View Finder: Luke Cage, The Crown, Fuller House Series 2
All the latest news from streaming and TV, plus the pick of new shows this weekend.
The Crown Series 1 gets a launch date
Netflix has spared no expense with its forthcoming series The Crown, which dramatises the life of Queen Elizabeth II. The first 10 episodes (in a planned 60-episode run) will all debut on 4 November. Here's the trailer:
Fuller House Series 2 due in December
If you fancy a somewhat cheaper-looking production with (possibly) more laughs, season 2 of Netflix's Fuller House is due to debut on 9 December. That's a pretty rapid turnaround for the Full House reboot, given that the first series only appeared in February.
Designated Survivor lands at Netflix
In an unusual move, Netflix has also landed world rights for new US drama Designated Survivor, which stars Kiefer Sutherland. As the show is on broadcast TV in the US, new episodes are showing up weekly, rather than in Netflix's traditional "binge-here's-everything" package.
ABC manages to keep some Class
We reported earlier this week that Doctor Who spin-off Class will be fast-tracked by the ABC after its UK broadcast, with new episodes popping up on iView immediately after the broadcast. Most new BBC productions end up on Foxtel's BBC First channel these days, but Doctor Who and related productions are an exception. The ABC's deal covers access to Who material regardless of any other distribution arrangements, extending a relationship that dates back to 1983, when the ABC coughed up funding to help ensure the 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors could be made.
Key new shows and movies this weekend
Netflix's big debut for this weekend is Marvel's Luke Cage, the third foray by Netflix into the Marvel Universe. The 13-episode series goes live on 30 September.
On Presto, the movie remake of 80s kids TV classic Jem And The Holograms appears on 30 September. On the same date, Stan debuts season 4 of workplace comedy House Of Lies.
On 1 October, Presto has a huge list of new movies, including everything in the Alien and Nightmare On Elm Street franchises. That could be handy with Halloween approaching.
For the full picture of what's coming to Australian streaming services over the next month, check out our guide to what's new on Netflix, Presto, Stan and hayu in October.
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