There’s never been more excitement to kiss a year away.
With 2020 heading out the door, 2021 is welcoming brand new content from streamers and broadcast networks that’ll keep you entertained throughout the cold, winter months!
Here’s what we can all look forward to in January:
Cobra Kai – Netflix (January 1)
Netflix is the gift that keeps on giving. The streamer moved up the series release date from January 8 to January 1.
The 10-episode third season “finds everyone reeling in the aftermath of the violent high school brawl between their dojos, which has left Miguel in a precarious condition. While Daniel searches for answers in his past and Johnny seeks redemption, Kreese further manipulates his vulnerable students with his own vision of dominance. The soul of the Valley is at stake, and the fate of every student and sensei hangs in the balance,” per the synopsis.
Dream Home Makeover: Season 2 – Netflix (January 1)
Syd and Shea McGee are back with their impeccable interior design skills. I dare you to watch season 2 and not get inspired to re-do a part of your home/apartment!
The Bachelor – ABC (January 4)
Matt James takes the lead as the first ever Black Bachelor in a season that fans are hoping will be better than what was served up on The Bachelorette.
This Is Us – NBC (January 5)
Reuniting with the Pearson family in the new year means new drama. Will Randall and Kevin patch things up? Will we find out more about Kate’s teenage pregnancy? And when will Kevin become a dad?
One Chicago – NBC (January 6)
Chicago’s heroes from Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago PD are ready to jump back into action as they tackle important storylines around BLM and COVID-19.
The Expanse – Amazon Prime (January 6)
The sci-fi series returns with additional season 5 episodes after humans leave the solar system in search of new homes.
Dickinson – AppleTV (January 8)
Dickinson is a half-hour comedy series starring singer and Oscar-winning actress Hailee Steinfeld. It explores the life of young poet Emily Dickinson and includes a slew of big names like Jane Krakowski and Wiz Khalifa.
Lupin – Netflix (January 8)
The French heist series tells the story of Arsène Lupin, the world-famous gentleman thief and master of disguise, who steals a necklace from the Louvre Museum in Paris.
The Resident – Fox (January 12)
Conic wedding… enough said!
Search Party – HBO (January 14)
We’ve waited six months for this month! The fourth season picks up right where season 3 left off as the gang tries to move on with their lives as Dory remains misssing.
WandaVision – Disney+ (January 15)
The streamer is finally launching the Marvel spinoff series WandaVision, originally delayed by the pandemic shutdowns. Elizabeth Olsen reprises her role Wanda Maximoff from the films in the six-episode retro series.
Batwoman – The CW (January 17)
When Kate Kane goes missing (Ruby Rose exited the series after season 1), Gotham is in need of a new hero. Enter Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) who discovers Kate’s batsuit and embraces the vigilante inside of her.
Nancy Drew – The CW (January 20)
The Drew Crew gears up to solve new mysteries plaguing Horseshoe Bay!
Riverdale – The CW (January 20)
Prom, graduation, and solving the mystery of the eerie VHS tapes are all on Riverdale’s “to-do” list before the season jumps five-years forward as initially planned in the fifth season before it got delayed by the pandemic.
Legacies – The CW (January 21)
Can the students at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted wake Hope and Landon?
Fate: The Winx Sage – Netflix (January 22)
Netflix’s teen adaptation of the Nickelodeon animated series takes place in a magical boarding school in the Otherworld where fairies must master their magical powers.
Euphoria – HBO Max (January 24)
The second special episode aims to hold fans over until season 2, which isn’t expected until late 2021 or even early 2022.
Big Sky – ABC (January 26)
After the newbie series pulled the trigger on two main characters, we’re intrigued to find out how it’ll continue to mystery of the missing girls.
50M2 – Netflix (January 27)
Stuck Apart/ Azizler – Netflix (January 8)
The Turkish film tells a story about a man named Aziz, who is going through an existential crisis that’s all too relatable.
The Dig – Netflix (January 21)
The historical drama stars Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan and finds an excavator and his team recovering a wooden ship from the Dark Ages.
The Little Things – HBO Max (January 29)
Since HBO Max subscribers will be getting access to the whole slate of Warner Bros. 2021 films the same day they hit theaters, the first film on the roster is a crime drama starring Denzel Washington as a deputy Sheriff tracking down a serial killer in Los Angeles. It also stars Rami Malek and Jared Leto.
Palmer – Apple TV (January 29)
The gritty film marks Justin Timberlake’s return to the small-screen as a former college football star who navigates life after prison and develops an unexpected connection to a local boy.
‘Berlin’ Is the ‘Money Heist’ Spinoff We Never Knew We Needed
Berlin is the Money Heist spinoff we never knew we needed… but we’re so glad it’s almost here.
Since Berlin (Pedro González Alonso) was hands-down the most captivating (and problematic) character in the Spanish heist drama, fans always wanted to get to know more of him, especially after he sacrificed himself in the season 1 finale for his team, largely due to his terminal illness, redeeming himself in the process.
Quickly rising the ranks as a fan-favorite, the writers kept Berlin’s spirit alive in the following seasons via flashbacks, noting that he always had a hand in the planning of the heists, even if he wasn’t around to see them through. And it became more and more clear that there was an unsatiable thirst from audiences to explore additional parts of the character’s origin story; thus, a prequel to Money Heist focusing solely on Berlin’s prior escapades only made sense.
As seen in the later season of Money Heist, or La Casa de Papel, Berlin garnered even more intrigue when his son, Rafael (Patrick Criado) joined the heist. The former Electronics Engineer from MIT is Berlin’s prodigal son, whose only request was not to end up a thief like his father, also drew attention after entering a relationship with his father’s wife, Tatiana. It’s a lot to unpack, clearly, but it’s also proof that there was nothing boring or mediocre about Berlin’s life in the slightest, at any point.
So, again, it warrants a spinoff that digs even deeper into this complex, charismatic, and morally questionable character we’ve all come to love.
When he joined the Professor’s group in the series, he was already one of the most seasoned robbers of the bunch, having a plethora of experience mapping out and executing heists of ranging scales.
With Berlin: Money Heist, we’re not only going to get to see one of those previous heists in action, but we’re also going to get a sense of the man he was before attempting the biggest heist in history, which made him the beloved criminal we’ve come to know.
Capitalizing on the love already established for the series—one of Netflix’s most popular shows of all time—the prequel finds Berlin, in all his glory as Andrés de Fonollosa, the mastermind behind a heist targeting the biggest auction house in Paris to steal €44 million.
The series trails the planning of a new heist as he recruits his crew: “Michelle Jenner (Isabel) plays Keila, an eminence in electronic engineering; Tristán Ulloa (Fariña) goes into the skin of Damián, a philanthropic professor and Berlin’s confidant; Begoña Vargas (Welcome to Eden) plays Cameron, a kamikaze who always lives on the edge; Julio Peña Fernández (Through My Window) brings to life Roi, Berlin’s faithful squire; and Joel Sánchez plays Bruce, the relentless man of action in the gang.”
While it’s mostly an all-new cast, we’ll see a few familiar faces with Alicia Sierra (Najwa Nimri) and Raquel Murillo (Itziar Ituno) appearing at some point, though it’s unclear what their connection is to the storyline. Is it possible that their paths have always crossed and Berlin was always on their radar way prior to the action at the Royal Mint?
We may not be getting the version of Berlin from the original series, but don’t fret, as the teaser trailer evidenced, he’s still as ruthless, dapper, and flirtatious as ever, meaning that they really did this character–and prequel—justice. The fact that it hails from the original showrunner, Alex Pina, is also a sign that it won’t let the fandom down.
“It’s a trip through the golden age of the character, when he robbed around Europe crazy in love,” Pina previously told TUDUM, adding, “That’s the most surprising, the comedy. You’re going to make people laugh a lot.”
Berlin in his prime, in love, and flexing his comedic bone? As the beloved criminal says in the trailer, “it’s all the things worth living for.”
The full synopsis for the series reads:
“There are only two things that are sure to turn a bad day into a great one: love, and a payday worth millions. They’re what keep Berlin going through his golden years, a time when he still has no inkling of his illness and hasn’t gotten trapped like a rat in the Spanish Mint. This is where he starts preparing one of his most extraordinary heists: making jewels worth 44 million disappear like some sort of magic trick. To do it, he’ll enlist the help of one of the three gangs he’s ever stolen with.”
Watch the Berlin trailer below:
Berlin arrives a few days prior to New Year’s Eve on Dec. 29, 2023, which means you’ll have plenty of time to binge watch while counting down to 2024.
To prepare, you can stream Money Heist on Netflix and read our coverage here.
Hallmark Gets Into the Holiday Spirit With ‘Countdown to Christmas’ Lineup
Move over, spooky season—it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Hallmark.
The network is starting the Christmas season in October, unveiling its 40-movie holiday lineup on Tuesday, Sept. 19.
Fans will be thrilled to know that 31 of the movies will air on Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” schedule and nine will be available on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ “Miracles of Christmas.”
The beloved TV movie event that fans look forward to each year will kickoff on Oct. 20—yep, while most networks are still airing all of their Halloween content.
The streaming service, Hallmark Movies Now, will also offer early access by a week to two upcoming premieres, along with other perks like two original films available only for streaming—An Ice Palace Romance and Rescuing Christmas—along with extended versions of two 2022 original fan-favorites, A Holiday Spectacular and Three Wise Men and a Baby.
There’s plenty of familiar faces returning to the network, including Tyler Hynes, Jonathan Bennett, Brennan Elliott, Dan Jeannotte and Bethany Joy Lenz, along with some new exciting faces making their debut like Virgin River’s Mark Ghanimé, Phylicia Rashad, and Bryan Greenberg.
The full lineup is below, so mark your calendars and let the Christmas vibes:
Huluween and Disney+’s Hallowstream Lineup Is Finally Here
Hulu and Disney are conjuring up quite a scare this spooky season with their respective Huluween and Hallowstream lineups.
The streaming networks unveiled their highly-anticipated fall schedules that will bring all the shrieks and screams for Halloween 2023.
Huluween is entering its sixth year and will include some spooky new titles like the Fright Krewe series and originals like The Other Black Girl and Appendage.
Hallowstream, now in its fourth year, will offer a variety of spine-tingling shows and movies, including the premiere of the brand-new Haunted Mansion and the 30th celebration of Hocus Pocus.
You’ll also be able to watch some of the most-talked-about shows of the fall—from Goosebumps’ live-action remake to the new season of American Horror Story with Emma Roberts and Kim Kardashian, and even Loki season 2.
So, witches, ghouls, and goblins—check out the full Huluween and Disney+’s Hallowstream schedule below:
The Other Black Girl (Hulu Original) – Streaming Now, Hulu
Marvel Studios’ Werewolf by Night (2022) – September 15, Hulu
FX’s American Horror Story: Delicate, Part One – September 21, Hulu
No One Will Save You (2023) – September 22, Hulu
Ash vs Evil Dead Complete Seasons 1-3 (Starz) – October 1, Hulu
Crazy Fun Park (Limited Series) – October 1, Hulu
Leprechaun 30th Anniversary Film Collection – October 1, Hulu
Stephen King‘s Rose Red Complete Miniseries (ABC) – October 1, Hulu
Fright Krewe Season 1 (Hulu Original) – October 2, Hulu
Appendage (2023) (Hulu Original) – October 2, Hulu
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