All 5 Seasons of The Muppet Show Hit Disney+ in February

Muppet Show on Disney+

In today’s divisive times, there are few things that we can all agree on. But one of them is the Muppets! Everybody loves the Muppets (give or take Miss Piggy, am I right?) And now, thanks to Disney+, we’re getting them!

Starting on February 19th, Disney+ will be home to The Muppet Show – and that means all 5 seasons, the last two of which are becoming available in your home for the first time since they were originally aired on television starting in 1976.

If you’re of a certain age, you remember the Muppet Show for its cast of characters like Kermit the Frog, the aforementioned Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear, Rowlf the dog, Gonzo the… something, and a variety of secondary players like Beaker, the Swedish Chef, Animal, and many more.

You also remember the show’s incredible guest stars, each of whom was game to goof around with Jim Henson’s creations, including Steve Martin, Elton John, Mark Hamill, fresh from Star Wars, Sylvester Stallone, and other superstars.

In the years since the show, the Muppets have headlined a bunch of movies, and even had a bit of a revival earlier this century. Now fans have a chance to see how it all started on their TV show.

Kermit himself made a statement about the show’s arrival on Disney+, saying, “It’s going to be great to welcome back longtime fans, and to give a new generation of fans a chance to see how we got our start, how Miss Piggy became a star and so much more.”

Check out the original trailer for the show, and tune in on February 19th:

Amazon’s Massive Lord of the Rings Series Is a Prequel With a Familiar Villian

Lord of the Rings Prequel
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It’s one of the most-hyped TV projects that we know the least amount about, but we’re finally starting to get some details about Amazon’s massive Lord of the Rings series set to debut later this year or in early 2022. The hype is real for the series, as Amazon invested a shocking 500 MILLION into the project, sight unseen, with a five-season minimum commitment. For Tolkien fans, this is almost as big (possibly bigger?) as the movies.

So what do we know? Amazon confirmed the series description that first appeared on TheOneRing and was also confirmed by Entertainment Weekly. And that description indicates the new series will take place during the “fabled Second Age” of Middle-earth’s history, meaning it’s set thousands of years before the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.

The series “will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness.

Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.”

The greatest villain teased in the description is thought to be Sauron, the second Dark Lord and the creator of the One Ring. So the series has a tremendous amount to explore while keeping enough familiar characters and locales to satisfy fans of the books and movies, as it details Sauron’s rise.

The series is currently filming in New Zealand (where the movies were also shot) for the epic 20-episode first season that was intended to be released in late 2021. While no release date has been set, it is still expected to be later this year or early 2022 when we’ll finally get to return to Middle-earth.

Netflix Promises New Movie Every Week in 2021, Shares Star-Studded Trailer

Netflix 2021 Preview

In 2020, streaming exploded.

Not only did a variety of new services either debut or find their footing, but the pandemic also forced us all to stay inside and lean on the content we could access via our televisions.

Would-be blockbusters premiered on Disney+ and movies that you formerly would have had to go to the theater to see became available on-demand, and just about every major service became further committed to creating original content.

Netflix remains at the forefront. The platform that started by mailing DVDs to subscribers and rose to see its in-house productions get nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards is now a legitimate studio in its own right. With the success of prestige movies from auteur directors, like Roma and The Irishman, and action blockbusters starring major movie stars, like Extraction and The Old Guard, not to mention hits in the horror, comedy, and romance genres, Netflix is gearing up for a big 2021.

So big, in fact, that they promise to premiere a new movie every week. This week they put out a sizzle reel showcasing clips from and stars talking about 27 of those movies, which feature The Rock, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa McCarthy, Halle Berry, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Chris Hemsworth and more.

Variety shared the full list of movies for the year:


Army of the Dead
Outside the Wire (January 15)
Red Notice
Sweet Girl


Fear Street Trilogy
No One Gets Out Alive
There’s Someone Inside Your House
Things Heard and Seen


Blood Red Sky
Escape from Spiderhead
Night Teeth
The Swarm
The Woman in the Window




A Castle For Christmas
Fuimos Canciones
Kissing Booth 3
Love Hard
The Last Letter from Your Lover
The Princess Switch 3
To All The Boys: Always and Forever
Untitled Alicia Keys Rom-Com


Bombay Rose
Concrete Cowboy
Fever Dream
Malcolm & Marie (February 5)
Penguin Bloom (January 27)
Pieces of Woman (January 7)
The Dig (January 29)
The Guilty
The Hand of God
The Power of the Dog
The Starling
The White Tiger (January 22)
Unt. Alexandre Moratto Film
Unt. Graham King


The Harder They Fall


8 Rue de l’Humanité
Afterlife of the Party
Bad Trip
Don’t Look Up
Double Dad
I Care A Lot (February 19)
Moxie (March 3)
The Last Mercenary
Thunder Force


A Boy Called Christmas
A Winter’s Tale from Shaun the Sheep
Back to the Outback
Finding ‘Ohana (January 29)
Loud House
Robin Robin
Skater Girl
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans
Wish Dragon
YES DAY (March 12)


A Week Away
tick, tick…BOOM

You can watch the exciting trailer for Netflix’s loaded 2021 below:

I Know I’m Late To the Party, but Yeah, ‘Bluey’ Really Is Awesome

Introduction to Bluey
(Ludo Studio)

Up until a month ago, the only things I had heard about regarding ‘Bluey’ came exclusively from one of my dads’ groups on Facebook.  The subject of ‘Bluey’ wouldn’t pop-up often, but when it did, the comments section would explode.  The guys would go off and discuss the details of their favorite episodes and how their kids would go to bed and they’d just sit there and watch ‘Bluey’ by themselves or with their significant other.  I was completely out of the loop.  The only kids show I had ever watched the odd time without my children was “The Amazing World of Gumball”, so I was curious.  What was the big deal with ‘Bluey’?

My wife and I have three kids.  Our youngest (who is 10 months) is constantly on the move and trying to pull things off of tables.  He will only find the time to sit down and give us a bit of solace if we watch ‘The Wiggles’ with him.  This was fine… for a while.  After roughly three days of “Fruit Salad, Yummy Yummy”, I had reached my breaking point. I was going to breakdown and curl up into the fetal position if I had to watch the other three Wiggles try to wake up Lachy with the power of singing for the 800th time.  Luckily, as fate would have it, ‘Bluey’ popped up during a conversation and I was told that I should check it out.  I didn’t hesitate.

For those who haven’t watched it, ‘Bluey’ is about, well, Bluey!  She’s an Australian puppy who gets up to all sorts of mischief with her sister Bingo, her dad Bandit, and her mom Chilli.  Each episode is around 7 minutes in length, which means you’ll fly through them fairly quickly.

I’m not quite sure what it is about this show that keeps my youngest son so entranced.  It might be the catchy theme song or the bright and colorful animation that pops off the screen.  He might not understand what’s going on but who cares, he loves it.  What I personally love about ‘Bluey’ though, is how it normalizes dads being at home.  Bandit is the one playing all sorts of games with his two daughters while mom heads out for some time to herself.  As a dad who spent time at home with his kids even before the pandemic, I love this kind of thing.  He shares the dishes and laundry duties with Chilli as well.   The show casts aside the tired stereotypes of mom doing the housework and dad going to work.

(Ludo Studio/seduff)

The other thing I enjoy about the show is Bandit & Chilli usually let out a reluctant sigh whenever Bluey & Bingo ask them to play.  As a parent, I’m sure we can all agree we’ve done this at some point.  I love playing with my kids, but if I can just sit back and let them do their thing while I catch my breath, even better.  Bandit & Chilli’s attitude is a refreshing change for a children’s show.  Of course, they still end up saying yes to playing with their kids, but it’s a realistic take on parenthood that always makes me laugh.  I never realized I’d have so much in common with a couple of animated dogs. Everything is equal in Bluey’s household, but it’s usually Bandit who’s the one getting up to all sorts of hilarious shenanigans.  Whether he’s playing make-believe or working for his kids, he’s always having fun with them.  One of my favorites is an episode where Bandit pretends he’s a magical crane game.  If the girls do chores around the house, they earn “Dollar Bucks” (money) to spend on the crane game.  It seems fun at first, but each time the kids pay to play, Bandit drops the toy “they” latched onto back into the toy pile so he can get his kids to do extra chores around the house.  It’s so genius I might have to try it sometime.

While there’s plenty of humor adults will enjoy, there are certain episodes that even my 11 and 8-year-olds enjoy watching it.  The flossing grandma’s episode is a big hit in our household.

‘Bluey’ has its funny moments, but it also pulls at your heartstrings.  One episode called ‘Copycat’ deals with death and how a child might cope with it.  It sounds harsh, but it’s handled extremely well.  Most kids’ programs shy away from this topic, so I commend ‘Bluey’ for actually having the guts to write an episode around this touchy subject.

All 52 episodes of ‘Bluey’ Season 1 are currently streaming on Disney+  (a season 2 is apparently releasing this July), so if you’ve been on the fence about checking it out, give it a shot.  I think you and your kids will be pleasantly surprised.  I’m also pretty sure that if you do, your family will start referring to money as “Dollar Bucks”.

I know I’m late to the party, but yeah, ‘Bluey’ really is as awesome as everyone says it is.

Disney+ Percy Jackson Adaptation May Have Bigger Budget Than Star Wars and MCU

Percy Jackson Disney Do Over

A few weeks ago, during the Disney investors’ meeting, an insane amount of exciting new projects were announced. New of dozens of new shows focusing on the MCU, Star Wars, and Pixar universes have fans salivating for the cavalcade of content that is going to be unleashed on Disney+ over the next few years.

And one of their most anticipated projects, at least in my house, barely got mentioned: the Percy Jackson adaptations. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t a big deal. With news of their enormous budget, they may end up being the biggest deal of all!

Back in May, author Rick Riordan announced that Disney had acquired the rights to his popular Percy Jackson series. Fans had been hoping for a reboot of the series, which had hit theaters with two underwhelming movie adaptations earlier this decade but had done so without Riordan’s involvement and had suffered because of it. This time Riordan is on board, and Disney is making a big investment. In fact, rumor has it that they are putting more money into the Percy Jackson universe than in either their Marvel or Star Wars properties.

The investors’ meeting didn’t showcase any new Percy Jackson news or content, and we have no idea of any potential casting or future release dates. But rumors that Disney is allegedly planning to spend more money on adapting my son’s favorite book series than on the well-established Marvel and Star Wars universes is certainly exciting, especially for the legions of kids who grew up with the character, who is essentially Harry Potter, but with mythology.

The Percy Jackson series was not on Disney+’s 2021 release calendar, so odds are it will still be a few years before we get a glimpse of the half-blood and his friends on our screens, but at least my son will have plenty of Marvel Movie and Star Wars material to hold him over until then.

Johnny Lawrence Hacks Netflix to Release Season 3 of Cobra Kai Early

Cobra Kai early release date

Christmas has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the gifts have stopped!

2020 was a rough year, and for many of us, streaming and binge-watching movies and TV shows are what got us through. If you’re anything like me, one of those shows was Cobra Kai, which finally landed on Netflix after two seasons on YouTube premium. The show quickly became a sensation, settling into Netflix’s Top Ten list for what seemed like months, all leading up to the eventual release of the third season.

That third season was supposed to come out in early January, and it still is, but now it’s coming out a week earlier than initially intended because they like us and want us to be happy.

Netflix released a video showing Johnny Lawrence, who hates technology almost as much as John McClane, browsing Netflix’s website and being unhappy with his show’s January 8th release date. So the former bully edits the date to January 1st, enabling fans to find out what happened to Miguel – and everyone else – a week earlier than we thoughts!

The caption on the video reads: “I heard you all whining about Season 3 taking forever. So I called the pawn shop and the guy walked me through this Netflix thing. Dude knows his stuff. Now you get it a week early. See you on New Year’s, nerds.” – Johnny Lawrence 🐍

Watch the video below, and get ready to launch 2021 with a crane kick!

“Death to 2020” Is a Mockumentary From the Creator of Black Mirror

Death to 2020 Trailer Samuel Jackson

Enough things have transpired in 2020 that books will be written about this year. Global pandemics, wildfires, mass protests, presidential elections, murder hornets, two Taylor Swift albums; the news never stopped!

There are bound to be people studying and recapping and commenting on this year for years to come. In fact, the year isn’t even over yet and there’s already a documentary you can watch right now on Netflix.

It’s called Death to 2020, and it’s by Charlie Booker, the man behind the prescient nightmares of Black Mirror. Thankfully, this look at 2020 is a comedic one, inasmuch as that’s possible.

Death to 2020 is a mockumentary that’s coming to Netflix before the year is even out – the movie’s tagline is “A year whose story couldn’t be told until now, because it was still happening.” – and it stars a cavalcade of stars who are weighing in on the events of the past 365 days.

The cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Lisa Kudrow, Tracey Ullman, Kumail Nunjani, Cristin Milioti, Joe Keery, Leslie Jones, and Hugh Grant, who alerted us to both this project and his role as a dodgy historian.

Check out the trailer, and then watch the movie when it hits Netflix on December 27th:

John Krasinski and The Rock Bring ‘Some Good News’ to Widowed Dad

John K and The Rock Surprise Widow

Remember back in the spring and summer when we were all drowning in despair and were desperate for any bit of good news to brighten our spirits and suddenly John Krasinski started appearing on YouTube with exactly what the doctor ordered?

The former Office star turned Quiet Place writer-director (the sequel was delayed by the pandemic and should be out sometime in 20201!) launched a YouTube series called Some Good News in which he shared uplifting stories and made some of his own, recruiting former colleagues to surprise a sick kid, throw a graduation ceremony for virtual schoolers, and help a couple of Office superfans get married, and more.

Krasinski eventually sold the series for major duckets, but now he’s back, just in time for Christmas, with a special entry. And he brought a friend with him!

The special follows the typical format, with the host sharing some feel-good stories, before he brings on Jay Abel to tell his story. The widowed father has been selling his comics memorabilia to raise funds so he can give his two kids a good Christmas. Krasinski reveals that he tried to buy the stuff himself to get Abel the money he needs, but the dad sniffed a scam and blocked the sales!

So Krasinski reached out to The Rock for some muscle. Abel had tried to get The Rock to retweet his efforts, but Krasinski and the megastar former wrestler teamed up for a much bigger surprise: help in his efforts to give his kids a great Christmas, and a special visit to the set of Black Adam, The Rock’s forthcoming DC movie.

Check out the full episode:

Marvel’s “What if…?” Will Feature Chadwick Boseman’s Final Performance

Chadwick in What If?...
(Disney/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Marvel’s Black Panther made a massive impact when it released in theaters back in 2018.  It inspired millions and solidified Chadwick Boseman as our King of Wakanda.  When he passed away on August 28th, 2020 after a secret four-year battle with colon cancer, Disney rightfully decided not to go ahead with replacing Boseman in a new Black Panther film.  While it is unfortunate we won’t see him take on the role of T’Challa on the big screen again, it’s nice to know we’ll at least get to hear him.  Disney has a big slate of Marvel shows lined up for Disney+ and one of the most interesting will feature Boseman’s voice talents.  The thing is though, he’ll be playing a different variation of the character you know him best for.

Marvel’s “What If…?” animated series toys with the idea of different scenarios that could have played out for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.  The show will contain “all sorts of stories (that the MCU) couldn’t explore through live action” explains MCU mastermind Kevin Feige in an interview with Emmy Magazine.  According to Feige, Boseman “came in about four times and recorded numerous episodes.  In hindsight, it’s very moving.”

What’s interesting about Black Panther’s role in “What If…?” is this story asks the question “What if T’Challa was the one abducted by Yondu instead of Peter Quill and he ended up becoming Star Lord?” All of the stories have interesting concepts, but I’m very eager to see how this particular one plays out.  If you’ve watched the trailer, give it another look, because it’s great.

Also, if you pause it around the 1:46 mark, I’m pretty sure we see him talking to Howard the Duck.


Yeah, this is going to be awesome.

Marvel’s “What If…?” will premiere on Disney + in 2021

It’s Confirmed, We’re Getting a Boba Fett Spin-off on Disney+

Book of Boba

By now, we’re far enough past the season finale of The Mandalorian for this to be a spoiler, but Disney+ is finally bringing us a Boba Fett series. This isn’t news to anyone that watches (all of) “The Mandalorian” as the fan-favorite character made his reappearance into the Star Wars Universe midway through the season. Fett has a post-credits scene that ended with the title screen “The Book of Boba Fett, Coming December 2021.”

No one knew exactly what to make of it. Was it the next season of the Mandalorian? A stand-alone movie? Now, we have confirmation, as Mandalorian creator and beloved hero of true Star Wars fans everywhere, Jon Favreau, has confirmed it’s a stand-alone series, set during the same time as The Mandalorian.

The new original series stars Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in the prequels and naturally played a revived Boba in The Mandalorian, and Ming-Na Wen, who was introduced in The Mandalorian as an assassin slash bounty hunting badass.

The two had a role to play with our new favorite Mandalorian this season (seriously, watch the whole season if you haven’t yet, it is INCREDIBLE), but the post-credits scene has nothing to do with the season. Fett, now reunited with his armor, returns to Jabba’s palace, taking out a now-ruling Bibb Fortuna, and sitting on Jabba’s throne with Wen’s Fennec Shand at his side.

So, we get the feeling it’s going to be about his return to the criminal underworld of Tatooine and the outer rim. The series is being produced by Favreau and Dave Filoni, the magnificent duo that gave us The Mandalorian, and the show will be run by the incredible director Robert Rodriguez, who directed the episode with Fett’s return in The Mandalorian.

With no confirmation yet on when we will get season 3 of The Mandalorian, the news of the Book of Boba Fett is very welcome to Star Wars fans.

It’s the best Christmas gift from Disney+, ever.


The Mighty Duck Man Is Back as Gordon Bombay in Trailer For Disney+ Series

Mighty Ducks are Back

Ducks, Fly, Together. Even decades later. The Mighty Ducks franchise is finally picking up again, with star Emilio Estevez back in his role as coach Gordon Bombay. It was buried in the Star Wars and Marvel news, but Disney+ unveiled our first look at The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.

I’m not quite sure how you can pick up “right where the films left off” when it’s 25 years later, but I am interested to find out! Maybe Charlie Conway comes back to help his now aged coach? Maybe Bombay gets another DUI and former player Adam Banks is his attorney? Do the Bash Brothers make a return? Bash Dads now?

Here’s what we do know. The Mighty Ducks program has become dominant, and not the ragtag bunch we fell in love with decades ago (seriously, they made AN ENTIRE SPORTS FRANCHISE happen, you can’t say that about ANY other Disney movie). And “Gilmore Girls” star Lauren Graham is the mom of a young player that helps coax Bombay back to the sport he (presumably) loves.

The focus is largely on the backlash to the current hyper-competitive atmosphere surrounding kid’s sports, so expect the series to go deep in that.

“Once a Duck, always a Duck! And after 25 years, I am delighted to lace up my skates, put on Coach Bombay’s jacket and return to play the iconic character for this new chapter in The Mighty Ducks franchise,” Estevez said previously.

Get a look at the new show before it hits the streamer sometime next year. For old time’s sake, here are some of the highlights of the original.

Disney Animation Announces Buzz Lightyear Prequel, Moana and More

Buzz Lightyear Movie

In perhaps the biggest Pixar news from the massive Disney Star Wars and Marvel news-bomb Thursday was a new Toy Story movie…kind of. We’ll stay in the Toy Story universe with “Lightyear”, which is a prequel and a look at the ORIGINAL Buzz Lightyear.

Sure, there was a TON of Star Wars and Marvel news, but for fans of kids movies and animation, there was plenty of excitement. And “Lightyear” had fans “Buzzing” online (I am so sorry for that pun).

Let’s pause here to say THIS ISN’T ABOUT THE TOY BUZZ LIGHTYEAR. Some fans were mad that Buzz wasn’t being voiced by Tim Allen, who has voiced the character in all the Toy Story movies. Apparently, this film examines the character the toy is based on. And this Lightyear will be voiced by Captain America himself, Chris Evans.


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Evans said working with Pixar is a “dream come true” and that’s he’s been a massive fan since the beginning. Evans said he couldn’t stop smiling during the pitch meeting and paid proper tribute to Tim Allen and his character. He also said the movie is going to be REALLY special and that the Pixar team “really knows what they’re doing over there.”

It sounds cool!

Along with Lightyear, we got a TON of other Pixar News, including a new CARS series, so we’ll get more Lighting McQueen and Mater journeys. Disney+ also has a Zootoopia Plus series coming, “Baymax”, which will follow the robot from “Big Hero 6”, and “Tiana” based on the heroine from “The Princess and the Frog.”

Also, another beloved Disney movie will be getting its own series, as Disney+ teased a “Moana” series in 2023.

Hayden Is Back as Vader and all the Other Star Wars Bombshells Disney Dropped

Star Wars Roundup

Disney dropped a metric ton of Star Wars and Marvel news Thursday, but among some of the coolest developments is news that Darth Vader is back, and so is the man who controversially played him. Hayden Christensen will be reprising his role as Vader in the Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries for Disney+, with production on the show starting soon.

Capitalizing on the breakout success of The Mandalorian, Disney+ announced a whole new slate of shows that will debut on the streaming service, including 10 new Star Wars shows and 10 new Marvel shows.


We’ll be getting our first glimpse of Vader since the stunning finale of Rogue One, and Christensen’s first time back in the suit since Revenge of the Sith. Star Wars fans are PSYCHED over this news, which you would not have expected 20 years ago. However, having Vader, the most iconic Star Wars character, back in a limited series is exciting, and McGregor’s Kenobi was great already, so expectations are high for this show, which is set 10 years after their last meeting.

“It was such an incredible journey playing Anakin Skywalker,” Christensen said in a press release. “Of course, Anakin and Obi-Wan weren’t on the greatest of terms when we last saw them… It will be interesting to see what an amazing director like Deborah Chow has in store for us all. I’m excited to work with Ewan again. It feels good to be back.”

And that was far from all the Star Wars news. Among other announcements, we will have TWO spin-offs from The Mandalorian, including one that has a lot of hardcore Star Wars fans excited, as the people behind Mando (Favreau and Filoni) are teaming up again to bring an “Ahsoka” series, starring Rosario Dawson as Star Wars Clone Wars and Rebels fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano. She played Tano in one episode (so far?) of The Mandalorian.

We will ALSO have a new Star Wars movie from Wonder Woman Patty Jenkins, as Star Wars Rogue Squadron hits theaters in two years. Taika Waititi is also creating a Star Wars movie that is expected to be unlike any we’ve seen yet.

Along with these new expansions into the galaxy far, far, away, we’re also getting to see some more characters we’ve grown to love. A Lando prequel series is bringing Donald Glover back to the role that was the best part of the “Solo: A Star Wars Story” movie. We’re getting the highly anticipated Andor series featuring the spy from “Rogue One”.

ON TOP OF THAT, we’re getting some animated shows, one starring C-3PO and R2-D2, and “Bad Batch”, which we already have a sneak peak of and it LOOKS AMAZING.

Finally, Star Wars is going waaay back with “The Acolyte”, which is a mystery thriller set in the High Republic era, which has yet to be explored in Star Wars canon. It’s a mystery thriller that will take viewers ‘into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.”

While Christensen as Vader in Kenobi is filming soon and will probably be among the first of the new Star Wars shows, there are a lot of really talented filmmakers working on an incredible slate of shows, taking the exploration far beyond the Skywalker Saga.