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Best New Bets on Netflix: October 2016

Saving Mr. Wu Andy Lau Mr. Wu Golden Network AsiaA new batch of entertainment has arrived on Netflix this October and Eclectic Pop has narrowed down the best bets for your viewing pleasure. First up the Top 5 movie additions and then a TV pick. All of the movies listed are now available to stream. Below will you will find a family comedy, a romantic comedy, a documentary, an action/adventure and a thriller. Let's get started…

Top 5 Best TV Shows Streaming on Netflix: 'Bloodline' And More

Need a new TV show to binge-watch and wondering which ones on Netflix are worth checking out the most? Eclectic Pop has narrowed down the best Netflix has to offer from their original programming to those outside that realm and came up with this selection of the Top 5...

#5: Bloodline (Netflix)
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Let's Talk About: 'Wicked City' -- The Anatomy of a Cancellation and The Rise of Anthology Series

Just based on the premise, it sounded dead on arrival but that didn't stop ABC from giving “Wicked City” the green light. It's understandable that network television is more willing than ever to take chances on programming that years ago would've never made it past a pitch meeting. They're competing against cable and streaming networks that have few content limits they’re not willing to venture past.

Even if those limits are a bit like a glass ceiling. There's only so far an audience is willing to let you push things and the creators of these edgy series know that. It's like manners at a dinner table. People can theoretically behave however they'd wish. It's the unspoken rules that keep them within certain boundaries. Likewise there is an etiquette show's feel obliged to abide by for mainstream viewers.

This brings us to "Wicked City" and the rather envelope pushing premise that featured a serial killer in a leading role, his psychopathic cohort as his love interest and a morally duplicitous cop as their foil. Right off the bat "Wicked City" didn't offer up any characters to really care about. In the television landscape's ever increasing focus on "grey" characters, "Wicked City" chose to focus on protagonists and antagonists that couldn't even pass for checkered. It's tough to recruit viewers to check out a show without a single character worth rooting for.

One explanation for why there might've been such a cache of bleak characterizations is that "Wicked City" wasn't counting on selling viewers on these characters because they weren't central to the long-term life of the series. These characters were temporary. ABC planned "Wicked City" as an anthology series, though it was never strongly promoted as one.

That lack of knowledge could’ve cost the series potential viewers who might have been intrigued to know they were investing their time in a series that would have a beginning, middle and end storyline that exclusively included these characters. After this season, the series would've switch gears a la "True Detective" or "American Horror Story" and start over with a completely new cast, setting etc.

The good news with the anthology set-up for TV fans is that they will typically get a complete story because what an anthology basically equals is a renewable mini-series. The network typically goes in giving the go-ahead for a "full season" order (which is normally around 10 episodes) and with most of those being produced before it goes on the air, it's in the network's interest to go ahead and air them, despite whatever happens with the ratings.