Entertainment Keep Cool This July With Netflix's Huge Lineup of New TV Shows, Original Movies, and More
HBO Max Launch Reveals Impressive Library, Potential Netflix Challenge (Analysis)
It seems like every other week brings a new streaming service with it, but the May 27 launch of HBO Max is, indeed, a potential watershed moment. While presented as a branch of the existing HBO brand, it’s more accurately a WarnerMedia behemoth effort that unites the conglomerates many properties (plus a few original efforts) in one convenient place — that is, if you can figure out how to get it, let alone whether or not you already have access to it. On its debut day, Variety’s chief TV critics Caroline Framke and Daniel D’Addario took a look through the new service to discuss its library, interface, and overall potential.
Martha Stewart is set to return to the "Chopped" judges' table — but that's not all. Stewart has also landed a new holiday-themed series on Food Network and outdoor projects show "Martha Knows Best" on HGTV.
"Martha Knows Best," which will follow Stewart doing outdoor projects on her Bedford, New York farm, is tentatively slated to air later this year.
We do not yet have dates or more details for Stewart's return to "Chopped" or her holiday-themed Food Network show.
"I am thrilled to be partnering with HGTV on 'Martha Knows Best' and sharing everything I have been working on at my home during quarantine," Stewart said Wednesday in a statement accompanying the news. "The show focuses on many aspects of everyday living and home keeping with the goal to teach and inspire viewers to incorporate what works for them into their own homes."
Live TV Streaming Reaches Canada As Netflix Alternative
The country's first virtual MVPD, RiverTV, is looking to break a virtual pay TV monopoly by legacy cable and teleco giants.VMedia co-founder George Burger told The Hollywood Reporter that Canada's failed cable unbundling via the launch of a skinny TV bundle and a-la-carte shopping for channels has done little to stem the shift of young Canadians to digital over-the-top streamers like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
"Martha is the most influential voice and recognizable face in the home/lifestyle space — a true talent who perpetually inspires legions of new fans round the world," Kathleen Finch, the chief lifestyle brands officer for Discovery, Inc., added. "Her skills, expertise and ability to connect with audiences in a fun, and sometimes cheeky, way is a good thing, but the best thing about Martha is that she makes everyone believe that they can try her tips and ideas in their own kitchens and gardens too and that makes her the perfect fit for HGTV and Food Network right now."
Everything Gigi Hadid and Her Family Members Have Said About Her Pregnancy .
Model mom-to-be! Gigi Hadid confirmed that in April that she is expecting her and Zayn Malik’s first child and has been opening up about her pregnancy ever since. “Gigi is pregnant and she and Zayn are so in love,” a source told Us Weekly exclusively at the time. “She’s always wanted to start a family with Zayn.” Later that same month, another insider revealed, “Gigi has been telling her close friends and family about her pregnancy news and was trying to keep it low-key. She has been so grateful for all the well-wishes and congratulations she’s received. She’s so excited to be a mom and so happy to be pregnant and to be embarking on this new journey of motherhood, especially with Zayn by her side.” As for Malik, 27, the former One Direction member “couldn’t be more thrilled.” The couple’s baby news came three months after Us confirmed that they are dating again after previously calling it quits. “They got back together very recently,” the insider shared with Us in January. “They have been trying to make it work for three months but it has been slow and steady.” Hadid, 25, and the “Dusk Till Dawn” singer were first linked in November 2015. Following their first breakup nearly three years later, they briefly reunited before splitting again in January 2019. The model went on to date Bachelorette’s Tyler Cameron. “I am excited for her,” the former reality star, 27, told ESPN West following his ex-girlfriend’s pregnancy reveal. “I am happy for her.