Wall Street – The term “Netflix and chill” has never sounded so relevant, seeing that the movie and TV service recently posted its highest shares projections to date at $133.70 as of Friday, January 13.
Shoot back to April 2016 and the company took a hit in shares, despite gaining more than two million subscribers during the period but combined with the continuous decline of cable TV and strong programming, they were able to raise their stock to record high numbers ahead of their Q4 earnings, which will be posted on January 18.
Our checks… indicate broad based strength in international demand catalyzed by original content,” Kraft wrote, calling out Golden Globe-winner “The Crown,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Fuller House,” wrote Deutsche Bank analyst Bryan Kraft in a research note obtained by Variety, as he also noted “Netflix navigated its way through the ’16 pricing increases relatively unscathed.”
Last December, Netflix announced that Luke Cage would be returning for a second season. Not the most surprising of revelations, seeing that it was reportedly the company’s biggest ratings draw for 2016. When factoring in its Marvel Cinematic Universe roots and a score produced by Hip Hop composers Adrian Younge and A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad, the reach of its intended audience scales further than most shows on television.
In an interview with HipHopDX, series creator Cheo Hodari Coker explained why he chose the episode titles to be named after songs by the iconic NYC rap duo.
Superhero Score: Listen to the Luke Cage Soundtrack right here.
“Well, Gang Starr for me, it wasn’t about the content of music as much as it was about the song titles. One of the old tricks we used to use back in the day in music journalism is we used to pick a song for cover line,” he explained. “No matter what group you’re talking about. If there’s a cool cover line you can do that and then simultaneously as a huge fan of Shonda Rhimes, she also names a lot of her shows. Original episodes of Grey’s Anatomy after different songs. So it was really just a combination of just like finding songs titles that resonate and then seeing how you can build cinematic resonance with your story and your characters. What I noticed in going through my iTunes is that Gang Starr songs always had that kind of presence and so it just worked basically picking those song titles and making it into something. The first episode is really about that moment of truth that Genghis Khan is when Luke Cage decides to become a hero. And then ‘Code of the Streets’ is about the ramifications of stepping up and finding out that there is a code that they just violated. The third one in “Who’s Going To Take the Weight?” is really about Luke now stepping up and doing something that from which there is no going back, so he’s going to take the weight of taking down Cottonmouth and put it on his shoulders.”
No reports as of yet on the Luke Cage season two release date.