Between the Streams: A brutal ‘Sicario 2’ trailer, 10 more years of Star Wars

DT’s weekly entertainment show, Between the Streams, is your guide to all of the hottest, most important, and (of course) dumbest new developments in streaming and entertainment, providing a handy recap of the week that was and a preview for what’s ahead. Follow us here at 2 p.m. PT every Friday, or add us via RSS, iTunes, or Stitcher at the links below to take BtS on the road!

badge_itunes-smallest   stitcher-smallest   rss-smallest

It’s lightsabers, polka kings, and sequels galore this week on Between the Streams, as we look at a wide variety of new content hitting screens. But first, a number: 487.

That’s the tally, according to the New York Times, of all the new television shows that aired in 2017. You heard us right, almost 500 new TV shows debuted last year, and that number is only likely to grow in the short term as both traditional networks and streaming services invest billions (Netflix alone is expected to spend $8 billion in 2018) to catch your attention in the ever-broadening sea of stories. For reference, the number climbed from 466 shows in 2016, which itself was a massive jump from the 288 shows that made their way to screens the year before. Instead of calling the current era television’s “golden age” maybe it should be rebranded as TV’s “loaded age.” In any case, next time someone gets mad at you for avoiding their favorite show, you’ll have some hard data to back up your lack of action.

When it comes to news, we’ve got plenty this week, including some cool new info about Star Wars IX, the film already stoking much debate following Rian Johnson’s (somehow) controversial middle entry in the trilogy, The Last Jedi. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has said Disney is already plotting out the next 10 years of Star Wars, which may include many of the characters introduced in The Force Awakens. But the latest news has to do with filming for Episode IX, which apparently will begin in the western Scottish county of Argyll in June of this year.

As mentioned in our Last Jedi op-ed, returning director J.J. Abrams will have no small task ahead of him with the final film for the latest trilogy as he seeks to tie up storylines, lace the three films together cinematically, and give some sort of temporary conclusion to a host of characters that may well live on in film for the next decade or more.

For something completely different, we found out this week about a whole host of sequel and spinoff news, including a planned sequel for Netflix’s $90 million fantasy/buddy-cop film, Bright, a possible spinoff for Black Mirror’s Star Trek-esque episode from season 4, USS Callister, and a trailer for the much-anticipated Sicario 2.

And of course, there’s Netflix’s new movie starring Jack Black, Polka King, which is based on a documentary about a very intriguing scam run by a Polka singer, and stars a rip-roaring comedic cast that includes Jenny Slate, Jason Schartzman, J.B. Smoove, and Vanessa Bayer. The film premieres in just one week, and aired a new trailer recently.

Also this week, we’ll discuss Apple’s new Serial-inspired TV series, the Slender Man trailer, True Detective season 3, George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers series, and much more.

So tune in and hit us up live at 2 p.m. PT today, or take us along for the ride with our podcast version by following the links at the top of this story.

Movies & TV

First ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ trailer offers a peek at life after ‘Infinity War’

Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have released the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, set in the aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Norsemen’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Movies & TV

‘Game of Thrones’ prequel series finds a director and new cast members

HBO's Game of Thrones prequel series has its director and a bunch of new cast members as it prepares to start filming this year. The show is set thousands of years before the events of the original series.

Here’s everything we know about ‘Far Cry New Dawn’ so far

Far Cry New Dawn is the first official sequel in franchise history, taking place 17 years after Far Cry 5 in a post-apocalyptic Hope County. Here's everything we know about Far Cry New Dawn.
Home Theater

Need to get rid of an unused Netflix profile? Just follow these simple steps

Need to delete an unwanted profile from your Netflix account? It's easy to do, no matter what kind of equipment you've got. Check out our handy how-to guide for step-by-step instructions.
Movies & TV

‘Sopranos’ prequel ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ adds ‘The Punisher’ star

The upcoming movie The Many Saints of Newark, based on HBO's hit series The Sopranos, will serve as a prequel to the show. It will focus on Tony Soprano as a boy, as well as the race riots that rocked Newark in 1967.
Movies & TV

Oscar-winning FX master explains why ‘First Man’ is a giant leap for filmmaking

Paul Lambert, the Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor on First Man, reveals the innovative techniques that blended old footage with modern movie magic to make the Apollo 11 mission to the moon resonate with audiences 50 years later.
Movies & TV

CBS recruits Michelle Yeoh for ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ spinoff

Yet another Star Trek show is on the way. CBS confirms that Michelle Yeoh will return to play her Star Trek: Discovery character, Philippa Georgiou, in a spinoff centered on Starfleet's clandestine Section 31.
Movies & TV

Curious about 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'? Here's everything we know so far

Despite some mystery surrounding Spider-Man's future after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theaters in July 2019. Here's everything we know about the movie so far.

Stream UFC Fight Night 143 for free with this ESPN+ trial offer

If you're looking for a way to watch UFC Fight Night 143 and other upcoming sporting events on mobile, then ESPN's premium mobile service has you covered, and you can even take advantage of a seven-day trial to stream it totally free.
Movies & TV

How much does Netflix cost? Here’s a pricing breakdown of its plans

Wondering how much a Netflix subscription costs? You're not the only one. That's why we put together a quick-hit guide covering all the Netflix plans, whether you want to opt for 4K streaming or a disc-based option.
Home Theater

Not chill: Netflix is hiking prices across all its tiers

Netflix has to get the billions of dollars it's spending on new content from somewhere. The streaming giant announced price hikes across the board, raising its monthly rates between $1 and $2 per tier in the next few months.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Movies & TV

NBCUniversal will launch its own streaming service in 2020

NBCU is prepping a streaming service filled with its original content for a debut sometime next year, meaning that Michael, Dwight, and the rest of the Scranton crew might be moving to a new home.