Samba TV: Prime Video’s ‘The Rings of Power’ Falls Short of ‘Stranger Things 4,’ ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Debuts

Prime Video announced that the premiere of its highly touted (and expensive) prequel series, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” was viewed by 25 million people — tops for any Amazon original content.

Now new data from Samba TV suggests the “Rings” bow, while good, was not as spectacular as hyped.

Indeed, 1.8 million U.S. households watched “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” episode one on Prime Video during the L+3D (Sept. 1-4) window, according to Samba TV. Another 1.3 million U.S. households watched episode two during the L+3D window. The series’ debut marked Prime Video’s highest three-day viewership of any 2022 premiere on the platform.

Yet, the debut of the first episode of season four of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” generated 2.9 million U.S. households. And the debut of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” (Disney+) episode one saw 2.1 million U.S. households tune in.

The top 2022 premiere — “Stranger Things” season four — drove 22% of its initial month (L+30) viewership within the first day, whereas the top Disney+ premiere (“Obi-Wan Kenobi”) drove 28%, indicating that roughly one-quarter of those show’s viewers were highly anticipating the premieres to the point of immediately watching on their first day live.

By comparison, Prime Video original shows tend to see a slower build-up, with fewer viewers looking to tune in immediately upon release. Looking at some of Prime’s recent top shows, Samba TV data saw a smaller proportion of L+30 viewership occur within the first day.

For example, “The Terminal List 101” and “Outer Range 101” drove 13% and 15% of L+30 viewership within the first day, respectively. Even recurring series such as “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” saw a lower proportion of L+0 tune-in than Netflix and Disney+, at 18%. Waiting for a full month of data will help provide a more comprehensive picture of how “The Rings of Power” compares to other streaming releases.

Also, HBO’s “House of the Dragon” premiere over-indexed by 3% among Gen-Z, while Prime’s “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” under-indexed by 4% among the Gen-Z audience, indicating that “House of the Dragon” might be doing a better job engaging younger viewers who did not watch the original “Game of Thrones” when it initially aired more than a decade ago.

Samba found there was a viewership drop-off between episodes one and two of “The Rings of Power,” indicating that about one in four households that watched episode one were not interested in continuing to watch the next episode within the initial L+3 window.

“While initial results were strong compared to other Prime Video debuts, “The Rings of Power” has room to grow, [and] at least early on, face[s] some challenges engaging younger audiences,” Samba TV co-founder/CEO Ashwin Navin said in a statement.

Navin said Prime originals tend to attract larger audiences in the days following their release than other streamers and believes “The Rings of Power” has a strong foundation of viewership from which to build upon.

“As the streamer seeks to tap into the existing fanbase for J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy world more than two decades after the [theatrical movies] were introduced, the real challenge and opportunity for Amazon is whether it can expand beyond hard-core fans … and help launch an entirely new programming franchise.”

Samba gathers viewership data via proprietary technology on opted-in smart-TVs across 24 of the top smart-TVs globally (the most in the industry) and captures content that crosses the TV screen, regardless of source. This results in what the company contends is unbiased, comprehensive viewership insights around the world.

As is standard industry practice, Samba TV analyzes the large proprietary dataset to project household-level TV viewership. Samba TV does not estimate viewership on non-TV devices such as mobile phones. However, if a viewer were to watch Prime Video via a mobile or Web browser and casts that to a TV, Samba TV’s ACR technology would capture that household-level viewership.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi

STREAMING REVIEW:

Disney+;
Sci-fi;
Not rated.
Stars Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Vivien Lyra Blair, Moses Ingram, Rupert Friend, Sung Kang, Indira Varma, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Kumail Nanjiani, Grant Feely, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Jimmy Smits.

Shortly after Disney bought the rights to “Star Wars” and announced a series of spinoff films, the character fans most wanted to see return was Obi-Wan Kenobi as played by Ewan McGregor, to see what the Jedi master was up to in the decades between the prequels and the original trilogy.

So, naturally, Disney didn’t do that, instead making Rogue One, about the Rebels stealing the Death Star plans, and a movie about a young Han Solo that no one seemed interested in.

When Solo underperformed at the box office, Disney put all the spinoff movies on hold, including a rumored Kenobi trilogy, according to writer Stuart Beattie.

Had Disney started with the Kenobi movie in the first place, it might have established a solid foundation for the studio to make whatever spinoffs it wanted. Then again, given the lackluster writing of the sequel trilogy, maybe its delay was for the best.

Instead, “Star Wars” spinoffs were repurposed into fodder for the Disney+ streaming service following the massive success of “The Mandalorian.”

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Presented in six parts, the “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series tells the story of Obi-Wan 10 years following his exile in Revenge of the Sith. Living in squalor on Tatooine under the name Ben, he has abandoned the Force and seems resigned to his fate under the reign of the Empire, carrying out perfunctory duties to keep an eye on young Luke Skywalker. While he pays lip service to the idea of one day training Luke to become a Jedi to oppose the Emperor, he seems to have no real plan to accomplish it, with his biggest obstacle being Luke’s uncle Owen (Joel Edgerton).

As the last remnants of the Jedi are hunted by Imperial Inquisitors, Obi-Wan remains in hiding, refusing to help. Yet he is guilted into action by his old friend Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) when Luke’s sister Leia is kidnapped from Alderaan. Leaving Tatooine to rescue the other twin who is key to future plans to defeat the Empire, Obi-Wan soon learns not only that her abduction was part of an Inquisitor’s plan to draw him out, but that his former student, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), survived their duel and is terrorizing the galaxy as Darth Vader.

To reclaim his purpose, Obi-Wan is forced to once again confront Vader.

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The “Obi-Wan” series plays a bit like “Star Wars” books did in the 1990s and early 2000s, filling in gaps in the storytelling of the movies. The show not only bridges the span between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, but also seeks to explain some other inconsistencies between the original trilogy and the prequels (while possibly creating a few more along the way, but that’s easy enough to overlook). It is mostly successful in that regard, though the writing and direction isn’t as polished as it might have been had the project stayed a theatrical feature. When binged, the series runs about three hours and 45 minutes, not counting recaps and credits, feeling like a lengthy movie, but more like a fan film than a true epic.

Another letdown is the music. While John Williams returned to provide a marvelous theme for Ben that does most of the heavy lifting, the rest of the score by other composers feels more like generic action music, when there are plenty of opportunities to incorporate other existing themes from the “Star Wars” canon that aren’t really exploited until the final episode.

McGregor shines as Kenobi, delivering the emotion and pathos of a man dealing with the guilt of failing to stop the rise of the Emperor. It’s also great to see Christensen back as Anakin, and the scenes with Darth Vader are some of the best to feature the character in the entire “Star Wars” saga. The standout is Vivien Lyra Blair as li’l Leia, who demonstrates the sass and smarts of her future self but with a childlike curiosity about the universe. Pairing Leia with Ben proves to be an inspired choice, if for no other story reason than it explains why she would name her son after him despite having limited contact in the original films.

‘Stranger Things,’ ‘The Boys,’ ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Top Parrot Digital Originals Demand Chart

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended June 17, as well as Parrot’s list of overall TV shows. The series had a 12.9% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 186 times the demand of an average series.

The Amazon Prime Video superhero series “The Boys” remained No. 2 on the digital originals chart as its third season continues. It had an 11.2% spike in demand expressions to give it 59.1 times average demand. “The Boys” was No. 3 on Parrot’s list of overall TV series.

The newest Disney+ “Star Wars” series, “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” rose a spot to No. 3 despite a 2.2% drop in demand expressions for the week. It had 39.2 times average demand and was No. 9 on Parrot’s list of overall TV series.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” slid to No. 4 on the digital originals chart, grabbing 38 times average demand after a 6.4% drop in demand expressions.

HBO Max’s pirate comedy “Our Flag Means Death” remained No. 5. The show had 32.6 times average demand after a 2.6% drop in demand expressions as a second season was announced.

Two Apple TV+ shows returned to the top 10 on the digital originals chart. The alternate history sci-fi drama “For All Mankind” climbed to No. 8, from No. 19 the previous week, after its third season premiered June 10, giving it a 23.2% bump in demand expressions to push it to 26.8 times average demand. “Ted Lasso” rose two spots to No. 10 after the announcement that its in-production third season would be its last.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The top non-streaming overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” at No. 2 with 72.4 times average demand.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.

 

Reelgood: 36-Year-Old ‘Top Gun’ Movie Again Tops ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi,’ ‘Stranger Things’ in Weekly Streaming

Paramount Pictures’ 1986 movie Top Gun was the most streamed title for a second time the week ended June 8, and has been on the weekly top 10 chart for the past five weeks, according to new data from Reelgood, which tracks first-party data about how 5 million users in the United States interact with movies and TV shows on the platform in real-time.

Disney+’s much-anticipated series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” finished No. 2 in its second week of release. Netflix’s season four debut of “Stranger Things” again ranked No. 3, followed by season three of “The Boys” on Amazon Prime Video, and The Northman streaming on Peacock Premium. Hulu series “The Orville” ranked No. 8, HBO Max movie Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore was No. 9, and the Prime Video movie Emergency was No. 10.

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Top 10 Shows and Movies of the Week

  1. Top Gun (Paramount+ and Amazon Prime Video)
  2. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” (Disney+)
  3. “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
  4. “The Boys” (Amazon Prime Video)
  5. The Northman (Peacock)
  6. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Netflix)
  7. The Lost City (Paramount+)
  8. “The Orville” (Hulu)
  9. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (HBO Max)
  10. Emergency (Amazon Prime Video)

JustWatch: ‘Top Gun,’ ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Again Top Weekly Streaming

Paramount Pictures’ original 1986 movie Top Gun was the most-streamed feature film through June 5, according to new data from JustWatch, which tracks more than 20 million users’ monthly streaming choices across 54 countries. New Disney+ series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” was the most-streamed series.

Rounding out the podium across movies and TV shows was Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and The Northman. TV shows included “Better Call Saul” and “Stranger Things.”

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‘Stranger Things’ Still No. 1 on Parrot’s Demand Chart; ‘Obi-Wan’ Up to No. 3

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings by a wide margin the week ended June 3, as well as Parrot’s list of overall TV shows. The series had a 105.6% rise in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, pushing it to 210.1 times the demand of an average series. Netflix May 27 released the first seven episodes of the fourth season.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” remained No. 2 on the digital originals chart, grabbing 42.8 times average demand after a 13.5% rise in demand expressions. “The Mandalorian” was No. 8 on Parrot’s list of overall TV series.

The newest Disney+ “Star Wars” series, “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” finally climbed into the digital originals top 10 at No. 3. It had 39.2 times average demand after a 97.8% increase in demand following its May 27 premiere of its first two episodes, and third episode arriving June 1. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” was No. 9 on Parrot’s list of overall TV series.

HBO Max’s pirate comedy “Our Flag Means Death” remained No. 4. The show had 33.8 times average demand after a 2.6% drop in demand expressions.

The Paramount+ sci-fi series “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” stayed No. 5, with demand expressions down 0.7% to give it 32.7 times average demand.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The top non-streaming overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” at No. 2 with 71.3 times average demand.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.

 

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Marks Biggest Disney+ Series Debut

Ewan McGregor’s return to headline and produce new original series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” proved to be a winner for Disney+. The May 27 episode ranked as the most-streamed premiere ever on the SVOD service, according to new data from Samba TV, which tracks an addressable footprint of 46 million opted-in devices worldwide.

The series narrowly edged out the second-season premiere episodes of Star Wars shows “The Mandalorian” and “The Book of Boba Fest,” and Marvel Studios’ “Moon Knight.”

Samba said 2.14 million U.S. households watched “Obi-Wan Kenobi” through May 30, compared with 2.08 million U.S. homes that watched “The Mandalorian” season two premiere Oct. 30, 2020, during the L+3D window.
 
 
About 1.6 million U.S. homes watched the March 30, 2022, “Moon Knight” debut during the L+3D window. Another 1.5 million U.S. homes watched “The Book of Boba Fett” Dec. 21, 2021, premiere during the L+3D window.
 
“Big name-brand properties are attracting some of the largest streaming audiences we see for their premier weekends,” Ashwin Navin, CEO of Samba TV, said in a statement. “As ad-supported streaming models continue to gain steam, these huge weekend draws are going to be critically important for brands that are looking for incremental reach beyond linear TV.”

 

JustWatch: ‘Top Gun,’ ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Top Weekly Streamed Content

Paramount Pictures’ original Top Gun movie from 1986 was the most-streamed movie through May 29, according to new data from JustWatch, which tracks more than 20 million users’ monthly streaming choices across 54 countries. New Disney+ series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” was the most-streamed series.

Rounding out the podium across movies TV shows was Goodfellas (co-starring the recently deceased Ray Liotta) and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. TV shows included “Better Call Saul” and “Stranger Things.”

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Disney+ D23 Expo Presentation Showcases App Features, Unveils Content Slate Including New ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi,’ Marvel, ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Series

Disney+ unveiled six series in development, a slate of original series and films, and details about the service during a showcase presentation at Disney’s D23 Expo Aug. 23 in Anaheim, Calif.

The Disney+ app made its debut on the show floor, with features and functionality confirmed for the global launch dates in November. Disney+ ($6.99 per month; $69.99 annually in the U.S.) offers viewers:

• Unlimited Downloads: Subscribers have access to unlimited downloads of shows and movies on the Disney+ app to watch offline later on up to 10 mobile or tablet devices, with no constraints on the number of times a title can be downloaded per year. Once downloaded, subscribers can watch on the go and without an internet connection. The number of titles stored at one time on a device is dependent upon the available storage space on a subscriber’s device.

• High-Quality Viewing: Subscribers can get ultra-high-definition viewing with up to 4K Ultra HD video playback in Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Dolby Atmos immersive audio on supported devices for available programming.

• Commercial-free Viewing: Subscribers can access unlimited viewing of Disney+ content without having to watch commercials.

Profile Customizations: Subscribers can set up to seven different profiles and choose an avatar tailored to their favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel or “Star Wars” characters, with more than 200 avatars available.

Concurrent Streaming: Disney+ allows subscribers to concurrently stream video content on up to four registered devices with no up-charges.

• Multiple Languages: At launch, Disney+ will offer support for English, Spanish, French and Dutch languages, including both user interface as well as audio support and/or subtitles for library content, with additional languages available for Disney+ originals.

• Accessibility: The app offers support for closed captioning, descriptive audio and navigation assistance for subscribers with disabilities.

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Actress Yvette Nicole Brown, who stars in the Disney+ original film Lady and the Tramp, hosted the content presentation, welcoming Kevin Mayer, chairman, direct-to-consumer and international.

“With less than three months until launch, Disney+ will soon entertain and inspire audiences of all ages for generations to come, and we’re excited to preview some of the amazing original content being created for the service exclusively from our world-class brands today at the D23 Expo,” said Mayer. “Storytelling is the cornerstone of The Walt Disney Company and we’re thrilled to unveil a new slate of original shows from the Star Wars and Marvel cinematic universes, along with popular television franchises set to return with all-new series streaming only on Disney+.”

Executives behind the Disney+ content slate also appeared, including Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production; Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios; Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm; and Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channel Worldwide.

The executives discussed the status of previously announced content as well as introduced additions to the slate:

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in 2005’s ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith’

Ewan McGregor was on hand to confirm his return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new series from Lucasfilm, presumably set between the events of the “Star Wars” prequel and original trilogies, when the character was exiled on Tatooine watching over young Luke Skywalker. Alec Guinness played the role in the original “Star Wars” in 1977, as well as 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Return of the Jedi. McGregor played the younger version of the character in the prequels from 1999 to 2005. Reports about the series had been swirling in the week leading up to the D23 Expo, following years of speculation that McGregor would return to the role in a spinoff movie;

Feige announced that Marvel Studios is developing three new live-action series, “Ms. Marvel,” “Moon Knight” and “She-Hulk,” all derived from Marvel comics;

Hilary Duff surprised the audience with an appearance to announce she will reprise the role she made famous in an all-new Lizzie McGuire series from Terri Minsky; and

Forty years after leaving the swamp in his big screen debut in The Muppet Movie, Kermit the Frog along with the Muppets gang will appear in their first-ever unscripted short-form series, “Muppets Now.”

Disney+ also showcased original movies and shows set to stream when the service launches on Nov. 12.

“The Mandalorian”

For Lucasfilm’s “The Mandalorian,” executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni joined series stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito, along with Taika Waititi, who brings the droid IG-11 to life, to premiere the teaser trailer for the first Star Wars live-action series. Earlier in the day at the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, Robert A. Iger,chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Co., announced that new Disney Legend Ming-Na Wen will join the cast of the series. Set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, “The Mandalorian” follows the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

 

The cast of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” participated in a live performance of the multi-platinum hit song, “We’re All In This Together.” Following the presentation, cast members Joshua Bassett, Olivia Rodrigo, Matt Cornett, Sofia Wylie, Julia Lester, Larry Saperstein, Dara Reneé, Frankie A. Rodriguez, Kate Reinders, Mark St. Cyr, and Showrunner Tim Federle invited 3,600 fans to watch the first episode in the D23 Expo Arena and revealed the series’ teaser trailer. The 10-episode scripted series, set at the real-life East High, where the original movie was filmed, follows a group of students as they countdown to opening night of their school’s first-ever production of “High School Musical.”

 

Host Brown joined fellow Lady and the Tramp cast members Rose (“Lady”) and Monty (“Tramp”) — the canine stars of the film — to premiere the first trailer of the live-action remake of the 1955 animated classic, In the film, a pampered house dog and a tough but lovable stray embark on an unexpected adventure and, despite their differences, grow closer and come to understand the value of home.

 

Noelle stars Anna Kendrick and Billy Eichner joined Sean Bailey to announce their film will premiere on Disney+ Nov. 12 before sharing a new trailer. In the holiday comedy, Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun, but wishes she could do something important like her beloved brother Nick, who will take over from their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away. When he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.

 

Jeff Goldblum, who stars in and hosts 12-episode “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” from National Geographic, gave fans a peek inside the series including a new trailer for the show.

 

Executive producer Kristen Bell shared a first-look trailer and a taste of what’s to come in the unscripted series “Encore!” that brings together former castmates of high school musicals, tasking them with re-creating their original performance years after they last performed it.

 

Tony Hale, who reprises role as Forky from Toy Story 4 in the new collection of Pixar animated shorts “Forky Asks a Question,” premiered the first short (“What is Money?”). In the 10 shorts, Forky explores important questions about how the world works, such as: What is love? What is time? 

Forky

Disney+ also detailed titles set to premiere after the service launches:

The audience was treated to a scene from the Disney+ original film Togo, an untold true story set in the winter of 1925 in the Alaskan tundra. The film, which will launch on the service in December, stars four-time Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe and is directed by Ericson Core. It also stars Julianne Nicholson, Christopher Heyerdahl, Richard Dormer, Michael Greyeyes, Michael McElhatton and Michael Gaston.

Director Kari Skogland introduced Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, the stars of Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, which finds Falcon and the Winter Soldier teaming up after Avengers: Endgame. Emily VanCamp came on stage and Feige revealed that she will reprise her role as Sharon Carter. Then, he introduced the crowd to Wyatt Russell who will play John Walker — a character from the comics coming to the screen for the first time. Head writer Malcom Spellman was also on hand to greet the crowd. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will launch on Disney+ in 2020.

Stars Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen were on hand for their new series, Marvel Studios’ “WandaVision.” Bettany returns as Vision and Olsen as Wanda Maximoff — two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives who begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. Feige surprised the audience by bringing to the stage Kat Dennings and Randall Park who will reprise their roles from Thor and Ant-Man and The Wasp, and then he introduced Kathryn Hahn who has been cast as a new character in the series. Director Matt Shakman and head writer Jac Schaeffer joined everyone on stage to reveal that the streaming series will blend the style of classic sitcoms with Marvel Cinematic Universe. “WandaVision” premieres on Disney+ in 2021.

Feige welcomed the director, Kate Herron, and head writer, Michael Waldron, of “Loki” to the stage. In Marvel Studios’ series “Loki,” Tom Hiddleston returns as the mercurial Loki, the god of mischief, in stories that take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. “Loki” debuts on Disney+ in 2021.

For Marvel Studios’ “What If …?” Hayley Atwell was on hand to greet the audience. Atwell will voice Peggy Carter in Marvel Studios’ first animated series that focuses on different heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and imagines what would happen if the events in the films worked out differently. Feige also introduced director Bryan Andrews and head writer Ashley Bradley to the crowd.  “What If…?” premieres on Disney+ in 2021.

Kennedy announced that the new season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” will stream on Disney+ in February 2020. The Emmy award-winning animated series will be returning with 12 new episodes and will mark the return of classic characters Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, as well as Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex.

Stars Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk joined Kennedy to introduce the audience to the second Lucasfilm live-action series for Disney+, which is now in development. Both actors are reprising their roles from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and the stories follow Cassian Andor’s adventures as a rebel spy during the formative years of the Rebellion, before the events of A New Hope.

Executive producer and recurring guest star Gina Rodriguez joined “Diary of a Female President” lead Tess Romero to announce the series will premiere on Disney+ in January. Told using the narration from her diary, the half-hour single camera comedy follows 12-year-old Cuban-American girl Elena’s journey through the trials of middle school, which set her on the path to ultimately become president of the United States.

Bailey shared a first look at the original film Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made based on the best-selling book series by Stephan Pastis and launching on the service in early 2020. The film follows the exploits of a quirky, deadpan hero, Timmy Failure, who, along with his 1,500-pound polar bear partner Total, operates Total Failure Inc., a Portland detective agency.

The stars of Stargirl, Grace VanderWaal and Graham Verchere, helped introduce the coming-of-age film based on the New York Times best-selling young adult novel. The film also stars Karan Brar, Maximiliano Hernandez, Darby Stanchfield and Giancarlo Esposito. It will launch on Disney+ in early 2020.

“Monsters at Work” stars Ben Feldman and Aisha Tyler unveiled the latest design of their characters Tylor and Millie. Inspired by Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award-winning feature film Monsters, Inc., the new series from Disney Television Animation returns to Monstropolis and follows a new cast of monsters with special appearances from Mike and Sulley (voiced by Billy Crystal and John Goodman).