Engadget: ‘Mad Men’ will stream for free on IMDb TV starting July 15th

Engadget: ‘Mad Men’ will stream for free on IMDb TV starting July 15th. “All 92 episodes of the show will land on IMDb TV starting July 15th, as part of a deal Amazon struck with Mad Men producer Lionsgate Television, Variety reported. It’ll join several Disney-owned shows that stream for free on IMDb TV, including Lost, Malcolm in the Middle and Desperate Housewives.”

Hollywood Reporter: Remote Comedy From ‘Blindspot’ Creator Nabs NBC Series Pickup

Hollywood Reporter: Remote Comedy From ‘Blindspot’ Creator Nabs NBC Series Pickup. “NBC is the first broadcast network to greenlight a scripted comedy series set in the time of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The network has handed out an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for Connecting, an ensemble comedy about a group of friends trying to stay close — and sane — through video chats as they share the highs and lows of these extraordinary times.”

Lifehacker: How to Create a Watchlist Directly In Google Search

Lifehacker: How to Create a Watchlist Directly In Google Search. “Sure, assembling a list of things you’d like to see is simple when you’re just using one streaming service, but if you’ve doubled down on your options or have taken advantage of a free trial or two, keeping track of what interests you on all of them can be a bit overwhelming.”

Screen Rant: Watch TV From The 70s, 80s, & 90s On This Cool Retro Website

Screen Rant: Watch TV From The 70s, 80s, & 90s On This Cool Retro Website. “A website called My Decade TV, created by Joey Cato, lets users watch TVs from the 70s, 80s, and 90s that offer a variety of different channels, including cartoons, game shows, movies, news, music videos, and more. Cato explains in the TV manual, which can be accessed below the TVs, that the websites were created because he wanted ‘to honor the pop culture memories of decades past.’ He went on to add that ‘each site aspires to simulate the vintage experience of channel-surfing on a TV from a particular era,’ so to support that, ‘channel content may not necessarily start playing from the beginning.'” This might be “just” a YouTube wrapper, but even if it is it’s ridiculously good. Warning: timesink.

Rolling Stone: Entire ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ Catalogue Hits Streaming Platforms

Rolling Stone: Entire ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ Catalogue Hits Streaming Platforms. “Nearly 50 years after it aired its final episode in 1971, the legendary Ed Sullivan Show is officially headed to all streaming platforms. From the Beatles’ debut to Elvis Presley to the Rolling Stones, iconic clips and low-resolution bootlegs of the variety show have been available for years, but this marks the first time the entire catalogue will be available digitally — thanks to a deal between UMe and SOFA Entertainment Inc.”

Best free video streaming services in 2020: Crackle, IMDb TV, Pluto TV, and more (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Best free video streaming services in 2020: Crackle, IMDb TV, Pluto TV, and more. “There are currently 11 good free services to try, and good old-fashioned over-the-air (OTA) antenna TV. Yes, you do have to put up with commercials on all of these — and there’s not a DVR features to be seen — but they are free. With so many selections to choose from, I can guarantee you’ll find something to watch that won’t hurt your pocketbook by even a single penny.”

SportsMole: BBC launches Programme Explorer tool

SportsMole: BBC launches Programme Explorer tool. “The BBC has launched a new service called ‘Programme Explorer’ to allow users to quickly search its archive of programming. The new feature scours more than 200,000 pieces of content across iPlayer, Sounds and News and allows results to be filtered according to media type and availability.”

Mashable: Social distancing on a reality TV show looks weird, but ‘MasterChef Australia’ is making it work

Mashable: Social distancing on a reality TV show looks weird, but ‘MasterChef Australia’ is making it work. “On Monday night, MasterChef Australia finally reached the point where social distancing rules came into effect during filming earlier this year. It made for a very different-looking kitchen than viewers were used to. The show’s 12th season has become a record of how reality television could navigate the coronavirus pandemic.”

Mashable: This cellist is spending quarantine recording delightful retro multitracks

Mashable: This cellist is spending quarantine recording delightful retro multitracks. “Samara Ginsberg’s career as a session musician went on pause in March thanks to covid-19. Now, the London-based cellist is spending quarantine arranging elaborate covers of pop culture classics for her YouTube channel — including, most recently, the Knight Rider theme.”

ZDNet: How to binge watch some great classic sci-fi for free

ZDNet: How to binge watch some great classic sci-fi for free. ” Are you SO BORED YOU COULD SCREAM?!? Yeah, you’re not alone. And while I can’t provide you with any new science fiction on TV, or even reassure you that there will EVER be new science fiction on TV, I can take you down memory lane, into the ultra-secret vaults where some classic science fiction series have gone to hide out the pandemic.”

Vice: Viacom Forced Internet Archive to Remove Hundreds of Hours of MTV Broadcasts

Vice: Viacom Forced Internet Archive to Remove Hundreds of Hours of MTV Broadcasts. “Archivists have uploaded hundreds of hours of MTV VHS recordings from the 1980s and early 1990s to the Internet Archive. The videos have caught the attention of Viacom, which has attempted to have them taken offline.”

TechHive: How to record all the free streaming TV before it’s gone

TechHive: How to record all the free streaming TV before it’s gone. “With a service called PlayOn, you can record movies and shows from online sources like Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, and CBS All Access. The resulting video files are yours to keep, even if you’ve stopped subscribing to the services from which those files came. If we’re going to remain mostly at home for the foreseeable future, now might be the time to stock up on free movies and shows to watch later.”

The ABC’s of COVID-19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Parents (CNN)

CNN Press Room: The ABC’s of COVID-19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Parents. “CNN and Sesame Street will join together for a very special Town Hall this Saturday morning to help children and parents deal with issues surrounding Coronavirus. The special, The ABC’s of COVID-19, will be hosted by CNN Chief Medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and CNN anchor Erica Hill, along with America’s favorite feathered friend Big Bird on Saturday, April 25 at 9am, ET on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español. The 90-minute special will provide information and tools for families, and answer the big questions both parents and kids have about the coronavirus pandemic.”

Uproxx: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Will Be Back This Weekend With Another Mystery ‘At Home’ Episode

Uproxx: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Will Be Back This Weekend With Another Mystery ‘At Home’ Episode. “Like the first episode, SNL is playing things very close to its chest. There’s no official word on musical guests or who will be delivering the opening monologue, but that just adds to the spontaneity of the episodes as castmembers are forced to come up with apartment-bound material while everyone works remotely. We’ve all been on a Zoom call. Now imagine trying to turn one into an elaborate comedy sketch.”

FiercePharma: J&J tracks the path to a COVID-19 vaccine in new online news series

FiercePharma: J&J tracks the path to a COVID-19 vaccine in new online news series. “What will it take to develop a vaccine for COVID-19? Johnson & Johnson is taking viewers behind the scenes with an original online video series. Beginning Tuesday, producer and journalist Lisa Ling will host a program titled, ‘The Road to a Vaccine.’ Each 30-minute show will air live online on Tuesdays on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and JNJ.com.”