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The 10 Best TV Shows of 2016

Paste's list includes shows from just 5 networks

(Newser) - The best show on television is "a bold and artful exploration of faith, family, and our differing definitions of 'freedom,'" according to Paste magazine. The mag has compiled a list of the top 25 shows on TV this year, based on a poll of staff members... More »

Netflix Now Lets You Watch Offline

New download option ready for some content

(Newser) - Netflix is now providing a free option that users have been asking about for a long time: the ability to watch stuff offline. Not everything is available for download, notes Gizmodo , but big titles such as Orange Is the New Black and Stranger Things are, and more titles are "... More »

Gilmore Girls Revival Is Just What the Doctor Ordered

'A perfectly timed, if imperfect, slice of holiday escapism'

(Newser) - And they're back. Nine years after viewers left Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) to go their separate ways, the Gilmore Girls are enjoying a Netflix rival with A Year in the Life—four 90-minute episodes, each following the characters through a different season in a single year.... More »

Christopher Guest's Mascots: Like 'Best of Show,' but With Humans

Movie features lots of familiar faces and 'deadpan' jokes—but they may be too familiar

(Newser) - There's no finer purveyor of the "mockumentary" than Christopher Guest, the director behind Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show (and, of course, known for his portrayal of Nigel Tufnel in Spinal Tap). Which is why the internet turned it up to 11 when it was announced in... More »

Sources: Chris Rock Making $40M Return to TV

2 stand-up comedy specials will air on Netflix

(Newser) - Chris Rock has been missing from the small screen for eight years, but the comedian's fans will be pleased to hear that not everybody hates Chris: He's cut a comeback deal for two stand-up comedy specials on Netflix for what sources tell the Hollywood Reporter is a record-smashing... More »

Well-Made Amanda Knox Comes to the Obvious Conclusion

The new true-crime documentary was released Friday on Netflix

(Newser) - As befitting one of the most talked-about crimes of the past decade, the Meredith Kercher murder and ensuing Amanda Knox saga are the subject of a new true-crime documentary. Amanda Knox, released Friday on Netflix, has a 91% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes . It opens with Knox herself looking at... More »

Netflix Just Made '90s Kids Very Happy

Welcome back to TV, Bill Nye

(Newser) - Everyone's favorite scientist (OK, maybe not Sarah Palin's ) is heading back to TV. Netflix says it will begin airing a new talk show featuring Bill Nye come spring, reports TechCrunch . Bill Nye Saves the World will tackle topics like vaccinations and climate change "from a scientific... More »

The World's Slowest TV Show Comes to Netflix

Who needs plots, characters, dialogue, narration, sets...

(Newser) - Finally, TV for people who find C-SPAN too intense. Quartz reports Netflix is bringing Slow TV, a hit in its native Norway, to US audiences this month. The show features hours upon hours of regular activities shown in real time. There are no cuts, no narration, and the camera never... More »

Netflix Grants 2nd Season to Making a Murderer

The documentary series will continue to focus on Steven Avery's legal battle

(Newser) - Netflix is bringing its documentary series Making a Murderer back for another season of making viewers go "hmm" about the American justice system, Variety reports. The new season, which has yet to get a premier date, will continue following Steven Avery and co-defendant Brendan Dassey as they fight their... More »

Kimmy Schmidt Star Posts Irate Yelp Review

Tituss Burgess says he was stood up by a moving company, rage-warns others

(Newser) - After he says he was stood up by a moving company, Tituss Burgess did not take a breath and a sip of pinot noir. Rather, the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actor very publicly lost his cool on Frank's Express with a scathing Yelp review on Wednesday, giving the New York... More »

Ruling Makes Sharing Your Netflix Password a Federal Crime

But the FBI likely won't come knocking

(Newser) - Have you ever used a shared password for Netflix, Hulu, or HBO GO? If so, you might now be an "unwitting federal criminal" thanks to an appeals court's finding that people who share passwords are subject to prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or CFAA, Time ... More »

Pablo Escobar's Brother to Netflix: Stop Narcos Until I Review

Roberto Escobar says the first season was full of inaccuracies

(Newser) - Netflix's Narcos series is about the life of Pablo Escobar—but the Colombian drug kingpin's brother doesn't want the second season to air until he's reviewed it. Roberto Escobar says he registered in California last year for "successor-in-interest rights" to his late brother's name... More »

Pretty Soon You Might Not Need Internet to Netflix and Chill

Is the streaming giant about to introduce downloading?

(Newser) - Multiple industry insiders tell Light Reading that a major revolution is about to hit Netflix. Well, major as far as watching old episodes of Frasier goes. "My expectation is that by the end of the year Netflix will be launching download-to-go as an option for their customers," one... More »

200 Linguists Make Chelsea Handler's Dirty Jokes Funny

Netflix explains it hired an army

(Newser) - "I think we can all agree that sleeping around is a great way to meet people," or so jokes Chelsea Handler. But how to make the joke hit in Japanese? With the help of an army of linguists, naturally. At least, that's the path Netflix has taken... More »

As You Pick a Netflix Flick, Netflix Watches You

Here's why the cover art for shows changes

(Newser) - Netflix wants you to watch more Netflix. To that end, the company has been testing how the cover art that accompanies a movie or TV show influences a viewer's decision to ultimately watch it, the Daily Dot reports. Netflix figures it has about 90 seconds to capture your attention... More »

'Traumatizing' Rabbit Classic Getting a Remake

Ben Kingsley, John Boyega to star in 'Watership Down'

(Newser) - Ben Kingsley has played Gandhi, Sweeney Todd, and now … a rabbit? The esteemed English actor will team up with John Boyega (Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens) to star in an animated remake of what Indiewire calls "everyone's favorite traumatizing book for children": Richard Adams' 1972... More »

Uh-Oh, Netflix: Amazon Has Monthly Video Streaming

Company is getting serious about its streaming content

(Newser) - Up till now, Amazon customers who forked over the $99 fee for Prime could also exclusively enjoy its streaming video. Now Amazon is opening its streaming library to the masses with a stand-alone monthly subscription for $8.99—directly competing with Netflix and undercutting its most popular plan by $1... More »

Your Netflix Bill May Be Going Up Next Month

That's apparently a surprise to 80% of affected users

(Newser) - If you were among the 17 million subscribers to sign up for Netflix streaming before May 2014, you've been enjoying a $7.99 monthly rate, while new subscribers have had to pay $2 more. You might want to wipe off that grin. Starting in May, all Netflix subscribers will... More »

Melissa McCarthy Will Be in Gilmore Girls Sequels

Originally, scheduling was not working out

(Newser) - Good news, Gilmore Girls fans: Sookie is coming back. Melissa McCarthy revealed Thursday night to Ellen DeGeneres that she will be returning for the Gilmore Girls revival movies on Netflix. It had originally been reported that McCarthy wasn't going to be a part of the sequels, USA Today reports,... More »

Netflix Has Kept a Mobile Video Secret for 5 Years

It's been throttling video for AT&T and Verizon customers

(Newser) - Notice Netflix isn't as pretty on your smartphone as on your TV? Don't blame your wireless carrier. Netflix says it caps its video streams at 600 kilobits per second—meaning videos are shown at a lower quality—on many carrier networks, including AT&T and Verizon, to prevent... More »

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