March 11, 2021 (HBO Max)
Created and (pilot) directed by Daniel Barnz (Cake, Phoebe in Wonderland); written by Barnz and Zelda Barnz; starring Martha Plimpton, Justice Smith, Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East, Nava Mau, Lukita Maxwell, Haley Sanchez, Uly Schlesinger, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Chase Sui Wonders. The next generation of high-schoolers takes on sexuality, gender identity, and love set against the backdrop of their conservative community.
Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of WandaVision
March 12, 2021 (Disney+)
Go behind the scenes of the best series (so far) this year. Need I say more?
March 12, 2021 (Netflix)
Directed by Catherine Morshead (Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Ashes to Ashes, Shameless); written by Howard Overman (Misfits, Dirk Gently, Merlin, War of the Worlds); starring Hannah Ware, Dimitri Leonidas, Amir El-Masry, Stephen Campbell Moore, Wilf Scolding, Diarmaid Murtagh, Lois Chimimba, Eric Kofi-Abrefa, Pallavi Sharda, Zoë Tapper, and Gregg Chillin. Based on the John Marrs thriller, Rebecca (Ware) heads up “MatchDNA,” a new dating platform based on the discovery that everyone has a gene matching one other person, aka your “perfect” soulmate. Of course, there must be something wrong with that premise and if sci-fi’s your genre, you can’t wait to see how it all goes wrong.
Waffles + Mochi
March 16, 2021 (Netflix)
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
March 19, 2021 (Disney+)
Directed by Kari Skogland (The Punisher, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Walking Dead, The Americans, Vikings); created and written by Malcolm Spellman (Empire, Our Family Wedding); starring Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Brühl, Emily VanCamp, and Wyatt Russell. Sam and Bucky (isn’t that really all you need to know?) fill the Marvel-sized hole left by WandaVision, having whatever kind of adventures two hot superheroes do when they’re left to their own devices. Brühl’s Zemo will provide an equally hot foil, and we’ll find out what VanCamp’s Sharon Carter has been up to since she kissed the love of her great aunt’s life (ahem, how could you, Steve?).
March 19, 2021 (Apple TV)
Directed by Fede Álvarez (The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Don’t Breathe, Evil Dead); created and based on the French series by Timothée Hochet; starring Pedro Pascal, Clancy Brown, Mark Duplass, Karen Gillan, Aubrey Plaza, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Judy Greer, Paul Walter Hauser, Danny Huston, Rosario Dawson, Lily Collins, Nick Jonas, Riley Keough, Joey King, Stephen Lang, Jaeden Martell, Paola Nuñez, Edi Patterson, and Jennifer Tilly. Be transported into mysterious situations with a phenomenal cast of players who experience dark, unsettling, and surrealistic happenings — think The Twilight Zone as telephone calls. The series will have “minimal abstract video” to accompany your listen-sperience. Color me intrigued.
Race to the Center of the Earth
March 19, 2021 (National Geographic)
From Bertram van Munster — creator of The Amazing Race — comes this team-based challenge that follows four groups of three as they head from different parts of the world to, you guessed it, the center of the earth. In this time when so many would love to travel and can’t, this could be the grand adventure to fill that spot in our wandering hearts. The winning team splits $1 million between its members. Hosted by Lucifer’s Chris Payne Gilbert.
March 21, 2021 (National Geographic)
Directed by Anthony Hemingway (Power, The Purge, American Crime Story, The Newsroom, Treme); written by Suzan-Lori Parks (The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Their Eyes Were Watching God); starring Cynthia Erivo, Courtney B. Vance, David Cross, and Malcolm Barrett. The biographical series that has delved into the lives of Einstein and Picasso takes on the legendary Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul.
March 26, 2021 (Amazon Prime Video)
Directed by Jeff Allen (Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man); created and written by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Outcast); starring Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, Gillian Anderson, JK Simmons, Mahershala Ali, Zazie Beetz, Walton Goggins, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jon Hamm, Lennie James, Lauren Cohan, Jason Mantzoukas, Mark Hamill, Mae Whitman, Chris Diamantopoulos, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Dorn, Chad L. Coleman, Ezra Miller, Jonathan Groff, Andrew Rannells, and Zachary Quinto. Whew! Now that’s a cast! Another of Kirkman’s comics comes to life in this animated telling of Mark Grayson (Yeun), a teenager whose dad (Simmons) just happens to be the most powerful superhero alive — which is handy, since Mark is starting to develop his own abilities (p.s. If you’ve never watched Kirkman’s Outcast, it’s phenomenal).
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
March 26, 2021 (Disney+)
Directed (pilot) by James Griffiths (Black-ish, A Million Little Things); created and written by Steven Brill (Little Nicky, The Mighty Ducks, Walk of Shame); starring Emilio Estevez, Lauren Graham, and Brady Noon. Series based on the 1992 movie. When Evan (Noon) doesn’t make the Ducks cut, his mom (Graham) convinces him to start his own team of underdogs, with a little help from a perpetually reluctant coach. I’m calling this the feel-good series of the year.
March 26, 2021 (Netflix)
Created and written by Tom Bidwell (Watership Down, My Mad Fat Diary), based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories; starring Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Killing Eve, The Inbetweeners, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) as Sherlock and Royce Pierreson as Holmes, this British supernatural rendition leaves the actual detective work to a group of teens played by Thaddea Graham (Us, Curfew), Harrison Osterfield (Catch-22, Chaos Walking), Darci Shaw, Jojo Macari, and McKell David.