‘Paranormal’: Netflix’s first Egyptian series whips up social media storm

Netflix’s first Egyptian series was trending on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram in Egypt as it marked the “anniversary” of the death of its main character, ahead of its release. “Paranormal,” a horror series which will be available in the fall of 2020, is based on a hu

The one in which the ‘Friends’ reunion is postponed again

The highly-anticipated “Friends” reunion has been delayed again due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.   All six of the show’s stars, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer were set to earn $2.5 million each for the un

Reimagining ‘The Secret Garden’ for a New Generation

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s classic “The Secret Garden” has been adapted into several films, television series and even a Broadway musical. But it had been 27 years since Mary Lennox had last been committed to film and the time seemed ripe for another visit to Miss

Syrian actress Amal Arafa shares details of Covid-19 diagnosis

Amal Arafa, 48, is the latest Arab star to announce that she has tested positive for Covid-19.The Syrian actress revealed the news in a lengthy Facebook post on her personal page on Monday, in which she detailed how, despite her best efforts, she still managed to catch the virus.Arafa said she sou

Making TV shows during coronavirus is taking more time -- and money

TV shows can get back up and running during the age of Covid-19. But as Hollywood seeks to adopt new health and safety protocols, production is going to take more time -- and money.That was the main takeaway from a Hollywood Radio and Television Society panel Wednesday night, discussing the logist

TV Viewing Surges during Britain's Lockdown, Led by Streaming Services

Britons spent 40% of their waking day watching TV and online video at the height of the COVID-19 lockdown in April, including spending twice as long watching streaming services like Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video, regulator Ofcom said. Adults, who were advised by the government in late M

Arab-American series ‘Ya Bint’ in the works by Disney-owned cable network

Disney-owned US cable network Freeform is launching a new show with an Arab twist that follows three best friends and their new life in Los Angeles. The show, titled “Ya Bint” which loosely translates to “Hey girl,” centers on Arab-American women Maya, Jumana, and Lara who h

Ellen DeGeneres reportedly wants to shut down TV show

Ellen DeGeneres is allegedly ready to call it quits on her TV show according to reports from the Daily Mail.    The host, 62, has told executives at TelePictures and Warner Bros that she’s had enough amid the mounting toxic workplace allegations surrounding her talk show.  &l

Ramy Youssef nominated for 2020 Emmy Awards

Egyptian-American actor Ramy Youssef has been nominated for the 72nd Emmy Awards for his role in the Hulu TV series “Ramy,” the academy announced on Tuesday.The comedian, who is the co-creator of the show, will compete in the Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Directing in a Comedy S

Popular Saudi TV doctor admitted to hospital with COVID-19

Saudi Dr. Nezar Bahabri, best known for his consultations and advice on TV and social media channels, has been admitted to hospital after contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The internal medicine consultant, who specializes in infectious diseases, was on Monday being treated at a hosp

Cursed is a blessing for Katherine Langford

Nathalie Tomada   Netflix’s Cursed is, by accounts, a blessing for Australian actress Katherine Langford. It’s not just because the 24-year-old is cast in the lead of a “much-anticipated” series but also because it’s a show that celebrates a strong, female charac

Netflix licenses popular Saudi Arabian drama series ‘Takki’

Ismaeel Naar Netflix has announced it has licensed the popular Saudi Arabian homegrown series, Takki, which follows the story of a young film director following his dream of what was once a ban of cinemas in the Kingdom. The show is produced by UTURN which is part of the Webedia Arabia Group, a me

150 word review: Netflix's Space Force

In space, no-one can hear you scream, or groan, or sigh, which is a blessing for Netflix's criminally short-on-laughs new sitcom, Space Force. While SpaceX and NASA have astounded those on Earth with their recent exploits, co-creator of America's The Office and Parks and Recreation, Greg Daniels, an

Hasan Minhaj On Police Brutality, COVID-19 And The 6th Season Of 'Patriot Act'

Hasan Minhaj tackles police brutality, the student debt crisis, U.S. elections, the demise of local journalism and so much more on the sixth season of his show, Patriot Act, on Netflix. One of Minhaj's episodes featured an interview with Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison, the person in charg

Simpsons ends use of white actors to voice people of colour

US animated comedy series The Simpsons will no longer use white actors for the voices of characters from other ethnic backgrounds, the show's producers say. The show, broadcast on Fox Network, has faced years of criticism over white actor Hank Azaria's voiceover of Indian-American character Apu. M

Jon Stewart says he doesn't remember Republicans being mad about erasing history

Jon Stewart appeared on an episode of "The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah" on Thursday, and lampooned the hypocrisy of Republican claims that tearing Confederate statues down would "erase history." The recent police killing of George Floyd, and deaths of other Black Americans, have s

Inside the return of ‘Ramy’

Ramy Youssef didn’t create his series “Ramy” to tell your story, he did it to tell his own. It’s about an Egyptian-American living in New Jersey who is determined to become a better Muslim, trying to grow into an adult and often stumbling along the way. It’s honest, fun

Netflix, please don’t cancel these 5 excellent shows

Ahead of Netflix’s next quarterly earnings announcement, it’s looking like the streaming giant is cruising toward another blockbuster quarter. Thanks in part to coronavirus quarantines and lockdowns, as well as a period that saw Netflix release tons of buzzy series, Netflix thinks it&rs

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