Disney has announced ten new unscripted series - including two Marvel shows - for its upcoming streaming service, Disney+. The news comes a day ahead of their scheduled presentation to the studio's investors, where presumably even more plans and series will be unveiled.
One of the Marvel series, tentatively titled Marvel's 616, will be produced by none other than the minds behind Netflix's Emmy-nominated culinary show Chef's Table. The Supper Club trio - consisting of Brian McGinn, David Gelb and Jason Sterman - have also signed an overall deal with Disney+, and will be producing one other show called Earthkeepers as well. Marvel's 616 is billed as an anthological docuseries which depicts how the characters of the comic behemoth's most famous stories affect both creators and consumers alike. Earthkeepers, meanwhile is a self-explanatory title dealing with environmental conservationists.
According to THR, the second superhero-adjacent show for Disney+ is Marvel's Hero Project, which will be geared towards teaching children how to commit themselves to everyday acts worthy of the heroes they admire. There are plenty of other family-friendly entries on the slate, suggesting that's the specific demographic that Disney+ is hoping to capture. After all, Disney also has a majority stake in fellow streaming platform Hulu, and could take its more adult fare there.
The streaming service should be ready to go public by the end of 2019, and will include original programming and rerun content from several of the company's subsidiaries and affiliates. Lucasfilm, Marvel and Pixar have all confirmed new content, while FX, ABC and more will add their programs to Disney+'s massive library. More information is sure to come out on Thursday, when the investor presentation takes place in Burbank, including a launch date and a package price. In the meantime, a summary of the ten recently announced unscripted series can be found below.
Marvel's 616 features diverse filmmakers exploring the historical and societal context that makes up each corner of the Marvel Universe. Earthkeepers is a documentary series that focuses on adventurous conservationists, and the endangered species they've devoted themselves to protecting. Be Our Chef is a Disney-centric cooking show hosted by Angela Kinsey of The Office fame. Diverse families participate in a friendly cooking competition at Disney World, and compete in theme-appropriate challenges designed to create a dish inspired by Disney. Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies is a series that handles props and costumes from famous films through an anthropological perspective, interviewing actors and artists who had a hand in their creation and iconography. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Mary Poppins will be featured, as will many more now classic stories. Encore! is a musical docuseries that reunites high school musical castmates and asks them to relive and recreate their original performances of Broadway productions such as The Sound of Music and Beauty and the Beast.
Marvel's Hero Project follows youngsters who are creating positive change in their communities, highlighting selfless acts and inspiring viewers to follow in the footsteps of these everyday heroes. (Re)Connect is a problem-solving program, featuring families with various issues driving them apart who are asked to gather for reflection and reconnection with the advice of an expert. Rogue Trip is a travel show that prioritizes the road less traveled, in which Bob Woodruff and his son Mark visit the hidden corners of the world and expose the wonders they have to offer. Shop Class is a competition show that tasks students with the creation and testing of new engineering designs, which are then judged by a panel of experts. Finally, the Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering documentary series follows the history of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. It will focus heavily on the creative forces behind the parks, including stories about both the people and the craft.