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Streaming Roundup (6/23/21), Including ‘The Hardy Boys’ and ‘Jack Irish’

Fern Siegel

The Hardy Boys will return to Hulu for a second season. Based on the Franklin W. Dixon books, first published in 1927, the series will start production in Canada later this month and premiere in 2022.

The first season follows 16-year-old Frank (Rohan Campbell) and 12-year-old Joe Hardy (Alexander Elliot) as they move to their parents’ hometown of Bridgeport after a family tragedy. The sophomore season picks up six months after season one, when the boys search for a missing teen at the same time a suspicious company moves into town.

Here’s a look at other deals and upcoming projects:

  • Emmy winner Guy Pearce (“Mare of Easttown,” “Iron Man 3”), reprises his role as Jack Irish, a former criminal lawyer and PI on Acorn TV. The final series of “Jack Irish” (titled “Jack Irish: Hell Bent”), streaming July 12, delves deeply into Jack’s past, questioning everything he thought he knew about his life. This series is inspired by the acclaimed crime novels of Peter Temple.

  • Seinfeld is leaving Hulu at the end of the month, but won’t land at Netflix until the fall. That gives Netflix time to put some distance between the streamers and work up its own marketing campaign for Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer. In 2019, the Los Angeles Times reported Netflix was paying more than a half-billion dollars for the rights to the show. It’s been working with Sony to upgrade the series to 4K.


Hulu is a video streaming service that gives access to thousands of full seasons of exclusive series, hit movies, kids shows, and Hulu Originals like “Only Murders in the Building,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

It offers a good selection of current TV shows and its ad-supported tier is cheaper than both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. You will be able to watch most shows from networks like ABC and Fox, and cable channels like FXX, FXM, HGTV, and more.

The service has a Limited Commercials plan for $7.99 a month, or you can upgrade to their No Ads plan for $14.99 a month. For $69.99 a month, you can get Hulu Live TV from major cable channels, live locals and regional sports networks.

  • Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts kicks off July 28 on Disney+. The four-episode series features conversations with female celebrities in various areas, including Debbie Allen, Sofia Carson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jenna Dewan, Sheila E., Melissa Etheridge, Mickey Guyton, Betsey Johnson, Billie Jean King, Tig Notaro, Raven-Symoné, and Josie Totah.

  • “Jerry and Marge Go Large” will stream on Paramount+. The film stars Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”), based on the true story of a retired Michigan couple that plays the lottery to help revitalize their town. Oscar-winner David Frankel (“The Devil Wears Prada”) directs the production, which begins shooting next month.

  • Combate Global MMA is also coming to Paramount+, which acquired the English-language rights to the mixed-martial-arts events through 2021, as well as 30 live events in 2022 and 2023. Combate Global MMA events begin airing on CBS Sports Network on June 25, before streaming events begin on Paramount+ on July 9.

Paramount Plus

Paramount+ is a subscription video streaming service that includes on-demand access to 40,000+ TV show episodes from BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and more. The lineup includes “1883,” “Tulsa King,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and MTV’s “Laguna Beach.” From well-loved franchises to compelling originals, Paramount+ offers a great library worth streaming. Live NFL games are included. The service also offers the option to watch your live CBS affiliate.

Subscribers can choose between the Essentials Plan (which includes ads) for $4.99/month, or go commercial-free with the Premium Plan for $9.99/month. Subscribers can add Showtime to either plan for an additional fee.

With their Premium Plan, in addition to not having ads, you will also get access to your local CBS affiliate to stream your local news, prime-time lineup, and late-night. You will also be able to download offline and watch select shows in 4K.

With the lower cost “Essential” plan, you will still be able to watch live NFL games, Champions League, and national news – but you will no longer get your local CBS affiliate.

With their new app, enjoy advanced recommendations, curated homepages, and new content categories while still being able to stream major live sports like NFL, College Football, College Basketball. Sports fans will also appreciate the service’s inclusion of NFL on CBS, PGA Tour, along with every match of UEFA Champions League and Serie A.

The service was previously called CBS All Access.

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  • Legendary”, the HBO Max ballroom competition, is getting a third season. MC Dashaun Wesley, along with judges Leiomy Maldonado, Jameela Jamil (“The Good Place”), Law Roach, and Megan Thee Stallion will return to crown another “Legendary” house.

  • “Luxe Listings Sydney” on Amazon Prime Video showcases the super-rich Sydney, Australia, homes on the market. The six-part series follows agents as they negotiate multimillion-dollar deals in one of the most luxurious real-estate markets in the world. The show launches on July 9.

  • The 10-part Apple TV+ series “Echo 3” has cast Jessica Ann Collins (“Zero Dark Thirty”) as the female lead, opposite Luke Evans (“The Alienist”) and Michiel Huisman (“Game of Thrones”). The thriller is set in South America and follows Collins’ character, a scientist who goes missing. Her brother and husband struggle to find her, against the backdrop of a secret war.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video is a subscription video streaming service that includes on-demand access to 10,000+ movies, TV shows, and Prime Originals like “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” “Jack Ryan,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Boys,” and more. Subscribers can also add third-party services like Showtime, and Starz with Amazon Prime Video Channels. Prime Video also offers exclusive live access to NFL Thursday Night Football.

The Prime Video interface shows content included with your subscription alongside the ad-supported Freevee library and some shows and movies you need to purchase, so be sure to double-check your selection before you watch.

Prime Video is included with Amazon Prime for $12.99 per month ($119 per year), or can be purchased on its own for $8.99 per month.

  • Law & Crime Network on Peacock beefs up content with three new true-crime eight-part docuseries: “Buried With Love: Watts Family Murders” chronicles the events that led one man to kill his pregnant wife and two daughters. “Buried With Love: Brooke Skylar Richardson” focuses on a high-school cheerleader charged with murder after police found her newborn baby buried in her backyard. Finally, “Vanished” is about children who have mysteriously disappeared — weeks to decades ago, and need the public’s help to find them.

“The Hardy Boys” trailer


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