While much of the entertainment industry has been in a holding pattern for weeks due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the television industry has soldiered on. And this week it unveiled a number of titles slated for digital premieres later this year. Leading the charge is NBCUniversal’s new premium streaming service Peacock, which released promos unveiling much of its original programming. Similarly, Crunchyroll, DC Universe and Disney+ have also showcased upcoming original content to stream exclusively through their respective platforms.
Here are all the biggest and best trailers, promos and teasers released this past week.
Originally slated for a wide theatrical release before the global health crisis, Disney’s cinematic adaptation of the beloved literary character Artemis Fowl will instead be released on Disney+ this June. A new trailer shows the eponymous criminal mastermind enter the family business and raise the attention of global authorities despite his young age. However, Artemis learns a mysterious artifact may hold the entire fate of the planet in the balance.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Artemis Fowl stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Josh McGuire, Nikesh Patel, Adrian Scarborough and Miranda Raison, with Colin Farrell and Judi Dench. The film premieres exclusively on Disney+ June 12.
Josh Trank, the director of 2015’s Fantastic Four is back helming a biopic on notorious gangster Al Capone, starring Tom Hardy in the title role. Featuring an all-star cast, the upcoming film features the mobster’s descent into dementia while imprisoned for tax evasion. The film will be released digitally on home video instead of a conventional theatrical release.
Directed by Josh Trank, Capone stars Tom Hardy, Linda Cardellini, Jack Lowden, Matt Dillon, Noel Fisher, Kyle MacLachlan, Katherine Narducci, Tilda Del Toro, Mason Guccione and Caiden Acurio. It is scheduled to premiere on May 12.
The latest original series from the new, mobile-oriented digital platform Quibi is Dummy, premiering next week. The series stars Anna Kendrick as a young woman who befriends her boyfriend’s sex doll, embarking on bloody, cross-country adventures in an offbeat twist on Thelma & Louise. As with the rest of Quibi’s original programming, episodes of Dummy will run for ten minutes or less, targeting audiences streaming content through mobile devices on the go.
Dummy begins airing April 20 on Quibi. Created and written by Cody Heller, the series stars, Anna Kendrick, Meredith Hagner and Donal Logue. Dummy is directed by Tricia Brock and executive produced by Kendrick, Heller, and Brock.
The anime streaming platform Crunchyroll has been steadily adding to its library of original content, including an anime adaptation of the popular South Korean webcomic series The God of High School, created by Yongje Park. The anime series’ first trailer showcases the hard-hitting martial arts competition as representatives from each of South Korea’s high schools battle for a chance to represent the country in the global arena.
The God of High School premieres this July on Crunchyroll.
One of the most popular mobile video games in Japan is Granblue Fantasy, with the RPG receiving its own fighting game adaptation earlier this year from the makers of Dragon Ball FighterZ. The game has added the fan-favorite fighter Zooey to its playable roster, with a new trailer showcasing her devastating special moves and new story mode quests.
Developed by Arc System Works, Granblue Fantasy Versus is available now on PlayStation 4 and PC. Zooey will be added to the fighting game’s roster on April 28.
The second season of AMC’s horror series NOS4A2 premieres this June, and the first trailer teases the return of Zachary Quinto’s sinister Charlie Manx. An adaptation of the novella by Joe Hill, the teaser trailer showcases Manx’s nightmarish, Christmas-themed world where he traps his victims.
Premiering June 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on AMC and BBC America, NOS4A2 Season 2 stars Zachary Quinto, Ashley Cummings, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Virginia Kull, Jahkara Smith and Ebon Moss-Bachrach.
Not to be left out of the streaming wars, NBCUniversal is launching its own digital platform, with an early-access launch this month before its wide release in July. Peacock unveiled a sizzle reel of all the popular television series and films that will be included in the premium streaming service’s library, including sporting events and talk shows.
NBCUniversal’s Peacock has its early-access launch for Comcast subscribers on April 30, with a wide launch this July. A special preview for Xfinity X1 and Flex subscribers begins April 15.
For years, Robert Downey, Jr. had been attached to a television reboot of the pulp literary property Perry Mason. While the former Marvel Cinematic Universe star no longer plays the eponymous criminal defense lawyer, Downey, Jr. and his wife Susan Downey will produce the series for HBO. The premium cable network unveiled a noir-tinged teaser trailer, starring Matthew Rhys in the title role as he investigates a horrifying murder in 1932 Los Angeles.
Starring Matthew Rhys, Tatiana Maslany and John Lithgow, Perry Mason is scheduled to premiere on June 21 on HBO.
One of the longest-running original series on the USA Network was Psych, which already continued with a television movie following the latest adventures of its crime-solving main cast. A second revival film, Psych 2: Lassie Comes Home, is coming to Peacock later this year, in which consulting detectives Shawn and Gus return to their hometown to solve new mysteries together.
Psych 2: Lassie Comes Home stars James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson and Corbin Bernsen. It is scheduled to premiere on NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock sometime in 2020.
Among the wave of Peacock’s original programming is a revival series of the popular 1980s sitcom Punky Brewster, with Soleil Moon Frye reprising the title role. The first teaser trailer reveals that the precocious young girl has since grown up to become a single mother of three while retaining her wacky Punky Power.
Starring Soleil Moon Frye, Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Cherie Johnson, Punky Brewster premieres later this year on Peacock.
Saved by the Bell is coming back to television with a revival series centered on a new generation of teenagers attending Bayside High School. Part of Peacock’s wave of original programming, the first trailer features the children of the original 1990s series starting high school and their teenage daydreams and freewheeling antics between class, with plenty of familiar faces appearing along the way.
Tracy Wigfield will serve as executive producer, showrunner and writer for the Saved By the Bell continuation, with original cast members Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley. The reboot will star Josie Totah, Mitchell Hoog, Belmont Cameli, Haskiri Velasquez, Alycia Pascual-Pena and John Michael Higgins, who takes over for Dennis Haskins as Bayside High’s principal. The series premieres later this year on Peacock.
DC Universe has released a pair of promos for Stargirl as the upcoming superhero series nears its premiere next month. The first introduces the Injustice Society and their role in dismantling the Justice Society of America and killing Starman. A second, longer trailer features Courtney Whitmore training with Starman’s Cosmic Staff while she learns about the Justice Society’s legacy from her stepfather Pat Dugan.
DC’s Stargirl stars Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore (Stargirl), Luke Wilson as Pat Dugan (Stripesy), Joel McHale as Sylvester Pemberton (Starman), Yvette Monreal as Yolanda Montez (Wildcat), Amy Smart as Barbara Whitmore, Anjelika Washington as Beth Chapel (Dr. Mid-Nite), Cameron Gellman as Rick Tyler (Hourman), Joy Osmanski as Ms. Brooks (Tigress), Christopher James Baker as Dr. Henry King (Brainwave), Neil Jackson as Jordan Mahkent (Icicle), Nelson Lee as Dr. Ito (Dragon King) and Neil Hopkins as Lawrence Crock (Sportsmaster). The series premieres Monday, May 18, on DC Universe and Tuesday, May 19, on The CW.
After years off the air, the award-winning animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars returned for its seventh and final season on Disney+ earlier this year. As the season moves into its final stretch of episodes, a new television promo teases Ahsoka Tano rejoining the Jedi Order just in time to battle Darth Maul for the fate of Mandalore in an epic, sweeping conflict.
Streaming on Disney+, the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars stars Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex and the clone troopers, James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan and Sam Witwer as Maul. A new episode arrives each Friday.
One of the most acclaimed YA comic-book miniseries published by DC Comics this past year was the three-issue story Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru. Loosely adapting a popular radio serial storyline that had the Man of Steel dismantle a white supremacist organization, DC has released a trailer for the miniseries collected edition, set for release next month.
Written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru, Superman Smashes the Klan will be released this May by DC Comics.
Orion Pictures released a trailer for its upcoming remake of the cult classic film Valley Girl. The new movie unabashedly embraces its ’80s setting, complete with major dance sequences set to ’80s pop hits, neon lights and plenty of teased hair. The film, which will be released digitally, will be told through a flashback framing device triggered by Alicia Silverstone helping her daughter cope with a recent break.
Directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg, Valley Girl stars Jessica Rothe, Josh Whitehouse, Chloe Bennet, Mae Whitman, Ashleigh Murray, Jessie Ennis, Rob Huebel, Judy Greer, Alicia Silverstone and Camila Morrone. The film goes on sale digitally May 8.
It has been another big week for television promos, as NBCUniversal prepares to enter the streaming wars.