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Stranger Things Renewed For Season 3 With A Confirmed Time Jump

Stranger Things Renewed For Season 3

Netflix is returning to the Upside Down.

The streaming giant has renewed the Duffer brothers’ breakout hit Stranger Things for a third season. A return date has not yet been determined for the supernatural drama about the happenings brimming beneath the surface of a small American town.

While Netflix — like fellow streamers Amazon and Hulu — does not release viewership information, measurement leader Nielsen cited an audience of 15.8 million viewers who watched the season two premiere within three days of its launch. (And nearly 11 million of them were among the key adults 18-49 demographic.)

Nielsen also found that 361,000 Netflix subscribers streamed the entire nine-episode second season within 24 hours of its debut. (Netflix declined comment on the Nielsen findings.) Stranger Things 2 also was crowned the most popular show in the country, according to data company Parrot Analytics. – Hollywood Reporter

This was always a given, but Stranger Things has been renewed by Netflix for a third season. Similar to Mindhunter’s renewal, you knew it was coming, but it’s still nice to have confirmation. As the Hollywood Reporter article mentions, Stranger Things is an enormous hit bordering on a phenomenon. 361,000 people streamed the second season within 24 hours, which is kind of amazing. I watched it all in the same week, but doing that much damage in a 24 hour period is borderline psychotic.

The biggest issue with shows featuring such a young cast is how certain cast member will age between seasons. It seems the Duffer Brothers are solving that problem by featuring a time jump. When asked where season 3 would pick up, they responded “You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. But what I like is that it makes you evolve the show. It forces the show to evolve and change, because the kids are changing”. It’ll be interesting to see how far of a time jump they utilize and how much of the friendships from season 2 are still featured. If Steve and Dustin aren’t the best friends in the universe, I’m officially rooting for the Mind Flayer.

-Ryan

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Mindhunter Has Been Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

Mindhunter Renewed For Season 2

Season 1 of Mindhunter was one of the finest Netflix original dramas ever, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise it’s been renewed. It’s still nice to have the official confirmation though, and Netflix made the announcement via the official Mindhunter Twitter account. We dove deep into season 1 of the show on episode 53 of the Average Nobodies podcast, but you should really check it out for yourself. Jonathan Gross & Holt McCallany are one of the more unique and fascinating cop pairings on TV while Cameron Britton’s Edmund Kemper will destroy you.

The show weaves multiple storylines throughout it’s first season, and ends the final episode with a few stories still left unsolved. I won’t spoil anything if you haven’t seen season 1, although it would be odd to be reading a renewal post for a show you haven’t seen. I digress. Watch season 1 as soon as possible and then join everyone else on Planet Earth for the countdown to season 2.

-Ryan

 

Morgan Will Be The Walking Dead/Fear TWD Crossover Character

The long awaited crossover between The Walking Dead and spinoff Fear The Walking Dead will see Lennie James’ Morgan Jones character bridging the stories between the two series and moving to the latter.

This doesn’t mean that the Morgan character will be leaving TWD, even as James prepares to start filming on FearTWD tomorrow morning in Austin, Texas  – at least not right away.  “Even though Morgan is going to be featured on Fear, he has a lot of story left on The Walking Dead,” said showrunner Scott M. Gimple in a statement read out on Talking Dead on Sunday. “Morgan’s arch on The Walking Dead Season 8 positioned him for the story on Fear,” the EP added. “It was also important to see Fear‘s world and characters through new yet familiar eyes.” – Deadline

Morgan Joins Fear The Walking Dead

If you have 11 whole minutes, the above video goes in depth on the move to have Morgan crossover to Fear TWD. If you don’t, that’s why I’m here. On last night’s Talking Dead Lennie James (who plays Morgan) announced he will be filming season four of Fear TWD today. Now while some websites are upset about the decision, this is definitely a sign of the times.

Lennie James could not have shown up on the set of Fear TWD without someone getting a picture of him. I have to believe producers knew this and wanted to get this news out there on their own terms. While this may be a spoiler on Morgan’s fate for this season of TWD, the news would have leaked either way.

The decision to make Morgan the character to cross over can be debated all day, but once again, filming HASN’T EVEN STARTED YET. I’m willing to see how this all plays out before casting a ton of judgment. My hope is that the Fear TWD timeline lines up with The Walking Dead between seasons 1-3, which is when Morgan went from mild mannered father to zombie hunter.

Morgan (and pretty much every other character) has always been more interesting when he puts inner conflict aside and decides to be an actual human being living in a zombie apocalypse and turn into a murder machine. The Morgan that learned to make cheese and twirl a stick doesn’t interest me, so if we get crazy CLEAR Morgan, I’m down.

I also don’t think that Fear TWD is going to make Morgan the only crossover character, as they have too deep a roster of characters we care about from The Walking Dead to only feature Morgan. Abraham? Dale? SHANE? Pretty much anyone but Andrea is OK with me. The possibilities are endless, and I’m excited to see where they go from here.

We’re breaking down each episode of The Walking Dead on The Average Nobodies podcast so make sure to subscribe to the podcast by searching for The Average Nobodies on YouTube, Stitcher Radio & iTunes.

-Ryan

 

Have Stranger Things Fever? You’ll Love Millie Bobby Brown Rapping A Season 1 Recap

Millie can rap!

Stranger Things YouTube Link

At this point I would judge you if you DIDN’T have Stranger Things fever, because as good as season 1 was, season 2 was even better. It focused more on the whole cast (and even brought in a few new characters: RIP Bob. You were too good for this world). I loved all the pairings, especially Steve and Dustin and the re-connection of Mike & Eleven. If you haven’t watched ST2 yet and need a refresher on the first installment, Millie Bobby Brown has you covered. The fact that a 13 year old is this talented blows my mind. Enjoy!

Ryan

 

Let Andy & Dwight Singing Country Roads Whisk You Into The Weekend

Little Office throwback for the Friday before Halloween. If you’re not dressing up this weekend, you’re doing it wrong. Have a great weekend everybody.

-Ryan

Game Of Thrones Confirmed The Rightful Heir To The Iron Throne In The Season 7 Finale ‘The Dragon & The Wolf’

Photo: TIME

*Spoilers below. Although if you haven’t watched the season 7 finale yet, you probably shouldn’t’ even be on the internet.

If you’ve read any of George R.R. Martin’s books (which I haven’t, but I’m surrounded by friends who have so I get all the juicy info) then you’ve known for awhile that Jon Snow is a Targaryen. What we didn’t know was that he was THE Targaryen, and is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne as Rhaegar Targaryen’s oldest male son. Gilly alluded to it a few episodes back when she and Sam were getting ready to leave the Citadel, but we got confirmation last night as Sam told Bran about the transcript he translated and 3 eyed raven Bran was able to go back in time and visually confirm it. The switch from the books is that Jon Snow is Aegon Targaryen in the show while Aegon was Jon’s older brother in the books (at least as far as Mr. Martin has written them). In the books, Aegon was supposedly murdered by The Mountain, but seeing as Aegon is Jon Snow in the show, that’s obviously not possible. It’s an enormous revelation, and Game of Thrones is a special brand of deranged for confirming that Jon Snow is a Targaryen in a voiceover while we watch Jon and Daenerys make incest love.

There was A LOT more that happened in the finale, and we’ll be talking about later in the week during our TV Club podcast. We’ll miss you Game of Thrones. Please come back soon.

-Ryan

Hot Pie From Game of Thrones Created His Own Online Bakery & The Name Is Fantastic

Game Of Thrones‘ own Hot Pie opened his own bakery to celebrate the return of the HBO show. Last Monday (July 17), actor Ben Hawkey, who plays the character, sold snacks to hungry fans via Deliveroo. The bakery, called You Know Nothing Jon Dough, sold Direwolf bread based on the one Hot Pie baked for Arya Stark in the series. Hawkey’s recipe saw the loaves being made out of wholewheat cornbread and orange zest, as Digital Spy reports. Instructions suggest they are best served slightly warm with soft butter. – NME

I say this with all sincerity: opening a bakery called You Know Nothing Jon Dough is one of the best things I’ve ever heard. I’m a fan of witty play on words, but Ben Hawkey a.k.a. Hot Pie is a literary genius for coming up with this. On top of the incredible name, the Direwolf bread actually sounds delicious. Whole wheat cornbread and orange zest, served slightly warm with soft butter? Sign me the hell up. I’d fight The Mountain in a death duel for some of that sweet Direwolf bread. Now all I want is a subplot of Hot Pie working at a bakery with a huge ‘You Know Nothing Jon Dough’ sign out front that all the characters can stop into as they venture about the Seven Kingdoms.

-Ryan

P.S. Speaking of Jon Snow, don’t forget about our Twitter giveaway! We’ll pick the winner Monday morning after episode 3, ‘The Queen’s Justice’

 

Games Of Thrones Season 7 Is Unsurprisingly Now The Most Watched Premiere In HBO History

The “Game of Thrones” Season 7 premiere broke ratings records on HBO Sunday night.

The episode drew 16.1 million total viewers, including 10.1 million who watched on the linear channel and the rest coming from DVR and streaming. That represents an incredible 50% increase from last year’s premiere, when the show premiered in the spring when TV viewership is typically higher than the summer. That also makes the episode the most-watched season premiere for any HBO series to date. The Season 7 premiere also saw the highest number of concurrent viewers across the streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now. – Variety

It looks like the decision to push Game of Thrones into a summer release was a smart move, as the show absolutely destroyed HBO ratings records last night. The best part? GOT seems to be reaching a creative highpoint as well, as the last three episodes have been some of the best offerings to date. Any time you can increase your viewership by 50% from one season to the next, you know you’re doing something right. Since it’s pretty much the only show on for July and August, I have to imagine this ratings trend will continue throughout the season.

-Ryan

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan (or enjoy free things) don’t forget to enter our Jon Snow pop vinyl giveaway on Twitter!

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