Streaming News Roundup: 'Transparent,' 'Friends From College,' and More

Posted Mon Jun 19, 2017 at 05:00 AM PDT by

New seasons of Transparent and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are among the latest streaming announcements.

Netflix and Amazon have released new trailers, date announcements, and other info for several of their upcoming shows and movies, including TransparentUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bill Nye Saves the WorldRory Scovel Tries Stand-Up For The First Time, Nobody SpeakChris D'Elia: Man on Fire, Okja, and Friends From College

Check out a full rundown of the latest streaming news and trailers below:

Transparent: Season Four (Amazon Prime Video, Fall) - Written, directed and executive produced by multi-award winner Jill Soloway, 'Transparent' is a half hour novelistic series that explores family, identity, sex, and love. The series stars Jeffrey Tambor as Maura. When she reintroduces herself to her family, everyone else’s secrets finally start to come out. This includes her ex-wife Shelly (played by Judith Light), and their children—meandering Ali (played by Gaby Hoffmann), music producer Josh (played by Jay Duplass), and sexually conflicted Sarah (played by Amy Landecker). Each family member spins in a different direction as they figure out who they won’t become.

"As the quality of television rises to new heights, Transparent continues to stand out for its depth of character, compassionate storytelling and its infinite creative risk-taking," said Joe Lewis, Head of Half Hour TV at Amazon Studios. "We're grateful that customers have responded so enthusiastically to the Pfefferman family and we’re excited to bring them another chapter of their story."

Bill Nye Saves the World: Season Two (Netflix, Coming Soon) - Bill Nye – the Emmy-nominated host, educator, engineer, and curator of curiosity – returns with a new show that tackles topics from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims. But the revelations are real, Bill reminds us, as he neutralizes falsehoods and boosts the truth: "It’s not magic – it’s science!" Each episode of Bill Nye Saves the World entertainingly and enthusiastically dives into a specific topic or concept through lively panel discussions, wide-ranging special correspondent reports and Bill’s very special blend of lab procedure and genuine persona. Equipped with inquisitiveness, chemical-resistant gloves, and his beloved bow ties, Bill’s a magnetic force that’s hard to resist.

Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up For The First Time (Netflix, June 20) - Comedian Rory Scovel storms the stage in Atlanta, where he shares unfocused thoughts about things that mystify him, relationships and the "Thong Song." 

Nobody Speak (Netflix, June 23) - Journalists are trained to look for stories behind the stories. The reporters investigating the Hulk Hogan sex tape and the sale of the Las Vegas Journal-Review, however, found something unprecedented: billionaires covertly using their fortunes to silence the media. Nobody Speak explores what Peter Thiel’s financial support of the lawsuit against Gawker and Sheldon Adelson’s shadowy purchase of Nevada’s largest newspaper mean for future of journalism, the First Amendment, and the power of the ultra wealthy. 

Chris D'Elia: Man on Fire (Netflix, June 27) - Actor and comic Chris D’Elia delivers a hilarious takedown of life’s greatest pitfalls in Chris D'Elia: Man on Fire. For D’Elia, these include love and marriage, not having kids, and why it’s not okay to buy pants for a friend. Performed in front of a packed house at the historic Vogue Theater in Vancouver, Man on Fire is D’Elia’s second Netflix Original comedy special.

Okja (Netflix, June 28) - Follows Mija, a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja. Mija will be played by Seohyun An. The movie also stars Tilda Swinton (Hail, Caesar!Moonrise Kingdom), Jake Gyllenhaal (NightcrawlerEverest), Paul Dano (Love & Mercy12 Years a Slave), Devon Bostick (The 100), Lily Collins (To The Bone), Byun Heebong (The Host), Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina), Daniel Henshall (The Babadook), Yoon Je Moon (Mother), Choi Wooshik (Set Me Free) and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead). Producers include Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Lewis Taewan Kim, Dooho Choi, Woo-sik Seo and Bong Joon Ho.

Friends From College (Netflix, July 14) - Friends from College is a new Netflix Original Series from Nick Stoller (Neighbors, Neighbors: Sorority Rising, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) and Francesca Delbanco. The husband and wife team serve as executive producers and writers on the series and Stoller directs all eight episodes. The eight episode series features an all star cast including Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele, Keanu, Don’t Think Twice), Cobie Smulders (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Avengers, How I Met Your Mother), Annie Parisse (Vinyl, The Following), Nat Faxon (Married, American Dad, Ben & Kate), Fred Savage (The Grinder, The Wonder Years) and Jae Suh Park (The Mindy Project, The Big Short). The show centers on a group of friends who went to Harvard together and are now facing down their forties and experiencing a range of success, or lack thereof, both professionally and domestically. With interwoven and oftentimes complicated relationships with one another, the series is a comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past.

Finally, Netflix has also announced a fourth season renewal for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The series stars Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt, a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers, and a couple of way-past-due library books, she's ready to take on a world she didn't even think existed anymore. Wide-eyed but resilient, nothing is going to stand in her way. Additional cast members include Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane. Executive producers are Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, Jeff Richmond and David Miner. Seasons one, two, and three of the show are now streaming through Netflix.

- A current Netflix subscription starts at $10 for HD streaming and $12 for Ultra HD streaming.

- A current Amazon Prime subscription costs $99 per year or $11 per month. Likewise, Prime Instant Video is available as a standalone service for $9 per month.

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