Subs Dive Lower

Halloween may be Oct. 31, but the real thriller in Hollywood will hit in November.

Disney+ and Apple TV+ are in a sub battle to the pricing floor. After Disney+ announced its Nov. 12 launch at $6.99 a month, with special offers dipping below $4 a month, Apple TV+ Sept. 10 an­nounced it would launch its SVOD service Nov. 1 (more than a week before Disney) at $4.99 a month, below regular pricing for Disney+ and approaching the special offer cost.

Not coincidentally, Disney CEO Bob Iger resigned from the Apple board the same day.

The two services, vying to take on the likes of streaming giants such as Netflix (with pricing starting at $8.99 a month) and Amazon Prime (a free add-on to its shipping fee), seem to have made the calculation to charge practically nothing for premium streaming content.

The moves could further lower con­sumers’ perceived value of content in general. Over the years, studios have fought outfits that devalued their con­tent. Now, Disney and several others are joining some of the low-priced markets they previously vilified — and undercutting them.

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Certainly, entering the streaming market offers additional value other than subscription revenue. Disney and others will gather a treasure trove of data on their customers, and perhaps will find new ways to better target and monetize content.

Giving away a library of titles for the price of a gallon of milk each month is certain to attract con­sumers, but it’s a gamble that could undermine the value of the studios’ core product.

Bob Iger Steps Down From Apple Board as Streaming War Heats Up

On the heels of Apple’s launch and pricing announcement about its new streaming service, the tech giant has announced that Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger has stepped down from its board.

In a Sept. 13 SEC Filing, Apple disclosed that Iger resigned Sept. 10.

Apple Sept. 10 announced its service Apple TV+ would bow Nov. 1 — a little over a week before the launch of Disney’s streaming service Disney+ Nov. 12 — and at $4.99 — undercutting Disney+’s $6.99 a month regular price (although special offers put the cost under $4 a month).

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Report: Disney+ Offering Free Trial in the Netherlands

The Disney+ app has been released on Google Play with exclusive access for the Netherlands for a free trial through Nov. 12, according to a report from Droid Life.

The layout of the service includes home, search, download and account tabs at the bottom, according to the website, with recommendations and the ability to filter by category, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars.

The service also allows users to pick favorite Disney characters to influence results, according to the report.

The app offers unlimited access to classics, unlimited downloads, and up to seven profiles and four concurrent streams, according to the report.

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Disney+ will formally launch Nov. 12 at $6.99 a month ($69.99 for a year). A special offer to D23 members (Disney’s fan club) who ordered a three-year subscription, let them receive the third year free, a savings of 33% or $23 per year for an effective monthly rate below $4.

Netflix Developing Project Based on Story by Millie Bobby Brown and Her Sister

Netflix is currently developing the film A Time Lost based on an original story by sisters Millie Bobby Brown and Paige Brown.

Millie Bobby Brown currently stars in the Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

The new project is being produced by Millie Bobby Brown through PCMA Productions and executive produced by Paige Brown and Robert Brown. Millie Bobby Brown and Paige Brown are authors of the original story with Anna Klassen attached to adapt.

The story follows a long-standing feud between two Long Island families that comes to a head when one of their teenage daughters is diagnosed with cancer.

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“We are so grateful to Netflix for their confidence in us and this beautiful story, which we have spent years writing and developing,” said the Brown sisters in a statement. “It’s about friendship, family and overcoming obstacles when it feels like the world is pushing you down. It’s been a labor of love, literally.”

“Millie is an extraordinary creative talent,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP independent film and documentary features, in a statement. “We’ve been lucky to have her in our family from the beginning of her career. It is a genuine thrill to witness Millie bring her distinct vision to the screen, now as a writer and producer, alongside her sister on this wonderful film.”

Apple TV+ to Bow Nov. 1 at $4.99 a Month

Apple’s streaming service Apple TV+ will launch Nov. 1 in more than 100 countries and regions for $4.99 (U.S.) per month with a seven-day free trial.

The launch precedes rival Disney+’s Nov. 12 bow by more than a week. The pricing is also lower than the standard price of Disney+, launching at $6.99 a month, and comes close to matching special offers for the Disney service.

The service will be available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms, including online at https://tv.apple.com. Customers who purchase any iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch or Mac can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free.

Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share one Apple TV+ subscription.

The Apple TV+ original lineup includes “The Morning Show,” “Dickinson,” “See,” “For All Mankind” and “The Elephant Queen.”

“With Apple TV+, we are presenting all-original stories from the best, brightest and most creative minds, and we know viewers will find their new favorite show or movie on our service,” said Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of worldwide video. “Each Apple TV+ original offers its own unique story, fresh perspective and powerful message — all meant to entertain, connect and inspire cultural conversations.”

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“Apple TV+ is an unprecedented global video service with an all-original slate,” said Jamie Erlicht, Apple’s head of worldwide video. “We look forward to giving audiences everywhere the opportunity to enjoy these compelling stories within a rich, personalized experience on all the screens they love.”

Apple TV+ originals debuting on the Apple TV app on Nov. 1 include:

  • “See,” an drama starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard set 600 years in the future after a virus has decimated humankind and rendered the remaining population blind;
  • “The Morning Show,” a drama starring and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, and starring Steve Carell, exploring the world of morning news and the ego, ambition and the misguided search for power behind the people who help America wake up in the morning;
  • “Dickinson,” a darkly comedic coming-of-age story, exploring the constraints of society, gender and family through the lens of rebellious young poet Emily Dickinson;
  • “For All Mankind,” a new series from Ronald D. Moore that imagines what would have happened if the global space race never ended and the space program remained the cultural centerpiece of America’s hopes and dreams;
  • “Helpsters,” a new children’s series from the makers of “Sesame Street”;
  • “Snoopy in Space,” from Peanuts Worldwide and DHX Media, which takes viewers on a journey with Snoopy as he follows his dreams to become an astronaut;
  • “Ghostwriter,” a reinvention of the beloved original series, following four kids who are brought together by a mysterious ghost in a neighborhood bookstore, and must team up to release fictional characters from works of literature;
  • “The Elephant Queen,” a documentary film that follows a majestic matriarch elephant and her herd on an epic journey of life, loss and homecoming;
  • and a series from Oprah Winfrey in which she joins the world’s most compelling authors in conversation as to builds a global book club community and other projects to connect with people around the world.

More Apple TV+ originals will be added to the Apple TV app each month, including:

    • Servant, a new psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan that follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home;
    • “Truth Be Told,” a series starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer and Emmy Award winner Aaron Paul that explores America’s obsession with true crime podcasts and navigates urgent concerns about privacy, media and race;
    • “Little America,” a series inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine that brings to life the stories of immigrants in America;
    • The Banker, a feature film inspired by a true story, starring Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson as two African American entrepreneurs who try to circumvent the racial limitations of the 1950s and quietly provide housing loans to the African American community in Jim Crow Texas;
    • and Hala, a feature film and official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and 2019 Toronto International Film Festival that follows a high school senior struggling to balance being a suburban teenager with her traditional Muslim upbringing.

Starting today, viewers can watch trailers and add Apple TV+ series and movies to Up Next on the Apple TV app, so they can be notified when the first episodes become available. At launch, most Apple TV+ series will premiere with three episodes, with one new episode to roll out each week, while full seasons of some series will be available all at once, according to Apple.

Audiences worldwide can view Apple TV+ originals subtitled and/or dubbed in nearly 40 languages, including subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH) or closed captions. Apple TV+ series and movies will also be available with audio descriptions in eight languages.

Netflix’s ‘Elite’ Tops TV Time Charts

Netflix’s “Elite” took the top spot on the TV Time “Shows on the Rise” and “Binge Report” charts for the week ended Sept. 8.

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. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program.

The second season of “Elite,” a crime drama about teens at an exclusive private school in Spain, hit screens Sept. 6.

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Top Binge Shows Week Ended Sept. 8 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Elite” (Netflix) — 9.45%
  2. “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix) — 6.94%
  3. “Friends” (NBC) — 2.19%
  4. “Mindhunter” (Netflix) — 1.76%
  5. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) — 1.71%
  6. “Lucifer” (Neflix) — 1.68%
  7. “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) — 1.60%
  8. “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC) — 1.53%
  9. “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix) — 1.38%
  10. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) — 1.16%

 

Top Shows on the Rise Week Ended Sept. 8 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “Elite” (Netflix) — 97.7%
  2. “The Marseillais vs the Rest of the World” (W9) — 97.3%
  3. “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” (Sky Witness) — 91.8%
  4. “Titans” (DC Universe) — 73.5%
  5. “The A List” (BBC iPlayer) — 64.6%
  6. “Station 19” (ABC) — 57.8%
  7. “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir” (TF1) — 51%
  8. “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” (Netflix) — 47.5%
  9. “Carnival Row” (Amazon Prime Video) — 45.1%
  10. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) — 33.8%

Netflix to Produce NASCAR Sitcom Starring Kevin James

Kevin James (“The King of Queens,” Paul Blart; Mall Cop, True Memoirs of an International Assassin and Grown Ups) will star in and executive produce a new multicam sitcom, “The Crew,” for Netflix.

Set in a NASCAR garage, the comedy follows a crew chief (James). When the owner steps down and passes the team off to his daughter, the chief finds himself at odds with the tech reliant millennials she starts bringing in to modernize the team.

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Jeff Lowell (“The Ranch,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Spin City”) will serve as writer, showrunner and executive producer. Jeff Sussman (“The King of Queens,” Paul Blart; Mall Cop, True Memoirs of an International Assassin and Grown Ups) will serve as an executive producer. Todd Garner (Tag, Isn’t It Romantic, Mortal Kombat) will serve as an executive producer. Matt Summers and Tim Clark will serve as executive producers for NASCAR.

Amazon’s ‘Carnival Row’ Top Rising Show, Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ Again Top Binge on TV Time Charts

Amazon Prime’s “Carnival Row” took the top spot on the TV Time “Shows on the Rise” list, while the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” retained the No. 1 spot on its “Binge Report” chart for the week ended Sept. 1.

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. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program.

Top rising show “Carnival Row” hit screens Aug. 30. The Victorian fantasy stars Orlando Bloom as a human detective in a dangerous affair with a fairy (Cara Delevingne) while he investigates a string of murders.

The third season of the high school drama “13 Reasons Why” (No. 1 binge, No. 4 rising show) dropped Aug. 23. The teen drama revolves around a high school boy whose friend commits suicide and leaves cassette tapes explaining her action. Season three chronicles further tragedy at Liberty High School.

Netflix’s serial killer series “Mindhunter,” season two of which hit screens Aug. 16, retained the No. 2 spot on the binge chart.

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Top Binge Shows Week Ended Sept. 1 by Share of Binges:

  1. “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix) — 13.99%
  2. “Mindhunter” (Netflix) — 2.41%
  3. “Friends” (NBC) — 2.28%
  4. “Lucifer” (Neflix) — 1.88%
  5. “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix) — 1.76%
  6. “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) — 1.41%
  7. “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC) — 1.28%
  8. “Stranger Things” (Netflix) — 1.26%
  9. “Glee” (Fox) — 1.24%
  10. “Money Heist” (Netflix) — 1.23%

 

Top Shows on the Rise Week Ended Sept. 1 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “Carnival Row” (Amazon Prime Video) — 99.9%
  2. “Workin’ Moms” (CBC [CA]) — 64.3%
  3. “Peaky Blinders” (BBC One) — 59.8%
  4. “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix) — 45.2%
  5. “Young Justice” (DC Universe) — 43.7%
  6. “Love Alarm” (Netflix) — 38%
  7. “The Good Place” (NBC) — 18.2%
  8. “Locked Up” (Fox Espana) — 17%
  9. “Breaking Bad” (AMC) — 13%
  10. “Queen of the South” (USA) — 8.3%

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).

 

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.