Expect to pay more to watch the second season of “Stranger Things.” Netflix is raising its prices.
Netflix continues to grow faster than predictions, powered by hit series such as Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.
The online-delivered television provider, based in Los Gatos, Calif., added 5.3 million new subscribers from July to September — 850,000 million in the U.S. and 4.45 million internationally. That brings Netflix’s total subscriber base to 109.25 million.
Of those, 104 million are paying customers and the rest are viewers with trial subscriptions.
Netflix had forecast third-quarter additions
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It’s become a truism in television: True crime does pay.
Investigation Discovery proved that by coming on the scene with a lineup of true-crime reality series, and quickly growing to become the second-most-watched cable network among women 25-54. Netflix reaped those rewards when it aired Making a Murderer, a documentary about convicted murderer Steven Avery that was the pop-culture phenomenon of Christmas 2015. And true-crime podcasts — such as Serial and its spinoff, S—Town — sit at the top of the podcast charts for weeks.
But NBC’s Dateline has been covering true crime in primetime for years.
“We saw the true-crime space heating up, and we thought of Dateline,” said Sean O’Boyle, NBCUniversal TV Distribution executive vice president, distribution sales. “Each episode is like a real-life Law Order, and each episode is addictive because of the great storytelling Dateline has done over the years.”
O’Boyle teamed with Peacock Productions, a division of NBC
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True crime documentaries, for all their popularity, come with controversies. Questions about the bias and ethics of the journalism that underpinned series like Making A Murderer or Serial raged around their releases, the internet swiftly becoming permeated with think pieces arguing for or against the moral merits of the show in question.
Earlier this year S-Town, not strictly a true crime series despite taking its cues from the storytelling style of one, starkly divided people about the ethics of how it represented its fascinating central character, John B.Macklemore, and whether series host Brian Reed had any right to make public the revelations he unearthed. A couple of years ago, Jay Wilds, the star witness in the case against Serial subject Adnan Syed, gave a long, bitter interview about the negative impact the podcast had on his life. Making A Murderer was hit by accusations that it deliberately toned down aspects of Steven
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While the true crime genre has long been established in literature and television, and its broad popularity continues on today with recent hits like The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, HBO’s The Jinx, and Netflix’s Making a Murderer, the genre has made new waves in an unsuspecting medium—podcasts.
Beginning with Serial in 2014, the popular podcast about a Baltimore teen’s murder and her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, who is serving a life sentence after a highly contested conviction, there’s been an explosion of true crime and wrongful conviction retellings and analyses through audio. In fact, true crime podcasts often top the iTunes top podcast chart, generally considered the best measure of a show’s popularity.
The appeal of true crime podcasts
True crime retellings first appeared in the 1500s as part of sensational leaflets written by the British, recounting tales of gruesome crimes. By the 20th century,
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After debuting talked-about true crime docuseries like Making A Murderer and The Keepers, Netflix is continuing its endeavors with Mindhunter. The 10-part drama, starring Jonathan Groff (Glee, Frozen) and Holt McCallany (Lights Out, Blue Bloods) will focus on two FBI agents in the 1970s who get their hands seriously dirty in order to understand the inner workings of notorious serial killers’ minds. It’s certainly a realistic plot, but is Netflix’s Mindhunter based on a true story?
Yes and no. While the characters — Holden Ford (Groff) and Bill Tench (McCallany) — are fictional in name, the general plot is based on a book co-written by real life former FBI operative, John Douglas. Douglas worked with the FBI for 25 years in its Investigative Support Unit, and has interviewed infamous serial killers like Charles Manson and John Wayne Gacy, his website states, always with
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What turns someone into a serial killer? In the 1970s, the FBI was utterly in the dark. But a wave of seemingly unmotivated killings – by Charles Manson, David Berkowitz, Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy – forced them into uncharted territory. A new form of profiling was required, one that didn’t simply believe evil to be genetic, but took into account one’s formative years.
Netflix’s ambitious new drama Mindhunter explores the early days of the serial killer. Based on a book co-written by John E Douglas, the FBI agent who was the inspiration for Clarice Starling’s mentor Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, it’s also created by David Fincher, director of Seven and Zodiac.
“It seems like our culture is obsessed with serial killers,” Jonathan Groff tells me in the library of a Manhattan hotel. He plays a fictionalised version of Douglas, a young agent
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The wrongly-convicted turned murderer Steven Avery is still in jail — and he won’t be getting out anytime soon. The 55-year-old criminal and inspiration behind Netflix’s documentary series, Making a Murderer, was denied a retrial by a Sheboygan County judge. And now, Steven’s ex-fiancée, Lynn Hartman, exclusively tells In Touch that she’s glad her ex isn’t getting released.
Lynn admitted that she “celebrated with a cocktail” when she heard that Steven, convicted of
murdering Teresa Halbach in 2005, was denied an attempt at an appeal. “I feel that the world is a lot safer now knowing that Steven won’t be getting out.”
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It’s understandable that Lynn would feel safer knowing that Steven is staying behind bars. She previously revealed to In Touch that he had written her threatening letters that made her feel unsafe.
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One of the most talked about TV shows of the past few years is coming back for a second series. But annoyingly, we’re not totally sure when – we just know it will be in 2018 at some point.
“The story is still ongoing, so you will see new episodes coming sometime this year as this story continues to unfold,” Netflix’s VP of original content, Cindy Holland, told USA Today.
“We don’t know when, for sure, new episodes will be coming.”
Keep an eye out on Netflix in 2018 for season 2 of Making A Murderer.
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The appeal of Making A Murderer subject Steven Avery suffered a serious setback earlier this week when a Wisconsin judge denied his request for a new trial. But now his lawyer Kathleen Zellner is firing back with a motion to vacate the decision, stating she had a deal with the Attorney General’s office to test more evidence and amend her appeal before a ruling was made.
“The basis for the order to vacate will be that an agreement was reached between Mr. Avery’s attorneys and the Wisconsin Attorney General on September 18, 2017, to conduct further testing and allow Mr. Avery to amend his petition with new scientific test results and additional witness affidavits,” Zellner wrote in a press release. “With the addition of these new scientific test results and new evidence, Mr. Avery’s attorneys remain confident that his conviction
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