Whip: ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Top New Show, ‘Fate: The Winx Saga’ Top Returning Show Anticipated in September

Prime Video’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” was the top anticipated new show, Netflix’s “Fate: The Winx Saga” was the most anticipated returning show, and Warner Bros.’ Don’t Worry Darling was the top anticipated movie on the Whip Media charts for September.

Dubbed the most expensive TV season ever with a production budget of $715 million, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” is a fantasy series based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien and is set thousands of years before The Hobbit. The series debuted Sept. 1.

“Fate: The Winx Saga,” season two of which is set to start streaming on Netflix Sept. 16, is a teen drama based on the Nickelodeon animated series. The live-action series follows a group of fairies at a boarding school.

Directed by Olivia Wilde, the psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling stars Harry Styles and Florence Pugh. It follows a 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 21 million global users, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

Most Anticipated New Shows for September:

  1. “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” (Prime Video) — Sept. 1
  2. “Andor” (Disney+) — Sept. 21
  3. “Monarch” (Fox) — Sept. 11
  4. “Quantum Leap” (2022) (NBC) — Sept. 19
  5. “The Rookie: Feds” (ABC) — Sept. 27


Most Anticipated Returning Shows for September:

  1. “Fate: The Winx Saga” (Netflix) — Sept. 16
  2. “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) — Sept. 14
  3. “Cobra Kai” (Netflix) — Sept. 9
  4. “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” (Disney+) — Sept. 28
  5. “Abbott Elementary” (ABC) — Sept. 21


Most Anticipated Movies for September:

  1. Don’t Worry Darling — Sept. 23
  2. Hocus Pocus 2 — Sept. 30
  3. Blonde — Sept. 16
  4. Bros — Sept. 30
  5. The Woman King — Sept. 16
  6. Pinocchio — Sept. 8
  7. Do Revenge — Sept. 16
  8. Smile — Sept. 30
  9. The Greatest Beer Run Ever — Sept. 30
  10. See How They Run — Sept. 16

Amazon Set to Debut Most-Expensive TV Series Ever Created, ‘Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,’ Sept. 2

When Amazon in 2017 beat out Netflix and HBO paying $250 million for the television production rights to “The Lord of the Rings,” it promised an over-the-top episodic series to come.

On Sept. 2, Prime Video will debut the first two of eight episodes of the original series, “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” The series has a reported production cost of more than $715 million, making it the most-expensive season of television ever created.

The show will debut two weeks after HBO bowed its “Game of Thrones” prequel, “House of the Dragon,” to impressive streaming viewership numbers.

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Warner Bros. Pictures’ last “Lord of the Rings” movie — The Return of the King — was released in 2003, generating more than $1.1 billion at the global box office, in addition to millions more across home entertainment retail channels. The movie also won 11 Oscars, including best picture.

The studios’ three prequel films based on “The Hobbit” released in 2012, 2013 and 2014 were less successful financially and critically.

The television rights came about only after the estate of “Rings” author J.R.R. Tolkien reportedly sued Warner after it licensed the intellectual property for a series of online video games and slot machines. The settlement included auctioning off the TV rights with the proceeds to be split by Warner and the Tolkien estate.

Warner and the Tolkien estate had expected to get upwards of $75 million for the TV rights.

Amazon reportedly beat out Netflix and HBO by leveraging its book-selling e-commerce roots to continue selling Tolkien’s books. Indeed, Amazon shoppers voted “Lord of the Rings” the best book of the millennium in 1999.

“We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the text,” the Tolkien estate said in a 2017 statement when the deal was first announced.

‘Tolkien’ to Arrive on Digital July 23, Disc Aug. 6 From Fox

Tolkien, about the life of the famous “The Lord of the Rings” author, will come out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) July 23 and Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 6 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The biopic follows the early years of J.R.R Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) from the halls of Oxford to the grim and bloody trenches of World War I. It also traces the relationships that defined the legendary author he would become, chronicling his romance with Edith Brant (Lily Collins), as well as the various members of the Tea Club, Barrovian Society.

Special features include deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Dome Karukoski and audio commentary by Karukoski.

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