🌻 Comicon 🌻 The Gang’s Back Together: A Review of Marvel’s Runaways Series Premiere ‘Reunion’

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Another Setback For Superhero Fans Trying To Avoid A Netflix Subscription

Hulu Out, Neflix In: A look at the possible benefits and definite flaws of CW’s changes to episode access

Forbes

According to reports announced Monday, CW has ended their arrangement with Hulu where during the season the last five episodes of the network’s current shows streamed there. That means starting this fall none of Greg Berlanti’s DC shows (Supergirl moved to the network from CBS as part of their renewal) or fan favorites like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Supernatural will be available on Hulu. Instead, CW has signed a new deal with Netflix where, two weeks after a show’s finale, the complete season will stream with them. [UPDATE 7/5: Latest reports say eight days.]

For Netflix you can see the appeal of this deal. Not only does an all-at-once release fit with their binge-watching model, where subscribers have access to every episode of a show from the start, but it’s at a much earlier date than usual. It’s also an appealing set-up for viewers who like to hear how a show plays out critically, before investing all their time in it.

But for viewers who don’t have Netflix, or prefer keeping up with shows in real-time, the change may feel less positive.

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Online Submission #20

Amateur Spies

Loco Mag

 

Remember the days of ABC’s Alias, when all Jennifer Garner needed to spy was a great wig, the latest technology, and a hereditary gift for defeating any opponent mentally or physically? It’s been almost ten years since the series ended (and creator, J.J. Abrams, has had a few other projects since) but that tradition isn’t completely lost. FX’s The Americans, which returns this March, takes a more grounded in reality (if not personal reality) approach to this very scenario.

Yet in the latest crop of TV spy dramas, spying is anything but the natural career path of the protagonists featured. Rather, it is a career path that gets thrust upon them when their lives take an unexpected turn… towards espionage and secrets. These characters don’t want to be spies and, once upon a time, TV would’ve agreed with their unfitness. Instead, today they stand as beacons for the everyman and woman who’s always dreamt of becoming the next James Bond. A job in spying has never seemed more tangible. The question is: will you still want to be one after watching these two entertaining, mortal shows?

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