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 a 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. It is notable for its popular original series like “The Mandalorian,” “Ms. Marvel,” “Loki,” “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” and “Andor.”
Disney+ has two plans – one with ads and one without ads. Disney+ Basic with Ads costs $7.99 / month. If you don’t want ads, you can choose Disney+ Premium with No Ads which costs $10.99 / month.
The Premium plan also offers an annual option for $109.99 / year ($9.17/mo.).
If you want all of Disney streaming services, they have two options for The Disney Bundle. The Disney Bundle Basic includes Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ (with Ads) for $7.99 / month. The Disney Bundle Premium (without Ads) for $19.99 / month.
The app supports unlimited downloads (on their Premium Plans), four simultaneous streamers, up to 7 profiles, 4K streaming, and includes hundreds of avatars.
The service includes 25+ original series, 10+ original movies, 7,500 past episodes, 100 recent movies, and 400 library titles including the entire Disney Vault.
You can see the full list of available Disney, Disney Channel, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, Nat Geo shows and movies, or all available Disney+ 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 includes original shows, blockbuster movies, and classic television series. Peacock is home to “Yellowstone,” and “The Office,” as well as original hits like “Poker Face” and “Bel-Air.” You can also watch live sports including Sunday Night Football, Premier League, and exclusive MLB games. Peacock is also the exclusive home to many WWE events like WrestleMania. Premium Plus subscribers can stream their local NBC feed in all 210 markets.
Peacock includes news, entertainment, sports, late-night, and reality from various NBCU properties including NBC, Bravo, and E!.
Peacock also includes the entire library of Bravo shows and has exclusives like “Below Deck: Down Under.” They also include live and on-demand access to Hallmark channels.
The company has acquired the rights to many classic shows like “Parks and Recreation,” and the entire Dick Wolf library including “Law & Order” and “Chicago Fire.”
The service also features 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.”
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.
- 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.”