My To Be Watched list is beginning to look unsettlingly like my To Be Read pile – toweringly big, bigger than Canada and unlikely to be fully conquered in my lifeline.
And yet, despite the implacable odds arrayed against me, I keep believing, thanks to a weird hope springs eternal nugget somewhere deep inside (yay Sagittarian optimism), that I will get to all the shows sometime before the asteroid hits the earth and dooms us all to oblivion (pertinent given one of the selected shows below).
I won’t, of course – that’s not pessimism, just me being real – but you can’t stop a boy dreaming of streaming achievements writ large now can you?
Experience the wondrous story of life on Earth… 66 million years ago. Set to debut globally on Apple TV+ from Monday, May 23 to Friday, May 27, the five-episode groundbreaking series will transport viewers 66 million years in the past to discover our world – and the dinosaurs that roamed it – all in stunning detail and set to an original score by multiple Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer. Apple TV+’s series Prehistoric Planet combines award-winning wildlife filmmaking, the latest paleontology learnings and state-of-the-art technology to unveil the spectacular habitats and inhabitants of ancient earth for a one-of-a-kind immersive experience. Executive produced by Jon Favreau and Mike Gunton (a veteran producer on many nature docs including Attenborough’s Paradise Birds, Galapagos, Madagascar, Big Cats, Nature, The Green Planet, Dynasties I & II). Individual episode directors have not been announced yet. The series is produced by the world-renowned team at BBC Studios Natural History Unit with support from the photo realistic visual effects of MPC. (courtesy First Showing)
Prehistoric Planet premieres on Apple TV+ on 23 May and runs for five nights.
Following the shocking death of Arconia Board President Bunny Folger, Charles, Oliver and Mabel race to unmask her killer. However, three (unfortunate) complications ensue – the trio is publicly implicated in Bunny’s homicide, they are now the subjects of a competing podcast, and they have to deal with a bunch of New York neighbours who all think they committed murder. With Only Murders in the Building set to return for its second season next month, a new trailer has been released for the acclaimed mystery comedy drama series which sees neighbours Mabel (Selena Gomez), Charles (Steve Martin), and Oliver (Martin Short) racing to unmask the killer of a fellow Arconia resident after being implicated in the murder by a rival podcast. (courtesy Flickering Myth)
Only Murders in the Building (season 2) premieres on Disney Plus on 28 June.
Every day, hundreds of asteroids fall towards Earth. Small asteroids cause no harm, but large asteroids can have major consequences. There is no doubt that a killer asteroid will one day cross paths with the Earth… and that we will need to be ready to act. Knowing this threat is coming, the world’s space agencies have set up specialist departments for detecting and exploring asteroids. For the first time in history, they are even planning on changing an asteroid’s orbit to protect the planet. Will we be able to avoid global catastrophe? The countdown has begun. Asteroid Rush is a two-part doc series made for Curiosity Stream. It’s directed by French filmmakers Jacques Bedel and Bertrand Loyer, both of “Life on Fire” previously. It’s produced by St. Thomas Productions for Curiosity; executive produced by Jorge Franzini. (courtesy First Showing)
The two-part Asteroid Rush series debuts on Curiosity Stream on 9 June.
Queer as Folk is a vibrant reimagining of the groundbreaking British series created by Russell T. Davies, exploring a diverse group of friends in New Orleans whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy. The series features a cast that includes Devin Way (he/him) as Brodie (he/him), Fin Argus (they/them) as Mingus (he/him/they/them), Jesse James Keitel (she/her) as Ruthie (she/her), CG (they/them) as Shar (they/them), Johnny Sibilly (he/him) as Noah (he/him), Ryan O’Connell (he/him) as Julian (he/him), with guest appearances from Kim Cattrall, Juliette Lewis, Ed Begley Jr., Armand Fields, Chris Renfro, Eric Graise, Sachin Bhatt, Benito Skinner, Nyle DiMarco, Lukas Gage, Megan Stalter, Olli Haaskivi, and Calvin Seabrooks. (synopsis courtesy Flickering Myth)
Queer as Folk premieres on Peacock on 9 June.
THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY (Season 3)
Navigating challenges, losses, and surprises of their own – and dealing with an unidentified destructive entity wreaking havoc in the Universe (something they may have caused) — now all they need to do is convince Dad’s new and possibly better family to help them put right what their arrival made wrong. Will they find a way back to their pre-apocalyptic lives? Or is this new world about to reveal more than just a hiccup in the timeline? (official Netflix synopsis courtesy Indiewire)
The Umbrella Academy (season 3) premieres on Netflix on 22 June.