There’s a ton of crackling content coming your way on Disney+ Hotstar this year. Take a look at our handy round-up as you plan your TV schedule. The post will be updated as shows are released.
‘His Dark Materials’ Season 2
Based on the novel series of the same name by Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials (pictured above) follows Lyra (Dafne Keen) on her quest to rescue her kidnapped friend. Along the way, she befriends warrior polar bears and learns about a substance called Dust that fills authorities with dread. Read our review of season one here.
Writers: Jack Thorne, Philip Pullman
Cast: Dafne Keen, Ariyon Bakare, Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Simone Kirby, Jade Anouka, Andrew Scott
neXt centres around brilliant Silicon Valley pioneer Paul LeBlanc (John Slattery) who teams up with Special Agent Shea Salazar (Fernanda Andrade) to stop the A.I. he created from going rogue and wreaking havoc.
Creator: Manny Coto
Cast: John Slattery, Fernanda Andrade, Michael Mosley, Eve Harlow, Jason Butler Harner
Release Date: Wednesday, October 7
‘Warrior’ Season 2
Warrior is set against the backdrop of the Tong Wars in late 1870s San Franciso. It focuses on Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) a martial arts prodigy who, in search of his sister, travels from China to San Franciso and finds himself caught up in the Chinatown wars.
Creator: Jonathon Tropper
Cast: Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin, Dianne Doan, Kieran Bew
Release Date: Saturday, October 3
‘The Third Day’
The Third Day is a miniseries that follows the journeys of Sam (Jude Law) and Helen (Naomie Harris) who individually and at different times arrive at a mysterious island off the British coast.
Directors: Marc Munden, Philippa Lowthorpe
Writer: Dennis Kelly
Cast: Jude Law, Naomie Harris, Katherine Waterston, Freya Allan, Emily Watson
Release Date: Tuesday, September 15
‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’
Marvel has been tight-lipped as far as the plot is concerned, but they will be releasing a series centered around Falcon and Winter Soldier.
Director: Kari Skogland
Cast: Daniel Brühl, Desmond Chiam, Miki Ishikawa
This horror drama is based on Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name. Atticus Black (Jonathon Majors) embarks on a road trip across America with his friend Letitia Dandridge (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and uncle George Black (Courtney B. Vance) in the 1950s in search of his missing father.
Creators: Misha Green, Jordan Peele
Cast: Jonathon Majors, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Courtney B. Vance, Abbey Lee, Jamie Chung
‘I’ll Be Gone In The Dark’
I’ll Be Gone In The Dark is a true-crime documentary revolving around American true-crime writer Michelle McNamara, who investigated and wrote about the Golden State Killer. The late writer coined the term ‘Golden State Killer’ and spent nights digging into the criminal’s case history.
Directors: Liz Garbus, Elizabeth Wolff, Myles Kane, Josh Koury
Cast: Paul Hynes, Amy Ryan, Patton Oswalt, Billy Jensen
Release: Sunday, June 28
Set in 1932 in Los Angeles, Perry Mason is the origin story of the famous titular defense lawyer based on the novels written by Erle Stanley Gardner. When a kidnapping goes wrong, Mason relentlessly pursues every lead to uncover the truth.
Creators: Ron Fitzgerald, Rolin Jones
Cast: Matthew Rhys, Tatiana Maslany, John Lithgow, Chris Chalk
Release: Monday, June 22
‘The Chi’ Season 3
Creator Lena Waithe’s drama hinges on disturbing events that take place in a neighbourhood in the south side of Chicago.
Creator: Lena Waithe
Cast: Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore
Release: Sunday, June 21
Bollywood actor Sushmita Sen makes her digital debut with Aarya, which is an adaptation of the Dutch series Penoza. Directed by Ram Madhvani of Neerja fame, the thriller also stars Chandrachur Singh, Sikander Kher and Namit Das.
Creator & Director: Ram Madhvani
Cast: Sushmita Sen, Chandrachur Singh, Sikander Kher, Alexx O’Nell, Namit Das
Release: Monday, June 19
Based on Deon Meyer’s eponymous novel, Trackers interweaves stories of organised crime, diamond smuggling and terrorism in Cape Town, South Africa.
Creator: Deon Meyer
Director: Jyri Kähönen
Cast: Tamer Burjaq, James Gracie, Sisanda Henna, Avital Lvova
Release: Saturday, June 6
‘I May Destroy You’
This British comedy-drama centers on Arabella Essiedu (Michaela Coel), a millennial icon who is a Twitter star turned novelist. After a night out in London, during which her drink is spiked, she struggles to recall the events of the night, putting the pieces together with the help of friends.
Creator: Michaela Coel
Director: Sam Miller
Cast: Michaela Coel, Weruche Opia, Paapa Essiedu, Stephen Wight, Adam James
Release: Sunday, June 7
‘Billions’ Season 5
The popular TV show is based on the legal battles between former American district attorney Preet Bharara and hedge fund manager Steve Cohen. Paul Giamatti plays Charles ‘Chuck’ Rhoades Jr, a district attorney, who goes after rich criminals. His nemesis is the billionaire Robert ‘Bobby’ Axelrod, played by Damian Lewis.
Creators: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Andrew Ross Sorkin
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Åkerman
Release: Sunday, May 3
‘I Know This Much Is True’
Based on American writer Wally Lamb’s 1998 novel of the same name, this miniseries (pictured above) explores the relationship between the Birdsey twins, Dominick and his paranoid schizophrenic brother, Thomas. The series stars Mark Ruffalo as the Birdsey brothers alongside Melissa Leo, Rosie O’Donnell, Archie Panjabi and Juliette Lewis.
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Melissa Leo, Archie Panjabi, Juliette Lewis
Release: Sunday, May 10
Based on the 2014 novel You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz, the HBO miniseries stars Nicole Kidman as Grace Fraser. A successful therapist, Grace has a perfect life that’s disrupted by a death and a public catastrophe.
Director: Susanne Bier
Writer: David E Kelly, Jeah Hanff Korelitz (book)
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Donald Sutherland, Fala Chen
Release: To be announced
‘Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian’
To mark the occasion of Star Wars Day on May 4, Disney+ is releasing a documentary series that covers the making of The Mandalorian
Release: Monday, May 4 2020.
Run stars Merritt Weaver as Ruby Richardson, a woman who’s all set to reinvent her ordinary life by embarking on an adventure with her college boyfriend, Billy (Domhnall Gleeson). The series also stars Rich Sommer, Archie Panjabi and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is also the executive producer.
Creator: Vicky Jones
Cast: Merrit Weaver, Domnhall Gleeson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Archie Panjabi, Rich Sommer
Release Date: Monday, April 13
‘What We Do In The Shadows’ Season 2
The comedic horror mockumentary follows the antics of four vampire roommates in New York. The show is based on the eponymous 2014 film by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi.
Creator: Jemaine Clement
Cast: Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén, Mark Proksch
Release: Wednesday, April 15
Mrs America is set during the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Cate Blanchett plays Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative, anti-feminist who goes head to head against second-wave feminists Gloria Steinem (Rose Byrne), Betty Friedan (Tracy Ullman) and Shirley Chisholm (Uzo Aduba). Read our episode recaps here.
Creator: Dahvi Waller
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Sarah Paulson, Uzo Aduba, Tracy Ullman
Release Date: Thursday, April 16
Hundred (pictured above) follows Netra Patil (Rinku Rajguru) who finds out she has only 100 days to live. She decides to become an informer for Assistant Commissioner of Police, Saumya Shukla (Lara Dutta) and both women’s lives take an interesting turn. Read our review of Hundred here.
Directors: Ruchi Narain, Ashutosh Shah, Taher Shabbir
Writers: Abhishek Dubey, Ruchi Narain, Ashutosh Shah
Cast: Lara Dutta, Rinku Rajguru, Parmeet Sethi, Karan Wahi, Sudhanshu Pandey, Makarand Deshpande
Release Date: Saturday, April 25
‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’
A spin-off of the horror drama Penny Dreadful, this series is set in the 1930s in Los Angeles, during the Golden Age of Hollywood. A gruesome murder leads Detective Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto) and his partner Lewis Michener (Nathan Lane) down an investigative route that unearths more secrets than they could’ve imagined.
Creator: John Logan
Cast: Natalie Dormer, Daniel Zovatto, Jessica Garza, Nathan Lane, Rory Kinnear, Adrian Barraza
Release Date: Monday, April 27
‘Little Fires Everywhere’
This miniseries, based on the eponymous novel by Celeste Ng, stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. It tells the story of the seemingly perfect Richardson family, whose lives take a drastic turn with the arrival of their tenants Mia Warren (Kerry Washington) and her daughter.
Writers: Celeste Ng, Liz Tigelaar
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Rosemarie DeWitt, Joshua Jackson, Lexi Underwood
Release: Thursday, March 19
Based on Stephen King’s bestselling eponymous novel, The Outsider is the story of a detective who is exploring the truth behind the mysterious circumstance surrounding a young boy’s murder.
Creator: Stephen King (novel), Richard Price
Director: Andrew Bernstein, Jason Bateman, Charlotte Brändström
Cast: Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, Jason Bateman, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson, Yul Vazquez, Jeremy Bobb, Marc Menchaca
Release: Monday, January 13
A science-fiction comedy that’s touted as Veep meets Star Trek, it sees space captain Ryan Clark (Hugh Laurie) trying to befriend new people in the space tourism industry.
Creator: Armando Iannucci
Director: Armando Iannucci
Cast: Hugh Laurie, Suzy Nakamura, Rebecca Front, Zach Woods, Josh Gad, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Lenora Crichlow, Ethan Phillips, Himesh Patel
Release: Monday, January 20
‘9-1-1 Lone Star’
This series stars Rob Lowe as a New York firefighter who relocates to Austin, Texas with his son. There, he must learn to balance his personal and professional life as he starts life anew.
Creator: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear
Director: Bradley Buecker
Cast: Rob Lowe, Liv Tyler, Jim Parrack, Ronen Rubinstein, Sierra McClain, Natacha Karam, Brian Michael Smith, Rafael Silva, Julian Works
Release Date: Tuesday, January 21