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‘Tis the season to Netflix binge

Illustration by Alejandro Contreras

November’s Netflix lineup is just in time for turkey-coma-induced binge watching over Thanksgiving break, with Christmas tight on the heels of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For those who planned on re-watching “The Office” or “Game of Thrones” for the twenty-seventh time, the release of these shows will hopefully enhance the late nights bundled underneath a fuzzy blanket.    

What’s coming? For House of Cards fans, the final season became available on Nov. 2;  hate to break it to Kevin Spacey fans, but he won’t be returning for the final season. 

On Nov. 9, Netflix also released a new documentary series called “Medal of Honor.” The true stories tell of bravery, love and war through the eyes of soldiers who received the highest military recognition, the Medal of Honor. 

What else? November brings another western piece by the Coen Brothers called “Ballad of Buster Scruggs” as well as an Italian drama based on a true story about sex trafficking called “Baby.” DreamWorks will produce a reboot of an 80’s classic cartoon called “She-Ra” and the “Princesses of Power.” Added into the mix, there will be a new series called “The Kominsky Method” about an aged actor living out his final stage of life in Los Angeles.

What about next month? Coming in December is a 70’s-esque film set in Mexico City called “ROMA” written and directed by Academy Award Winner Alfonso Cuarón, releasing Dec. 14. Ellen DeGeneres has also struck a deal with Netflix to release her first stand-up special in 15 years called “Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable” which will be released Dec. 18. Also, stay tuned for a new horror movie called “Bird Box with Sandra Bullock,” coming out Dec. 21. 

What’s gone: “Jurassic Park,” “Jurassic Park III,” “Steel Magnolias,” “The Land Before Time Series,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Up in the Air.” Seasons 1-5 of “Undercover Boss,” along with “Paddington” and “Anna Karenina” will also be leaving later in the month. 

What about the rumors? Back in March, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings quieted viewers’ fears of advertisements interrupting their binge-watching habits, promising that Netflix will never host advertisers. However, does advertising for other Netflix shows “you might enjoy” count as advertising? According to a statement released by Netflix, they introduced short video promos individualized to the viewer’s preferences. These videos begin playing upon login, starting on the top of the home browsing page and additional ones may play when scrolling down the page. Though the videos cannot be stopped, they can be muted, and will continue as you browse. So while you may not see a Taco Bell ad, you’ll probably see a trailer for “Insatiable” because you’re watching “Shameless.” 

Another rumor: not a rumor; it’s happening. According to deadline.com, Netflix will be producing a live-action series based on the animated show “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” bringing on Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the original creators, to cast the vision and be heavily involved in its implementation. Production will not begin until 2019. 

Where is “Stranger Things: Season 3”? Season two was released on Oct. 31, so some fans have assumed that to be the normal yearly release time. However, the show is set in seasons (season one was set in the winter and season two was set in the fall), and from the hints released in Netflix’s short teaser, season three will be set in the summer. There is no specific release date, but it will be sometime in the summer of 2019.