Mandatory Streamers: Marvel’s Helstrom Introduces a New Dysfunctional Family Horror Story Welcome to Mandatory Streamers, our column covering the best new streaming content coming your way every week! After last week’s Season 2 finale of Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys and Netflix’s debut of The Haunting of Bly Manor, the week of October 12 brings Hulu’s series adaptation Helstrom, based on the Marvel comics, introducing a new dysfunctional family horror story from Emmy nominated creator and EP Paul Zbyszewski. 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! Hulu Marvel’s Helstrom, Series Premiere: The series follows siblings and supposed serial killer offspring Daimon Helstrom (Tom Austen) and Ana Helstrom (Sydney Lemmon). Plagued by their family background, the Helstrom’s will pursue the world’s vilest of the vile — with some family drama of their own. Daimon is a professor of ethics who moonlights as an exorcist. Daimon has no illusions about saving a world he has no patience for; he just hopes he can help a few of the people closest to him. In his battle against a hidden world, Daimon is determined to root out demons as they arise, and will not stop until they’re vanquished. Ana runs a successful auction house and suffers no fools, but her true interest lies in hunting down those who hurt others. Traumatized by her father as a child, Ana is driven to rid the world of those like him, even as she secretly worries her father will return. All episodes of the first season are now streaming on Hulu. Netflix Grand Army, Series Premiere: The coming-of-age drama is set in Brooklyn, centering around five students of the titular public high school as they wrestle with sexual, racial, and economic politics and fight to succeed, strive, wild out, break free and become somebody. Based on the 2013 play Slut written by Katie Cappiello, the 10-episode series is available to stream now on Netflix. The Trial of the Chicago 7, Movie Premiere: Normally, Mandatory Streamers lays out the best of weekly TV binges, but Aaron Sorkin’s docudrama The Trial of the Chicago 7 is too good (and too important) to miss. Now streaming on Netflix and based on the true story, the movie follows protesters who disrupted the 1968 Democrat party convention with an anti-Vietnam war “carnival” that turned nasty. Demonstrators threw bricks, police responded with tear gas and the center of Chicago was engulfed in flames. Curfews only escalated the violence. After the clashes, independent investigators blamed eight police officers and eight protesters including Abbie Hoffman, who had already disrupted the New York Stock Exchange with showers of fake money. The police were not charged but the protesters were accused of inciting a riot. One was jailed for contempt, leaving the seven to fight the charges. CBS All Access Star Trek: Discovery, Season 3 Premiere: After making the jump in the second season finale, Season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery finds the U.S.S. Discovery crew dropping out of the wormhole and into an unknown future far from the home they once knew. Now living in a time filled with uncertainty, the U.S.S. Discovery crew, along with the help of some new friends, must together fight to regain a hopeful future. The first episode of the season is now streaming. Acorn TV Mystery Road, Season 2: Season 2 of the hit Australia drama series marks the return of Aaron Pedersen as Jay Swan, the brooding yet complicated Indigenous homicide police detective. He arrives in the coastal town of Gideon, where he investigates a grisly case that may unearth a drug trafficking ring. Also, he faces obstruction from a visiting ambitious Swedish archaeologist (Sofia Helin) who has set up a survey site to uncover Indigenous cultural artifacts but is confronted by protesters in the local community who do not want her digging up their land to rewrite their history. In this small community where the desert meets the ocean, Jay must expose the web of corruption plaguing the town as the body count rises. Many timely Indigenous issues feature in the plots, including the perceived mistreatment of the natives by police and the attempted return of human remains dug up during scientific expeditions to its descendants for reburial. Acorn TV is now streaming the first two episodes of Season 2 with new episodes dropping through November 9. Renewals The Last O.G., Season 4: TBS has officially renewed Tracy Morgan and Jordan Peele’s hit comedy series The Last O.G. for a fourth season! The network also announced that writer-comedian Owen Smith (black-ish) will be taking over from Keenan Ivory Waynes as the series’ new showrunner. The first two seasons are available to stream on Netflix. Dickinson, Season 3: Apple TV+ has officially renewed their Hailee Steinfeld-led series Dickinson for a third season after nearly a year since the first 10-episode season, available to stream now, debuted! The historical comedy-drama will return on January 8, 2021. Black Monday, Season 3: Showtime has renewed the Emmy-nominated comedy series Black Monday for a third season! The new season will consist of 10 episodes with production scheduled for 2021. The first two seasons are available to stream on Showtime’s platforms. Cobra Kai, Season 4: Netflix has officially renewed The Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai for a fourth season! The first two seasons are available to stream now and Season 3 will debut on January 8, 2021.
Mandatory Streamers: The Walking Dead Returns for “A Certain Doom” Welcome to Mandatory Streamers, our column covering the best new streaming content coming your way every week! For the week of September 28, The Walking Dead is back for its Season 10 “finale” as The Whisperer War comes to an end and we find out who is left standing. 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! AMC/AMC+ The Walking Dead, Season 10 Finale: In the episode, “A Certain Doom,” Beta engages the final battle of the Whisperer War. The episode will premiere on Sunday, October 4, and will be available to stream on AMC’s platforms. The episode is now streaming on AMC+. Season 11 will air in 2021 and it was also announced that Season 10 will be getting six additional episodes in its tenth season which will air early next year. [embedded content] The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Series Premiere: The new spinoff series expands the universe of The Walking Dead, delving into a new mythology and story that follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest. Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves, and each other. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. But all of them will find the truths they seek. The series will premiere on Sunday, October 4, with episodes available to stream on AMC’s platforms. The first episode is streaming now on AMC+. [embedded content] Gangs of London, AMC+ Season 1 Premiere: Set in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic and multicultural cities, the series tells the story of a city being torn apart by the turbulent power struggles of the international gangs that control it and the sudden power vacuum that’s created when the head of London’s most powerful crime family is assassinated. Gangs of London’s critically acclaimed first season was a huge success in the UK as it took audiences on an immersive journey into the hidden heart of the capital. The 10-episode first season of the action-packed thriller debuts on AMC+ this fall for US audiences and has been renewed for a second season with the network on board to co-produce. The first three hours are available now on AMC+ with episodes rolling out weekly. The series will debut on AMC early next year. Soulmates, AMC+ Season 1 Premiere: From AMC Studios, sci-fi drama is set fifteen years into the future, when science has made a discovery that changes the lives of everyone on the planet – a test that unequivocally tells you who your soulmate is. In a first-ever format for AMC, each of the six episodes will feature a different cast and explore an entirely new story around discovering (or opting not to discover) the results of this new test and the impact of those results on a myriad of relationships. The first episode is now streaming on AMC+ and will premiere on AMC on Monday, October 5. Showtime The Good Lord Bird, Series Premiere: Starring Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke as abolitionist John Brown and based on the National Book Award-winning novel by James McBride, the series is told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Caleb Johnson), a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown’s motley family of abolitionist soldiers during Bleeding Kansas – a time when the state was a battleground between pro- and anti-slavery forces – and eventually finds himself participating in the famous 1859 raid on the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the event that started the Civil War. The limited series adaptation will premiere on Sunday, October 4. Episodes will be available to stream on Showtime’s platforms. Hulu Monsterland, Series Premiere: Based on the short stories from Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters, the series is a horror anthology which will follow the story of broken people driven to desperate acts in an attempt to repair their lives and will feature encounters with mermaids, fallen angels, and a variety of other mythical creatures and horrors. All ten episodes are available now on Hulu. Cinemax Warrior, Season 2 Premiere: The gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hop Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful Tongs (Chinese organized crime family). Season two follows rival Chinatown Tongs as they fight for dominance amidst the growing anti-Chinese fervor that threatens to destroy them all. The battle continues to rage on in the second season, premiering tonight on Cinemax. The episodes will be available to stream on Cinemax’s platforms and through Amazon. Netflix Emily in Paris, Series Premiere: Created and executive produced by Darren Star, the series focuses on Emily (Lily Collins), an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, who unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company — and she is tasked with revamping their social media strategy. Emily’s new life in Paris is filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends, and navigating new romances. The series is available to stream now. Epix Britannia, Season 2 Premiere: The Romans are here and set to stay. Two years on from his invasion of Britannia, with the help of Celt Queen Amena, General Aulus is romanising willing Celt tribes and crushing those who try to resist. Aulus’s behaviour raises suspicions that he has another agenda; one that raises ghosts in Amena’s past and makes his threat to the Druids ever more critical. The only form of hope for the Druids and Celts is Cait – a young girl being trained by outcast Druid Divis – to fulfil a prophecy that would save Britannia from the Romans. But when a dead man wakes, two Druid brothers begin an epic battle of wills that divides the Druids and puts the prophecy in jeopardy. In a world where the gods hold power over everyone, the question is how much agency does anyone have over their own actions? But while the gods don’t deal, men do. The Dead Man says ‘hello’. Season 2 will premiere on Sunday, October 4. Renewals Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers have both been picked up for two more seasons at Fox, with Family Guy now running through Season 20 and Bob’s Burgers’ renewal taking the show to its 13th season! Both animated series are available to stream on Hulu. Billions, Season 6: Showtime has officially renewed its brilliant drama Billions for a Season 6 while also bumping up Corey Stoll as a series regular! The first four seasons, as well as the first half of Season 5, are available to stream on Showtime’s platforms or Amazon.
Mandatory Streamers: Fargo Returns For a New Story Set in the 1950s Welcome to Mandatory Streamers, our column covering the best new streaming content coming your way every week! For the week of September 21, Fargo returns with a new installment in the Golden Globe and Emmy winning anthology series led by Chris Rock and set in the 1950s. 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! FX Fargo, Season 4 Premiere: In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the US at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago — and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream. In Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. One Italian, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy – that of exploitation, graft, and drugs. This too is the history of America. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons. Emmy winner Chris Rock plays the head of one family, a man who — in order to prosper — has surrendered his oldest boy to his enemy, and who must, in turn, raise his son’s enemy as his own. It’s an uneasy peace, but profitable. And then the head of the Kansas City mafia goes into the hospital for routine surgery and dies. And everything changes. It’s a story of immigration and assimilation and the things we do for money. And as always, a story of basically decent people who are probably in over their heads. You know, Fargo. Award-winning creator, showrunner, writer, and director Noah Hawley returns for the new season, along with Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield, and John Cameron returning as executive producers. The new installment in the anthology series will debut on Sunday, September 27, and will be available to stream on FX on Hulu. [embedded content] Amazon Prime Video Utopia, Series Premiere: Based on the British series of the same name written by Dennis Kelly, the drama mystery focuses on a group of young adults who meet online and are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. They discover the conspiracy theories in the comic’s pages may actually be real and forced into the dangerous, unique, and ironic position of saving the world. Starring John Cusack (1408), Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Dan Byrd (Cougar Town), Cory Michael Smith (Gotham), and Sasha Lane (Hellboy), the Gillian Flynn-created adaptation will premiere on Friday, September 25. [embedded content] Apple TV+ Tehran, Series Premiere: In the new drama thriller directed and co-created by Daniel Syrkin and starring Niv Sultan, Shaun Toub, and Navid Negahban, Tamar (Sultan) is a Mossad hacker-agent who infiltrates Tehran under a false identity to help destroy Iran’s nuclear reactor. But when her mission fails and she’s trapped in a new life, Tamar must plan an operation that will place everyone dear to her in jeopardy. The series will begin streaming on Friday, September 25. Renewals Harley Quinn, Season 3: HBO Max has renewed the popular adult-animated series Harley Quinn for a Season 3, with a return in late 2021! The first two seasons are available to stream now on DC Universe and HBO Max. Power Book II: Ghost, Season 2: Starz has renewed the Power spinoff series Power Book II: Ghost for a second season! The early renewal comes after the series became the network’s most-watched new show with record-breaking multiplatform views in its debut week.