With the end of the year fast approaching, we take a look at what we still have to look forward to in 2022 from Netflix, Disney Plus and Amazon Prime Video.
2022 has been an incredible year for television. While our cinemas seem to continue to slowly recover from the effects of the global pandemic, on television it seems that we have found its successor. With the rapid growth of streaming services, we’ve seen studios turn their attention to producing the seemingly endless amount of high-quality, star-studded and award-winning shows that have defined the post-Covid zeitgeist.
With so many great series already released, it seems crazy to imagine that there is still more to come… but there is! 2022 may be coming to an end, but we still have plenty of great titles to get us through those cold and boring nights. So pack your snacks, turn on the heat (but not for long), and get ready for what promises to be a fantastic end to an incredible year.
Let’s take a look at what Netflix, Disney Plus, and Prime have in store for November and December.
From the feverish mind of award-winning dark gothic film director Tim Burton comes a new supernatural mystery that traces Merlina Addams’ time at Nevermore Academy (where both Gomez and Morticia Addams studied). Here she masters her new psychic abilities as she tries to solve a 25-year-old mystery and stop an impending murder spree.
Based on the characters of the Addams Family, and under the banner of Netflix, the series aims to breathe new life into the franchise as a teen-style series with appropriately mature material and a fantastic cast. We expect scares, blood and murder in the most comical way and from the Addams Family.
Director: Tim Burton, James Marshall. Created/Written By: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar. Starring: Jenna Ortega, Gwendoline Christie, Christina Ricci, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzman.
On Netflix complete as of Wednesday, November 23
WILLOW (DISNEY PLUS)
Based on the classic 1988 fantasy film of the same name created by George Lucas and directed by Ron Howard, Willow is set 20 years after the defeat of the evil queen Bavmorda. Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis), now a powerful sorcerer, leads a group of misfits into the unknown on a perilous quest filled with magic, brownies, trolls, mythical creatures and we can only guess a bunch of updated CGI shenanigans.
I was a huge fan of the original movie, and to be honest, I’m looking forward to seeing what Disney can do with this one. If the tone of the movie is kept and modern effects are used, it could be a great gift for almost the whole family. It’s also great to see the always likeable Davis back in the role that launched his career.
Director: Philipa Lowthorpe, Debs Paterson. Created/written by: Jonathan Kasdan. Based on characters by George Lucas. Starring: Warwick Davis, Ruby Cruz, Erin Kellyman, Ellie Bamber, Joanne Whalley.
On Disney Plus starting Wednesday, November 30
WELCOME TO THE CHIPPENDALE (DISNEY PLUS)
Earlier this year, screenwriter Robert Siegal brought the hugely troubled, raunchy, grown-up, and very funny Pam & Tommy to Disney Plus. It caused a scandal and raised some eyebrows for those who still believed that Disney was only for children. With Welcome to Chippendale, Siegal returns with another tale of sex, crime, and depravity.
Based on the true story of Indian-American businessman Somen “Steve” Banerjee, who started the stripper crew “The Chippendales”, the series is set to rock Disney once again and I have no doubt it will draw as many complaints as it does. Pam & Tommy. If the story in any way follows the real life events surrounding Banerjee, it can’t help but be outrageous and almost unbelievable… seriously, google it.
Director: Richard Shepherd, Matt Shakman. Created/written by Robert Siegel. Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Murray Bartlett, Dan Stevens, Juliette Lewis, Zack Palmisano, Felix Rossi
On Disney Plus starting Tuesday, November 22
JACK RYAN SEASON 3 (PRIME VIDEO)
The third season of the popular Bourne/Bond-esque thriller finds CIA analyst Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) embroiled in even more dangerous situations, worldwide field missions and political intrigue.
With a strong fan base from the first two seasons eagerly awaiting this one, we should expect more of the same. There will be racing, shooting, fast cars, and Krasinski getting more physical damage than any mortal could ever hope to take, and holding out with nothing more than a well-placed blindfold. It’s a great TV show for dark winter nights and I for one can’t wait to see it.
Created for television by Carlton Cuse, based on Tom Clancy’s characters. Starring: John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce.
It premieres in its entirety on Amazon Prime Video starting Wednesday, December 21
THE WITCHER: BLOOD ORIGIN (NETFLIX)
Serving as a prequel to Netflix’s hugely popular The Witcher series, The Witcher: Blood Origin is set 1,200 years before we have our first experience with Henry Cavil. It is based on the world of elves and follows the origins of the first sorcerer, the creation of the prototype, and the events leading up to the “conjunction of the spheres”, when the world of monsters, men, and elves merge to become in one.
With the massive popularity of the Witcher franchise around the world, Netflix certainly has high hopes for this fantasy tale directed by Michell Yeoh. She looks amazing and you can’t go wrong with Yeoh. Monsters, swords, magic, nudity and a lot of blood are expected… all on Christmas Day!
Director: Vicky Jewson, Sarah O’Gorman, Created/written by Declan De Barra. Based on the books by Andrzej Sapkowski. Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Lenny Henry, Dylan Moran, Sophia Brown, Jacob Collins-Levy
The Witcher: Blood Origin premieres on Netflix on Sunday, December 25
THE LEGEND OF THE LOST TREASURE: ON THE EDGE OF HISTORY (DISNEY PLUS)
Based on the hit The Legend of the Lost Treasure movies, and replacing that third movie that’s still in development, this Disney Plus TV series follows an entirely new character. Jess Valenzuela sets out to discover his family’s history and recover Pan-American treasures lost around the world.
Despite the fact that there is no Nicolas Cage (that we know of), this series promises to be a great deal of fun for the whole family. There’s plenty of Uncharted and Indiana Jones-style adventure in the world, with a new protagonist and some old favorites making an appearance.
Director: Mira Nair. Written by: Gabriel Llanas, Maura Mila and others. Starring: Lisette Olivera, Justin Bartha
The Legend of the Lost Treasure: Edge of History arrives on Disney Plus on Wednesday, December 14
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