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Trailer Watch: Netflix's Summer Series 'Orange Is the New Black'

Check out the first trailer for Netflix's newest original programming foray, "Orange is the New Black." The series stars Taylor Schilling ("The Lucky One") as a Brooklynite whose life of yuppie perfection gets a serious wakeup call when she has to do time in a women's federal prison. Watch below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • June 6, 2013 1:58 PM
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Amazon Snags Streaming Rights to 'Dora the Explorer,' 'Spongebob' and More After Netflix Drops Viacom Deal

Amazon Instant Video is the new home of beloved Nickelodeon cartoons "Spongebob Squarepants," "Dora the Explorer" and more after Netflix elected not to renew their licensing deal with Viacom.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 5, 2013 4:25 PM
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Netflix's Revived Cult Favorite 'Arrested Development' Brings Baggage

"Arrested Development" is not a sitcom that suits TV-love-at-first-sight. Like many of the better television shows, it's based on layers. Any series that rewards serious, devoted, eagle-eyed fans would bring an onslaught of criticism upon its return. Is the wrath that has met Netflix's revival of the canceled series simply a product of viewer investment in the initial iteration of the series? Or does it hold merit as a valid criticism of this installment?
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 1, 2013 4:29 PM
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Review Roundup: Netflix's Latest Binge Series 'Arrested Development' Entertains and Disappoints

The new and fourth season of "Arrested Development" landed on Netflix over the long weekend, and is receiving mixed reviews. The intense anticipation for a much-loved (if initially little-watched) show is bringing both satisfaction and disappointment, with some critics praising the clever, funny build in momentum of the episodes, and others left disenchanted with the characters and overall tone they used to love. Roundup below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 28, 2013 12:17 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Craft-Talking David Fincher's Emmy-Contender 'House of Cards'

From the very first moment that Kevin Spacey broke the fourth wall as the devilishly charming House Majority Whip Frank Underwood in "House of Cards," Netflix's first original TV series, we knew that we were in for "Richard III" in D.C. It's so David Fincher, who signed on as exec producer and director of the first two episodes, while writer-showrunner Beau Willimon ("The Ides of March") plotted the political machinations with transcendent glee. No wonder it's induced binge viewing and attracted Emmy buzz.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 24, 2013 2:22 PM
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Trailer Watch: The Bluths Are Back in 'Arrested Development' Season Four

The trailer for the much-anticipated fourth season of "Arrested Development" has landed. The series, which was cancelled in 2006, was picked up again by original-content crusader Netflix and is set to air all-new episodes on May 26.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 13, 2013 2:56 PM
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Navigating the Streaming Studio System, from Amazon and Netflix to Warner Archive Instant

Viewers have more than their fair share of choices when it comes to online video content, as both Amazon and Warner Bros. have recently unveiled new streaming services to compete with on-the-rise Netflix.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 8, 2013 2:35 PM
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Can Statistics Be Used to Compute a Hit Film Script?

Online media streaming services like Netflix and Pandora have long been using algorithms to determine what customers are watching and listening to. Now, according to an article just published in The New York Times, Hollywood may start to employ such data analysis in script development.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 6, 2013 1:52 PM
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WATCH: Gory Clip from Netflix's 'Hemlock Grove' Shows Werewolf Transformation

Gore alert! It should come as no surprise, coming from gorehound Eli Roth ("Grindhouse," "Hostel") that the latest clip from Netflix's next original series "Hemlock Grove" is not for the faint of heart. The whole horror series is likely to be as eagerly gross as this scene. Produced by Roth, "Hemlock Grove" begins with a "Twin Peaks" premise: when a 17-year-old girl is brutally murdered in a former steel town in Pennsylvania, all of Hemlock's eccentric denizens-- and violent creatures-- are suspects.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 30, 2013 5:20 PM
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Netflix Sets Wachowskis Free with J. Michael Straczynski for New Original Content Series 'Sense8'

Video service Netflix continues to blaze trails in the original content game. In a brilliant move, the company has tapped the Wachowskis ("Cloud Atlas," "The Matrix") and "Babylon 5" creator Michael J. Straczynski to develop a new series, "Sense8." The few details we know about the project promise a ten-episode first season, available exclusively to Netflix members in late 2014, that spans a global tale of "minds linked and souls hunted."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 27, 2013 12:58 PM
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