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Netflix has released a trailer for it’s upcoming original series that asks the question, “What would it be like to have seven other selves?” Called “Sense8,” the series will debut its full, first season (12 episodes) on Netflix on June 5. From the Wachowskis and Grant Hill (both of “The Matrix” trilogy) along with J. Michael Straczynski (“Changeling”), “Sense8” follows eight people from around the globe who have to face danger as their lives become strangely intertwined. Cast members include Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Jamie Clayton, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Tina Desai, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen, and Max Riemelt among others.
Speaking of Netflix, Dave Coulier confirmed via his Twitter account that he will reprise his role as Uncle Joey in Netflix’s planned “Full House” sequel series. Already confirmed for the series cast: Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweeten, Andrea Barber, and John Stamos. Bob Saget and the Olsen twins have not yet been confirmed to return. While no premiere date has been set, Netflix said the series will premiere in 2016.
Comic-Con’s VOD network, ConTV, will live-stream panels from Comic-Con Philadelphia this weekend. From Wizard World Entertainment (Comic-Con’s creators) and Cinedigm, the VOD service will offer live video of a panel featuring David Tennant and Billie Piper of “Doctor Who” (from 10:30am to 11:15am ET) and one with the star of “Arrow,” Stephen Amell (from 3:30pm to 4:15pm ET), on Saturday, May 9. You can sign up to get the first live-stream, “The Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey David Tennant And Billie Piper,” here and the second one, “Protecting Starling City with Stephen Amell,” here.
CraveTV, a Canadian subscription video service that costs $4 a month, is coming to Google’s Chromecast. The service, which offers TV series from the likes of HBO to Canadian viewers, is already available on both iOS and Android devices. It’s also available online at CraveTV.ca. More Bell Media products (which CraveTV is one of) will come to Chromecast in the future, and CraveTV will keep expanding to other digital platforms (which have yet to be announced).
Spotify is making plans to enter the online video realm. As first reported by The Wall Street Journal, the music streaming service has been talking to media companies that create video for YouTube about both buying their content and working with them to create original Spotify shows. However, the music company hasn’t excluded the idea of working with “traditional” media companies on video content and has been talking to some of them, as well. Spotify might make these plans public later in May, reported WSJ, at which time they will likely outline a service that’s available to both subscribers and non-subscribers (like, say, Hulu) and incorporates advertisements.