Disney+ Announces Premiere Date For Marvel’s ‘What If…?’; Plus Other Upcoming Projects Announced This Week
Marvel’s “What If…?” on Disney+ reimagines famous events from films in the Marvel universe. Fan-favorite characters include Peggy Carter, T’Challa, Doctor Strange, Killmonger, Thor, and more. The new series, directed by Bryan Andrews with AC Bradley as head writer, features familiar action from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but with a curious twist. Marvel Studios’ first animated series launches on the streaming service on August 11.
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“The North Water,” based on the critically acclaimed, best-selling novel by Ian McGuire, and adapted and directed by Andrew Haigh (“45 Years,” “Looking”), will stream July 15 on AMC+. New episodes will premiere every Thursday until August 12. Set in Hull, England, and on the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s, the series follows the story of Patrick Sumner (Jack O’Connell), a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as the ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic.
The PBS Short Film Festival 2021 streams 25 films, starting July 12. The two-week festival is a celebration of independent filmmaking. Topics such as social justice, religion, and public policy are addressed. This year is the 10th anniversary of the event.
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.
“Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby” returns on BBC Select with an all-new U.S./Canadian premiere season. More luxurious escapist delights take viewers behind-the-scenes at some of the world’s most stunning properties. Hotels featured include St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain, Macau’s MGM Cotai, England’s Swinton Estate, and more. The show kicks off on July 15.
AMC Networks has announced its panels for this year’s Comic-Con@Home, which runs from July 23 to July 25, including “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Doctor Who,” “Creepshow,” and the anthology “Slasher: Flesh & Blood.” AMC Networks’ panels from Comic-Con@Home will be available to view on AMC+ the day after the Comic-Con debut.
“Kendra Sells Hollywood” will stream on discovery+ this fall. The show highlights the TV personality and model pursuing a new gig: real-estate agent. The six-part docuseries follows Kendra as she joins Douglas Elliman, a successful real-estate firms in Los Angeles. With no prior experience, she relies on determination to land her first sale. Also on the streamer, “Citizen P. I.,” a new six-part investigative series that reveals the amateur sleuths who play major roles in cracking real unsolved cases, debuts July 27.
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.
“Pride & Prejudice: An Experiment in Romance,” described as a “Regency-style dating series that will require hopeful suitors to bring the ultimate romance back to dating,” will stream on Peacock: “A heroine looking for her duke will sign up for the ultimate social experiment in romance. Transported to a Regency-style England, a group of eligible hopeful suitors will have to win the heart of our heroine, and her court,” said the streaming, which is accepting contestants for the competition.
“Rutherford Falls” on Peacock, starring Ed Helms (“The Office,” “The Hangover”), Jana Schmieding, Michael Greyeyes (“I Know This Much Is True”), Jesse Leigh (“Heathers”) and Dustin Milligan (“Schitt’s Creek”), has been renewed for a second season. It arrives 2022.
Reese Witherspoon has received interested for her media company Hello Sunshine, per reports. The company may even enjoy a $1 billion evaluation. Owners include Seth Rodsky, Jim Togh, Witherspoon’s husband, and AT&T. Hello Sunshine’s productions include HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show,” Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere.”
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, NBC, Fox, and cable channels like Bravo, USA Network, FXX, FXM, HGTV, and more.
The service has a Limited Commercials plan for $6.99 a month, or you can upgrade to their No Ads plan for $12.99 a month. For $69.99 a month, you can get Hulu Live TV from major cable channels, live locals and regional sports networks.
- Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc. signed an agreement to launch three linear channels on Vizio VISmartcast: Crackle Spotlight, which offers Crackle’s originals and exclusives, Crackle Classics, and Truli, its faith and family network. Crackle Plus’ library includes: “Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story,” “Bucket List,” and “Robert the Bruce.”