What’s new on Hulu? Amazing on Amazon? Binge-worthy on Netflix? Crossing the Streams spans the web to find the best TV shows and specials freshly available to watch online. You’re welcome!
NIKITA: SEASON 4 (Netflix)
Before Maggie Q started hunting psychos on CBS’ Stalker, she wrapped up her kick-ass CW cult hit with a six-episode mini-season. Does her titular spy finally take down the evil Division? Does she make peace with her protégé-turned-frenemy Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca)? Does she live happily ever after with handler/bedmate Michael (Shane West)? All will be answered. Bonus: The finale, “Canceled,” was directed by Icelandic CSI: Miami vet Eagle Egilsson, who has a wicked-cool name.
JASH PRESENTS RUBBERHEAD (Vimeo)
Developed by Xbox Entertainment Studios before it was shuttered, this variety-sketch show comes from JASH, the web-comedy collective started by Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Reggie Watts and Tim & Eric. Now it’s being distributed by Vimeo for $4.99 an episode. Silverman emcees each 45-minute installment, and appears in the pilot with guest star Seth Rogen, who co-stars with her in a very NSFW cop-show parody called “Cop Cum Dicks and Flying.” Watch for Key & Peele, Natasha Leggero, Todd Glass and John C. Reilly in upcoming episodes.
Maybe they should’ve called it Sci-Fi: Ex-Doctor Who companion Karen “Amy Pond” Gillan and Star Trek: Into Darkness’ John “Hikaru Sulu” Cho joined forces for this rom-sitcom that updated Pygmalion to the social-media era. It didn’t attract enough followers to survive on ABC, but Hulu has picked up the unaired episodes and will roll out one week for the next six Tuesdays. Leftovers of its ABC companion series, Manhattan Love Story, will also seek some love from Hulu viewers beginning this week.
SERANGOON ROAD (Acorn)
The Last Emperor and Twin Peaks alum Joan Chen — who’ll be seen as an empress in Netflix’s epic drama Marco Polo starting Dec. 12 — stars in HBO Asia’s first original series, set in mid-1960s Singapore (and shot on location). She plays a widow who hires a shadowy Australian private detective (Don Hany) to find her husband’s killer. Superhero fans, take note: Chin Han (The Dark Knight, Arrow) costars.
THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX: SEASON 13 (Hulu)
Like Jersey Shore with a British accent, this reality show follows the residents of the UK’s toniest address as they make out, break up and make up. You might be surprised to hear Snooki reconcile with an ex by saying, “Come here, you silly old sausage!” — or maybe you mightn’t be — as the inaptly surnamed Lydia does with James “Arg” Argent. But the intense grooming regimen of pretty boy Joey Essex (who doesn’t know that a “hair dryer” and a “blow dryer” are the same thing) would put The Situation to Shame. If he had any.
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts wrote TV Guide Magazine‘s wildly popular “Cheers & Jeers” column for 10 years. His work has also been published in the New York Times, Vulture.com, Fast Company, New York Daily News, Digital Spy, DuJour Magazine, the Sundance Channel’s website and RogerEbert.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.