Mike Fern

Mike Fern

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September is upon us and with it comes a slew of new TV series making their fall debut. From ABC’s mysterious drama “Emergence” to CBS’s creeper “Evil” and The CW’s DC Universe expansion of “Batwoman,” the month promises to always present viewers with a range of new offerings in hopes that it may be the next breakout show.

Conversely, streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have never taken a calendric approach to their programming and instead refresh their shows more often throughout the year. As subscription-based services that depend upon new offerings launched more often to keep viewer interest, this has only helped fuel their growth and spawned more of them like Walt Disney Company’s upcoming Disney+, which just announced Monday that its now available for preorder with an expected launch date of Nov. 12.

And the original programming we’re seeing on these streaming services is top-notch, especially when compared their network brethren. In fact, several walked away with multiple awards at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards this past Sunday. And with Disney’s entrance into the market, the streaming disruption will only continue.

Fall is great time to see the new stuff or catch up on some of these award-winning shows you may have missed, plus there’s something to be said for binging on older shows that continue to live on in the streaming world.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 22:08

When only a horse will do

STETSON – As they approached a small bridge overlooking a stream on Saturday, Mark Merrill turned in his saddle to the group of horseback riders meandering along the wooded trail and gave a simple instruction.

“Keep the horse on the mat,” he said loudly, referring to a small black mat that covered one side of the wooden span. “Don’t let it go to the side.”

Despite the rising temperature in what would be one of the hottest days of July, it was still surprisingly cool in the back woods of Stetson – a testament to the ubiquitous contrast of much of Maine’s countryside on any given day. Trailing about a mile off Village Road, riders were navigating a mix of snowmobile thoroughfares and tight, thin paths where only a horse could go.

It showed the allure of what Maine’s backwoods are all about.

BANGOR – If you’ve ordered a drink at a bar or restaurant in Bangor lately, you may not have noticed your server keeping a closer eye on you. A new ordinance involving those who serve alcohol, which was passed by the Bangor City Council on April 9, officially took effect this month. The new rules require all staff of city-based liquor licensees who serve alcoholic beverages, including servers and bartenders, to successfully pass a Training for Intervention ProcedureS (TIPS) course.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 11:21

Binge alert: Your neighbors might be spies

Although we’re on the cusp of the fall TV season, where many networks will kick off their new September offerings in the next few weeks, video streaming continues to be the broadcast industry’s disruptor. With a constant shift in their programming, services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu continue to grow by giving past and current shows another life in a commercial-free format that continues to attract millions of subscribers.

More often than not, many of these shows have already lived out their broadcast lives. Yet in some cases these shows are still on the air or will be soon completing their final seasons, and these hidden gems are available when you want.

What may be more of a long-term concern for the broadcast industry is the likes of Netflix and Amazon are offering their own original programming, and some of it is damn good. In fact, some of these shows are on par with some of the best productions ABC or CBS has to offer. And for second-tier networks like TBS, TNT or SyFy, it’s a chance for viewers who typically don’t tune in to see great programming that may otherwise have been ignored or forgotten.

It’s been known as sweeps month – the time when networks air their best offerings to gain ratings for the upcoming advertising season. Yet it’s also a time when you’ll see some of the best story lines, plot twists and cliffhangers that keep you coming back for more.

The networks are good about showcasing their main programs, sure. But some of the best television entertainment is off the main networks and lies within what we call second-tier programming. In fact, networks like SyFy, AMC and TNT offer such quality that they have gained a solid following.

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 13:14

Black Bear Brewing making tracks to Bangor

BANGOR – Orono’s popular Black Bear Brewing is making tracks to Bangor; the company will open its new taproom this Friday in the Nichols Block on Exchange Street.

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:24

Binge alert – The Cylons are back

October brings some binge-worthy favorites

A big win, but was it?

The case against Bill Cosby heated up last week when the now-disgraced actor and comedian appeared in court as part of a string of pretrial appearances related to his alleged sexual assault against a former Temple University employee.

Thursday, 09 March 2017 01:00

Criminal Mischief (03-08-2017)

Escapees steal, then crash SUV

SOUTH PORTLAND – Three men who escaped from the Long Creek Detention Center are back in custody after they stole an SUV last week and led police on a short chase that ended when they crashed.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 14:34

Growing Maine's economy

While growth exists, the state still lags the U.S. economically

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