Hulu Acquires Rights to ‘Scandal’

Hulu has acquired the rights to the ABC series “Scandal,” and all seven seasons of the drama will begin streaming exclusively on the service May 20.

The series was created by Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”). Rhimes and producing partner Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder”), Mark Fish, Mark Wilding and Tom Verica are executive producers.

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus, Bellamy Young as First Lady Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen, Scott Foley as Jake Ballard, Portia De Rossi as Elizabeth North and Cornelius Smith Jr. as Marcus Walker.

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The Washington D.C.-set drama centers on political fixer Pope and her team of associates who sacrifice their time, and often their morals, to “handle” unimaginable crises affecting the nation’s elite. Throughout six seasons, “Scandal” explores political culture, gender disparities, sexual politics and race in America.

Seasons of ‘Baptiste’ and ‘Walter Presents’ Among Programs Streaming in April on PBS Masterpiece Prime Video

“Baptiste,” a spinoff about one of the characters from “The Missing,” several “Walter Presents” series and two programs on the Windermere children who escaped the concentration camps are streaming on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video channel in April.

Available April 12 is season one of “Babtiste.” Retired and restless, detective Juliene Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo, “The Missing”) is visiting Amsterdam where his daughter has recently given birth. A lunch with old flame Martha Horchner, Amsterdam’s chief of police, turns out to be more than a catch-up on old times: she wants his help finding Natalie, a missing girl who is the niece of Englishman Edward Stratton (Tom Hollander, The Night Manager).

Available now is season four of “Walter Presents: Seaside Hotel.” In the summer of 1931, the newspapers are filled with stories of bankruptcy and world crisis, but that does not seem to interfere with Andersen’s hotel guests who, once again, packed their bags to spend their vacation at the Seaside Hotel.

Also available now is season one of “Walter Presents: The Cliff.” Set against the backdrop of a rural community in Iceland, “The Cliff” follows two detectives as mysterious events begin to unfold in the community. A young man is badly hurt in a strange accident at a remote construction site in the middle of the night. At first glance, the case looks like a freak accident, but could it be more complex than it looks? Reykjavic Crime Detective Helgi is sent to the village to help a young local policewoman investigate the accident. Together they discover a mystery that runs much deeper than one man’s death.

Due April 17 is season one of “Walter Presents: Kepler(s).” Samuel Kepler is an unstable cop suffering from dissociative identity disorder. There are three other individuals that are all competing to take control of his mind and his personality. Transferred to a small police station in Calais, he hopes the quiet and slower pace of life will help him and his family rebuild their lives.

But the death of a girl whose body is found at the refugee “Jungle” pulls him back in.

Coming April 24 is the season one of “Walter Presents: Floodland.” In the remote border region between the Netherlands and Flanders, a mysterious African woman is found wandering around on the Flemish side. Assigned to the case, the charming but nonchalant Belgian court psychiatrist Bert Dewulf is brought in to find out what happened to the deeply traumatized woman. Meanwhile, Tara Dessel, a Dutch police inspector of mixed descent, investigates a bloody shootout on a pleasure yacht. It soon turns out that there is a connection between the two cases.

Available now is The Windermere Children: In Their Own Words, a documentary that reveals a little-known story of 300 orphaned Jewish refugees who began new lives in England’s Lake District in the summer of 1945. The documentary features interviews with former children who survived the Holocaust concentration camps and were rehabilitated in a disused aircraft factory that overlooked Lake Windermere in the United Kingdom. The survivors relive what it was like to live in an unfamiliar country, with no family, not knowing the language or what their future held. The documentary also describes the children’s experiences as they were rounded up by the Germans in their hometowns and taken by cattle train to concentration camps such as Auschwitz.

Also available now is The Windermere Children, a dramatization based on the true story of the 300 children who were saved from the Nazi concentration camps. The cast is led by Thomas Kretschmann (The Pianist), Romola Garai (The Miniaturist), Tim McInnerny (“Strangers”) and Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones”). Child psychologist Oscar Friedmann (Kretschamann), art therapist Marie Paneth (Garai), philanthropist Leonard Montefiore (McInnerny) and sports coach Jock Lawrence (Glen) have been given the task of looking after the children once they arrive. By the lake, the children learn English, play football, ride bikes, express their trauma through painting and begin to heal. Some locals taunt them, but they are embraced by others. Ultimately alone, the children are haunted by nightmares and hope for news about the families they left behind.

Coming April 18 is the three-episode period drama The Widower. Co-written and executive produced by Jeff Pope (Philomena, “Mrs. Biggs”), The Widower tells the true story of Malcolm Webster. Malcolm (Reece Shearsmith) is a seemingly perfect British gentleman and mild-mannered male nurse; he is well spoken, charismatic, and personable. He marries his first wife, Claire Morris (Sheridan Smith) in 1993. A year later Claire is dead — the victim of a tragic road accident. Four years after the accident, Malcolm is broke and wants to start fresh in New Zealand with his second wife, Felicity. However, on their wedding night she feels off and for the next year suffers from unexplained blackouts. Felicity slowly pieces small clues together before finally realizing that the death of Webster’s first wife might not have been an accident.

Due April 24 is four-episode period piece The Great Fire. In the middle of the night on Sept. 2, 1666, a fire started in a London bakery on Pudding Lane. The blaze raged on for four days and brought the city to complete devastation, eventually becoming known throughout history as the Great Fire of London. Cathedrals, shops, and inns were all lost and 70,000 of the city’s 80,000 inhabitants became homeless. The Great Fire brings this moment in history to life through the eyes of the people on the ground, from King Charles II to Samuel Pepys to Thomas Farriner, the King’s baker whose bakery is where the fire began. Starring Andrew Buchan (“Broadchurch”), Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”), Rose Leslie (“Game of Thrones”) and Charles Dance (“The Jewel in the Crown,” “Game of Thrones”), this four-part drama recreates the absolute chaos of a sprawling city imploding and the fear and rumors of eternal treachery that spread much like the inferno.

Complete Series of ‘Modern Family’ Available on Digital, Season 11 on DVD June 9

The complete series of “Modern Family” is available on digital, with season 11 due on DVD June 9.

The series, which just completed its run on ABC, follows the diverse, complex, and sometimes nutty Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan. The family is headed by Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), who is now married to his second wife, the young, gorgeous Gloria (Sofia Vergara), assumed by some to be his daughter. In their care is Gloria’s daydreaming son Manny (Rico Rodriguez). Jay’s driven daughter Claire (Julie Bowen) and her real estate agent husband Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) want an open, healthy relationship with their three kids, which isn’t always easy. Their oldest daughter Haley (Sarah Hyland) grows up a little too fast. She moves out, and then moves back in again with her fiancé and their twin babies. Middle child Alex (Ariel Winter) is a too-smart-for-her-own-good daughter, and the youngest, Luke (Nolan Gould), is a rambunctious son. Where Phil wants to be the “cool dad,” Claire is determined to keep her kids from walking in the wayward footsteps of her younger days. Jay’s very serious son Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and his gregarious husband Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) become doting parents to Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons), the Vietnamese girl they adopt.

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In season 11, as Haley and Dylan and the twins move in with Phil and Claire, Manny heads for college, Alex tries out life beyond academics, and Luke seeks his next move. Mitch and Cam try to understand their gifted teen, and Jay and Gloria navigate their now seasoned marriage as the large family lives, loves and laughs in the acclaimed series’ final season.

’12 Monkeys’ Complete Series Coming to Blu-ray and DVD July 14 From Mill Creek

The complete series set of “12 Monkeys” is coming out on Blu-ray and DVD July 14 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

All four seasons of the series — based on the 1995 feature film directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Bruce Willis, Madeline Stowe and Brad Pitt — are available in an eight-disc set.

The series follows Cole (Aaron Stanford), a man from the post-apocalyptic future who uses a dangerous, untested method of time travel to get from 2043 to the present day. He is on a mission to locate and rid the world of the source of the plague that will eventually annihilate the human race. Assisting him is Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull), a virologist who must decide whether to do harm in order to save the world — regardless of the fact that she has taken the Hippocratic oath.

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The series originally aired on Syfy and co-stars Emily Hampshire (“Schitt’s Creek”), Barbara Sukowa (Atomic Blonde) and Todd Stashwick (“The Originals”).

Season Five of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Stalks to Disc May 19 From Lionsgate

Season five of “Fear the Walking Dead” arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD May 19 from Lionsgate.

From executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (TV’s “The Walking Dead,” AliensTerminator 2), the spin-off series stars Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Maggie Grace, Garret Dillahunt, Rubén Blades, Lennie James and Austin Amelio.

Heading into season five of “Fear the Walking Dead,” the group’s mission is clear: locate survivors and help make what’s left of the world a slightly better place. With dogged determination, Morgan Jones leads the group with a philosophy rooted in benevolence, community, and hope. Each character believes that helping others will allow them to make up for the wrongs of their pasts. But trust won’t be easily earned. Their mission of helping others will be put to the ultimate test when the members of the group find themselves in uncharted territory, forced to face not just their pasts but also their fears. It is only by facing those fears that the group will discover an entirely new way to live, one that will leave them forever changed.

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Season One of ‘Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation’ Flying to DVD April 14 From Lionsgate

Season one of The History Channel’s nonfiction series “Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation” arrives on DVD April 14 from Lionsgate.

Executive produced by and featuring Tom DeLonge, former Blink-182 lead guitarist and co-founder of To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science, the series follows a team of investigators and former government insiders as they gather testimony from military eyewitnesses and uncover tangible evidence to build a compelling case to answer the question: Do UFOs truly exist and do they pose a threat to U.S. National Security?

The two-disc set Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation: Season 1 features a look at newly authenticated evidence and footage and interviews from eyewitnesses and former military personnel who have never spoken out before. Each episode discloses information about the efforts being made to change government policy surrounding the phenomena. The series presents never before heard testimony from former and active-duty military who have had first-hand accounts with these unidentified aircraft, urging the public to ask questions and look for answers.

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‘King of Queens’ Complete Series Available on Blu-ray From Mill Creek

The complete series of “The King of Queens” is available on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Starring Kevin James and Leah Remini, the series, which ran for nine seasons on CBS (1998-2007), stars James as Doug Heffernan, a lovable regular guy with an adoring wife, Carrie (Remini), and a frustrating father-in-law (Jerry Stiller) under his roof. As a parcel deliveryman, Doug’s only refuges are the little time he spends alone with Carrie and the company of his buddies Deacon (Victor Williams), Spence (Patton Oswalt) and Danny (Gary Valentine). Created by Michael Weithorn and David Litt, the series features guest appearances from Lou Ferrigno, Anne Meara, Ricki Lake, Rachel Dratch, Bryan Cranston and Ray Romano.

All 207 episodes are available in a 20-disc Blu-ray set.

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Bonus features include:

  • pilot episode commentary with James and Weithorn
  • a behind-the-scenes featurette
  • a laughs montage featuring the most hysterical moments from the first season
  • audio commentary with James and Weithorn
  • a series retrospective
  • thanks to the fans
  • the 200th Episode Celebration
  • and “The Writers of ‘The King Of Queens.’”

‘Catherine the Great,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Disc Sets Among Titles Coming Home From HBO in December

HBO Home Entertainment is releasing some goodies on digital and disc in December.

Coming Dec. 3 on disc are the previously announced complete collections of “Game of Thrones” on Blu-ray and DVD as well as season eight on 4K Ultra HD steelbook, Blu-ray and DVD.

Available now for digital download is The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, a documentary on Elizabeth Holmes, who was touted as “the next Steve Jobs,” but had a spectacular fall. Holmes dropped out of Stanford to start a company that was going to revolutionize healthcare. In 2014, that company, Theranos, was valued at $9 billion, making Holmes the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world. Just two years later, Theranos was cited as a “massive fraud” by the SEC, and her company was worthless. Drawing on access to never-before-seen footage, the documentary reveals what happened and explores the psychology of deception behind Silicon Valley’s ‘‘fake it till you make it’’ mindset.

Due Dec. 2 for digital download is season three of “Room 104,” which tells tales of everyday people striving for connection and meaning inside a single room.

Coming Dec. 9 on digital is season six of “Silicon Valley,” the final, seven-episode season of the show following the exploits of entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.

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Also due Dec. 9 on digital is “Mrs. Fletcher,” about a mid-40s single mom working as the executive director of a senior center, who drops her only child off at college and returns home to a very empty house. Meanwhile, Eve’s son, a popular (though sometimes clueless) jock, finds college is a little more complicated than he expected and struggles to make connections with his more socially and politically aware fellow students. As mother and son find themselves alone for the first time, the series navigates themes of parenthood, sexuality, love and identity in a cultural moment when attitudes about gender and sex are evolving rapidly.

Also available for digital download Dec. 9 is the miniseries Catherine the Great, starring Helen Mirren as the storied Russian queen.

Finally, available for digital download Dec. 16 are the documentaries Wig, celebrating the early days of New York drag culture, and Ice on Fire, which focuses on many never-before-seen solutions designed to slow down our escalating environmental crisis.

Final Season and Complete Series Set of ‘Poldark’ Among Titles Coming to Disc and Digital From PBS in November

The final season and the complete series set of “Poldark,” The Chaperone and the documentary Flint’s Deadly Water are among the titles coming to disc and digital from PBS Distribution in November.

Due Nov. 12 is Poldark: Season 5 on DVD, Blu-ray and digital and the complete series set on DVD and digital. The critically acclaimed series, starring Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) as the Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley) as the fiery Demelza, follows the thrilling story of soldier Ross Poldark after his return to Cornwall from fighting in the American Revolution. Once he is back in Cornwall he realizes that his life at home has been completely turned upside down — his father is dead, his lands are gone, and the love of his life has agreed to marry someone else.

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The Chaperone comes out on DVD and digital Nov. 26. It follows Louise Brooks, who would become a 1920s silver screen sensation of the Jazz Age, a few years before her fame. A 15-year-old student in Wichita, Kan., she has the opportunity to go to New York to study with a leading dance troupe. Her mother (Victoria Hill) insists there be a chaperone, and Norma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern), a local society matron who never broke a rule in her life, impulsively volunteers to accompany Louise (Haley Lu Richardson) to New York for the summer.

The documentary Flint’s Deadly Water hits DVD and digital Nov. 19. While the Flint water crisis has become known for the lead poisoning of thousands of children, this program reveals the story of another deadly problem with the water happening at the same time that few people know about, documenting an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease during the water crisis that has continued to claim lives in the city five years later.

N. Scott Momaday: Words From a Bear, coming to DVD and digital Nov. 26, examines the enigmatic life and mind of National Medal of Arts-winner Navarro Scott Momaday, the Kiowa novelist, short-story writer, essayist and poet. His Pulitzer Prize-winning novel House Made of Dawnled to the breakthrough of Native American literature into the mainstream. The documentary delves into the psyche behind the celebrated author and visually captures the essence of Momaday’s writings.

Unfolding as a love letter from filmmaker and young mother Waad al-Kateab to her daughter, the documentary For Sama, coming to DVD and digital Nov. 19, tells the story of Waad’s life through five years of the uprising in rebel-held Aleppo, Syria. Waad falls in love, gets married and gives birth to her daughter Sama — all while filming the cataclysmic conflict raging around them.

In Odyssey: The Great Music Society in Greece, coming Nov. 5 on DVD and digital, artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, led by its artistic directors, David Finckel and Wu Han, embark on a journey to Greece, the country where so many of the classical arts were first developed. Viewers will go on an adventure that shows the unique intimacy of chamber music performances in extraordinary locations, while highlighting the Greek cultural influences that still resonate within our language, arts, philosophy and civic life.

The four-part Life From Above, due on DVD and digital Nov. 19, shows viewers new footage of the greatest, most beautiful and powerful movements on our planet, providing fresh insights into our planet by expanding the range of perspectives from which to look at it. Cameras in space capture events like an elephant family’s struggle through drought, and thousands of Shaolin Kung-Fu students performing in perfect synchronicity. In addition to stunning satellite photography from space, drones were employed to generate footage, while helicopters and cameras on the ground provide more conventional vantage points.

Wild Metropolis, coming to DVD and digital Nov. 26, reveals the world’s most extraordinary wildlife living in the newest and fastest changing habitat on the planet — cities. It features a diverse cast of animals that are adjusting to this new world better than we could have predicted, not only applying their natural born skills and abilities to life in the city, but also making amazing physical or behavioral adaptations. From humpback whales breaching in New York’s Hudson Bay to huge colonies of megabats in Adelaide; from penguins nesting in Cape Town to Burmese pythons living on the streets of Bangkok, the series explores some of the world’s most-loved and familiar cities through fresh eyes: the eyes of the animals that live in them.

‘The Mindy Project’ Complete Series Set Coming Jan. 14 on DVD and Blu-ray From Mill Creek

The complete series set of the sitcom “The Mindy Project” will come out on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Mill Creek Entertainment Jan. 14.

All 117 episodes across the show’s six-season run (seasons on, two and three on Fox, and seasons four, five and six on Hulu) will be available on DVD for $54.98 and Blu-ray for $74.98.

The series follows Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling), a talented obstetrician navigating the tricky waters of her chaotic personal life as she pursues her dreams of becoming the perfect woman, finding happiness and getting her perfect romantic comedy ending. Mindy shares a practice with three doctors, none of whom makes life any easier for her.  There’s Dr. Danny Castellano (Chris Messina), whose on-again-off-again romance with Mindy keeps the office staff on their toes, Dr. Jeremy Reed (Ed Weeks), the office’s managing partner and resident punching bag, and Dr. Peter Prentice (Adam Palley), a high-fiving former frat boy, who knows nothing about the opposite sex, but insists on doling out relationship advice to Mindy.  Rounding out the ensemble is ex-con-turned-nurse Morgan Tookers (Ike Barinholtz), the gossipy Tamra (Xosha Roquemore) and the grumpy Beverly (Beth Grant).

The series picked up numerous awards (Critics’ Choice, Gracie, Satellite) and nominations (People’s Choice, Writer’s Guild, Teen Choice, NAACP Image) for Best Comedy Series.

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Kaling, the first Indian-American to have her own TV series and one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, recently starred in, produced and wrote the semi-autobiographical theatrical feature Late Night co-starring Emma Thompson, and the Hulu miniseries Four Weddings and a Funeral.