Disney+ will officially join the streaming wars in just over a week on November 12. With it comes hundreds of The Walt Disney Company’s movies and television shows from over the decades, but there’s also a wave of original programming along with it. The most anticipated show is undoubtedly the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian. Unfortunately, that series hasn’t been made available to critics for review, and it won’t be until it bows on the launch day for Disney+. However, the subscription service has plenty more Disney+ original shows to offer, and we’ve seen some of them.
We were given access to early screeners of the first wave of original programming on Disney+, which includes the Disney theme park documentary series The Imagineering Story, the National Geographic culture documentary series The World According to Jeff Goldblum, the high school drama reunion reality series Encore!, the inspirational kid-focused reality series The Marvel Hero Project, and the scripted mockumentary series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Are any of these shows worth watching with a Disney+ subscription? We sampled each of them. Read More »
Facing the end of the world is hard enough, but facing it alone is even tougher. In the case of Netflix’s surprise smash hit The End of the F***ing World, it’s of course a metaphorical end of the world, but that doesn’t make its follow-up season, which follows Jessica Barden’s Alyssa as she deals with the “fallout” of the events of the first season on her own, any less depressing. The official The End of the F***ing World season 2 trailer paints an ominous picture of how those events transpired. Read More »
When it snows, it pours. And when Netflix begins its onslaught of cheesy Christmas rom-coms, it’s an avalanche. Or at least, it soon will be following the trailer for Let It Snow, a high school rom-com starring some of today’s most popular teenybopper stars, including Jacob Batalon, Kiernan Shipka, Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore, Odeya Rush, and more. Watch the Let It Snow trailer below and prepare yourself for the many Netflix Christmas rom-coms to follow.
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The sexiest new property in the streaming wars is: books! Or at least, the women behind them, per HBO Max’s newest original series from Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina creator Robert Aguirre-Sacasa. Aguirre-Sacasa is developing two sexy Gothic literary series for HBO Max, the first of which offers the sexy Mary Shelley take to compete with Apple’s upcoming sexy Emily Dickinson series. And knowing what Aguirre-Sacasa has cooked up with his Riverdale extended universe, it will all be very, very sexy.
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Emily Dickinson is a woman ahead of her time, quite literally in the case of the upcoming Apple TV+ series starring Hailee Steinfeld as the legendary female poet. Dickinson is a coming-of-age comedy series set in the mid-1800s that is all about those anachronisms, Steinfeld and her co-stars happily sling around words like “dude,” and “gross.” But it certainly makes Dickinson stand out from the crowd of stuffy biographical dramas — that and seeing John Mulaney rock an old-timey beard as Henry David Thoreau. Watch the new Dickinson trailer below.
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You know what kids love? Musicals from 1971 turned into a movie in 1978 set in the 1950s and updated for the 21st century. At least that’s what HBO Max is hoping with their order of a new series called Grease: Rydell High, a spin-off series of the film adaptation of the musical Grease. Are we looking at Glee set in the 1950s? Find out more about the Grease TV series below. Read More »
It’s the natural order of things: the world ends, the teens party. So many apocalyptic shows and movies take a dour approach to the end of the world, but Netflix’s upcoming apocalyptic comedy Daybreak imagines teens as the only ones unaffected by a zombie plague that renders all the adults brain-dead monsters. So naturally, they’re going to party it up and play with some cool swords. Watch the official Daybreak trailer below.
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Matthew Broderick played one of the most famous high school students in cinema history in the John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and then returned to campus as a teacher years later in Alexander Payne‘s political satire Election. Now he’s graduated to playing a principal in Daybreak, a new teen-centric Netflix series about a group of students who band together to survive a post-apocalyptic, Mad Max-style future. Check out the teaser trailer for the upcoming series below. Read More »
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It was only five years ago that John Green was all the rage — his brand of angsty sincerity shown in films like The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns got the author crowned the king of tumblr. But five years can be an eon in today’s internet culture, and Looking for Alaska feels like it comes a little too late.
But Hulu’s TV series adaptation of the 2005 novel certainly screams “John Green”: There’s the wild, enigmatic girl who becomes a source of fascination for our nondescript protagonist, a group of lovesick friends coming of age, and your requisite cigarette as a fashion accessory. It’s all present in the Looking for Alaska trailer, which you can watch below.
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Never was there a group of students that had a more drama and murder-filled high school experience. And yet here are Archie (KJ Apa) and co., celebrating their senior year “in all its glory.” And glory includes one of their close friends, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) going mysteriously missing, sending the town in a tizzy. But, as Veronica (Camila Mendes) slinkily says, Riverdale is no stranger to scandal. Watch the Riverdale season 4 trailer below.
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