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Has anyone been watching Blood Drive? Is it any good? It seems like a big departure for SYFY.


The reviews for the first couple of episode were just okay so I haven’t felt a burning need to check it out.


A friend was raving about it the other day, he said it was Evil Dead type fun. I was just wondering what it was like, I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to watch it.


My only concern is that it seems like one story spread through a season. I figure it’d be harder to keep up a grindhouse momentum like that.


I thought it was a different one every week. The trailers that sy fy put up today seem to suggest that. Maybe they are seperate stories that converge.


I thought so too, but nah…it’s one story.

Kinda like a gory Cannonball Run thing.


Think I’ll binge it when we get it here on Netflix i(n Sept I think) and just see how far I get.



The 25 Worst Sitcoms Ever


Good list.

Commits the crime of putting Yes Dear in the Top 3 after placing shlock earlier.


There is some stinkeroos on that list, but I’ve seen some crap that did not make it all the way through taping a pilot. I did once literally see a producer puke after about three minutes of rushes. I think he was moaning something about “My money! My sweet money!”


I enjoyed a few of those back in the day. Including Small Wonder. Not saying they were good shows, but I still think of them fondly, which is more than I can say about a lot of other sitcoms.


Maybe this belongs in the box office thread? Not sure.


I’m shocked they only have 100 million subscribers worldwide. I thought they would have substantially more due to all of the cord-cutting happening.


Just about everybody I know shares their password with other people. I wonder how long they( Netflix) will let stuff like that happen.


It’s not unknown for newer companies to work hard at not turning a profit. Amazon has a massive revenue but pumps as much cash as possible into expanding into different areas. Funding all those TV shows and movies is probably as much to dodge tax as it is to expand their catalogue


Their international aspect is relatively new though. Apart from a few markets in Europe they didn’t open it up until last year when they did a massive expansion to over a hundred countries. I know they are working on more local content for those (including original material in various languages) as it is very US and UK centric material at the moment. So there is a lot of scope for growth as that’s such a recent change.

I tend to agree with Lorcan that it seems they are following the Amazon model to a degree and wanting to dominate the market completely before turning too much to profits. I think the recent cancellations are likely just an adjustment as there was a period there it got a little nuts with the enormous sums they were touting for the likes of The Crown and from Amazon with The Grand Tour.



TNT has handed out a six-episode straight-to-series pickup for One Day She’ll Darken starring Wonder Woman’s Chris Pine, with Jenkins set to direct and exec produce. The drama, inspired by the autobiography of Fauna Hodel, will be written by Jenkins’ husband and author Sam Sheridan.

One Day She’ll Darken tells the story of Fauna Hodel, who was given away by her teenage birth mother to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino in 1949. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist Dr. George Hodel, a man involved in the legendary Black Dahlia slaying of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles in 1947.

Pine will star as Jay Singletary, a former Marine-turned-hack reporter/paparazzo. Jay was disgraced about his story about Hodel years ago, but now sees a glimmer of redemption. This may be the opportunity Jay’s been hopelessly waiting for, but inside this riddle lies a moral quandary he never expected: a labyrinth into the evil in men’s hearts that will shake the unsteady Jay to his foundations.


I don’t understand why, if they’re going to set in 1983 and treat it like its a real show from then, they would use modern production values and style.