of network behaves differently. What follows is a taxonomy of the four major kinds of networks and how their shows differ from those on other kinds of networks.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • June 5, 2014 6:30 AM
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'Orange Is the New Black' Renewed for a Third Season

Netflix's women-behind-bars dramedy "Orange Is the New Black," which recently covered EW and returns for a second season June 6 (all episodes), has been renewed for a third season. Or at least so says star Laura Prepon, who excitedly Instagrammed a dry-erase board list of possible titles for the "official" Season Three (one example: The Great Hate Fuck).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 5, 2014 3:59 PM
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Should We Pay More for Content Based on Screen Size? Not a Chance

Why DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg is wrong when he says that people will pay more based on the size of the digital screen.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • May 1, 2014 4:22 PM
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