Netflix Tudum: How to watch today’s event hyping Stranger Things, Cobra Kai, more


Netflix’s Tudum will be a three-hour “fan event” on Sept. 25.

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Netflix’s Tudum is a three-hour online “fan event” kicking off Saturday. Named after the distinctive drumbeat at the start of Netflix’s audio-logo, Tudum is set to hype more than 100 Netflix titles with first-look clips, new trailers and conversations with stars and creators. 

Netflix has already summed up a lot of what it’ll present. Sections below have full details, but highlights include a secretive reveal related to Stranger Things, which still doesn’t have a fourth season release date yet; a look at the reimagined opening theme to the live-action reboot of Cowboy Bebop (the original title sequence is iconic for fans of the cult-favorite anime); and new clips or trailers from big titles, including Cobra Kai’s fourth season, Bridgerton’s second season, Ozark’s final season, Emily in Paris’ second season, Red Notice, Don’t Look Up, The Sandman and the growing franchise based on The Witcher.

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Other titles that’ll get time in the spotlight include series like La Casa de Papel (aka Money Heist), The Crown and Arcane, as well as films like The Harder They Fall and sequels to Extraction and The Old Guard. And an earlier Tudum trailer also showed Elliot Page will be repping Umbrella Academy, his first major on-screen role shot after he publicly announced being trans. 

Here’s everything to know about Netflix’s new spin on hyping its originals, including the full schedule below. 

What is Tudum? 

Tudum will be a three-hour online video showcase of some of Netflix’s big original titles. The company has recruited dozens of its stars to show up; they’ll discuss their shows and help release new details, clips, teasers and trailers.

This sort of big-tent virtual event is the first of its kind by Netflix, which dominates the streaming world as the biggest subscription service, with 209 million subscribers. But as dominant as it is, Netflix still faces intensifying competition from upstart streaming rivals like Disney Plus, HBO Max, Apple TV Plus and others. Tudum underscores a new marketing experiment stepping up Netflix’s outreach to its various fandoms.

Beyond the info included in the event’s trailers and the hour-by-hour rundown released Thursday, there isn’t much precedent for what to expect. But Netflix has experimented with other online fan events during the pandemic, including its own Geeked Week riff on a virtual Comic Con-style event over the course of five days in June. 

Tudum brings to mind events like ComicCon, Disney’s D23 or DC FanDome, which aim to tap into fervor of well-established fanbases. Tudum appears to be Netflix trying to sculpt its own version. 

But Netflix has yet to cultivate the kind of global, passionate fandoms that rival the likes of Disney’s Marvel and Star Wars, WarnerMedia’s DC or ViacomCBS’ Star Trek. Stranger Things, and more recently The Witcher, have come closest. But other attempts have sputtered, like Jupiter’s Legacy — a superhero drama series that reportedly went spectacularly over budget only for Netflix to scrap plans for future seasons just a month after it premiered. (Netflix isn’t giving up, though: Other projects in the so-called Millarworld of comic-book writer Mark Millar are still going forward, like anime and live-action interpretations of villian-focused Super Crooks.)

For one, Netflix doesn’t have the same multi-faceted business model of a Disney, which can pump its fandoms with theatrical movies, spin-off shows, amusement park and cruise experiences and mountains of merchandise. Netflix has been flirting with selling merchandise in its own store recently, but the effort is still in its infancy. 

When is Neftix’s Tudum fan event? 

Tudum will be a three-hour online stream Saturday starting at 9 a.m. PT/noon ET. 

Earlier that day, Netflix will have a separate online fan event, which it’s calling a preshow, focused on Korean, Indian and anime titles, starting at 5 a.m. PT/8 a.m. ET.

How do I watch? 

Netflix will stream Tudum free simultaneously across most of its major social-media channels and accounts, including its main YouTube channel, as well as its Twitter, Twitch and Facebook pages. (Ironically, though, you can’t watch the event on Netflix itself.)  

Tudum will also be streaming on many of Netflix’s localized YouTube channels, in a number of different languages (all listed and linked to near the bottom of the event’s tudum.com website). The preshow focused on Korean, Indian and anime will be on the relevant localized YouTube channels. 

What’s the schedule? 

Thursday, Netflix provided an hour-by-hour rundown of what to expect during Tudum. That full hour-by-hour rundown is embedded at the bottom of this section. 

Some of the highlights include: 

Tudum hour one Red Notice — Dwayne Johnson will premiere an exclusive clip of the action comedy also starring Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds.Stranger Things season four — Netflix is keeping its cards close to its chest about what Tudum will reveal about the hit series’ fourth season, which still doesn’t have a premiere date. Tudum’s teasers have already shown several Stranger Things cast members showing up for the event. Bridgerton — Cast from the first two seasons discuss the series and debut a first look at season two. La Casa de Papel, also known as Money Heist — Star Álvaro Morte will be on hand, but Netflix hasn’t detailed what to expect. Ozark — Jason Bateman premieres a first-look video at the final season. Tudum hour two The Sandman — The fantasy series, based on the Neil Gaiman DC comic, will release a first-look video from the show as well as character posters.An “anime spotlight” will discuss Super Crooks, Ultraman, A Whisker Away, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie, Aggretsuko and Bright: Samurai SoulExtraction — Star Chris Hemsworth will tease the upcoming sequel of the action movie, which was the most-watched title on Netflix ever (according to the company’s own controversial metrics).Cobra Kai season four — The martial-arts series will release a sneak peek.Arcane — Some details about this animated series, based on League of Legends, are expected to emerge. An “unscripted TV spotlight” is likely to touch on the new Tiger King season.Cowboy Bebop — The live-action reboot of the cult favorite anime show will debut the reimagined opening title sequence. Tudum hour three Emily in Paris season two — The cast will premiere the first teaser of their second season and announce its release date.The Crown season five — Imelda Staunton, who is joining the cast to portray Queen Elizabeth in the award-winning series about the British monarchy, will speak from the show’s fifth-season set.The Umbrella Academy season three — The cast of the superhero series will answer fan questions from behind-the-scenes of filming, which wrapped earlier this year.Army of Thieves — Filmmaker Zack Snyder will help introduce the new trailer to this prequel his The Army of the Dead zombie heist movie, which was one of Netflix’s most-watched titles over the summer.Don’t Look Up — The star-packed comedy will release a new clip from the film, introduced by star Jennifer Lawrence and writer/director Adam McKay.Enola Holmes — Star Millie Bobby Brown will be on hand to discuss something related to the upcoming sequel to the popular Sherlock Holmes-related comedy-caper film.The Witcher — Netflix promises “lots of news” including first looks related to this fantasy franchise, which is set to release the second season of its original show in December followed by a prequel miniseries.

The full agenda that Netflix released has additional titles that’ll get time in the spotlight.

Tudum agenda by jonathan_skillings

What shows and movies will be ‘on stage’ during Tudum? 

Earlier in September, Netflix provided the following lineup of titles expected to participate in Tudum, in alphabetical order. Additional titles are expected show up during Tudum, but the previous list included: 

AggretsukoA Whisker AwayA Través de mi VentanaArcaneArmy of ThievesBlack CrabBig MouthBridgertonBright: Samurai SoulBruisedThe Chestnut ManCobra KaiColin in Black and WhiteCowboy BebopThe CrownDark DesireDe Volta Aos 15Don’t Look UpEmily in ParisExtraction Finding AnamikaFloor Is LavaThe Harder They FallHellboundHeeramandi Human ResourcesInterceptorInside JobLa Casa de Papel The Old GuardOzarkMaldivasMy NameNew WorldPretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal: The MovieRebeldeRitmo SalvajeRed NoticeThe SandmanSex EducationThe Silent SeaSoy GeorginaStranger ThingsSuper CrooksUltramanThe Umbrella AcademyVikings: ValhallaThe WitcherThe Witcher: Blood OriginYoung, Famous and African What stars are showing up for Tudum? 

Also earlier in September, Netflix shared a list of celebrities and creators set to participate in Tudum. It includes (but isn’t limited to): 

Jennifer AnistonJonathan BaileyJason Bateman Zazie BeetzHalle Berry Millie Bobby Brown Manolo Cardona Henry Cavill John Cho Lily Collins Nicola Coughlan Madhuri Dixit Idris ElbaNathalie EmmanuelKevin Hart Chris Hemsworth Dwayne JohnsonJung Hae-inKai Kim Hee-chul Joe KeeryRegina KingNick Kroll Jennifer LawrenceRalph Macchio Jonathan MajorsGaten MatarazzoAdam McKay Caleb McLaughlin Álvaro Morte Elliot PageElsa PatakyMaite Perroni Maitreyi Ramakrishnan Noomi RapaceAdam Sandler Matthias SchweighöferMaisa Silva Lilly Singh Zack Snyder Song Kang Alejandro Speitzer Omar Sy Charlize Theron Kenjiro TsudaFinn WolfhardWilliam Zabka

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