Netflix in 2019: Out With the Old, In With the New

   Netflix has become a household name. So much so that some question if it will be one of the companies that will put an end to cable.

   If you are unfamiliar with Netflix it is a DVD rental and internet based video-on-demand service.

   It has been home to many childhood favorites and popular Netflix original movies like “Birdbox” and “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch,” as well as TV shows such as “Bojack Horseman” and “Orange is the New Black.”

   Some nostalgic movies for adults and children that are currently available include “Scooby-Doo 2,” “Hercules,” “Pocahontas” and all four “Indiana Jones” movies.

   There are also TV shows still available that scratch that nostalgic itch. These include “Total Drama Island,” “Friends,” “Johnny Test,” “That 70s Show” and a few more.

   However, with new Netflix originals and release dates there are a lot of TV shows and movies that will no longer be available. To add insult to injury some of our favorite TV shows have been canceled outright.

   Popular titles that will not return for another season are “Daredevil,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage.” Other canceled Netflix originals include “American Vandal,” “Seven Seconds,” “House of Cards,” “Everything Sucks,” “Sense8,” “Bloodline” and “Gypsy.”

   While it hurts to say goodbye to characters and settings we have grown to know and love, we can look forward to seeing the new material Netflix has to offer for 2019.

   New TV shows currently available include “Sex Education,” “Ted Bundy Tapes,” and “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego.”

   So far, the new movies for 2019 include “Close” starring Noomi Rapace, known for her role in“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Another new film is “Ten,” starring Anthony Mackie who portrays Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

     Geralt, the protagonist of “The Witcher” series

   Some new TV shows scheduled for 2019 are the “Umbrella Academy” which is expected to air on the Feb. 15. Other new shows include “The Witcher,” “Tales of the City” and “V-Wars,” starring Ian Somerhalder.

   Die-hard fans saying goodbye to some of the Marvel series might like the “Umbrella Academy.” It’s about a group of superheroes that come together to solve the mystery of their father’s death.

   “The Witcher” is a fantasy drama based on a series of books and video games of the same name. It stars Henry Cavill from 2013’s “Man of Steel” Superman reboot.

   This show is about a heavily mutated man turned monster hunter for hire who struggles to find his place in the world.

   Fans of “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals” should anticipate the new series “V-Wars.” The ten episode season does not have an official release date, but it is scheduled for release sometime this year. The main character of the show is Dr. Luther Swann, who is played by Ian Somerhalder.

   Somerhalder is known for his role in “Lost” as Boone Carlyle and the CW’s supernatural drama “The Vampire Diaries” as the unforgettable and mischievous Damon Salvatore. After directing seasons seven and eight of “The Vampire Diaries,” the show ended in 2017.

   Now he is back on the screen as Dr. Luther Swann in the world of vampires and mayhem when a virus is released from climate change and turns those around him into murderous predators.

   With such popular actors, the new series should bring in a nice size audience, but will it be enough? 2019 just started and Netflix is already off to a good start with some of its original series and movies going viral.

   But with show cancellations, selection removals and other video services from Disney and DC emerging, will Netflix’s new material be enough to keep up with viewers’ demands?

Angel Hopson

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