by Julian Spivey
The Little Mermaid – Disney+ - Wednesday, September 6
“The Little Mermaid,” the latest Disney live-action remake of one of the brand’s classic animated films, makes its Disney+ streaming debut on Wednesday, Sept. 6 for all of those people (like me) who said: “Meh. I’ll wait for it to come to Disney+.” The film, which was in theaters in early May, stars pop star Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula and Javier Bardem as King Triton with Daveed Diggs voicing Sebastian the crab and Jacob Tremblay voicing Flounder. The film, directed by “Chicago” director Rob Marshall, is the sixth highest-grossing film at the box office this year.
Dreaming Whilst Black – Paramount+ - Friday, September 8
“Dreaming Whilst Black,” a BBC series about Kwabena, a black filmmaker working to make ends meet while attempting to get a big break in the film industry, makes its American debut on Paramount+ on Friday, Sept. 8. The six-episode comedy series is created (written and directed) and stars Adjani Salmon in the lead role and the pilot episode won the BAFTA for Emerging Talent last year.
NFL Sunday Ticket – YouTubeTV – Sunday, September 10
NFL Sunday Ticket, the subscription service that allows football fans to watch out-of-market NFL games, has switched from DIRECTV to the streaming TV service YouTubeTV for the 2023 season. YouTubeTV acquired the NFL package through at least 2030, so if your favorite team is out-of-market and not frequently televised nationally you’re probably going to want to make this switch. The price for YouTubeTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket is $349/year plus the $73/monthly YouTubeTV subscription (which, of course, can be canceled following the NFL season if it’s not your preferred method for watching television). If you just want the NFL Sunday Ticket package on its own it’ll cost $449/year as a stand-alone YouTube Primetime Channel option. YouTube is currently running a deal where you can get $50 off if you sign up. Personally, I’ll be sticking with whatever’s broadcast on CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.
The Morning Show: Season 3 – AppleTV+ - Wednesday, September 13
This is a recommendation with a major caveat. Season two of “The Morning Show” on AppleTV+ was mostly horrible, which was a massive disappointment because the first season was pretty strong. Season three is going to be a make-or-break one for me personally as to whether or not I continue with this series (if it’s renewed for a fourth season) about a network morning talk show co-hosted by characters played by Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. Jon Hamm and Nicole Beharie join the cast for the third season, which could be a big plus. The show also has a new showrunner for the third season with Charlotte Stoudt taking over for the show’s developer Kerry Ehrin, which gives me hope for change. Season three of “The Morning Show” premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
Theater Camp – Hulu – Thursday, September 14
I saw the trailer for “Theater Camp” before a showing of “Barbie” and it looked incredibly funny and lovely. The film didn’t come to theaters in my neck of the woods, so I’m happy to see it streaming Hulu so quickly. “Theater Camp” seems like a passion project created by much of its cast with it co-directed by Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman and co-written by Gordon, Lieberman, Noah Galvin and Ben Platt. The film is about the eccentric staff of a theater camp banding together to keep the camp afloat when its founder falls into a coma. “Theater Camp” premieres on Hulu on Thursday, Sept. 14.
Flora and Son – AppleTV+ - Friday, September 29
Director/writer John Carney does musical dramas (not your typical song and dance musical but films about musicians) better than anyone and has proven such in the past with “Once,” “Sing Street” and even “Begin Again,” which is not as well-received as the other two but still a lovely film. His latest is “Flora and Son,” starring Eve Hewson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, about a single mother (Hewson) struggling with a relationship with her son (Oren Kinlan) and finding a bond with music. Hewson is no stranger to the world of music as the daughter of U2 frontman Bono. Carney certainly has a niche and has nearly perfected it. “Flora and Son” premieres on AppleTV+ on Friday, Sept. 29.