What’s new on Netflix? Hot on Hulu? Amazing on Amazon? Crossing the Streams scours the streaming services to find the best shows and specials freshly available for online viewing. You’re welcome!
THE DO-OVER (Netflix)
Old SNL pals and Grown-Ups co-stars Adam Sandler and David Spade reteam for Sandler’s second film with Netflix in his four-movie deal, after last year’s The Ridiculous Six. They play ex-high school classmates who fake their own deaths and assume new identities, only to be pursued by hired killers. The supporting cast includes everyone from JAG veteran Catherine Bell and Robin Thicke’s ex Paula Patton to The Shield’s Michael Chiklis and The Lord of the Rings’ Sean Astin. What, no role for Rob Schneider?
TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (Acorn TV)
If you can’t wait for Benedict Cumberbatch’s debut as Doctor Strange, check him out in this three-part British miniseries from 2005 based on a trilogy of novels by William Golding (The Lord of the Flies). He stars as an upper-class Brit who sets sail for Australia on a journey of self-discovery. Jurassic Park’s Sam Neill and Mad Men’s Jared Harris co-star. But we know all you Cumberbitches will just be watching to see your beloved in his pre-Sherlock days.
BLOODLINE: SEASON 2 (Netflix)
The murky Florida family thriller from the makers of Damages returns for 10 more episodes, and this time stars Kyle Chandler, Sissy Spacek, and Linda Cardellini are joined by the likes of John Leguizamo and Birdman’s Andrea Riseborough as shadowy figures with connections to Emmy nomineee Ben Mendehlson’s Danny Rayburn, who was—SPOILER ALERT!—murdered by his older brother (Chandler) at the end of Season 1. The question remains: Is blood thicker than water in the swampy Florida keys?
DOCTOR THORNE (Amazon)
From Julian Fellowes, the mastermind behind Downton Abbey (and, before that, Gosford Park), comes this three-part drama adapted from Anthony Trollope’s novel about a British physician (The Night Manager’s Tom Hollander) who takes in his impoverished niece (Stefanie Martini) during the Victorian era. The ensemble includes Ian McShane, Community’s Alison Brie and Tom Bell from the Project Greenlight HBO movie The Lesiure Class. It’s not Downton Abbey, but it’ll do for Anglophiles.
MAKING MOVES (Fullscreen)
The new streaming service presents this high-energy drama set in the L.A. dance scene. Choreographed by Christopher Scott (Step Up 3-D), the nine-part show will roll out two new episodes every Wednesday. YouTube sensation Andrea Russett and Flesh and Bone’s Raychel Diane Weiner are among those busting moves. So step up and shell out your $4.99 monthly service fee for Fullscreen and dance with the stars.
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Emmy Magazine, Fast Company, and Vulture. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.