Streaming Roundup (6/16/21), Including ‘Girls5eva’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’
“Girls5eva” has been renewed for a second season on Peacock. As a companion to the first season, Peacock and Epic Records have released a soundtrack album, “Girls5eva: Music From The Peacock Original Series.” The series stars Grammy-winner singer Sara Bareilles, Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry, Emmy-winning comic Paula Pell, and writer/actor Busy Philipps.
Here’s a look at other deals and upcoming projects:
“Beauty and the Beast” will return to Disney+ as a limited musical series. The eight-episode prequel to the 2017 live-action film “Beauty and the Beast” will star Luke Evans (“The Alienist”) and Josh Gad (“Frozen 2”), reprising their roles as Gaston and LeFou (Louie), and introduce Briana Middleton (“The Tender Bar”) as Louie’s stepsister, Tilly. Alan Menken wrote an original soundtrack for the production, which kicks off in spring 2022.
“The Morning Show” debuts its upcoming season on Apple TV+ on Sept. 17. Season two features Julianna Margulies’ (“The Good Wife”) new character on the UBA network, anchor Laura Peterson. “We wanted to create a mentor figure for Bradley (Reese Witherspoon) that was somebody who does things differently,” showrunner Kerry Ehrin told EW.com. Season two also shows the network trying to get Jennifer Aniston’s character, anchor Alex Levy, to return to the network. Levy left after the climactic events of the show’s season one finale.
A behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the men and women who carry out this daily televised ritual.
Ronan Farrow’s “Catch and Kill” is being adapted into a six-part HBO docuseries. The series, titled “Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes,” builds on the reporting featured in Farrow’s book and podcast, featuring “intimate, revealing interviews with whistleblowers, journalists, private investigators and other sources” connected to the allegations of misconduct against media figures, including Harvey Weinstein. The series premieres July 12 with two episodes airing back-to-back each week.
Major League Baseball and Peacock have teamed to offer the Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Francisco Giants three-game series on June 18, 19, and 20, in the Philadelphia and Bay Area home markets. The deal is exclusive to the streamer.
PBS Short Film Fest streams July 12-23 on all PBS and station digital platforms, including PBS.org, YouTube, and the PBS Video App. The festival features 25 short-form independent films presented in six categories: culture, family, humanity, identity, race, and society. For the first time in the festival’s history, all 25 films will be presented in virtual reality, accessible on any VR device. Shows include “Atomic Café,” “Kapaemahu” and “Coup d’Etat Math.”
Peacock is a subscription video streaming service from NBCUniversal that gives access to up to 15,000 hours of content including original shows, blockbuster movies, and classic television series.
Just like other streaming services, Peacock will have their own original series including reboots of Save By The Bell, Punky Brewster, and Battlestar Galactica. They also have shows like Rutherford Falls (Ed Helms), Dr. Death (Alec Baldwin), and a behind-the-scenes docs-series about Saturday Night Live.
The company has acquired the rights to many classic shows like the entire Dick Wolf library including Law & Order and Chicago Fire, Parks and Recreation, and The Office.
The service will also feature blockbusters and critically-acclaimed films from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and content acquired from Hollywood’s biggest studios.
Actress Marsi Martin (“Black-ish”) will host a new show for discovery+: a bedroom renovation show for teens. They get a personalized room makeover that reflects their interests and personality in the greenlit eight-episode series, slated to stream in 2022.
“God’s Favorite Idiot” has wrapped eight of its 16 episodes. The show is about a tech-support staffer tapped to become a messenger of God. Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone are executive producing and starring in the series. Netflix has decided to shoot the series in “two batches of eight” episodes in Australia rather than all 16 at the same time.
“Monsters at Work” will stream July 7 on Disney+, with new episodes dropping every Wednesday. It takes place the day after the Monsters, Inc. power plant starts harvesting kids’ laughter to fuel the city of Monstropolis.
Disney+ is an ad-free video streaming service with over 13,000 series and films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, The Muppets, and more. It is available in 61 countries and 21 languages.
The Disney streaming service costs $7.99 / month, or $79.99 / year ($6.67 / month). You can bundle it with Hulu and ESPN+ for just $13.99 a month (cheaper than Netflix).
The service includes 25+ new original series, 10+ original movies, 7,500 past episodes, 100 recent movies, and 400 library titles including the entire Disney Vault. You can stream original series like “The Mandalorian”, “Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, “Loki”, and “Monsters at Work.”
You can see the full list of available Disney, Disney Channel, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, Nat Geo shows and movies, or all available Disney Plus content by checking out our Disney+ Streaming Movie List.