Netflix chose Inauguration Day to drop the new ‘House of Cards’ trailer

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Kevin Spacey in season 4 of “House of Cards.” (David Giesbrecht/Netflix/TNS)

In a clever bit of marketing, streaming giant Netflix tweeted the trailer for the fifth season of its flagship political drama “House of Cards” during the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

The ominous trailer features an upside-down flag flying on the White House lawn over a cloudy backdrop, all while a group of children are reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

According to the United States Flag Code, “the flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”

More: Read our live election coverage here

Running up to the inauguration, online rumors swirled that Netlfix would release the fifth season of the political plottings of Frank Underwood and his wife Claire on Inauguration Day.

Instead, the trailer said the fifth season will be released on May 30.

Many Twitter users and TV critics were quick to pick up on the timing of the trailer.

Not much is known about the upcoming season of “House of Cards,” except that Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright will be reprising their roles as Frank and Claire Underwood, and that “Moonlight” actor Mahershala Ali will not be returning.

You can now download your favorite Netflix shows to watch offline

No internet connection? No problem.

You’re now able to download your favorite Netflix shows and movies to watch without needing an internet connection, the company announced Wednesday.

Juan Pablo Raba, from left, Luis Gnecco and Wagner Moura star in "Narcos." (Daniel Daza/Netflix/TNS)
Juan Pablo Raba, from left, Luis Gnecco and Wagner Moura star in “Narcos.” (Daniel Daza/Netflix/TNS)

Netflix didn’t announce exactly which shows or how many shows will be available to download, but the company said Orange Is The New Black, Narcos and The Crown are all available immediately, but a teaser video released by Netflix also shows clips from House of Cards, The Art of Cai Guo Qiang, Stranger Things and Black Mirror.

The feature is available on iOS and Android phones and tablets — all you have to do is update your app,  and you’ll see an arrow pointing downwards next to content that you can watch offline by accessing the “My Downloads” menu in the app.

Screenshot courtesy of Netflix
Screenshot courtesy of Netflix

According to TIME, you’ll also be able to browse an “Available for Download” menu so you can see all the content available on the app.

Just in time for your holiday travels — make sure to download as much as possible for those long days in the airport.

Your favorite food, home and travel shows are leaving Netflix soon

No more lazy days binge-watching “House Hunters” and “Chopped,” if you’re into that kind of thing.

The shows, included in a host of Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel shows that are currently on Netflix, will soon leave the streaming platform due to Scripps Networks Interactive ending its distribution deal with Netflix, according to Variety.

Clint Harp of Harp Design Co. has built a furniture-making business in about four years that has landed him on "Fixer Upper." Portrait of Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines with clients Kelly and Clint Harp in their new living room, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (portrait)  Credit: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images
Clint Harp of Harp Design Co. has built a furniture-making business in about four years that has landed him on “Fixer Upper.”
Portrait of Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines with clients Kelly and Clint Harp in their new living room, as seen on HGTV’s Fixer Upper. (portrait)
Credit: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images

The shows affected include:

  • Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
  • Food Network Star
  • Cupcake Wars
  • Chopped
  • Cutthroat Kitchen
  • House Hunters
  • Property Brothers
  • Fixer Upper
  • Love it or List it
  • Man v. Food
  • Expedition Unknown
  • Kitchen Crashers
  • The Layover with Anthony Bourdain
  • Good Eats
  • Worst Cooks in America
  • Iron Chef America
  • The Great Food Truck Race
  • Giada at Home
  • Ace of Cakes
  • Guy’s Grocery Games
  • Mystery Diners
  • Kids Baking Championship

Fox News reports the deal expires at the end of this year, so you have about six weeks to get your binge on.

Raise your hand if you feel personally victimized by Netflix.

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Maybe it’s for the best, though? No more sitting on your IKEA couch in your overpriced one-bedroom apartment, yearning for fancy houses with shiplap or farm sinks or pretending like you actually know what a coulis is when you actually don’t even know what the “broil” option on your oven does.

This mashup of Harry Potter and ‘Stranger Things’ is actually kind of great

If you’re a fan of “Stranger Things” and Harry Potter, you’re gonna love this.

Comedy Central UK posted a video (that has since been taken down, but re-uploaded by other users) called “Potter Things” that mashes up the two beloved stories pretty seamlessly.

The video opens to (what else?) Hedwig’s Theme and a “Potter Things” title card in the “Stranger Things” font, but it quickly segues into the Netflix show’s theme song from Austin synth band Survive. Apparently, in this combination of the two universes, the “Stranger Things” kids show up at Hogwarts, and things get…strange. Harry and Ron find Eleven in the woods, Snape accuses Eleven of stealing Eggos from his personal stores (let’s all pause for a moment to laugh at the mental image of Snape eating Eggos) and the “Stranger Things” discover the Vale of Shadows which, let’s be honest, is the most Harry Potter-sounding thing ever.

READ: Survive members on how Austin band’s music ended up on “Stranger Things”

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Even the details of the video are perfect. Check out this conveniently placed ad for dragon’s blood:

Screengrab via YouTube
Screengrab via YouTube

The best part, without a doubt, is Winona Ryder standing in front of the famous alphabet wall in her home, as the Christmas Lights spell out “Harry Potter.” It’s bloody brilliant.

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The first trailer for Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ is here

Netflix’s highly anticipated remake of Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” has finally released its first teaser video, and it’s just as meta and macabre as every fan hoped.

"A Series of Unfortunate Events" debuts on Netflix on Jan. 13. Photo from Netflix
“A Series of Unfortunate Events” debuts on Netflix on Jan. 13. Photo from Netflix

The trailer features Patrick Warburton as author Lemony Snicket (a pseudonym for Daniel Handler) walking through Netflix’s set for the TV show and, true to form, attempting to dissuade fans from even watching the series at all.

“Under ordinary circumstances, this room would be buzzing with excitement and activity as directors, designers, stagehands and indentured servants prepare for a dazzling season of top-notch entertainment,” Snicket says, walking past lights, cameras and a crate curiously labeled “Very Flammable Dandelions.”

“But the story of the Baudelaire orphans is so upsetting and so utterly unnerving that the entire crew is suffering from low morale, a phase which here means, ‘Currently under medical observation for melancholia, ennui and acute wistfulness,'” Snicket continues.

No appearance of Neil Patrick Harris as the infamous Count Olaf, unfortunately, but you can hear his voice cutting through Snicket’s warning as he sings off screen: “Joy, joy, happiness, my fortune’s about to change.”

Looks like not everyone’s suffering from low morale.

The teaser tells little to nothing about the show itself, so here’s hoping we see more sneak peeks of Snicket, Count Olaf and the Baudelaire orphans before the show debuts on the entirely too perfect date of Friday, Jan. 13.

Netflix says ‘Stranger Things’ soundtrack is coming to our ears soon

In case you hadn’t heard, the soundtrack to Netflix’s original series “Stranger Things” is pretty stellar.

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Photo via Netflix

Not only does the show — which is set in 1983 — feature haunting, synthy scores from Austin’s own band Survive but it’s full of iconic ’80s tracks, including “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash, “Atmosphere” by Joy Division and “Sunglasses at Night” by Corey Hart.

Since the show’s debut nearly two weeks ago, “Stranger Things” fans have been calling for Netflix to release the soundtrack and the entertainment company is finally humoring their requests. It posted this tweet yesterday stating “We hear you loud and clear. The Official Soundtrack is coming soon. Over.”

There’s no release date for the soundtrack just yet, but Netflix did create a Spotify playlist that compiles most of the hits from the show. Maybe this will hold you over while we wait for Netflix to make good on its promise.

Also, here’s a little fun fact: the show’s actress Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, does her own YouTube covers of classic songs and current pop hits.

 

Netflix unveils ‘Gilmore Girls’ revival release date plus new clip

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It’s official: the whimsical world of Stars Hollow will be back November 25.

Read: Rory Gilmore and Michelle Obama talk books, LitWorld, Pop-Tarts

That’s right, today Netflix unveiled the much-anticipated release date for the “Gilmore Girls” four-part revival. The show, which comes nearly ten years after the last episode of the original series, will be available for streaming on Netflix.

Photos: ‘Gilmore Girls’ reunion red carpet at ATX Television Fest reunion

Accompanying the release date, fans were also given a short clip of the upcoming show featuring Lorelai and Rory sitting in their familiar kitchen having a chat. Though it’s a little strange hearing the Gilmore girls discuss Amy Schumer and John Oliver, it’s good to see the characters in action.

 

Are these the top 25 TV shows of 2014/2015?

Indiewire ranks Amazon’s “Transparent” as the year’s best TV show. Are they right?

Carrie Coon, star of "The Leftovers," meets fans along with show runner Damon Lindelof at the 2015 ATX Television Festival. The HBO drama was chosen by Indiewire as the ninth best show of the 2014/15 television season. DALE ROE/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Carrie Coon, star of “The Leftovers,” greets fans along with show runner Damon Lindelof at the 2015 ATX Television Festival. The HBO drama was chosen by Indiewire as the ninth best show of the 2014/15 television season. DALE ROE / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The folks over at Indiewire’s The Playlist have compiled their list of the 25 Best TV Shows Of 2014/15.

A growing market of content providers continues to exert its influence in the rankings; five of the site’s top picks are streaming/download offerings, while basic and pay cable make up the bulk of the list. Only a trio of broadcast network programs made the cut, and none cracked the top ten (“Parks and Recreation” landed at number 12).

Newcomers commanded almost half of the slots. “Bloodline,” “Fortitude,” “Babylon,” “Jane the Virgin” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” are included, along with “You’re The Worst,” the Duplass brothers’ “Togetherness,” “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul,” Damon Lindelof’s “The Leftovers,” “The Nick” and “Transparent.”

There are some glaring omissions, though. Where is “Veep”? How about “The Flash” or “Empire”? And who do I grill to find out why “Bob’s Burgers” couldn’t fit somewhere into the order?

Here are Indiewire’s Top Ten (check out the complete list here). Did they get it right? Which of your favorites are missing? Tell us in the comments below:

10. “Better Call Saul”
9. “The Leftovers”
8. “Mad Men”
7. “The Americans”
6. “Justified”
5. “Orange is the New Black”
4. “Rectify”
3. “Broad City”
2. “The Knick”
1.”Transparent”

Watch: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ season 3 trailer is here

(screenshot via Netflix/YouTube)
(screenshot via Netflix/YouTube)

Piper is back and Red is back and Taystee is back and Poussey is back and you guys Alex Vause is back. Or, as she’s referred to in the trailer for season three of Netflix original series “Orange Is the New Black,” the “Bettie Page of Litchfield.”

Mark your calendar for June 12, when your binge-watching habits will take a sharp up-tick. In the meantime, watch the trailer, which features new faces, new hairdos and quotes aplenty.

[h/t Mashable]