Disney’s Streaming Service gets an official name and a second Star Wars series

Disney’s Streaming Service gets an official name and a second Star Wars series

The Disney Streaming Service has a name and to the surprise of almost no one, it is Disney+, which follows the format of ESPN’s streaming service, ESPN+. This direct-to-consumer over-the-top platform will deliver Disney content, which includes popular Disney films as well as its family friendly other titles like Star Wars, Marvel, and surely some of the new content from 21st Century Fox (like National Geographic).

Disney already has a number of original series and movies in production that will skip television and theatrical distribution and go right to the streaming service. We’ve been keeping our eyes on The Mandelorian, which will be the first Star Wars series for Disney+, but today we learned a second series is in development.

The series will follow the adventures of Rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Diego Luna will reprise the role of Andor, which he originated in the 2016 film.

“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said Luna. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.”

The rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire. A release date for the series will be announced at a later date.

Disney+ is also assembling a live-action series centered around a fan-favorite character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iger today confirmed that Marvel Studios is developing a series based on Loki, the god of mischief, to star Tom Hiddleston.

There was some confusion about the potential name for the service when a app icon for the Play Disney Parks app was confused for a leak of the streaming service. There’s also a bit of confusion about the name Disney+ since the ‘+’ symbol cannot be used in a domain or URL. It’s also a search operator, which means you can’t use it when searching on Google or even within many Disney owned apps. Looks like for those purposes, it will be spelled out as Disney Plus.

Disney+ is expected to debut in 2019 with a price Disney CEO Bob Iger promises will be reasonable. Visit DisneyPlus.com to register your email and be kept up to date on the service.

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Marvel Studios chief discusses Marvel’s Avengers coming to Disney streaming service

Kevin Feige at 2015 D23 Expo

In an interview with THR, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige briefly discussed Marvel’s Avengers-focused programming for the as-yet-unnamed direct-to-consumer streaming service from Disney. The plan appears to be to produce longer ‘campfire’ stories.

“But Paul [Greengrass] mentioned the streaming service, and I think that is something that we’re going to be adding content to, which is exciting. I love your analogy with the campfire, right? As many people as you can get around the campfire and tell stories. Campfires can be different: We are going to tell stories for the streaming service that we wouldn’t be able to tell in a theatrical experience—a longer-form narrative, that’s what comics are, it’s about as longform a narrative as exists. But also maintaining that theatrical experience, which is our bread and butter, and the lines around the block, if you’re lucky.”

When I think campfire stories, I think shaggy dog stories that weave around for a long time with no real purpose other than a final punchline. I hope that’s not what Feige meant.

I like the television medium for Marvel (and Star Wars) because the storytelling you can do over 10-20 hours of programming allows for more characters to develop and for fans to get to know them, their strengths and foibles, via more plots and stories than you can fit into a 2 hour movie. Think Game of Thrones vs Lord of the Rings.

Netflix recently canceled two of its Marvel shows (Iron Fist and Luke Cage) leaving plenty of room for more Marvel on various streaming services. With Marvel under its roof, Disney has the home field advantage, of course.

We’re already expecting a number of shows from Marvel on Disney’s Streaming Service, but the two closest to confirmation are:

  • Loki and Scarlet Witch
  • Bucky (aka Winter Soldier) and Falcon team-up series.

What do you think of those pairings? What other long-form storytelling from Marvel would you like to see on Disney’s upcoming streaming service?

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The Mandalorian – First Sneak Peek of Star Wars props from set

Earlier this month we learned the title and the first details for the first Star Wars television series – The Mandalorian. Yesterday the show’s executive producer Jon Favreau shared, without comment or caption, a few enticing details from the set of the new show. We’ve also learned a few more details from “The Star Wars Show.”

Debuting on Disney’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service, The Mandalorian will take the Star Wars galaxy to the small screen and explore, old west-style, how justice is achieved in the outer rim of the galaxy.

These two new details give us some insight into exactly how that’s going to work.

The first piece is an iconic piece of Star Wars lore. What looks like an ice cream maker to you and me is really…, well we don’t know know what it is exactly (maybe a power converter?) but it instantly places us in the Star Wars universe. In The Empire Strikes Back a similar device was seen being carried through the halls of the Cloud City.

Fun Fact: If you visit Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll see one in the “lost & found” locker.

The second item is much more identifiable – it’s a Mandalorian’s long gun. First seen carried around by Boba Fett in the animated Star Wars Holiday Special (see, now it’s canon), and apparently slung on the back of our Mandalorian himself in the first photo released from the set (at top).

These pictures were enough to pique our interest, but thanks to The Star Wars Show, we know more about what they might mean for The Mandalorian (Jump to the 1:04 minute mark):

Okay. That wasn’t really that much more cool news, but we’re excited anyway.

And just because it’s amazing. A photo from work on Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of Disneys’ The Lion King with himself and some of the voice cast: Seth Rogan, Donald Glover, and Billy Eichner.

Glover totally pulls off wearing a sweater with Donald Duck on it. Do you think Donald Duck could get away with wearing a sweater with Lando Calrissian on it? Maybe. See this is why we need Star Wars Weekends back.

Who else is getting excited to return to extended storytelling in the Star Wars Galaxy with The Mandalorian?

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Iconic Horror actor Robert Englund reprises Freddy Krueger role on ABC’s The Goldbergs

It’s a Nightmare on Elm Street on ABC’s The Goldbergs when iconic horror actor Robert Englund reprises his famous role of Freddy Krueger for the Disney sit-com. If you grew up in the 80s, then Freddy Krueger no doubt haunted your dreams. I love that he was willing to come back for this show.

In an episode entitled “Mister Knifey-Lands” Jackie’s parents defy Beverly’s wishes and allow Adam to watch “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and a disagreement between the families ensues. But Beverly dreams of facing off with horror icon Freddy Krueger (guest star Robert Englund), which teaches her an important lesson about her son’s relationship with Jackie.

As you can tell from this video uploaded to Instagram, the cast was excited to have Robert Englund reprise his iconic role too.

If you want a less spooky episode to watch, tune in tomorrow night for a guest spot from Rick Springfield!

The all-new episode of The Goldbergs with guest star Freddy Krueger airs on Wednesday Oct 24 on ABC.

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The Mandalorian will be first Star Wars live-action TV series.

It was just a few days ago that speculation that the first Star Wars live-action television show would be focused on the Mandalorians got some hard proof when set photos leaked out. Today, we heard from Jon Favreau, who will write and executive produce the series, that the rumors are true and the show will be called – The Mandalorian.

Favreau made the big announcement on Instagram:

If you can’t read that it says, “After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.”

The Mandalorian series will be one of the key attractions for Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service, which is intended to help Disney compete against Netflix. It’s expected to be a limited-episode series (somewhere around 8 episodes of around an hour each).

This probably explains why Favreau and Dave Filoni were spotted hanging out at the Ranch, aka Star Wars world headquarters.

Filoni is expected to be of five directors on the series. Filoni, of course, played a key role in the animated series Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

Mandalorians have a pretty extensive history in the Star Wars legends universe, which will give the new series plenty to mine for stories and characters. Part of me wonders if we might see the return of Sabine Wren from the Star Wars: Rebels series. The characters of Boba and Jango Fett also have a fairly significant fan base already, which is probably why they’re mentioned in the description, even if they won’t be in the show.

What do you think about Favreau’s decision to focus on the Mandalorians in the new series.

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Nathan Fillion returns to ABC this month on The Rookie

Guess who is back on Disney’s ABC Nework? That’s right, Nathan Fillion returns to the network in a new show called “The Rookie.” Fillion plays John Nolan a small-town guy who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being a police officer.

As the force’s oldest rookie, Nolan is met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. When you throw in a workplace romance, a hostage situation and some tough love from their new training officers, the latest Los Angeles police rookie class has an uphill battle ahead of them.

In addition to Fillion, “The Rookie” features Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin as Jackson West, Mercedes Mason as Captain Zoe Andersen, Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford.

Since Fillion is in it, you know there’s going to be some comedy along with the drama, but the show promises to be grounded in reality too. Sounds intriguing.

Check out the trailer here:

We also liked this brief video of Fillion at San Diego Comic-Con where he met fans and generally had a good time:

The premiere episode of “The Rookie” airs Tuesday, October 16, at 10pm ET.

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Filming begins on first live-action Star Wars television series

We know that Disney has said they plan to slow down the pace of Star Wars films hitting theaters, but the Star Wars Galaxy is no longer limited to movies either. There’s the new animated series “Star Wars: Resistance” which debuts on Sunday and a new live-action series from Jon Favreau he’s producing for Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer Streaming Service. Production is just underway on that as yet unnamed project.

Star Wars fan site Making Star Wars has the first set photos we’ve seen from the new show. The photos look like a dessert planet with moisture vaporators and sand, could it be Tatooine? Although nothing official has been announced, it’s believed the show will focus on the Mandalorians after the fall of the Empire and take place on familiar Star Wars planets like Tatooine and Mandalore. With the story set shortly after Return of the Jedi, there’s a lot of room to explore new stories.

Are you excited to see what Lucasfilm, Disney, and Jon Favreau can come up with for a Star Wars live-action television series? What do you think about the idea of following the Mandalorians?

Previously: Disney and Lucasfilm announce live-action Star Wars TV series.

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More Marvel coming to Disney’s Streaming Service, including Loki & Scarlet Witch

Disney’s big push to reach TV and movie consumers in their own homes, even those who have cut the cable cord, is coming in 2019. It’s still unnamed. But exactly what will be on the streaming service is coming into focus and, to no surprise, it will include plenty of Marvel content.

We’ve looked at some of the content that’s expected to appear on Disney’s new Streaming Service, and it’s always been assumed there would be some Marvel shows as part of its mix of entertainment options. Variety has an exclusive scoop on exactly what that content will be as shows move into production for the 2019 debut of the service.

According to the report, Disney and Marvel are planning a number of limited series focused on some of the more popular characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some of those characters you wished had their own stand-alone movies, like Loki or Scarlet Witch, could get their own multi-episode arc instead.

These roles are closely tied to the actors who portrayed them on the big screen, so it’s expected that Tom Hiddleson and Elizabeth Olsen will return to play those characters, similarly with other characters.

These productions are expected to be cinematic in scale and produced by Marvel Studios, not Marvel TV, so they fit more closely into the stories that are woven for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Other Marvel TV shows may exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the influence only goes one way. Events in the movies impact the TV story lines, but not the other way around. These series will probably be ‘canon’ in that the events in them might have repercussions on the big screen.

Which of these characters to you think deserve their own movie or limited series?

Hawkeye
Drax the Destroyer
Nick Fury
Gamora
Maria Hill
The Winter Soldier
Loki
Scarlet Witch
Okoye
War Machine / Iron Patriot
Rocket
Black Widow
Shuri
Vision
Falcon

As a subscriber to Netflix and Amazon myself, I’m a big fan of these limited series. All the episodes usually drop at once, meaning you can binge them over a couple days if you want. At 6 to 8 hours in length, they allow for more complex storytelling than a 2 hour movie and deeper exploration of the character’s motivations, flaws, and strengths.

The move to put many of its titles on a streaming service is a gamble for Disney, but they feel like they have to meet their audience where they are. And they are increasingly on Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon. Disney smartly realizes they won’t have as much content as Netflix or Hulu out of the gate and plans to price their service lower out of the gate.

Does the addition of big name Marvel super heros to Disney’s streaming service make you more likely to subscribe when it debuts?

Previously: What shows and movies are expected to come on Disney’s Streaming Service.

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ABC working to bring back Designing Women sitcom

If you’ve loved a sitcom in the past, there’s a good chance someone in Hollywood is thinking of reviving it right now. On ABC, Disney has just given a script commitment to a revival of the popular early 1990s-era sitcom “Designing Women.” This new version is expected to be a ‘sequel’ of sorts following a new generation of Atlanta designers.

The original series ran from September 29, 1986 through May 24, 1993. It told the stories of four women and one man working together at an Atlanta, GA interior design firm. Designing Women starred Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Delta Burke, Meshach Taylor, Alice Ghostley, Julia Duffy, Jan Hooks, and Judith Ivey.

Sony Pictures TV was the original producer of the show and they’re expected to return to produce the new version for ABC.

Part of what made the original “Designing Women” was the Southern flair of the Sugarbakers. As long as the new characters show the same heart as the original team and the same razor-sharp dialogue, the show will be able to turn its eye on our current political, cultural, and demographic trends with a fun comedic take.

Dixie Carter, who starred as Julia Sugarbaker in the original series died in 2010 and Meshach Taylor, who played Anthony Bouvier, died in 2014. So don’t look for a complete reunion of the original cast, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more than a few guest spots.

Are you a fan of the original “Designing Women”?

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Daredevil 3rd season teaser trailer continues dark Marvel superhero shows on Netflix

The end of The Defenders revealed that Daredevil was alive and being cared for by nuns in a hospital. Faithful viewers of the Marvel television series on Netflix know a third season of Daredevil is coming soon. Now we have our first trailer for the highly anticipated season.

Yes, Daredevil is back in the confessional. Here’s what he says, “I once believed that justice could be found in a court of law. And in the light of day. But I was fooling myself. Darkness only responds to darkness. And the truth is I’d rather die as the devil than live as Matt Murdock.”

Matthew Murdock (Charlie Cox) seems to be un-killable. He survived a whole building being dropped on him at the end of The Defenders. Now, he’s revisiting the reasons he puts on the Daredevil suit and even discarding it for the darker original costume from season one.

Looks like season three is going to be a dark one. And by Marvel on Netflix standards, that’s pretty dark.

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‘Designated Survivor’ saved by Netflix after ABC cancels series

Designated Survivor fans know to never give up hope, even when things look the darkest. They asked for the ABC show, starring Keifer Sutherland as the ‘designated survivor’ who becomes President of the United States, to be picked up by another network after cancellation and today they got the good news. Netflix has agreed to produce a 10-episode 3rd season.

Designated Survivor was originally cancelled because audiences never really developed after the show had consistency problems following multiple showrunners leaving the production. Disney/ABC cancelled the show in May.

According to a story in Deadline Hollywood, the show will return with a new showrunner and most of the core original cast. This includes Sutherland, who is also an executive producer, Kal Penn, Adan Canto and Italia Ricci. Maggie Q is in talks to join in a new role.

The third season will find President Kirkman (Sutherland) faced with new responsibilities as President, including having to run for election. It should offer plenty of opportunities to tie into issues of the day including Campaign Finance, ‘fake news’ and the balance of power on the hill.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play President Kirkman for season 3 of ‘Designated Survivor’ with Netflix, eOne and Neal Baer,” Sutherland said in a statement. “I believe this format will allow us to continue to delve deeply into storylines and issues concerning the American electorate that were not previously possible.”

Production on the 10-episode third season is scheduled to begin shortly with the goal of being available for streaming on Netflix in 2019. ABC Studios is no longer involved in the production and seasons 1 and 2 will move from Hulu to Netflix in the US later this year.

Disney, of course, will have it’s own streaming service in 2019. I wonder if they’ll regret letting Designated Survivor move to Netflix instead of keeping it in the Mouse House.

If you’re a Designated Survivor fan are you happy to hear the show is coming back?

Hat tipDeadline

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Disney’s race to beat Netflix with new direct-to-consumer streaming service

Disney’s CEO Bob Iger has said that the Walt Disney Company’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service will be “the biggest priority of the company during calendar 2019.” As entertainment companies continue to consolidate, the race is on to get into the homes and onto the phones of consumers with all the content produced and acquired by the mega-companies. Variety has a nice long article on the battle Disney, Comcast, and AT&T face catching up with Netflix for the consumer entertainment dollar.

Disney is considered to be the lead challenger, in part because the Mouse House is already an investor in Hulu, one of Netflix’s primary competitors in the Over the Top (OTT) space. OTT viewing of ‘television’ is projected to grow to 20-30% of the overall market in the next 5 years. Making it a valuable space for Disney to move into and they’ve already spent beaucoup bucks buying companies to help them get there.

Disney has also announced a second Netflix competitor that will be more ‘on-brand;’ hosting original movies and tv series, along with access to classic items from the Disney vault, and more recent series like cinematic Star Wars and Marvel, starting with those released in 2018. This as-yet unnamed service is expected to arrive late 2019.

What the network won’t have is some of its legacy content that is still under contract with other platforms. Those old Star Wars films, Marvel films, and the Marvel TV shows on Netflix. It might be awhile before the rights for streaming return to Disney.

“We have the luxury of programming this product with programs from those brands or derived from those brands, which obviously creates a demand and gives us the ability to not necessarily be in the volume game, but to be in the quality game,” Iger said to Variety.

Iger has made clear Disney plans to walk before it runs as it relates to the volume of content. As the amount of content is expected to be less than what’s on Netflix, the price of the new streaming service will be priced accordingly lower. Netflix ranges from $8 to $14, so expect something even lower than that.

There was a report today that the name of this service would be “Disney Play,” but that was debunked by Disney. There’s already a “Disney Parks Play” app, so I don’t see them using such a similar name, but who knows.

If you want a deep dive into the state of the race to beat Netflix then be sure to check out the whole article.

Previously: What content we can expect to find on Disney’s new streaming service.

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