The Parents Television & Media Council calls on the streamer to pull the racy U.K. reality show Naked Attraction import from its lineup. Pictured: Anna Richardson, Naked Attraction host.
One of the U.K.’s most infamous dating shows was quietly added to the Max streaming service last week. The streamer has imported six seasons of Naked Attraction, a game show that promises to “start where a good date often ends — naked.” In each episode, a single “chooser” critiques and eliminates six potential dates standing on a stage by scrutinizing their fully nude bodies, which are gradually revealed one part at a time (faces are revealed last). When only two potential dates remain, the chooser strips out of their own clothes too, giving the remaining two contestants the opportunity to critique them. The final couple then go out on a date, with their clothes on.
Making good on years of promises by the corporate overseers of Turner Sports, Warner Bros. Discovery is adding a live sports tier to Max. The streaming add-on, which will carry the Bleacher Report brand now that the Turner name has faded away, will launch Oct. 5 at $10 a month. No charge will be assessed to existing Max subscribers until next Feb. 29. Unlike the long-defunct streaming service B/R Live, which was a stand-alone, the new offering will only be available as part of a Max subscription.
The chart will debut in the U.S. over the next week, with other countries expected to add market-specific rankings down the line. Titles must be new in order to qualify for the ranking. Series must have had a new episode hit Max within a six-week period, while movies must have debuted on the streamer within an eight-week period. The Flash is currently the number-one movie title in the U.S., while Hard Knocks: A Season with the New York Jets tops the series list.
Live-streamed news content “will make Max more valuable,” one analyst told The Wrap, but it could come at the expense of the linear network.
Warner Bros. Discovery’s Max streaming service will be adding a number of series from AMC Networks for two months starting Sept. 1. The shows will pop up on as AMC Plus PIcks on Max and will be available to subscribers to both the ad-free and ad-light tiers of Mxs in the United States.
Warner Bros. Discovery is planning to launch new original programs from CNN that will stream on its Max streaming service, according to three people familiar with the matter. Jim Sciutto, Bianna Golodryga, Rahel Solomon and Christiane Amanpour are among the CNN journalists who have been tapped to take part in the effort, according to two of these people.
Max has picked up a third season of And Just Like That, the Sex and the City sequel following Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) as they navigate family, love and friendship 15-plus years after the original series concluded. The renewal comes just ahead of the show’s second-season finale, which is set for Aug. 24 and will feature a buzzed-about cameo from the fourth member of the core SATC cast, Kim Cattrall.
The buzz about bundling has been steadily growing in TV industry circles since May, when Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav took a break from his usual mustache-twirling to lay out a case for why companies with streaming platforms needed to get on the ball and figure out a way to package their respective services together in one consumer-friendly package — a.k.a. a bundle.
Barbie will be available to stream on the platform later this year, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said Thursday. “Barbie is really important for us,” Zaslav said on the company’s 2Q earnings call. “When it goes on Max, it will have a good impact in the fall.”
Max subscribers can now find popular OWN series like Love & Marriage, Ready to Love, Put A Ring On It and Belle Collective along with library content on a new OWN hub.
After spending months keeping CNN from expanding into streaming, parent company Warner Bros. Discovery appears to have changed its mind. Warner Bros. Discovery is exploring ways to get more CNN programing on to its Max streaming service, according to a person familiar with the matter, looking at the news outlet’s broader portfolio to see what content might work. Executives will have to navigate agreements with CNN’s traditional distributors that often require cable and satellite companies get first access to CNN’s live broadcasts.
Succession went out at the top of its game. The HBO series wrapped its final season on Sunday, revealing once and for all who would prevail as the new CEO of Waystar Royco. The finale drew 2.9 million viewers across Max and linear telecasts Sunday night, marking a new series high. Prior to the finale, the Sunday night high for Succession was Episode 6, which aired on April 30, with 2.75 million viewers. The Season 4 finale was up 68% versus the Season 3 closer.
Early Wednesday, some started noticing a change to the credits on films appearing on the just-renamed Max streamer from Warner Bros. Discovery. Instead of individually listing writers, directors and producers, the new Max format had lumped them all together. By Wednesday afternoon, the presidents of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America West had issued a strongly worded joint statement condemning the “creator” credit.
Twelve years after Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre’s dramatic falling out on Two and a Half Men, the pair are back in business together, reuniting on Lorre’s first Max comedy series How To Be a Bookie. In casting news sure to make headlines and turn How To Be a Bookie instantly into one of the most anticipated new series of the year, Sheen is set for a recurring role in the single-camera comedy headlined by Sebastian Maniscalco, which hails from Two and a Half Men studio Warner Bros. Television where Lorre is based.
It’s official: Warner Bros. Discovery announced Wednesday that its newly merged streaming service, combining assets from HBO Max and Discovery+, will be called Max.
Warner Bros. Discovery unveiled three tiers for its new Max service today. The pricing keeps Max in line with HBO Max, and at the top end of the entertainment streaming spectrum. A price hike several months ago by HBO Max made it the most expensive service among major streamers, and the new set of plans will keep it just ahead of Netflix’s most popular U.S. plan, which now costs $15.49 a month. The top-end plan also gives Max 4K functionality and up to four concurrent log-ins, both increasingly popular options for discerning streaming consumers.
Warner Bros. Discovery executives are close to formalizing a new name and platform for its soon-to-be-launched streaming service that will combine the preexisting HBO Max and Discovery+ services. The merged platform’s expected name, “Max,” is being vetted by the company’s lawyers, according to people familiar with the matter.