Mandatory Streamers: The Expanse begins a new chapter
Welcome to Mandatory Streamers, our column covering the best new streaming content coming your way every week! For the week of December 9, Amazon Prime’s sci-fi drama series The Expanse returns for a fourth season, beginning a new chapter of the series with the crew of the Rocinante on a mission from the U.N. to explore new worlds beyond the Ring Gate. Check out the best shows debuting and returning online this week as well as the latest renewal announcements below and be sure to visit our mother site Mandatory by clicking here!
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The Expanse, Season 4 Premiere: In the fourth season, humanity has been given access to thousands of Earth-like planets which has created a land rush and furthered tensions between the opposing nations of Earth, Mars and the Belt. Ilus is the first of these planets, one rich with natural resources but also marked by the ruins of a long-dead alien civilization. While Earthers, Martians, and Belters maneuver to colonize Ilus and its natural resources, these early explorers don’t understand this new world and are unaware of the larger dangers that await them. Season 4 will begin streaming on Friday, December 13.
Marvel’s Runaways, Season 3 Premiere: In Season 3, the Runaways frantically search for their captured friends Chase Stein, Gert Yorkes, and Karolina Dean. The kids go head to head with an unstoppable enemy who has targeted Leslie — or more accurately, the child she’s carrying. Nico Minoru draws them all into a dark realm where its ruler Morgan le Fay, played by Elizabeth Hurley, is much more nefarious than anyone the kids have yet to face. The new season will premiere on Friday, December 13.
The Heart Guy, Series 4 Premiere: In this smash-hit Aussie drama from Oscar nominee Tony McNamara (The Favourite), Rodger Corser plays Dr. Hugh Knight, a rising star in the Sydney heart surgery ranks. Hugh is gifted, charming, and seemingly infallible, but after an incident involving drugs and alcohol, he’s forced to practice as a GP in his rural hometown of Whyhope-and to deal with his complicated family situation. Series 4 focuses on Hugh as he faces the fight of his life after serving out his probation– for love, career, and family. Will Whyhope’s naughtiest doctor have the right stuff, or will he self-destruct and lose everything? The fourth season of the series will launch its exclusive U.S. premiere on Monday, December 9.
Michelle Wolf: Joke Show, Premiere: Comedian Michelle Wolf wants to fight for women’s equality…but not in like that annoying way. In her upcoming Netflix comedy special, Michelle Wolf: Joke Show, the comedian dissects the differences between men and women, explores gender equality, explains why society should be a little “less” woke and more, all the while, constantly defying expectations. The comedy special will premiere on Tuesday, December 10.
Jack Whitehall: Christmas with my Father, Premiere: Jack Whitehall invites his notoriously stuffy father onstage in London’s West End for a Christmas comedy extravaganza, complete with celebrity guests. The holiday comedy special will begin streaming on Thursday, December 12.
Ride with Norman Reedus, Season 5: AMC has renewed Ride with Norman Reedus for a fifth season with production on the six-episode season expected to begin in early 2020. The fourth season, starring and executive produced by Reedus, will premiere on Sunday, March 8. The previous seasons are available to stream on AMC, Tubi, and Amazon Prime.
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The future of the MCU is extremely exciting, and the upcoming fourth phase is going to give fans all sorts of big and crazy changes. One of my most anticipated films is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The events of WandaVision are going to tie into the film, and it will also have some major repercussions on the MCU. It looks like those repercussions will play a role in cracking open the Multiverse in the MCU.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently talked about the series at CCXP where he explained that the multiverse is the next step in the evolution of the MCU and that the Doctor Strange sequel will break it open:
“When we first started the MCU, it was all about Tony Stark. Introduce the world to Tony Stark and that Iron Man armor. Then [we] went on to teach people what Asgardians were and learn about super soldiers then bring them together in Avengers. I’ve always loved space movies and I’ve always loved big intergalactic tales, which is why we did Guardians and the audience came with us so we could do a movie like Endgame. I always wanted to do time travel, which we finally got to do in Endgame. The multiverse is the next step in the evolution of the MCU and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is going to crack it open in ways that will have repercussions for a Disney+ series before it that’s not WandaVision and for movies after it in a big fun way.”
That other Disney+ series he’s talking about might be Loki, as Feige previously revealed that the show would tie into this movie. We don’t know how exactly that will happen, but Marvel is definitely building to something big and the MCU will never be the same again because of it. I’m excited to see how this all plays out over the next few years!
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 7, 2021.
AMC renews Ride with Norman Reedus for a fifth season
Deadline brings word that AMC has renewed Ride with Norman Reedus for a fifth season with production on the six-episode season expected to begin in early 2020. Season 4 of the series will premiere on Sunday, March 8.
Ride With Norman Reedus features The Walking Dead star and motorcycle enthusiast Norman Reedus as he hits the open road with a riding companion to explore different cultures and experience the best scenery, food, nature, and local activities in the US and around the world.
“Ride not only gives me the chance to share my passion for motorcycle culture, but also the opportunity to explore new places around the world and meet some incredible people on the journey,” said Reedus. “I’m so excited for fans to see this upcoming season and to get on the road for season five! And I can’t wait to see which location fans chose for me to visit next year.”
Ride Season 4, which consists of six episodes, features a The Walking Dead Dixon Brothers reunion with Reedus journeying through Alabama and Georgia with his former co-star, Michael Rooker. Reedus will also be riding through Kentucky, and expanding his international travels with rides in Japan, Costa Rica and Uruguay. Guest riders include Milo Ventimiglia (This is Us), Ryan Hurst (The Walking Dead), Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld), Dom Rocket, and Becky Goebel.
Ride with Norman Reedus follows The Walking Dead star and motorcycle enthusiast Norman Reedus as he hits the open road to explore local biker culture and celebrate the best and brightest collectors, mechanics and craftsmen around the country. Each episode features Reedus and a riding companion as they journey across an unknown terrain and experience the culture surrounding them… with plenty of time for unplanned detours and tire changes.
Ride with Norman Reedus is produced by Left/Right (This American Life, The Circus, Odd Mom Out), with Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, and Anneka Jones serving as executive producers. Reedus also serves as executive producer.
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Miracle Workers season 2 trailer brings Daniel Radcliffe to the Dark Ages
TBS has released the full trailer for the upcoming second season of their hit comedy anthology series Miracle Workers, highlighting Daniel Radcliffe in the medieval period as his new character tries to live up to his father’s expectations of him. The series is scheduled to return on January 28, 2020. Check out the video below!
Miracle Workers: Dark Ages will see the return of lead stars Daniel Radcliffe (Now You See Me 2) and Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) in a story about family, friendship and trying to avoid being murdered.
Set in the medieval era, the new season will follow a group of villagers as they try to stay positive in an age of extreme economic inequality, poor healthcare, and widespread ignorance. Worse yet, their king is a bumbling ruler who treats his fowl and ducks better than his own subjects.
In addition to Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi, who portrayed a low-level angel and God in the first season, Dark Ages will also see the return of regulars Geraldine Viswanathan (Blockers), Karan Soni (Deadpool 2), Jon Bass (Big Time in Hollywood, FL) and Lolly Adefope (Shrill) in new roles.
Miracle Workers first debuted on TBS in February 2019 and was based on Simon Rich’s novel What in God’s Name. In addition to scoring positive reviews, the cable network reports the series ranked as 2019’s No. 1 new cable comedy, reaching over 26 million viewers across linear, VOD and digital platforms.
The series is executive produced by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video alongside Andrew Singer, Katy Jenson, Rich, Radcliffe, and Buscemi. Dark Ages is set for a January 28, 2020 premiere!
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While DC fans have joked about how cool it would have been to see Nicolas Cage play a version of Superman in the Crisis on Infinite Earth crossover event series, it’s not going to happen. But that’s not due to lack of trying!
Arrowverse producer Marc Guggenheim actually reached out to Cage, who was cast by Tim Burton to play Superman in a film in the 90s that never got made. But, as you know there were several Superman costume designs tested for the movie.
During an interview with IndieWire, Guggenheim was asked if Cage was ever considered, and he was! He explained:
“You know, to be honest with you, because I never want to lie on these things, that was … yeah, I actually did … we did reach out to Nic Cage. We reached out to a lot of people, and there were people who didn’t want to do it. There were people who would only do it for amounts of money that we could not ever afford. And there were other people who really wanted to do it, but couldn’t for scheduling. That was the case with a lot of, I have to say, the movie stars that we reached out to. The thing about movie stars is, they’re all shooting movies. And unless those movies are shooting in Vancouver, we’re kind of out of luck. But I have to say that the sheer number of actors that we did end up getting exceeded my expectation.”
He didn’t explain why Cage passed, but it was probably for a number of reasons. But, wouldn’t it be crazy if Cage did make a surprise appearance at some point! I’d love to know all the other actors and actresses that they reached out to to be in this series.
It would have been pretty cool to see Nic Cage actually finally get to play Superman!
Crisis on Infinite Earths kicked off on Sunday, December 8th with Supergirl, that will be followed by Batwoman and The Flash on December 9th and 10th, respectively. The five-part crossover will conclude with Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow on January 14th, 2020.
The Witcher featurettes introduce the Netflix Series’ main characters
Netflix has released a new character featurette for their upcoming fantasy series adaptation of The Witcher, featuring interviews from the main cast talking about their respective characters’ personalities and backgrounds. Starring Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan, you can check out the video in the player.
Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
The series stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, 17-year-old Freya Allan as Princess Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Mimi Ndiweni as fledgling sorceress Fringilla, Sabrina as Therica Wilson-Read, Millie Brady as outcast Princess Renfri, Adam Levy as the druid Mousesack, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as Queen Calanthe’s husband, the knight Eist and MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, head of the magical academy.
The Witcher series for Netflix will be based on the stories and novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, of which there are eight, which themselves formulated the popular Witcher games franchise which has since spawned a comic book series and a tabletop game. The book series was previously adapted for television in Poland.
Schmidt Hissrich will serve as executive producer and showrunner for The Witcher. She’s known for her work (writing and co-executive producing) on The Defenders, Daredevil, and Power. Sean Daniel is set to executive produce under the Sean Daniel Company with his partner Jason Brown. Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko of Platige Image will executive produce as well.
The Witcher is set to premiere on December 20 on Netflix.
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Netflix has released the premiere date for the third season of its hit series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and the good news is fans don’t have long to wait. The new season will hit the streamer on January 24th. The news was released at Argentina Comic-Con, and the producers provided the following synopsis:
“Part Three finds Sabrina reeling from the harrowing events of Part Two. Though she defeated her father Lucifer, the Dark Lord remains trapped within the human prison of her beloved boyfriend, Nicholas Scratch. Sabrina can’t live with herself, knowing that Nick made the ultimate sacrifice and is suffering, burning in Hell under Madam Satan’s watchful eye. So with an assist from her mortal friends, “The Fright Club” (consisting of Harvey, Rosalind, and Theo), Sabrina makes it her mission to free him from eternal damnation and bring him back into her arms. However, the Dark Lord’s unseating has sent shockwaves through the realms—and, with no one on the throne, Sabrina must assume the title of “Queen” to defend it against a challenger, the handsome Prince of Hell Caliban. Meanwhile, in Greendale, a mysterious carnival rolls into town, bringing with it a threat to the Spellmans and the coven: A tribe of pagans looking to resurrect an ancient evil…”
There are a lot of fans that enjoy this series, and they are looking forward to the upcoming third season. What are you hoping to see happen in Season 3 of the series?
The series stars Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Ross Lynch, Gavin Leatherwood, Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair, Lachlan Watson, Michelle Gomez, Richard Coyle, Tati Gabrielle, Adeline Rudolph, Abigail Cowen, and Lachlan Watson.