What Is ‘On My Block’? Netflix’s Most-Binged Show of 2018

Netflix has released the list of its most-binged shows of 2018, with the teen dramedy “On My Block” topping the list.

According to the streamer’s data, of all the Netflix originals released between Jan. 1 and Nov. 28, “On My Block” had the highest watch-time-per-viewing session. The list doesn’t necessarily reflect Netflix’s most popular series, rather the ones that enticed viewers to watch the most episodes in a single sitting.

“On My Block,” co-created by “Awkward” writer and creator Lauren Iungerich, stars Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray and Diego Tinoco as a group of streetwise teens navigating both the everyday drama of entering high school and the very real dangers of life in inner-city Los Angeles. The series debuted earlier this year to largely positive reviews and rode strong word-of-mouth to a second-season pickup back in April.

Right behind “On My Block” on the list of most-binged shows is the second season of the hit true crime series “Making a Murderer,” followed by Season 2 of “13 Reasons Why,” the docuseries “Last Chance U” and the U.K. import “Bodyguard.”

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“Fastest Car,” “The Haunting of Hill House,” Season 2 of “Anne with an E,” “Insatiable” and “Orange Is the New Black” Season 6 rounded out the top 10.

Netflix’s end-of-year data dump also included a list of the most-rewatched original films, with “The Kissing Booth” and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” luring nearly half their viewers back for a second watch, and a list of the stars who saw their social media followings explode after their respective turns on Netflix originals.

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Selena Quintanilla Scripted Drama Gets Series Order at Netflix

Netflix has ordered a scripted series about Tejano music superstar Selena Quintanilla, the streamer announced on Tuesday.

Written and executive produced by “American Crime” alum Moisés Zamora, “Selena: The Series” is described as a “coming of age story following Selena as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family, and music.”

The Quintanilla family was on board to assist in its development and will executive produce the project from Campanario Entertainment.

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“Selena will always have a lasting place in music history and we feel great responsibility to do justice to her memory,” said Quintanilla’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, who is an EP on the series. “With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives. We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come.”

“Selena and the entire Quintanilla family are an inspiration to many and especially to me, a millennial of the same heritage. Selena’s career achievements are legendary, but our scripted series will focus on the incredible story of a Mexican-American family and how an extraordinary young woman transcended categories and borders to become a global star. I can’t imagine a better partner than Netflix to celebrate Selena and her family’s lives,” said Jaime Dávila, president of Campanario Entertainment.

Dávila will serve as executive producer alongside Rico Martinez, Suzette Quintanilla, Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Simran A. Singh.

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ABC gave a put pilot commitment to another Selena-inspired scripted series back in January, which remains in development. Not directly biographical, that project is also executive produced by Campanario and the Quintanilla family, with music manager Scooter Braun’s SB Projects and ABC Studios also attached.

???? Bidi Bidi Bom Bom ???? @SelenaLaLeyenda’s incredible life story is coming to Netflix as a scripted series! @selena_netflix was developed alongside, and will be executive produced by, The Quintanilla family #NetflixNewsWeek pic.twitter.com/6YUMoAeA7Z

— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) December 11, 2018

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Netflix’s ‘The Kissing Booth’ and ‘To All the Boys I Loved Before’ Rewatched by Nearly Half of Viewers

We’re guessing a lot of tweens have a thing for Noah Centineo and Joel Courtney.

Netflix released a report of the 2018 original Netflix films that were the most rewatched by their viewers on Tuesday, and the streamer says nearly half of all the people who watched the teen romances “The Kissing Booth” and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” ended up rewatching the films.

The music biopic “Roxanne Roxanne” rounded out the top three of the most rewatched films of 2018, which they referred to as “The Movies We Fell in Love With This Year.”

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Netflix made clear that this data doesn’t represent the overall viewing numbers of any of these films, but that these films released between Jan. 1 and Nov. 28 had the highest rewatch rate based on global Netflix viewing.

“The Kissing Booth” stars Joey King alongside Joel Courtney and Jacob Elordi as the story of a high school girl who is forced to confront her secret crush at a kissing booth. The film debuted on May 11.

“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” earned some praise from critics for its Asian lead actress Lana Condor alongside breakout star Noah Centineo. Susan Johnson directed the story about how a teen girl’s secret love letters get exposed and wreak havoc on her life. It debuted on Netflix Aug. 17.

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Condor, Courtney, Centineo and King were all also among another list Netflix put out of stars whose Instagram followings grew the most in 2018 following the release of their films. The Fab Five of the reboot of “Queer Eye” topped the list of 10, which you can find below:

  1. The Fab Five (“Queer Eye”)
  2. Lana Condor (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”)
  3. Joel Courtney (“The Kissing Booth”)
  4. Miguel Herrán (“Elite / La Casa de Papel”)
  5. Jaime Lorente Lopez (“Elite” / “La Casa de Papel”)
  6. Maria Pedraza (“Elite” / “La Casa de Papel”)
  7. Noah Centineo (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” “Sierra Burgess is a Loser”)
  8. Joey King (“The Kissing Booth”)
  9. Hannah Gadsby (“Nanette”)
  10. Kiernan Shipka (“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”)

Here’s hoping a lot of Academy voters end up rewatching Netflix’s “Roma.”

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Gina Rodriguez-Led ‘Carmen Sandiego’ Animated Series Gets Premiere Date at Netflix

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? On Netflix in January, that’s where.

The streamer revealed Monday that its Gina Rodriguez-led “Carmen Sandiego” animated series will launch Jan. 18.

The 20-episode (22 minutes each) season will drop before the release of Netflix’s live-action “Carmen Sandiego” movie, which also stars the “Jane the Virgin” lead as the titular globetrotting criminal. “Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard lends his vocals for the series as well.

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The film adaptation of the famed educational series is expected to hit in 2019. Rodriguez is producing the feature-length film through her I Can And I Will banner alongside Kevin Misher and Caroline Fraser, with Andy Berman as executive producer. Rodriguez had already been signed by Netflix to play Carmen in an animated series that will also hit the streaming service next year.

Beginning as an educational computer series created in 1985, “Carmen Sandiego” exploded in popularity in the ’90s with two PBS game shows and an animated series that combined to win eight Daytime Emmys and a Peabody Award.

The “Carmen Sandiego” animated series launches Jan. 18 on Netflix.

WHEN in the world is Carmen Sandiego coming to Netflix? *hacks database* January 18! Who’s ready to go on an adventure with @HereIsGina and @FinnSkata? #NetflixNewsWeek pic.twitter.com/d4UC2kb5vZ

— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) December 10, 2018

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Netflix Originals Thrive as Disney’s Content Leaves Platform, Data Firm Says

Appetite for Netflix Originals is on the rise, according to a new study from 7Park Data. According to the firm, original content accounted for 37 percent of Netflix’s U.S. streams in Oct. 2018, up from 14 percent in Oct. 2017 and 13 percent in Jan. 2017.

This increase in traffic to its exclusive content comes as Disney and WarnerMedia ready the launch of their own streaming services, which has led Disney to pull its content (including programming from Fox) from the platform.

Netflix has spent an estimated $13 billion on content in 2018 with the goal of creating over 700 original projects. Many have questioned if Netflix Originals will be able to sustain an audience that has become accustomed to binging licensed content such as “The Office” and “Family Guy” (before it found a new home on Hulu, which Disney owns a stake in).

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Fox’s content once accounted for 21 percent of U.S. streams in 2017, a number that currently sits at 4 percent largely due to the migration of content from Netflix to Hulu.

Despite the rise of Netflix Originals, licensed content still holds a strong value for the streaming giant. Four of its top 10 shows for the month of November, per 7Park Data, were licensed programs. “The Office” came in as the streamer’s number one series, “Friends” at number three, “Grey’s Anatomy” at number four and “Criminal Minds” at number 10.

Check out Netflix’s top 10 series by stream starts below.

7Park Data passively collects desktop web viewership from an anonymized opt-in global panel of 3.5M viewers (across Netflix, Hulu and Amazon) – 3 million of which are from the U.S. This particular study was based on approximately 600,000 U.S. Netflix viewers.

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Netflix Acquires Documentary About Disastrous Fyre Music Festival

Netflix announced on Monday that it has acquired global rights to Emmy-nominated director Chris Smith’s latest documentary about the Fyre music festival.

The streaming giant referred to the festival as “The greatest party that never happened.” The film will debut on Jan. 18, 2019

“Fyre” will give audiences an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre Festival. Created by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, Fyre was promoted as a luxury music festival on a private island in the Bahamas that promised bikini-clad supermodels, A-list musical performances and posh amenities. But festival-goers arrived at the campgrounds to discover that the reality was far what was was promised.

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The documentary was directed by Smith, the director behind the Emmy-nominated documentary “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” and gives a first-hand look into the disastrous crash of Fyre as told by the organizers themselves.

Smith, along with Vice Studios’s Danny Gabai and Mick Purzycki from Jerry Media, produced the documentary and Brett Kincaid, Max Pollack, Matthew Rowean, Gabrielle Bluestone, James Ohliger and Elliot Tebele serve as executive producers.

McFarland, who organized the disastrous festival, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud in March. He faces a potential maximum sentence of 20 years for each count.

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McFarland was initially charged in July 2017. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, McFarland engaged in a scheme to defraud investors in Fyre Media LLC, as well as a related entity responsible for organizing the festival. McFarland defrauded investors and a ticket vendor out of more than $26 million.

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Woody Harrelson, Kevin Costner Film ‘The Highwaymen’ to Drop on Netflix Next March

Netflix announced on Monday that its upcoming film, “The Highwaymen,” starring Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner will debut on the platform on March 29, 2019.

The film directed by John Lee Hancock (“The Blindside”) follows the untold true story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde, during a time when outlaws made headlines and lawmen made history.

When the full force of the FBI and the latest forensic technology aren’t enough to capture the nation’s most notorious criminals, two former Texas Rangers (Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) must rely on their gut instincts and old school skills to get the job done, according to Netflix’s description.

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The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history. From director John Lee Hancock, #TheHighwaymen follows the untold true story of the detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde. On March 29, @modernwest and @WoodyHarrelson unite for the first time on screen! #NetflixNewsWeek pic.twitter.com/kRxZVgMUHU

— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) December 10, 2018

“The Highwaymen” will mark the first time Costner and Harrelson have worked together on screen. Costner was last seen in Aaron Sorkin’s Academy Award-nominated “Molly’s Game,” starring Jessica Chastain. Harrelson, who had a brief cameo in Sony’s “Venom,” last starred in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” for Disney, and he was nominated for best supporting actor for his role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Hancock last directed “The Founder,” starring Michael Keaton.

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The story of Bonnie and Clyde is infamous. The two outlaws were most famously portrayed by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in 1967.

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Chloë Grace Moretz and Jack O’Connell will also play Bonnie and Clyde in a new film by Kike Maillo called “Love Is a Gun.”

That film is based on “Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde” by bestselling author Jeff Guinn. Oscar nominee Shelton Turner (“Up in the Air”) wrote the screenplay, while Johnny Newman (“Narcos”) added revisions. “Love Is a Gun” follows the emotional story of two of history’s most famous lovers.

Production on “Love Is a Gun” is set to begin in early 2019.

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