‘The Sopranos’ Was Still One of 2017’s Most-Binged TV Shows, Even 10 Years After It Ended

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Bada-bing! The O.G. peak TV series, “The Sopranos,” is still being discovered and re-discovered by TV viewers. Even in an age where there are plenty of new TV shows to binge on, Comcast Xfinity’s 2017 ranker of the most-viewed shows on demand revealed that new audiences are constantly diving into “The Sopranos.”

According to Xfinity, “The Sopranos” is still performing particularly well in its Northeast region, where the show was in the top 20 in 5 markets. Most notably, Philadelphia (No. 6), Boston (No. 10), and Pittsburgh (No. 12) are still catching up with Tony and crew. That’s all the more impressive considering “The Sopranos” finale ran on HBO in 2007 — ten years ago.

HBO’s “The Wire” is also benefitting from on-demand viewing, particularly in its hometown setting of Baltimore (naturally), where it came in at No. 18.

“With something like ‘The Sopranos,’ you’ve got a show off the air for over a decade, and if you go to a book analogy, these are like classic books that people have not read, so they’re still discovering them,” said Steve Meyer, vice president of video strategy and analysis, Comcast Cable. “Even when these shows have been out for a long time, they’re still attracting new audiences who haven’t seen the show.”

Game of Thrones” tops the list for that very reason, as new viewers are consistently jumping in and starting from the beginning. That’s the same with other premium cable shows including “Shameless,” “Power,” “Outlander,” and “Big Little Lies.”

“Game of Thrones” was the No. 1 on-demand show in 2017 among viewers in every region that Comcast is in (it was No. 1 in 2016 as well). “This Is Us” was No. 2 in most of those regions as well.

There were plenty of variants throughout the country however, especially in the South, where shows like OWN’s “The Have and the Have Nots” and “Greenleaf,” and ABC’s “Scandal” all made the top 20 list. Soaps still creeped on the list in a few places: “General Hospital” in Michigan, and “The Young and The Restless” in the South.

Then there’s the apparent West Coast/East Coast divide on Adult Swim’s “Rick and Morty.” It’s a top 10 show in Denver, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle, but didn’t make the lists in Philadelphia, the South and Florida.

Among other trends in 2017, Meyer noted that this was the first year that Xfinity’s X1 added access to Netflix (and later in the year, YouTube) to its service. That led to a giant leap in usage: “Last year 4 billion total hours of programming was consumed on X1 and mobile apps,” Meyer said. “This year it was 5 billion — a billion more. A huge chunk of that is due to the introduction of these streaming services.”

Top 20 On-Demand Series of 2017 (National)

1. Game of Thrones (HBO)
2. This Is Us (NBC)
3. The Simpsons (FXX, Fox)
4. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, TBS)
5. Shameless (Showtime)
6. Power (Starz)
7. Family Guy (Fox, Adult Swim, TBS)
8. Outlander (Starz)
9. Homeland (Showtime)
10. Chrisley Knows Best (USA)
11. Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
12. Designated Survivor (ABC)
13. Teen Mom 2 (MTV)
14. Empire (Fox)
15. Big Little Lies (HBO)
16. The Walking Dead (AMC)
17. The Mick (Fox)
18. The Sopranos (HBO)
19. Law & Order: SVU (NBC, USA)
20. Bob’s Burgers (Fox, Adult Swim, TBS)

Emilia Clarke, "Game of Thrones"

Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”

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PITTSBURGH REGION

1 Game of Thrones
2 This Is Us
3 Shameless
4 The Big Bang Theory
5 The Simpsons
6 Family Guy
7 Chrisley Knows Best
8 Outlander
9 Teen Mom 2
10 Designated Survivor
11 Homeland
12 The Sopranos
13 The Walking Dead
14 The Young and the Restless
15 Rick and Morty
16 NCIS
17 Law & Order: SVU
18 America’s Got Talent
19 Impractical Jokers
20 The Mick

BOSTON REGION

1 Game of Thrones
2 This Is Us
3 Shameless
4 The Simpsons
5 Homeland
6 Ray Donovan
7 Outlander
8 Family Guy
9 The Big Bang Theory
10 The Sopranos
11 Big Little Lies
12 Billions
13 Designated Survivor
14 Curb Your Enthusiasm
15 Power
16 Rick and Morty
17 Law & Order: SVU
18 Saturday Night Live
19 Girls
20 Teen Mom 2

THIS IS US -- "What Now?" Episode 117 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)

“This Is Us”

Justin Lubin/NBC

PHILADELPHIA REGION

1 Game of Thrones
2 This Is Us
3 Power
4 Shameless
5 Homeland
6 The Sopranos
7 The Big Bang Theory 8 The Simpsons
9 Family Guy
10 Outlander
11 Curb Your Enthusiasm
12 Designated Survivor
13 General Hospital
14 Billions
15 Ray Donovan
16 Big Little Lies
17 Empire
18 Chrisley Knows Best
19 Law & Order: SVU
20 The Mick

CHICAGO REGION

1 Game of Thrones
2 This Is Us
3 The Simpsons
4 Shameless
5 Power
6 Family Guy
7 The Big Bang Theory
8 Chrisley Knows Best
9 Homeland
10 The Sopranos
11 Empire
12 Rick and Morty
13 Teen Mom 2
14 Outlander
15 Chicago PD
16 Designated Survivor
17 Law & Order: SVU
18 General Hospital
19 Big Little Lies
20 The Mick

"The Wire"

“The Wire”

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BELTWAY (BALTIMORE, WASHINGTON DC)

1 Game of Thrones
2 This Is Us
3 Power
4 The Simpsons
5 Shameless
6 Empire
7 Chrisley Knows Best
8 The Big Bang Theory
9 Homeland
10 Family Guy
11 Love & Hip Hop Atlanta
12 Star
13 Outlander
14 Law & Order: SVU
15 Designated Survivor
16 The Walking Dead
17 Teen Mom 2
18 The Wire
19 The Mick
20 Rick and Morty

SOUTH REGION

1 Game of Thrones
2 This Is Us
3 Power
4 Chrisley Knows Best
5 Empire
6 Love & Hip Hop Atlanta
7 The Simpsons
8 The Big Bang Theory
9 Family Guy
10 Star
11 Outlander
12 The Haves and the Have Nots
13 Greenleaf
14 Designated Survivor
15 The Walking Dead
16 Scandal
17 The Young and the Restless
18 Teen Mom 2
19 Law & Order: SVU
20 The Voice

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Omari Hardwick in “Power”

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HOUSTON REGION

1 Game of Thrones
2 This Is Us
3 The Simpsons
4 Power
5 Chrisley Knows Best
6 Empire
7 The Big Bang Theory
8 Family Guy
9 Shameless
10 Love & Hip Hop Atlanta
11 Rick and Morty
12 Star
13 Outlander
14 Teen Mom 2
15 Homeland
16 Ballers
17 Bob’s Burgers
18 The Walking Dead
19 America’s Got Talent
20 Vikings

FLORIDA REGION

1 Game of Thrones
2 This Is Us
3 Power
4 The Big Bang Theory
5 The Simpsons
6 Designated Survivor
7 Homeland
8 Chrisley Knows Best
9 Outlander
10 Empire
11 Family Guy
12 The Walking Dead
13 Shameless
14 The Voice
15 America’s Got Talent
16 Love & Hip Hop Atlanta
17 Billions
18 Big Little Lies
19 The Good Doctor
20 Law & Order: SVU

The Mick Kaitlin Olson Jack Stanton

“The Mick”

Fox

MICHIGAN REGION

1 Game of Thrones
2 This Is Us
3 The Simpsons
4 The Big Bang Theory
5 Power
6 Family Guy
7 Shameless
8 Chrisley Knows Best
9 Outlander
10 Teen Mom 2
11 Empire
12 General Hospital
13 The Walking Dead
14 Designated Survivor
15 Rick and Morty
16 The Mick
17 America’s Got Talent
18 The Voice
19 Law & Order: SVU
20 The Good Doctor

TWIN CITIES (MINNEAPOLIS, ST. PAUL) REGION

1 Game of Thrones
2 This Is Us
3 The Simpsons
4 Shameless
5 The Big Bang Theory
6 Family Guy
7 Homeland
8 Outlander
9 Rick and Morty
10 The Mick
11 Power
12 Big Little Lies
13 Chrisley Knows Best
14 Designated Survivor
15 The Voice
16 Teen Mom 2
17 Bob’s Burgers
18 The Sopranos
19 America’s Got Talent
20 Girls

THE SIMPSONS: Homer wants a promotion at the nuclear plant and asks Marge to help him dress the part in the all-new “Trust But Clarify” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Oct. 23 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

“The Simpsons”

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DENVER REGION

1 Game of Thrones
2 The Simpsons
3 This Is Us
4 The Big Bang Theory
5 Rick and Morty
6 Shameless
7 Outlander
8 Family Guy
9 Homeland
10 Bob’s Burgers
11 Teen Mom 2
12 Chrisley Knows Best
13 The Mick
14 Big Little Lies
15 America’s Got Talent
16 The Voice
17 Vikings
18 Ghost Adventures
19 The Walking Dead
20 Designated Survivor

PORTLAND REGION

1 Game of Thrones
2 This Is Us
3 The Simpsons
4 The Big Bang Theory
5 Outlander
6 Rick and Morty
7 Shameless
8 Family Guy
9 The Mick
10 Homeland
11 Bob’s Burgers
12 Big Little Lies
13 The Voice
14 Saturday Night Live
15 Vikings
16 Teen Mom 2
17 Designated Survivor
18 America’s Got Talent
19 Girls
20 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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“Rick and Morty”

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SEATTLE REGION

1 Game of Thrones
2 This Is Us
3 The Simpsons
4 The Big Bang Theory
5 Outlander
6 Rick and Morty
7 The Mick
8 Family Guy
9 Shameless
10 The Voice
11 Homeland
12 Designated Survivor
13 America’s Got Talent
14 Vikings
15 Bob’s Burgers
16 Saturday Night Live
17 Teen Mom 2
18 Big Little Lies
19 The Walking Dead
20 Chrisley Knows Best

CALIFORNIA REGION

1 Game of Thrones
2 This Is Us
3 The Simpsons
4 The Big Bang Theory
5 Outlander
6 Homeland
7 Rick and Morty
8 Family Guy
9 Big Little Lies
10 Power
11 Shameless
12 Teen Mom 2
13 Bob’s Burgers
14 The Mick
15 Saturday Night Live
16 Silicon Valley
17 The Voice
18 Chrisley Knows Best
19 Designated Survivor
20 The Walking Dead


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Dan Talbot, Legendary Owner of the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and New Yorker Films, Has Died

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Daniel Talbot, a distributor and exhibitor of near-incalculable influence over specialized exhibition and distribution as well as the international film world, died this morning in New York. His passing was confirmed by Ewneto Admassu, the longtime manager of the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

A memorial is scheduled for Sunday, December 31 at 9:30 am at the Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 W. 76th Street in New York City.

Talbot, who was in his early 90s, had been in declining health in recent months, with his usual trips to Cannes and Toronto suspended after decades of attendance suggested he was finally slowing down. He is survived by his wife and business partner, Toby Talbot.

The last few weeks have seen Talbot’s legacy celebrated with reaction to the unexpected announcement that the six-screen Upper West Side Lincoln Plaza Cinema theater would close at the end of January, at the expiration of its lease. Millstein Properties, who have been the Talbots’ co-partners in the theater since its opening in 1981, has stated that it hopes to reopen the theater after structural work to the building, with programming in line with Talbot’s legacy.


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Pedro Almodóvar’s 10 Best Films of 2017, From the Mastery of ‘Phantom Thread’ to the Kubrickian Feel of ‘Sacred Deer’

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Recently, IndieWire reached out to a number of directors to share their lists and thoughts on the best of the year. 42 filmmakers responded, supplying a wide range of interesting insights into the best of 2017, but few were as eloquent and effusive as the great Spanish auteur and noted cinephile Pedro Almodóvar.

In writing about the films he loved this year, Almodóvar not only got at the heart of what makes each film great, he often put the directors’ work in a larger context with historical comparisons that are meant as the highest form of praise. For example, in discussing Yorgos Lanthimos’ direction of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” he wrote the “weird, unsettling, original, uneasy film” reminded him “of the best of Kubrick” and how “Nicole Kidman shines in her role of mother and wife, in the same abstract tessitura as in ‘Eyes Wide Shut.'”

Read More: 42 Directors Pick Their Favorite Movies of 2017, Including Denis Villeneuve, Guillermo del Toro, and More

He also compared “The Florida Project” to Luis Buñuel’s “The Forgotten Ones” and newcomer Bria Vinaite to rocker-turned-actress Courtney Love, writing that he hoped Vinaite will receive all that Love “deserved as an actress and very unfairly didn’t get to achieve.” But he saved his biggest complement for the film’s director.

“Possibly no other film this year breathes a reality as palpable as this one,” wrote Almodóvar. “Sean Baker is my bet for the future.”

“The Florida Project”

Early this month, Almodóvar told the Spanish film website Otros Cines Europa that Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” was the Best Film of the year, but for IndieWire he supplied his top ten films in no particular order:

Phantom Thread” (Paul Thomas Anderson)
“Call Me By Your Name” (Luca Guadagnino)
“BPM (Beats Per Minute)” (Robin Campillo)
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Martin McDonagh)
“You Were Never Really Here” (Lynne Ramsay)
“Zama” (Lucrecia Martel)
“A Ghost Story” (David Lowery)
“Colossal” (Nacho Vigalondo)
“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (Yorgos Lanthimos)
“The Florida Project” (Sean Baker)

Almodóvar’s appreciation of the films in his 800-plus word essay goes behind simple rankings or a list. It’s really worth reading what he wrote about each film. For example, here is what he had to say about Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread”:

“A real feast. Even though the author confesses his fascination for mysterious love stories, there are no clues to follow this masterpiece by P.T. Anderson. Every sequence is a surprise. This film is the portrait of a genius, of his egocentricity and his contempt for everything that isn’t related to his work, and of the wonderfully ordinary woman who manages to tame him. The three protagonists deliver masterly performances. And Jonny Greenwood proves himself as the best composer of the year. If it is true that Daniel Day Lewis says goodbye to acting with this role, he does so brilliantly. He nails this role.”

You can read Almodóvar’s full Top 10 here.


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The Best Films of 2017, According to the Indie Film Community

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Every year, IndieWire looks beyond the countless top 10 lists written by critics to widen the field. We turn to friends and colleagues in the independent film community — programmers, distributors, publicists, and others — to give them the opportunity to share their favorite films and other media from the past 12 months.

We also invited them to share their resolutions and anticipated events for 2018, should they feel so moved. Here are the results, along with plenty of titles more than worthy of further attention.

Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival

With typically brilliant compression, Jane Campion called these recent months of reversal a “fairytale time” for women in the industry. At the Cannes Film Festival, I watched all six hours of her “Top of the Lake,” Season 2. Like everything else that hit deep enough to make this year-end list, Campion’s series, and her words, turned 2017’s reeling chaos into a tight coil of metaphor. Metaphor did work this year.

1. “Get Out”
2. “Top of the Lake,” Season 2
3. “Lady Bird”
4. “The Shape of Water”
5. “mother!”
6. “Mudbound”
7. “Dunkirk”
8. “Zama”
9. “Faces Places”
10. “Sweet Country”

“Zama”

Michael Barker, Co-President, Sony Pictures Classics

“We bring our entire histories when we watch a movie — our childhood reveries, our adolescence yearnings and adult reservations.” —Manohla Dargis NYT 12/10/2017

2017. Really rough. Grappling the incomprehensible by reading “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire,” by Kurt Anderson and revisiting Luis Buñuel. Seen “Phantom of Liberty” lately? We are living in a Buñuel movie, my friends. Endured 2017 by finding salvation in movies (and plays and books).

Best movies I saw this year (Sony Pictures Classics movies exempted per usual):

1. Jean Renoir’s “The Crime of Monsieur Lange” (1935)
Sexual harassment in the workplace, income disparity, exploitation of the artist as a human being. That’s right, over 80 years ago Jean Renoir saw Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein coming. Finally available as it should be seen (thank you Film Forum and Quad), one of the great films of all time.

2. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War”
The War and Peace of documentaries. 80 eloquent characters. A humbling experience. Our lives started to unravel here.

3. “Phantom Thread”
Our best living filmmaker, Paul Thomas Anderson, rises to the occasion once again. A complicated modern romance with the sensibility of a 19th century English novel. Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps in the best written female characters of the year. The film is dedicated to Jonathan Demme (whose death cast a pallor over the entire year).

4. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“Peace and purpose,” Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). It’s taken me forty years to finally see the light. This is what big Hollywood studio movies are supposed to be: impressive set pieces, fortune cookie philosophy bordering on the profound (i. e. anger destroys as embodied by an intense amazing Adam Driver), and the best western this side of Budd Boetticher. Thank you, Rian Johnson and Kathy Kennedy.

5. “The Unknown Girl”
The Dardenne brothers are remarkable. Again. Neorealism masking a thrilling murder mystery.

6. “The Shape of Water”/”Wonderstruck”/”Downsizing”
From three of our finest auteurs, superior flights of imagination on technology and our total failure at verbal communication. These are technically incredible toy puzzles: Guillermo del Toro’s humane pop culture bear hug, Todd Haynes’ visually stunning, lyrical love poem to New York City (give Ed Lachman his Oscar already!), and Alexander Payne’s take no prisoners satire. Alexander Payne, now there’s a guy who knows his Buñuel.

7. Dee Rees’ “Mudbound”
Fresh Southern voices and Southern stories, powerfully told. I often revisit sections of this movie on Netflix and the depth of detail pours over me making the experience more moving than ever.

8. “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”
Noah Baumbach, never better. These are people I know — so real, so messed up, so funny. Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman and Candice Bergen are just tremendous.

9. “Fargo” Season 3
Solid. Every season better than the one before. Carrie Coons, wow. One of Michael Stuhlbarg’s five (!) terrific performances this year.

10. “Arthur Miller: Writer”
Alternate title: Rebecca Miller: Force of Nature.

Beth BarrettArtistic Director, Seattle International Film Festival

2017, a year that story — who tells them, and who hears them — was front and center. These are in no particular order.

“Call Me by Your Name”
“I, Tonya”
“Get Out”
“Lady Macbeth”
“Gook”
“Lady Bird”
“Jane”
“Faces Places”
“Beach Rats”
“The OA”

Resolution for 2018: keep hearing those stories…

“Wormwood”

Tom Bernard, Co-President, Sony Pictures Classics

1. “Wormwood,” Errol Morris
2. “The Vietnam War,” Ken Burns
3. “Call Me by Your Name,” Luca Guadagnino
4. “Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
5. “Icarus,” Bryan Fogel
6. “Get Out,” Jordan Peele
7. “The Florida Project,” Sean Baker
8. “The Other Side of Hope,” Aki Kaurismaki
9. “The Divine Order (Die Gottiche Ordnug),” Petra Volpe
10. “Ingrid Goes West,” Matt Spicer

Bob Berney, Head of Marketing & Distribution, Amazon Studios

I’ve excluded the films I’ve worked on this year, even though many would be in my top 10! In alphabetical:

“Call Me by Your Name”
“Carne y Arena”
“Dunkirk”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“Twin Peaks: The Return”
“Wormwood”


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One Last Look at the Best Movies of 2017 — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast (Screen Talk Episode 179)

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As the year draws to a close, there are many movies that left a mark. At IndieWire, we’ve been tracking the cinematic highlights of 2017 since it started, and that process only intensified during the last month of the year with list upon list of the best movie achievements. While awards season provides one good excuse to focus on major filmmakers, it’s often the case that some of the greatest movies of the year don’t figure into that conversation enough. So we find other ways to complete the picture. Thus: Those ubiquitous lists and critics surveys.

However, a single top 10 list is never enough to champion all the movies worth checking out, so for this week’s special year-end episode of Screen Talk, Kohn and Thompson revisit their top 10 lists to share specific movie highlights from a series of different categories, including documentaries and foreign language films. As usual, they don’t agree on everything. (For a longer discussion of both hosts’ top 10 lists, check out episode 175.)

Listen to the full episode below.

 

Screen Talk is available on iTunes.

You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, review the show on  and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. Check out the rest of IndieWire’s podcasts on iTunes right here.


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