Netflix plans to launch a cheaper subscription option featuring ads much sooner than initially expected. Back in 2007, Netflix began to offer subscribers the ability to stream content directly to their screens rather than having to receive DVDs through the mail. Ever since, Netflix has been one of the powerhouses of streaming platforms offering over 5,000 movies and TV shows, over 100 of which are Netflix Originals. However, due to the emergence of so many competing streaming services over the last few years, Netflix does not have the same necessity it once did to keep all of its subscribers.
Now, The Wrap reports that Netflix employees have received a note detailing that an ad-supported service will be coming to the platform as early as the end of 2022. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings mentioned the idea for an ad-supported option last month but stated it would take roughly a year or two to get started. The executives acknowledged that the move was “fast and ambitious” but noted that many other platforms offer an ad-supported version because people want cheaper options.
Netflix may be rolling out this ad-based option so quickly due to the platform’s significant loss of subscribers this year. Netflix reported a loss of over 200,000 subscribers in Q1 of 2022 rather than the expected 2.5 million gain. As a result, Netflix’s stock has plummeted, and the company has lost an estimated $70 billion in market capitalization. Due to this, it appears Netflix will begin to offer its cheaper ad-supported option and crackdown on password sharing sooner rather than later.
The Bride Reboot Of Reveals New Father On Comedy Classic
The new trailer for the upcoming Father of the Bride reboot shows its updated story and brand new cast. Originally released in 1991 and starring Steve Martin, Father of the Bride is about a father who, upon hearing that his only daughter is getting married, starts to panic and goes slightly insane. In 2020 Warner Bros. announced their plan to make a reboot centered around a Latinx family with a script by Matt Lopez. The reboot stars Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan as the bride’s parents, Adria Arjona as the titular bride, alongside Diego Boneta and Dora and the Lost City of Gold’s Isabella Merced.
The trailer, Garcia and Estefan struggle with their marriage, although they promise to try and hold it together until their daughter’s wedding. However, cupid’s arrow might be striking in more places than one this time around, as it seems like the parents could get another chance to make it work, or at least that’s how it looks. Overall, the Father of the Bride reboot looks like a refreshing departure from the original formula and might have enough new elements to make it work. It’s normal to be hesitant when it comes to remakes of classic comedies, as so many turn out to be terrible, but there are some genuine laughs to be had this time around. Keep an eye out for it when it releases on HBO Max on June 16th.
Dollface Season 3 Not Happening
Dollface will not return for season 3 as Hulu has canceled the series. Premiering in 2019, Dollface stared Kat Dennings as Jules, a young woman who, after a long time, her boyfriend breaks up with her, must rekindle her friendship with her female friends and navigate the world newly single. Netflix renewed Dollface season 2 in 2020, but COVID-19 caused the production to be delayed and did not premiere until February 11, 2022. Deadline, Hulu has decided not to renew Dollface for season 3 and has officially canceled the series. Hulu gave no reason for its decision to pass on the series. The news comes three months after Hulu released all ten episodes of Dollface season 2.
Dollface’s cancellation is likely to come as a shock, but many of the series stars have already lined up more work. Lilly Singh, who joined the cast in season 2, has landed the lead human role in the upcoming The Muppets Mayhem streaming series for Disney+. Brenda Song is set to voice a character in the Netflix animated series Blue Eye Samurai alongside George Takei, Masi Oka, and Randall Park. Kat Dennings recently reprised her role as Darcy Lewis in WandaVision and Marvel’s What If…? While she is not set to appear in Thor: Love and Thunder as Darcy, Dennings has revealed she is open to returning for more MCU projects. However, for fans of Dollface, the sudden and abrupt cancelation is likely to sting.