I’m old enough to remember a time when HBO wasn’t known for “prestige television.” The appeal of an HBO Original was that they could drop F-bombs and show boobs and that was it. That perception started changing with the arrival of one particular crime drama in early 1999. The Sopranos was not only a great show but elevated the class of the network it was on, inspiring them to take a chance on better-written programs and get rid of stuff like “Arli$$.”
If you thought Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake was a one-time deal….well, so did we, so we’re surprised (but not disappointed) to learn today Max has renewed the show for a second season. All episodes of Season 1 debuted last September on the streaming service.
Here’s the truth about House of the Dragon Season 2: in case you’re wondering how it got here so fast amidst so many Hollywood strikes, the answer is that it cheated. Season 2 was filmed last summer during the period when the writers were on strike but the actors weren’t yet. This may not be a good thing because most movies and TV shows tend to do revisions and edits to the story during the filming process. What works on paper may not always work in motion.
Another week, another PR nightmare for Warner Bros of their own making. The studio’s streaming service, Max, has released its list of titles coming in December and leaving before the New Year. There are a lot of good things on that list that have no guarantee of showing up anywhere else, but what leapt out to people was the mention that Looney Tunes was leaving. The whole thing.
Well, here we finally go. Nearly a year after everyone expected it to show up, the final half-season of Doom Patrol is finally, definitively scheduled for an October debut. Will we ever know why we had to wait so long? Probably not. But at least we finally have this trailer we’ve been waiting many months to receive.
Season four of Doom Patrol — its final season — was split up by Max to air in two parts. It was believed that those two parts would appear at the same time as its sister series Titans, since up to that point, they tended to premiere together. But when Titans finished its run last spring, the last six episodes of Doom Patrol did not appear alongside it.
Remember when the booming streaming business was so cutthroat that all the studios were hoarding their own shows behind massive walls of steel and refusing to share? That was….like, ten minutes ago. We guess times change in a blink these days. AMC Networks made the surprising announcement this morning that they’ve made a deal with Warner Bros to put some of their shows on Max, a competing service.
It’s almost time for Max (the streamer, not the rich brat) to release a couple of cartoons with well-known stars that we’ve been waiting for a long time. Both will finally make their television debuts within a month.
It’s been a long wait, but the Adventure Time spinoff Fionna and Cake is almost done. We’ve been waiting two years since the announcement was first made, but technically the wait started back in 2011 when Ice King showed off his fanfiction of a gender-bent Finn and Jake to his captive penguin audience.
It wasn’t that long ago that WB launched a streaming service devoted to nothing but DC superheroes, but it feels long, because such a niche service being thrown so many billions of dollars is definitely impossible now. But most of the shows that premiered there have managed to survive: Harley Quinn, Titans and (the subject of this article) Doom Patrol. We know when Harley’s coming back. But Doom Patrol has yet to finish its final season and no one knows when it’s going to get the chance.
Warrior, the kung-fu action series inspired by the filmography of Bruce Lee, has returned for a third season, though not where it began. The series started as a Cinemax original, and the first two seasons debuted there, but in January of 2020 Cinemax halted all original programming development and Warrior was left hanging. HBO Max picked it up for a third season, and all this time and one company name change later, it finally premiered yesterday in its new home along with the previous two seasons.