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The Savvy Screener is a news site dedicated to TV discovery beyond traditional cable/satellite/telco channels. It is written for both cord-cutters and for those simply looking to explore additional content choices. The Savvy Screener covers new and upcoming viewing options from the entire expanding television universe, including: * Pay streaming services like Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, HBOGo and CBS All Access; * Free streaming services like Crackle, YouTube and Shout Factory; * Over-the-air multicast channels like MeTV, Movies! and Decades. It also probes the internet for hidden TV/film gems worth sampling or binging; and reports on the business trends influencing tomorrow’s content

The five-part docuseries, Ted Bundy Falling for a Killer 2020, debuts this Friday, January 31, on Amazon Prime. https://...
01/28/2020
New docuseries about Ted Bundy debuts January 31 on Amazon Prime

The five-part docuseries, Ted Bundy Falling for a Killer 2020, debuts this Friday, January 31, on Amazon Prime.
https://thesavvyscreener.com/2020/01/28/amazon’s-ted-bundy-series

The five-part docuseries,'Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer,' debuts this Friday, January 31, on Amazon Prime. Netflix offers its own docuseries, 'Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes,' and the Zac Efron drama, 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile'

Starting this Saturday, February 1, at 12 pm ET, over-the-air channel Decades TV Network will run a 43-episode marathon ...
01/28/2020
'Here Come the Brides' marathon on Decades starts February 1

Starting this Saturday, February 1, at 12 pm ET, over-the-air channel Decades TV Network will run a 43-episode marathon of Here Come the Brides.

Starting this Saturday, February 1, at 12 pm ET, over-the-air channel Decades will run a 43-episode marathon of 'Here Come the Brides,' starting with the pilot episode

#RIPKobe The Savvy Screener presents #DearBasketball, the 2018 Oscar winner for Best Animated Short. #KobeBryant wrote, ...
01/27/2020
Watch 'Dear Basketball,' Kobe Bryant's Oscar-winning film

#RIPKobe The Savvy Screener presents #DearBasketball, the 2018 Oscar winner for Best Animated Short. #KobeBryant wrote, narrated and executive-produced the film.

In commemoration of Kobe Bryant, The Savvy Screener presents 'Dear Basketball,' the 2018 Oscar winner for Best Animated Short. Bryant wrote, narrated and executive-produced the film

Two films boasting Oscar nominees – Ford v Ferrari and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – will start streaming prior ...
01/27/2020
Stream 'Ford v Ferrari,' 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood'

Two films boasting Oscar nominees – Ford v Ferrari and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – will start streaming prior to the Academy Awards ceremony (ABC, February 9). #Oscars2020 #stream

Two films with Oscar nominees – 'Ford v Ferrari' and 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' – will be available to buy digitally before the February 9 Academy Awards ceremony on ABC

Ragnarok, a six-episode coming-of-age take on the Norse legend, debuts January 31 on Netflix. It's set in modern-day Nor...
01/27/2020
Netflix's Ragnarok, a six-part series, debuts January 31

Ragnarok, a six-episode coming-of-age take on the Norse legend, debuts January 31 on Netflix. It's set in modern-day Norway, in Norwegian with English subtitles. #streaming #mythology

'Ragnarok,' a six-episode coming-of-age take on the Norse legend, debuts January 31 on Netflix. It's set in modern-day Norway, in Norwegian with English subtitles

Both #JustinBieber and #TaylorSwift have documentaries debuting the week of January 27 -- Bieber a series on #YouTube, S...
01/24/2020
Justin Bieber vs. Taylor Swift in the streaming wars

Both #JustinBieber and #TaylorSwift have documentaries debuting the week of January 27 -- Bieber a series on #YouTube, Swift a feature film on #Netflix

Both Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift have documentaries debuting the week of January 27 -- Bieber a series on YouTube, Swift a feature film on Netflix

Lisa Sturz' personal multimedia show about the life of Cantor Izso Glickstein, 'My Grandfather's Prayers,' debuts Januar...
01/24/2020
'My Grandfather's Prayers' debuts January 25 on JLTV

Lisa Sturz' personal multimedia show about the life of Cantor Izso Glickstein, 'My Grandfather's Prayers,' debuts January 25 on JLTV. From Red Herring Puppets

Lisa Sturz' personal multimedia show about the life of Cantor Izso Glickstein, 'My Grandfather's Prayers,' debuts January 25 on Jewish Life Television

Rise of Empires: Ottoman, a six-hour docudrama series, debuts today, January 24, on #Netflix.
01/24/2020
The docudrama, 'Rise of Empires: Ottoman,' debuts on Netflix

Rise of Empires: Ottoman, a six-hour docudrama series, debuts today, January 24, on #Netflix.

The six-hour docudrama series, 'Rise of Empires: Ottoman,' recounting the meteoric rise of Mehmed the Conquer in 15th century Turkey, debuts Friday, January 24, on Netflix

Acorn TV will debut episodes of two popular series – Murdoch Mysteries and The Brokenwood Mysteries – as well as other c...
01/24/2020
Acorn TV debuts of episodes of 'Murdoch' and other mysteries

Acorn TV will debut episodes of two popular series – Murdoch Mysteries and The Brokenwood Mysteries – as well as other crime fare this Monday, January 27.
https://thesavvyscreener.com/2020/01/24/more-mysteries-on-acorn-tv

Acorn TV will debut episodes of two popular series , 'Murdoch Mysteries' and 'The Brokenwood Mysteries,' plus other crime fare including 'The Silence' and 'The Great Train Robbery,' this Monday, January 27

The World's First Mafia Musical: 'Love and Bullets' debuts Tuesday, Jan. 28, on MHz Choice.
01/23/2020
MHz's mafia musical, 'Love and Bullets,' debuts Jan. 28

The World's First Mafia Musical: 'Love and Bullets' debuts Tuesday, Jan. 28, on MHz Choice.

Italy's 'Love and Bullets,' described by MHz Choice as the world's first mafia musical, debuts Tuesday, January 28, on the subscription streamer

Netflix goes monster-hunting with 'October Faction,' a 10-episode family-focused series based on graphic novels by Steve...
01/23/2020
Horror series 'October Faction' has debuted on Netflix

Netflix goes monster-hunting with 'October Faction,' a 10-episode family-focused series based on graphic novels by Steve Niles and Damien Worm.

Netflix goes monster-hunting with 'October Faction,' a 10-episode family-focused series based on graphic novels by Steve Niles and Damien Worm

ALL ARTS, which is available online nationwide and over-the-air in the New York tri-state area, will debut a concert rea...
01/23/2020
All Arts will debut The Soap Myth on Sunday, January 26

ALL ARTS, which is available online nationwide and over-the-air in the New York tri-state area, will debut a concert reading of Jeff Cohen’s Holocaust-themed play The Soap Myth on Sunday, January 26 at 8 pm ET.
https://thesavvyscreener.com/2020/01/23/all-arts-holocaust-drama

All Arts, which is available online nationwide and over-the-air in the New York tri-state area, will debut a concert reading of Jeff Cohen’s Holocaust-themed play 'The Soap Myth' on Sunday, January 26

The Story Trek is now Trending, Wednesday nights on BYUtv. Spin-off series 'Story Trek: Trending' debuts Jan. 22, with a...
01/22/2020
Story Trek is now Trending, Wednesday nights on BYUtv

The Story Trek is now Trending, Wednesday nights on BYUtv. Spin-off series 'Story Trek: Trending' debuts Jan. 22, with an episode on 3D printing -- and Todd Hansen getting a co-host, Bela Erekson.

BYUtv spin-off series 'Story Trek: Trending' debuts tonight, Jan. 22, with an episode on 3D printing -- and 'The Story Trek's Todd Hansen getting a co-host, Bela Erekson

Five specialty streaming services from Digital Media Rights -- AsianCrush, Cocoro, KMTV, Midnight Pulp and YUYU TV -- ha...
01/22/2020
Digital Media Rights launches 5 linear channels on Samsung TV Plus

Five specialty streaming services from Digital Media Rights -- AsianCrush, Cocoro, KMTV, Midnight Pulp and YUYU TV -- have launched free 24/7 linear channels on Samsung TV Plus .

Five specialty streaming services from Digital Media Rights -- AsianCrush, Cocoro, KMTV, Midnight Pulp and Yuyu -- have launched free 24/7 linear channels on Samsung TV Plus

Shrill, about an overweight young woman who wants to change her life but not her body, debuts a second eight-episode sea...
01/22/2020
Shrill returns for a second season on Hulu Friday, January 24

Shrill, about an overweight young woman who wants to change her life but not her body, debuts a second eight-episode season this Friday, January 24, on #Hulu. #Shrill #AidyBryant

'Shrill,' about an overweight young woman (SNL's Aidy Bryant) who wants to change her life but not her body, debuts a second eight-episode season this Friday, January 24, on Hulu

The Ranch, Netflix’s raucous, sitcom about a dysfunctional family, will release its final 10 episodes this Friday, Janua...
01/21/2020
Netflix's The Ranch Debuts final episodes Friday, January 24

The Ranch, Netflix’s raucous, sitcom about a dysfunctional family, will release its final 10 episodes this Friday, January 24, on #Netflix. Starring Ashton Kutcher.

The Ranch, Netflix’s raucous, laugh-track-ladened sitcom about a dysfunctional family starring Sam Elliott, Ashton Kutcher and Debra Winger, will release its final 10 episodes this Friday, January 24

ABC's Live Well Network will become Localish on Feb. 17, while CBS' Dabl Network will add 'Kitchen Nightmares USA' and '...
01/21/2020
Lifestyle Changes at ABC's Live Well and CBS' DABL

ABC's Live Well Network will become Localish on Feb. 17, while CBS' Dabl Network will add 'Kitchen Nightmares USA' and 'The F Word' from chef #GordonRamsay.

ABC's Live Well will become Localish on Feb. 17, while CBS' DABL will add 'Kitchen Nightmares USA' and 'The F Word' from chef Gordon Ramsay

COURT TV's OJ25, a 37-week series on the 1995 OJ Simpson trial, debuts Thursday; Justice Rules will air Mondays and Tues...
01/21/2020
Court TV and Law & Crime Add 'OJ25' and 'Justice Rules'

COURT TV's OJ25, a 37-week series on the 1995 OJ Simpson trial, debuts Thursday; Justice Rules will air Mondays and Tuesdays on competing channel Law & Crime.

Court TV's 'OJ25,' a 37-week series on the 1995 OJ Simpson trial, debuts Thursday; 'Justice Rules' will air Mondays and Tuesdays on competing channel Law & Crime

AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, a documentary series exploring the African Diaspora, returns for a 12th season ...
01/20/2020
AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange on the World Channel

AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, a documentary series exploring the African Diaspora, returns for a 12th season today, January 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, at 8 pm ET/10 pm PT on WORLD Channel. #MLKDay2020 #MLKDay

'AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange,' a documentary series exploring the African Diaspora, returns for a 12th season today, January 20, at 8 pm ET/10 pm PT on the World Channel

Arthouse streamer OVID in collaboration with PRAGDA, a purveyor of Spanish language films, will add several titles to it...
01/17/2020
Ovid TV, in deal with Pragda, will add several films in Spanish

Arthouse streamer OVID in collaboration with PRAGDA, a purveyor of Spanish language films, will add several titles to its library next week, including La Soledad, La Yuma and Cows Wearing Sunglasses.

Arthouse streamer Ovid.tv, in collaboration with Pragda, a purveyor of Latin American, Spanish and Latinx films, will add several titles to its library next week.

Bounce TV will debut The Nomads, a movie about two teachers forming a men’s rugby team at an inner-city school, on Monda...
01/16/2020
The Nomads, a film about an inner city rugby team, debuts on Bounce

Bounce TV will debut The Nomads, a movie about two teachers forming a men’s rugby team at an inner-city school, on Monday, January 20, at 9 pm ET/PT. #Rugby #movies #drama

Bounce will debut 'The Nomads,' a movie about two teachers forming a men’s rugby team at an inner-city school, on Monday, January 20, at 9 pm ET/PT

Brazil's Larissa Manoela stars as a digital influencer forced to go gadget-free in #Netflix's #AirplaneMode, debuting Th...
01/16/2020
Switch to 'Airplane Mode' next Thursday, January 23

Brazil's Larissa Manoela stars as a digital influencer forced to go gadget-free in #Netflix's #AirplaneMode, debuting Thursday, January 23. Don't confuse it with #LoganPaul movie of the same title. #LarissaManoela

Brazil's Larissa Manoela stars as a digital influencer forced to go gadget-free in Netflix's 'Airplane Mode,' debuting Thursday, January 23

Dead Lucky, an Australian crime drama series that made its US streaming debut on Sundance Now in 2018, comes to sister s...
01/16/2020
Australian drama Dead Lucky moves to Acorn TV Monday, January 20

Dead Lucky, an Australian crime drama series that made its US streaming debut on Sundance Now in 2018, comes to sister subscription streamer Acorn TV this Monday, January 20. #Australian #TVseries

The Australian crime-drama series Dead Lucky, which made its US streaming debut on Sundance Now in 2018, moves to Acorn TV this Monday, January 20. The show stars Rachel Griffiths

Netflix comedy favorites Grace and Frankie and #SexEducation are debuting new seasons this week -- the sixth for Grace a...
01/15/2020
'Grace and Frankie' and 'Sex Education' debut new seasons this week

Netflix comedy favorites Grace and Frankie and #SexEducation are debuting new seasons this week -- the sixth for Grace and Frankie and the second for Sex Education, starring #AsaButterfield. @streaming #Netflix

Netflix comedy favorites 'Grace and Frankie' and 'Sex Education' are debuting new seasons this week -- the sixth for 'Grace and Frankie' and the second for 'Sex Education'

MHz Worldview, the free over-the-air channel showing ad-free international mysteries and news programming, will shut dow...
01/15/2020
Over-the-air channel MHz Worldview to shut down on March 1

MHz Worldview, the free over-the-air channel showing ad-free international mysteries and news programming, will shut down on March 1, 2020. #OTA #MHz

MHz Worldview, the free over-the-air channel showing ad-free international mysteries and news programming, will shut down on March 1, 2020

The Dead Lands, a supernatural action thriller set in a mythic Maori past, will debut two episodes next Thursday, Januar...
01/15/2020
Supernatural series The Dead Lands debuts on Shudder January 23

The Dead Lands, a supernatural action thriller set in a mythic Maori past, will debut two episodes next Thursday, January 23, on Shudder. TVNZ OnDemand

'The Dead Lands,' a supernatural action thriller set in a mythic Maori past, will debut two episodes Thursday, January 23, on Shudder. The streamer will release subsequent episodes on a weekly basis

With new cartoons of  Lassie, Mr. Magoo and George of the Jungle coming to CBS All Access on Jan. 17, we direct you to e...
01/14/2020
Watch Lassie, Mr, Magoo & George of the Jungle on CBS All Access

With new cartoons of Lassie, Mr. Magoo and George of the Jungle coming to CBS All Access on Jan. 17, we direct you to episodes of the original versions of each series. #animation #cartoons #classicTV

With new cartoons of 'Lassie,' 'Mr. Magoo' and 'George of the Jungle' coming to CBS All Access on Jan. 17, we direct you to episodes of the original versions of each series

Little America, which has already been renewed for a second season ahead of its series premiere, debuts eight half-hour ...
01/14/2020
'Little America' debuts Friday, January 17 on Apple TV+

Little America, which has already been renewed for a second season ahead of its series premiere, debuts eight half-hour episodes this Friday, January 17, on Apple TV Plus. #tvseries #Immigration

'Little America,' which has already been renewed for a second season ahead of its series premiere, debuts eight half-hour episodes this Friday, January 17 on Apple TV+

Goonies and Lord of the Rings actor Sean Astin executive produces and narrates What You Don’t Know, a 10-episode animate...
01/14/2020
What You Don't Know web series explores the history of gaming

Goonies and Lord of the Rings actor Sean Astin executive produces and narrates What You Don’t Know, a 10-episode animated web series exploring the history of gaming. Created by #JeremySnead. Mediajuice Studios

Goonies and Lord of the Rings actor Sean Astin executive produces and narrates What You Don’t Know, a 10-episode animated web series exploring the history of gaming

#Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, an animated kids series, debuts January 14 on Netflix. Karen Fukuhara voices the youn...
01/13/2020
'Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts' debuts January 14 on Netflix

#Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, an animated kids series, debuts January 14 on Netflix. Karen Fukuhara voices the young titled character, with the cast also including Sterling K. Brown, John Hodgman, #JoanJett and therealgza.

'Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts,' an animated kids series, debuts January 14 on Netflix. Karen Fukuhara voices the young titled character

Watcher, a new YouTube channel, debuts the first episodes of two non-scripted series, 'Puppet History' and 'Watcher Week...
01/13/2020
New YouTube channel Watcher debuts 2 series, with 6 more on the way

Watcher, a new YouTube channel, debuts the first episodes of two non-scripted series, 'Puppet History' and 'Watcher Weekly.' Six more series are on the way, from former Buzzfeeders Steven Lim, Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej.

Watcher, a new YouTube channel, debuts the first episodes of two non-scripted series, 'Puppet History' and 'Watcher Weekly.' Six more series are on the way

On January 17, #AmazonPrime will debut Russell Peters: Deported, a one-hour stand-up special; and Troop Zero, a family c...
01/13/2020
Amazon Prime debuts 'Russell Peters: Deported' and 'Troop Zero'

On January 17, #AmazonPrime will debut Russell Peters: Deported, a one-hour stand-up special; and Troop Zero, a family comedy-drama movie about an unusual American girl with interstellar dreams. The REAL Russell Peters

Amazon Prime will debut two comedic offerings this Friday, January 17. The first, 'Russell Peters: Deported,' is a one-hour stand-up special. The second, 'Troop Zero,' is a family comedy-drama about a young girl with extraterrestrial dreams

Netflix Goes Phishing: fictionalized phishers take the spotlight in 'Jamtara - Sabka Number Ayega,' a 10-episode Indian ...
01/10/2020
Netflix goes phishing with 10-episode crime drama from India

Netflix Goes Phishing: fictionalized phishers take the spotlight in 'Jamtara - Sabka Number Ayega,' a 10-episode Indian crime drama debuting today on Netflix. #phishing #phis #streaming #Netflix

Fictionalized phishers take the spotlight in 'Jamtara - Sabka Number Ayega,' a 10-episode crime drama from India debuting today on Netflix

The Savvy Screener commemorates Edd “Kookie” Byrnes of 77 Sunset Strip, who died Wednesday at 86. #RIPKookie #RIPEddByrn...
01/10/2020
RIP Edd 'Kookie' Byrnes of '77 Sunset Strip'

The Savvy Screener commemorates Edd “Kookie” Byrnes of 77 Sunset Strip, who died Wednesday at 86. #RIPKookie #RIPEddByrnes

To commemorate Edd 'Kookie' Byrnes, who died Wednesday at 86, The Savvy Screener reruns our 77 Sunset Strip story (slightly revised) from this past August

Amazon Prime add-on channel MASTERPIECE | PBS will debut four shows this January, starting with a recent adaptation of E...
01/10/2020
PBS Masterpiece streamer will add four series in January

Amazon Prime add-on channel MASTERPIECE | PBS will debut four shows this January, starting with a recent adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel Howards End. #PBS #BBC #WalterPresents

Amazon Prime add-on channel PBS Masterpiece will debut four shows this January, including a recent adaptation of' 'Howards End,' 'Vienna Blood,' and two from Walter Presents -- 'Home Ground' and 'The Blood Pact'

Flowing Merrily Down the Free Stream
01/10/2020
Flowing Merrily Down The Free Stream

Flowing Merrily Down the Free Stream

Here's another way to deal with the streaming boom's dilemma of too many content choices, intensified by new services like Disney+ Apple TV+: Go for the free stuff.

The 10-episode family comedy, Diary of a Future President, starts campaigning for viewers Friday, January 17, on Disney+...
01/09/2020
Diary of a Future President debuts on Disney+ January 17

The 10-episode family comedy, Diary of a Future President, starts campaigning for viewers Friday, January 17, on Disney+.

'Diary of a Future President,' a 10-episode family comedy, starts campaigning for viewers on Disney+ next Friday, January 17.

CW Seed has added five British series in the supernatural and fantasy realm, including Millie Bobby Brown in 'Intruders....
01/09/2020
CW Seed adds Intruders, with Millie Bobby Brown, and other Brit series

CW Seed has added five British series in the supernatural and fantasy realm, including Millie Bobby Brown in 'Intruders.' Also: 'Atlantis,' 'The Secret of Crickley Hall,' 'Bedlam' and 'Sinbad.' #milliebobbybrown

CW Seed has added five British series in the supernatural and fantasy realm, including Millie Bobby Brown in 'Intruders.' Also: 'Atlantis,' 'The Secret of Crickley Hall,' 'Bedlam' and 'Sinbad'

The tragic story of New England Patriots tight-end Aaron Hernandez is the subject of a three-part documentary series deb...
01/09/2020
Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez debuts January 15

The tragic story of New England Patriots tight-end Aaron Hernandez is the subject of a three-part documentary series debuting Wednesday, January 15 on #Netflix. #NFL #Football #CTE

The tragic story of New England Patriots tight-end Aaron Hernandez is the subject of a three-part documentary series debuting this Wednesday, January 15 on Netflix

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