What’s Coming to Streaming, Including ‘Fauci’ and ‘Cruel Intentions’
Fauci, Disney+’s documentary from National Geographic Films about world-renowned infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci, premieres Oct. 6. Fauci has overseen the U.S. response to 40 years’ worth of outbreaks, including HIV/AIDS, SARS, and Ebola. Fauci delivers a rare glimpse into the career and personal life of the public servant, who faced his biggest test: a pandemic unmatched in modern history. He has also faced attacks from adversaries eager to weaponize public health.
Here are additional deals and projects announced this week:
Cruel Intentions is being developed as a series by IMDb TV. The project, based on the 1999 movie, will be written by Sara Goodman and Phoebe Fisher. The description, according to the streamer: “Two ruthless step-siblings will do anything to stay on top. In this case, it’s the Greek life hierarchy at an elite Washington, D.C., college. After a brutal hazing incident threatens the entire Panhellenic system, they’ll do whatever is necessary to preserve their power and reputations — even seduce the daughter of the Vice President of the United States.”
Emmy winner Dave Chappelle just returned to Netflix for a comedy special “The Closer.” It’s billed as “the sixth chapter,” in the comedian’s specials, which include “The Age Of Spin,” “Deep In The Heart Of Texas,” “Equanimity,” “The Bird Revelation” and “ Sticks & Stones.” Stan Lathan returns as director; he’s directed all of Chappelle’s Netflix specials.
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.
Washington Black has been greenlit by Hulu, based on the novel of the same name. Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) will star and executive produce. The nine-episode series is about an 11-year-old Barbadian boy and his adventures in the 19th Century. Brown plays Medwin Harris, who traveled the world after a traumatic childhood and becomes the de facto Mayor of Black Halifax in Nova Scotia. Washington Black, his protégé, has a profound effect on Harris.
Hit anime series Jujutsu Kaisen is now available on Funimation in the U.S., Canada, U.K. Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, as well in Latin America and French-, German- and Russian-speaking Europe on Funimation’s Wakanim streaming service. All 24 episodes will be available in subtitled and dubbed versions. The anime is based on the best-selling manga of the same title, which has sold more than 55 million copies in Japan. In the U.S., the series is published by VIZ Media. The streamer is also offering all 26 episodes of the animated Cowboy Bebop series ahead of the premiere of the Netflix live-action series premiere in mid-November.
A foremost leader in anime distribution, Funimation content is viewed by tens of millions around the globe on a daily basis. With hundreds of TV shows (some of which can only be watched here), dubs, as well as a healthy dose of high-quality feature films, the anime you want to watch is here, whether an old classic film or a newly trending series. With choices like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009), My Hero Academia (2016), Fruits Basket (2019), and Ace Attorney (2016) you’ll certainly never be bored!
Funimation offers four different subscription tiers, with even the free variant offering the same plethora of content. Premium subscribers will also be able to watch ad-free from more devices at once, along with the option to download for offline viewing.
Frndly TV is streaming (Hallmark Movies Now) video-on-demand service as a subscriber add-on. It joins Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama — as part of Frndly’s core $5.99 a month package. The Hallmark Movies Now offer is available for an additional $5.99 a month. The ad-free Hallmark Movies Now is also available on Comcast’s X1, Cox’s Contour, and YouTube TV.
The Prison Breaker just dropped on discovery+, chronicling the true story of a legendary escape artist, Richard Lee McNair. He is assumed to be the only person ever to have broken out of jail, state penitentiary, and federal penitentiary, this four-hour documentary exposes the master of deception and gives insight into how he did the impossible.
discovery+ is a video streaming service that offers more than 55,000 episodes of 2,500+ current and classic shows from several popular TV brands including Discovery, Investigation Discovery, HGTV, TLC, Food Network, A&E, Lifetime, and History.
The service primarily focuses on non-fiction programming or “reality” TV shows.
discovery+ is available with limited ads for $4.99 / month or ad-free for $6.99 / month.