‘Sex and the City’ Series and Movies Due in Blu-ray Boxed Set Nov. 2

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release all six seasons of the HBO comedy series “Sex and the City” plus both feature films based on the show as a Blu-ray Disc collection for the first time on Nov. 2.

“Sex and The City: The Complete Series + 2 Movie Collection” features 96 episodes of the series plus Sex and the City: The Movie and Sex and the City 2 in one boxed set. It arrives in time for the next chapter “And Just Like That …,” which debuts on HBO Max later this year.

Winner of seven Emmy Awards, and the first cable show to win Outstanding Comedy Series, “Sex and the City” celebrates the bond of female friendship. It stars Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, a New York-based writer who explores and experiences the unique world of Manhattan’s dating scene, chronicling the mating habits of single New Yorkers. The series also stars cast regulars Kim Cattrall as PR executive Samantha Jones, who’s seen — and done — it all; Kristin Davis as Charlotte York, still trying to hold on to the idea of happily ever after; and Cynthia Nixon as corporate lawyer and mother Miranda Hobbes, a pragmatist trying to balance the idea of love with the realities of life.

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The release includes more than three hours of previously released special features, including “Inside Sex and the City,” “Meet the Cast of Sex and the City,” “The Writers of Sex and the City,” “The Fashion of Sex and the City Sex and the City: Real New Yorkers,” and many more.

Sex and the City: The Complete Series, Sex and the City: The Movie and Sex and the City 2 are also available to own on digital via purchase from digital retailers, and to stream on HBO Max.

Netflix Picks Ups Fourth, Final Season of ‘Manifest’

Netflix has made a habit of rescuing canceled network TV series for a second life on SVOD. The latest is shuttered NBC supernatural airplane disaster show “Manifest,” which the Peacock network ended last June after three seasons.

The series plotline revolves around the passengers and crew of a commercial airliner who suddenly reappear after being presumed dead for more than five years. As those aboard reintegrate into society, they experience guiding voices and visions of events yet to occur, and soon a deeper mystery unfolds. The show’s cast includes Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis and J.R. Ramirez, among others.

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Netflix Aug. 30 announced it has picked up a fourth and final season of the show, which has been a ratings winner for the SVOD behemoth, according to Nielsen. Indeed, the series tracked nearly 11 billion minutes streamed across 29 episodes (two seasons) over a seven-week period between July and August. The numbers bested Netflix original programming, in addition to high-profile competitors, including Disney+ original series “Loki,” among others.

Netflix will likely stream season three ahead of the fourth season, which reportedly will include 20 episodes divided over two seasons. A release date for all-new “Manifest” episodes on Netflix has not been announced.

Other shuttered TV series Netflix has rescued and/or re-imagined include: “Designated Survivor,” “Lucifer,” “Arrested Development,” “Longmire,” “The Killing,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Fuller House,” among others.

All Seasons of ‘Seaside Hotel’ Streaming on PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel

All eight seasons (40 episodes) of the Danish TV series “Seaside Hotel” are becoming available to stream on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in September, with season eight debuting Sept. 17.

The subscription rate for the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel is $5.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

Fondly known as “Danish Downton-by-the-sea,” the series follows the drama of the guests and employees of a seaside hotel. “Downton Abbey” meets “Agatha Christie” in this sleeper hit that began its first season in 2013, set in 1920s Denmark. Seasons one through five each follow a summer hotel season in the years 1928 though 1932. Seasons six through eight each follow a summer season in the years 1939 through 1941.

In the series, when an 18-year-old girl from a working-class family starts work at this rural beach hotel, her father warns her not to fraternize with the bourgeois guests, but as secrets about each guest begin to unravel, the seemingly idyllic rural life is much more dramatic than Fie expected. The hotel owner is immediately charmed by her good looks and quickly promotes her to chambermaid, which causes shockwaves through the normally strictly conventional hotel. The owner’s wife is wary, the other maids are jealous and the local young farmer is intrigued by this pretty new addition to his client’s staff. As the annual visitors settle into their rooms, Fie begins to learn about old habits and new secrets, as their chambermaid unwittingly becomes party to betrayal, murder and unexpected desires.

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When the seaside hotel opens its doors in season eight, the year is 1941 and WWII becomes harder to dismiss from everyone’s mind. A life with rationing marks, scarcity of goods and German soldiers in the street has long since become commonplace. The Germans have moved closer and have now taken over the neighboring hotels only 1 kilometer from the beach hotel. However, this does not stop the spa hotel’s regulars from packing their suitcases and checking in as usual.

Season Two of ‘Snowpiercer’ Traveling to Disc Nov. 9

Snowpiercer: The Complete Second Season will travel to Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 9 from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.

At the end of season one, the survivors of the revolution are trying to pick up the pieces and maintain a fragile peace amongst the now merged classes with Layton (Daveed Diggs) emerging as the train’s leader. Discovering Mr. Wilford (Sean Bean) is alive and headed their way on a rival train, Melanie (Jennifer Connelly) risks going outside to prevent him from invading Snowpiercer. While she’s out there, it’s revealed that Alexandra (Rowan Blanchard), Melanie’s daughter, who she thought had died, is alive and has become Wilford’s dedicated protegee. In season two, an entirely new power struggle emerges, causing a dangerous rift as people are divided between their loyalty to Layton and to Mr. Wilford, who has a new train, new technology and a game plan that keeps everyone guessing. While Layton battles Wilford for the soul of Snowpiercer, Melanie leads the charge on a shocking new discovery that could change the fate of humanity.

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Based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel series and the film from Academy Award winner Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), “Snowpiercer” season two stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), Grammy and Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, “Black-ish”) Sean Bean, Rowan Blanchard, Emmy nominee Alison Wright (“The Americans”), Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha, “Battle of the Sexes”), Iddo Goldberg (“Peaky Blinders,” The Zookeeper’s Wife), Katie McGuinness (Dirty Filthy Love), Tony Award winner and Grammy nominee Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories), Sam Otto (Jellyfish), Roberto Urbina (“Narcos”), Sheila Vand (Argo), and Steven Ogg (“The Walking Dead”).

“Snowpiercer” has been picked up for a fourth season, with season three set to premiere on TNT early next year.

The release includes 21 minutes of extra features, including “The Great Engineer: Bringing the Mysterious Mr. Wilford Aboard,” a behind-the-scenes featurette with the cast exploring the god-like Mr. Wilford; “Season 2 Overview,” an exclusive look at the second season with the cast; “Behind the Character: Mr. Wilford,” in which the cast discusses the mythical character of Mr. Wilford; “Season 2 Roundtable,” featuring the cast and crew; “Daveed Diggs Season 1 Recap,” in which the first season  is recapped through the POV of its main character Layton (Diggs).

Complete ‘Smallville’ Series Debuting on Blu-ray Oct. 19

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Superman series, Smallville: The Complete Series will soar onto Blu-ray for the first time ever from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Oct. 19.

The set features all 218 episodes along with more than 28 hours of bonus features from all 10 seasons, plus digital copy (U.S. only).

The Emmy-winning, 10-season series based on the DC comics character explored the origins of Superman from Krypton refugee Kal-El’s arrival on Earth through his tumultuous teen years to Clark Kent’s final steps toward embracing his destiny as the Man of Steel.

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Starring Tom Welling as Clark Kent, Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan, Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang,  Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor, John Glover as Lionel Luthor, Erica Durance as Lois Lane, Annette O’Toole as Martha Kent, John Schneider as Jonathan Kent, Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen, Sam Jones III as Pete Ross, Cassidy Freeman as Tess Mercer, Aaron Ashmore as Jimmy Olsen, Eric Johnson as Whitney Fordman, Laura Vandervoort as Kara, Callum Blue as Zod, Jensen Ackles as Jason Teague and Sam Witwer as Davis Bloome, “Smallville” has also featured guest stars including Terence Stamp, James Marsters, Michael McKean, Ian Somerhalder, Jane Seymour, Brian Austin Green, Pam Grier, Helen Slater, Michael Ironside, Julian Sands, Tori Spelling, Rutger Hauer and Christopher Reeve.

Smallville: The Complete Series — 20th Anniversary Edition includes two DVD discs with more than 28 hours of bonus features originally released on the season DVD sets. They include “The Adventures of Superboy,”  the original 1961 pilot starring John Rockwell; “A Retrospective Look at the Series’ 10-Year Journey,” an in-depth, season-by-season look at the creation of this television series; the “A Decade of Comic-Con” featurette; a Paley Festival featurette; “Smallville’s 100th Episode: Making of a Milestone,” an extended version of the original featurette included in the season five set; “Secret Origin: The American Story of DC Comics,” a feature-length documentary chronicling DC’s 75 years; audio commentaries; deleted and extended scenes; gag reels; and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Smallville: The Complete Series is currently available to own on digital.

Season Six of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Coming to Disc Aug. 31

Season six of “Fear The Walking Dead” arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Aug. 31 from Lionsgate.

“Fear The Walking Dead” season six stars Alycia Debnam-Carey (TV’s “The 100,” Friend Request, Into the Storm), Colman Domingo (TV’s “Euphoria,” Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, If Beale Street Could Talk), Lennie James (TV’s “The Walking Dead” and “Save Me,” Blade Runner 2049), Maggie Grace (“Taken” franchise, TV’s “Lost,” The Hurricane Heist), Austin Amelio (TV’s “The Walking Dead,” Everybody Wants Some!!, Mercy Black), Colby Minifie (TV’s “The Boys,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “Jessica Jones”), and Karen David (TV’s “Legacies,” “Once Upon a Time,” and “Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television”).

In season six, after being torn apart by the Pioneers, Morgan’s (James) group is now dispersed across their far-reaching settlements, with life behind the Pioneers’ walls testing each of the group’s members in different ways — and forcing them to define who they really are in this new world. As Morgan’s bid to free the remaining members of the group grows bolder, Virginia’s (Minifie) desperation to find her sister accelerates, as does her need to protect the settlements from the enemy forces outside — and within. With new alliances forming, relationships dissolving, loyalties switching, and everyone forced to take sides, “The End Is the Beginning” reveals its deepest meaning.

Extras include audio commentaries.

Seasons of ‘S.W.A.T.,’ ‘The Good Doctor’ and ‘The Blacklist’ Coming to DVD From Sony

S.W.A.T. — Season 4, The Good Doctor: Season 4 and The Blacklist: Season 8 are coming to DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Due Aug. 24 is S.W.A.T. — Season 4. In the season, set against the backdrop of a global pandemic, the S.W.A.T. team faces challenges like they’ve never experienced before, both personally and professionally. From securing a safe memorial service for a beloved pop star, to saving Guatemalan activists from a hitman, to exposing a white nationalist sympathizer within their own ranks, the team must work against the clock to keep Los Angeles safe. Meanwhile, Hondo’s loyalty is torn between the Black community and his brothers in blue, as he reckons with racial tension in L.A. both past and present. Street explores his boundaries with his mother and his love life, while Chris grieves an unexpected loss and Luca aids the team from afar. Deacon struggles with the public’s changing attitudes toward police officers, Tan celebrates his love for Bonnie and team friction builds when a chance to work abroad gets competitive. Whether busting an elusive sex trafficking ring or helping hostages escape from a seized courthouse, at the end of the day, the team must not only come together but also consider who they are and what they stand for individually. Special features include bloopers and “Special Tactics: Tanker Takedown.”

Coming Aug. 31 is The Good Doctor: Season 4. In the season, Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, continues to use his extraordinary medical gifts at St. Bonaventure Hospital’s surgical unit. As his romantic relationship with Lea deepens, he also faces new responsibilities as a fourth-year resident, when he is put in charge of supervising a new set of residents that will test him in ways he cannot predict. Meanwhile, the team must deal with the uncertainty and pressure that the COVID-19 pandemic brings now that it has hit their hospital. Special features include deleted scenes, a blooper reel and “A Farewell to Antonia Thomas.”

Due Sept. 21 is The Blacklist: Season 8. In this season, with his back against the wall, Raymond Reddington (James Spader) faces his most formidable enemy yet: Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). Aligned with her mother, infamous Russian spy Katarina Rostova, Liz must decide how far she is willing to go to find out why Reddington has entered her life and what his endgame really is. The fallout between Reddington and Keen will have devastating consequences for all that lie in their wake, including the Task Force they helped to create. Special features include deleted scenes, a blooper reel and “Liz’s Farewell.”

FilmRise Picks Up Digital Rights to ‘Highway to Heaven’

FilmRise, a New York-based film and television studio and streaming network, has acquired the worldwide digital distribution rights to classic TV series “Highway to Heaven.”

Starring Michael Landon (“Bonanza,” “Little House on the Prairie”) and Victor French (“An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Rio Lobo”), the series follows a probationary angel sent back to Earth who teams up with an ex-cop to help people.

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“We’re thrilled to add the beloved series ‘Highway to Heaven’ to FilmRise’s constantly growing library of treasured, classic television series,” FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher said in a statement. “Now, millions of original fans will be able to re-watch the series and a whole new group of viewers will have the opportunity to discover it — including in multiple dubbed versions throughout the world. Additionally, we will now be able to release newly restored, HD versions, which we are excited to introduce to streaming.”

“Genesis is excited that FilmRise, a company with a proven track record of success with digital properties, has partnered with us on ‘Highway to Heaven,’” said Wayne Lepoff, president and CEO of Genesis International TV & Film. “Since Genesis first introduced ‘Highway to Heaven’ into U.S. television syndication, our admiration for Michael Landon and his legacy, as well as his family and business team, has been unparalleled.”

The American fantasy drama series aired for five seasons on NBC from 1984 to 1989, with a total of 111 episodes, and received numerous Emmy nominations. “Highway to Heaven” was Michael Landon’s final TV show and a Nielsen top 20 series during its first season.

The Roku Channel Launching Original Series ‘Cypher’ in North America

Roku is slowly expanding from streaming video facilitator to content distributor. The media technology company March 11 announced that a new scripted series, “Cypher,” will premiere exclusively on The Roku Channel March 19. The FBI drama features seven one-hour episodes and will be available for the first time to viewers in Canada.

“Cypher” follows top FBI cryptanalyst Scott (Martin Dingle Wall), who is enlisted to crack a coded document, which is revealed to be a hit list. Scott soon finds himself in the crosshairs of bad guys who want their list back. He must navigate the murky waters of loyalty and betrayal among an underground ring of hackers, hit men and FBI agents — all as the clock ticks in pursuit of the latest targets.

The series also stars Eve Mauro, Brian Krause, John Reardon, Mary Helen Schmidt, Jaclyn Hales, Lauren Gravitt and John J. Jordan.

“As The Roku Channel continues to grow, we’re constantly looking for ways to elevate the streaming experience for our viewers and get them to great entertainment easily and for free,” Sweta Patel, VP of engagement growth marketing at Roku, said in a statement.

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The Ad-supported Roku Channel content lineup features more than 40,000 movies and programs and more than 165 live linear-TV channels in North America. As of the fourth quarter of 2020, Roku reported a total of 51.2 million monthly active users in the United States.

 

Series ‘Almost Paradise’ Headed to IMDb TV Feb. 1

Electric Entertainment’s “Almost Paradise,” which originally premiered domestically in March 2020 on the broadcast network WGN America, is headed to AVOD service IMDb TV Feb. 1.

“We have established a wonderful relationship with Amazon’s IMDb TV,” said Electric CEO Dean Devlin. “This marks our third partnership with the free streaming service — the first being the re-imagining of the hit TV series ‘Leverage 2.0,’ and secondly, the streaming of all three seasons of ‘The Outpost.’ We can’t be more pleased with how our relationship is blossoming and look forward to more opportunities with the rapidly growing AVOD service.”

The series stars Christian Kane (“The Librarians,” “Leverage,” “Angel”) as Alex Walker, a former U.S. DEA agent who was forced into early retirement. Once the DEA’s most resourceful undercover operative, the combination of his partner’s betrayal and a life-threatening battle with hypertension sent him as far from the madness as he can go — a small tropical island in the Philippine Archipelago. He now runs the gift shop at the island’s luxury resort hotel, gets his disability payments at the nearby U.S. Air Force base, and generally manages his transition from Jason Bourne to Jimmy Buffett. But, the island’s luxury resorts attract rich, powerful, and sometimes criminal elite from around the world, often on a collision course with Alex. Despite his best efforts to begin a tranquil new life, he’s pulled back into a world of dangerous people and deadly situations, either through his friends in the local police department or running into people from his old life.

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