Entertainment Disney Channel’s ‘Secrets of Sulphur Springs’ Returns To Disney+ With First Of Its Kind Semi-Concurrent Airing
Channel 4 Reverses Decision To Renew IFC Co-Produced Matt Berry Comedy ‘Year Of The Rabbit’
EXCLUSIVE: Channel 4 has back-tracked on its decision to commission a second season of Victorian-era comedy crime caper Year Of The Rabbit after the coronavirus pandemic forced the British broadcaster into £150M ($205M) of content cuts. Channel 4 renewed Matt Berry’s Year Of The Rabbit in February last year, funding the Objective Media Group (OMG) show alongside AMC-owned U.S. cable network IFC. But now, OMG is on the hunt for a new partner for the comedy.
Channel’s new series , which at one point was set up at Disney+, is getting a second window on the global streaming platform in the first such arrangement for a Disney linear TV series. It signifies the new levels of collaboration within the Disney Branded Entertainment Group following the recent company restructuring.
The suspense and time-travel series premiered onJan. 15 with three episodes, with a new episode released weekly every Friday since; Episode 8 debuts tonight, the season finale is slated for March 12.
UK’s Channel 4 Promotes Ian Katz To Chief Content Officer As It Reshuffles For A Streaming-First Future
Channel 4 has promoted its programming boss Ian Katz to chief content officer in a sweeping reorganization aimed at helping the UK broadcaster secure 40% of its £985 million ($1.3 billion) revenue from sources other than traditional TV advertising by 2025. Katz will have total authority over editorial decision making across linear, streaming, and social, with seven genre commissioning chiefs reporting directly to him. He will also formally oversee acquisitions, beefing up his responsibility for buying shows, like Hulu’s The Handmaids Tale, where previously he just had creative sign-off.
Following its success on the linear network, with Secrets of Sulphur Springs ranking as the #1 series across all basic cable with Girls 6-11, as well as on Disney Channel’s digital platform, DisneyNOW, where it is the #1 series, the show is getting a high-profile run on Disney+. It will debut on the streamer on Friday, Feb. 26, with the first five episodes, and a new (for Disney+) episode available to stream each Friday through April 9.
Disney XD's 'Big Hero 6: The Series' to End With Season 3
Disney XD's "Big Hero 6: The Series" will conclude with the currently airing third season, the network announced Thursday. The final run of episodes will begin airing Monday, Feb. 1, with the series finale set to air on Feb. 15. The finale, titled "Krei-oke Night / The Mascot Upshot," will see Krei enlisting Big Hero 6 to help launch his latest invention, a karaoke machine, in the first half. The second half sees the mascots deciding to add a new member to their family, presenting Hiro with an opportunity to defeat them once and for all.
The move opens another avenue for family friendly Disney linear fare. If Secrets of Sulphur Springs does well in expanding its reach on Disney+, it is conceivable that the series could become a Disney+ original in Season 2.
The Disney+ run also adds marks a homecoming of sorts for Secrets of Sulphur Springs.
The series was originally developed for Disney Channel. At some point, the project, described as a Stranger Things-like supernatural drama for the younger set, was pitched to Disney+. Its development team liked it, and gave it a cast-contingent series order. A director was hired, and Sulphur Springs entered pre-production. But after a months-long casting search did not yield results, Disney+ in spring 2019. Pre-production was paused and it returned to Disney Channel. The kids network’s brass remained high on the project, giving it a pilot order and continuing casting. It was subsequently picked up to series.
NAACP Image Awards Nominations: Netflix Tops List With ‘Bridgerton’, ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ & ‘Da 5 Bloods’
The nominees for the 52nd NAACP Image Awards are officially in, with Netflix taking the lead with 51 noms overall for titles across film and TV including Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Bridgerton and Da 5 Bloods. Set to simulcast across all ViacomCBS Networks including BET, CBS and MTV on Saturday, March 27th at 8 p.m. ET, the 52nd NAACP Image Awards honors the accomplishments of BIPOC artists across TV, music, film and literature.
A lot has changed since the early days of Disney+ whose in-house development team often didn’t see eye-to-eye with its sister studios. That team has been disbanded, with Disney Channels Worldwide President Gary Marsh, whose team championed Secrets Of Sulphur Springs, taking oversight of all shows made for Disney+ as President and Chief Content Officer of Disney Branded Television.
Filmed and set in Louisiana, the series follows 12-year-old Griffin Campbell (Preston Oliver), whose world has been upended by his father, Ben (Josh Braaten), after he moves the family from Chicago to take ownership of an abandoned hotel property, The Tremont. Now, the family—which also includes Griffin’s mother, Sarah (Kelly Frye), and his younger twin siblings, Wyatt (Landon Gordon) and Zoey (Madeleine McGraw)—live in The Tremont in hopes of restoring it to the lively vacation destination it once was. On his first day at his new school, Griffin hears rumors that the hotel is haunted by the ghost of Savannah (Elle Graham), a girl who disappeared decades ago. He soon meets and befriends Harper (Kyliegh Curran), a thrill-seeking classmate, and they discover a secret portal that allows them to travel back in time and uncover clues about the town mystery.
Secrets of Sulphur Springs is from creator, writer and executive producer Tracey Thomson. Charles Pratt Jr. also serves as executive producer. The series is produced by Gwave Productions. Here is a trailer, which does evoke Stranger Things:
The Simpsons, Futurama, Solar Opposites ... (Disney + Star): the climax of the animated series for adults! .
© Disney + Star / Hulu The Simpsons, Futurama, Solar Opposites ... (Disney + Star): the climax of the animated series for adults! The Simpsons, Futurama, The Griffins or even American Dad ... with the arrival of Star on the Disney + platform, fans of animated series for adults will be in heaven. The opportunity to also discover the youngest named Solar Opposites, new in France. Long considered niche fiction, animated series for adults are on the air on American television channels.