Social Wit List: April 2017


Of all the new programs that launched around the world in April, FOX’s Prison Break generated the most buzz on social media, according to The WIT.

With around 410,000 Facebook and Twitter comments, the drama comes in at number one in the ranking of the top ten most-buzzed-about new shows in social media last month. The return of the conspiracy drama as a limited series sees Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell reprise their roles as brothers Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows. There were a lot of #OMG moments being talked about by #UnconditionalFans who were feeling the #ScofieldCraze, shrugging off any negative reviews they had heard: #NevermindtheCritics.

Number two on the list is A Força do Querer, which launched on TV Globo in Brazil. The telenovela follows as two young men fall in love with a girl from the Amazon. Chance brings them together 15 years later, reviving the love triangle. There were some 77,000 comments on social media, buzzing about the #StarStuddedCast and saying it was a #Beautiful show with #GreatProductionValues and giving much #Kudos.

The debut of The Voice Teens on ABS-CBN in the Philippines saw some 53,000 tweets. The teen spin-off of the format The Voice for contestants aged 13 to 17 got a #ThumbsUp from the #EngagedAudience commenting on social media, with much buzz about the #PopularCoaches and #GreatTalent.

The TV movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on HBO in the U.S. drew around 42,000 comments. Starring Oprah Winfrey, the telefilm is based on the nonfiction book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Winfrey’s performance in the #HeartBreaking and #UnbelievableStory left many viewers petitioning to #GiveOprahanEmmy.

SÖZ (The Oath) debuted on Star TV in Turkey to around 35,000 comments. The action series centers on a special unit of soldiers trained to fight terrorism following an attack in the country. There was much talk on social media about the #AmazingProductionValues and the #Grandiose feel of the #WellWritten series, which was being watched by #FansofTolgaSaritas.

Starz in the U.S. premiered American Gods, and around 34,000 comments were made about the debut. The fantasy series is based on the Neil Gaiman novel, with Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) as co-showrunner. In it, an ex-con becomes the traveling partner of a conman who turns out to be a Nordic God trying to recruit troops to battle the New American Gods, manifestations of modern life and technology. Among those commenting on social media, many thought it was a #GreatAdaptation with a #Cinematic look and #ImpressiveEditing, giving much #KudostoBryanFuller.

Netflix’s release of Dear White People had social media buzzing, with some 33,000 tweets. It is an adaptation of the 2014 crowd-funded feature film directed by Justin Simien that follows a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college. Viewers commenting on Facebook and Twitter were discussing the #Polemics in the show, which got mostly #PositiveReviews: #EyeOpening #Genuine #Educational and a #MustSee.

Dancing Brasil on Record TV in Brazil saw around 31,000 tweets. The local adaptation of Dancing with the Stars watches as celebrities team up with professional dancers and are judged by the in-studio professionals and the audience. There was a lot of #Excitement on social media, with many commenting that it was an #AmazingShow and #GreatProduction, though some pointed out the #WeirdSoundtrackChoices.

The release of Girlboss on Netflix worldwide garnered some 30,000 comments. The comedy is based on the best seller #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso (founder and owner of fashion brand Nasty Gal) and executive produced by Charlize Theron. The show was not only #ApprovedbyBookFans, but #AlsoApprovedbytheOthers, who found it #Entertaining and were commenting about the #GreatCharacters.

In the U.S., National Geographic debuted the one-off documentary LA 92, marking the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots. There were around 27,000 comments on social media, which was buzzing about the topic of #BlindJustice and about the #Incredible #RawFootage that required #NoNarration and delivered #Intense viewing.

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