This Week’s MPN Podcast: Popular Shows Streaming in March; ‘South Park’ Legal Fight; ‘It’ Prequel Series Headed to HBO Max

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley preview the new and returning shows coming to streaming services, the lawsuit surrounding the streaming rights for “South Park,” and speculate about the announcement for the “It” prequel series “Welcome to Derry.” The episode leads with Charles talking about how he’s getting back into physical media having grown tired of streaming, and Charlie recounts some of his favorite special features from movies he owns. As they start to discuss the upcoming shows for March, “The Mandalorian” and “Succession” (seasons three and four, respectively) grind Charlie’s gears while Charles is looking forward to “Mandalorian.” In a surprise twist, Charles announces that the revival season of “Party Down” on Starz has just released, catching Charlie off-guard in a rare moment of enthusiasm.

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Next comes the legal battle between Paramount and Warner Bros. Discovery over the show “South Park.” The subject of multiple eight figure deals between the streaming platforms and itself has produced episodes about the absurdity of creating content for multiple streaming platforms. The show has been around for a very long time and is one of the rare properties that is still (intermittently) releasing new episodes into its almost 30-year run.

Finally, the hosts have a spirited discussion about Stephen King’s works and its possible impact on “Welcome to Derry,” the prequel series produced and partly directed by the same director in charge of the feature film King adaptations It and It: Chapter Two. While movie-to-series adaptations don’t have the best track record in the hosts’ point of view, this series may be better set up than most.

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