Season Two of ‘The Terror’ on Disc Aug. 18 From Lionsgate

Lionsgate will release The Terror: Infamy, the second season of the critically acclaimed AMC anthology series, on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 18.

Executive produced by Alexander Woo, Ridley Scott, Guymon Casady, Alexandra Milchan, David W. Zucker and Jordan Sheehan, and written by Max Borenstein, The Terror: Infamy deals with World War II-era Japanese-Americans on Southern California’s Terminal Island who are menaced by a “bakemono,” or folkloric specter.

Suffering forced evictions and imprisonment after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Terminal Islanders are hounded by prejudice and injustice, as well as bad omens and bizarre deaths. One of them, Chester Nakayama (Derek Mio), decides to take on the malevolent entity, journeying to realms of evil in both the present and the distant past.

The cast also includes Kiki Sukezane, Naoko Mori, Miki Ishikawa, and George Takei.

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Shudder’s ‘Belzebuth’ to Come Out on Disc, Digital and VOD July 7 From RLJE

RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to Belzebuth from Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural.

The title will be released on VOD, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray on July 7.

Belzebuth is Emilio Portes’ (Pastorela) fourth feature film and first horror film, from a script co-written by Portes and Luis Carlos Fuentes (“Kipatla”). The horror/thriller stars Joaquín Cosio (“Narcos: Mexico,” The Lone Ranger), Tobin Bell (Saw franchise), and Tate Ellington (Sinister 2). The film premiered at the 50th Sitges Film Festival and received Best Picture at 2019 Santiago Horror Film Festival and Best Special Effects at 2019 Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre. 

In Belzebuth, Special Agent Emanuel Ritter leads a police investigation into a series of shocking deaths. But after a priest from the Vatican finds a link between the murders and an ancient demon, a descent into horror ensues.

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Season One of ‘Creepshow’ Coming to Digital and Disc From RLJE

RLJE Films has picked up select rights to season one of “Creepshow” from parent AMC Networks’ Shudder streaming service and will release it June 2 digitally, and on DVD and Blu-ray.

The six-episode season of the horror-comedy from showrunner Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead”) stars Tobin Bell (Saw franchise), Adrienne Barbeau (Escape From New York), Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”), Cailey Fleming (“The Walking Dead”), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Scott ‘Kid Cudi’ Mescudi (Bill & Ted Face the Music), DJ Qualls (“The Man in the High Castle”), Bruce Davison (X-Men), David Arquette (Scream franchise), Dana Gould (“Stan Against Evil”) and Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”).

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The new anthology series is based on George A. Romero’s 1982 horror comedy film. A comic book comes to life in a series of 12 vignettes over six episodes, exploring terrors from murder to the supernatural and unexplainable, including haunted dollhouses, werewolves, murderous goblins, villainous trick-or-treaters, the dead and medical marvels.

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The six episodes were directed by Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead”), Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead), John Harrison (Book of Blood), Rob Schrab (“Community”), David Bruckner (The Ritual) and Roxanne Benjamin (Body at Brighton Rock).

Bonus materials include more than three hours of interviews, featurettes and behind-the-scenes footage, audio commentary tracks with the cast and crew for each of the episodes, and a 24-page comic art booklet.

Update (5/12/20): The original street date of May 19 was changed to June 2 by RLJ.

Hulu’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Top New, HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Top Returning Shows on March TV Time Anticipation Charts

Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere” was the top anticipated new show and HBO’s “Westworld” was the top anticipated returning show on the TV Time charts for March.

TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

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Hulu’s new “Little Fires Everywhere” miniseries, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, hits screens March 18. Based on the Celeste Ng novel, the eight-episode show follows the fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. Coming in at No. 2 on the new show chart was Hulu’s sci-fi thriller “Devs,” debuting March 5. In the series, when a software engineer’s boyfriend disappears, she suspects foul play and investigates the secretive division of her tech company. Behind HBO’s “The Plot Against America” at No. 3 was “Amazon Stories” (No. 4) from new streaming service Apple TV+. The series is a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s 1985 anthology series.

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Among returning shows, coming in No. 2 behind the HBO sci-fi series “Westworld,” returning for its third season March 15, was Netflix’s Spanish teen drama “Elite,” with its season three hitting screens March 13. Netflix also cleaned up on the rest of the returning shows chart with its series taking the No. 3 through No. 5 spots.

 

Most Anticipated New Shows for March:

  1. “Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu) — March 18
  2. “Devs” (Hulu) — March 5
  3. “The Plot Against America” (HBO) — March 16
  4. “Amazon Stories” (Apple TV+) — March 6
  5. “Dispatches From Elsewhere” (AMC) — March 1

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for March:

  1. “Westworld” (HBO) — March 15
  2. “Elite” (Netflix) — March 13
  3. “Paradise PD” (Netflix) — March 6
  4. “Ozark” (Netflix) — March 27
  5. “Castlevania” (Netflix) — March 5

 

Shudder Renews ‘Creepshow’

Shudder — AMC Networks’ SVOD service for horror, thriller and supernatural content — has renewed its horror anthology series “Creepshow” for a second season.

Executive produced by showrunner Greg Nicotero (​“The Walking Dead”), “Creepshow” is based on the iconic 1982 movie written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero and is Shudder’s first hour-long scripted series. More than 50% of Shudder members watched at least one episode of the series, and the show has also helped drive record growth, according to the streaming service.

“‘Creepshow’ has met every expectation we had for Shudder’s first original scripted series and then some, with record numbers across the board,” Shudder GM Craig Engler said in a statement. “Greg Nicotero and his team delivered an amazing show that’s unlike anything else on TV and we’re thrilled and delighted to bring it back for another season.”

“For me, ‘Creepshow’ has been a true labor of love,” Nicotero said in a statement. “To be able to pay tribute to George A. Romero’s visionary project and have the show so embraced by fans everywhere is humbling to this horror kid from Pittsburgh. I couldn’t be more pleased and look forward to continuing the series with more ghoulish delight.”

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“Working with Greg Nicotero and Shudder on ‘Creepshow’ has been a dream come true,” Stan Spry, executive producer for the series and CEO of the Cartel, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to carry on the ‘Creepshow’ legacy with season two.”

The season one finale airs Oct. 31, both on demand and on the Shudder TV live-stream at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Season one of ‘Creepshow’ stars David Arquette (“​Scream” franchise), Adrienne Barbeau (​The Fog), Tobin Bell (​Saw), Big Boi (​“​Scream: The TV Series”), Jeffrey Combs (​“​Star Trek,” Re-Animator), Kid Cudi (​Drunk Parents), Bruce Davison (​X-Men), Giancarlo Esposito (“Better Call Saul”), Dana Gould (​“​Stan Against Evil”), Tricia Helfer (“​Battlestar Galactica”) and DJ Qualls (“Supernatural”), and features adaptations of stories by Stephen King, Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, Josh Malerman and others.

Nicotero’s Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy award-winning make-up Effects studio KNB EFX Group will again serve as creature creators.

Plans for the Shudder service start at $4.75 per month.

AMC’s Acorn TV and UMC Launch on YouTube TV

Subscription streaming services Acorn TV and UMC are available on YouTube TV, AMC Networks announced.

Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service for British and international television, and UMC is the largest streaming service for black TV and film, according to AMC. The services join sister services Shudder, Sundance NOW and AMC Premiere as part of YouTube TV’s lineup of premium streaming service add-on options.

Acorn TV’s add-on channel is now available via YouTube TV for $6 a month, and UMC’s add-on channel is $5 a month.

Programming now available on Acorn TV’s YouTube TV channel includes:

  • “Manhunt,” a 2019 series starring Martin Clunes as a former police detective who tenaciously pursues a serial killer;
  • “Line of Duty,” a cop thriller that takes a probing look into modern police corruption with new guest leads every season;
  • “Agatha Raisin,” an Acorn TV Original series starring Ashley Jensen in adaptations of MC Beaton’s best-selling novels as an amateur sleuth who becomes entangled in mischief, mayhem and murder;
  • “Doc Martin,” a U.K. series starring Clunes as a tactless, self-centered, and uptight doctor in the town of Portwenn, where he clashes with the village’s quirky inhabitants;
  • “Keeping Faith,” an Acorn TV Original thriller starring Eve Myles as Faith, a lawyer with a happy marriage until her husband suddenly disappears; and
  • dramas including “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” and “Midsomer Murders,” as well as Acorn TV Original series “Queens of Mystery” and “Mystery Road.”

 

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Programming now available on UMC’s YouTube TV channel includes:

  • “A House Divided,” a new original drama series starring Demetria McKinney, Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, Paula Jai Parker and Brad James;
  • “Beyond the Pole,” the channel’s first original reality series that follows six of Atlanta’s exotic dancers on their journeys out of the strip club world with the help of Stormy Wellington, a former dancer turned multi-millionaire;
  • “Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy,” which will return for its second season later this fall;
  • OWN’s “Black Love” and WEtv’s “Growing Up Hip Hop”;
  • classic sitcoms, such as UPN’s “All of Us”; and
  • classic films such as Set It Off, starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica Fox and Kimberly Elise, and B.A.P.S., starring Halle Berry and Natalie Desselle.

Over the past year, Acorn TV and UMC have expanded their availability across various platform partners, most recently joining Apple TV Channels and The Roku Channel. Others will be added later this year, according to AMC.

Third Season of ‘Into the Badlands’ Coming to Disc Aug. 27 From Lionsgate

AMC’s martial arts drama comes to an end in Into the Badlands: The Complete Third Season, arriving on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Aug. 27 from Lionsgate.

In the final season of “Into the Badlands,” Sunny’s son contracts a mysterious illness that pressures him to join forces with Bajie. They journey back into the Badlands, where The Widow and Baron Chau are entrenched in a drawn-out war that has destabilized the entire region.

The series stars Daniel Wu, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Orla Brady, Sherman Augustus and Babou Ceesay.

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Season 4 on Disc March 5

Lionsgate will release Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray and DVD March 5.

The season features Lennie James joining the cast as the character of Morgan, crossing over from “The Walking Dead.” Other new cast members include Maggie Grace, Garret Dillahunt and Jenna Elfman, joining returning regulars Alycia Debnam-Carey, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Colman Domingo and Danay Garcia in the continuing quest to survive in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies.

The home video release includes audio commentaries from the cast and crew on four episodes.

RLJE’s Johnson Tells Entertainment Industry to Embrace Technology and Consumer Choice

Fresh off the news of AMC Networks buying a majority interest in his company RLJ Entertainment, BET founder Bob Johnson exhorted the audience at an Aug. 2 OTT conference to embrace change.

“You can’t stop progress, and you can’t stop the freedom of individual choice,” he said at the OTT & Video Distribution Summit in Marina del Rey, Calif.

Entertainment companies must anticipate the future and learn their core business, which is producing and delivering good content.

“If you don’t produce compelling content — make consumers want to vote with their dollars — you’re going to lose out,” he said, adding “the consumer is the programmer.”

It’s about knowing what business you are in.

“Had the railroad guys been smart, they’d have been in the passenger business and started the airlines,” he said.

OTT channels such as RLJ’s Urban Movie Channel and Acorn TV are capitalizing on consumer targeting.

UMC offers “compelling content for an audience who had never had that opportunity.” It is not beholden to advertisers or cable programmers that might object to certain content.

“The gatekeepers have been torn down,” he said.

Acorn TV is for people “who love and just adore” British content. Owning 65% of the Agatha Christie library gives the channel a leg up in that market.

The future of the cable industry is threatened unless it adapts.

“Cable always from the beginning was a retransmission device of other people’s content,” Johnson said, adding “as long as cable can provide internet service it’s got a role to play.”

But he said the future of content distribution is a la carte, not bundles that include channels consumers don’t want to pay for.

“The industry in my opinion has to find a new model and that model is a la carte,” he said.

Lionsgate Releasing Season 1 of AMC’s ‘The Terror’ on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 21

Lionsgate will release The Terror: The Complete First Season  on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 21 from Lionsgate.

The Ridley Scott-produced AMC series focuses on crew members of a naval ship who must fight for survival against a terrifying monster that stalks them.

The show stars Jared Harris (“Mad Men”), Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”) and Ciaran Hinds (“Game of Thrones”).

Disc extras include the featurettes “A Look at the Characters,” “A Look at the Series” and “Ridley Scott on ‘The Terror.’”