Stranger Things 4 is, once again, the biggest name on TV two months on from its premiere, thanks to a super-sized conclusion to the fourth season. Volume 2 — as it’s officially called — will no doubt set up the fifth and final season that’s already been confirmed. But how many of our favourites will make it there? You can find out when Stranger Things 4 Volume 2 drops today on Netflix worldwide. That’s not the only major show approaching its end in July. Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul enters its final stretch — that’s season 6 part 2 — premiering July 12 on Netflix in India. It picks up from that explosive death on the mid-season finale, and should’ve more of those in store for us as we approach the series finale.
Meanwhile, close to home, all of Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, and Amazon Prime Video have revealed their customary original series for the month. Prime Video goes first on July 8 with Modern Love Hyderabad, the Telugu-language adaptation of the American rom-com anthology from showrunner Nagesh Kukunoor. Hotstar Specials is next on July 15 with Shoorveer, an armed forces thriller that brings together the best of the best from the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force. That leaves Netflix, which has a returning original — a rare moment that’s occurred in back-to-back months now — with the second season of comedy-drama Masaba Masaba, available July 29 on its platform.
That’s not all. The critically-acclaimed mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows returns for a fourth season, expected July 13 on Disney+ Hotstar in India. And Netflix is ready to offer us a new take on Resident Evil, a property that’s yet to perform critically. Maybe the eighth time is the charm?
You can read more about all those seven TV shows below — and you can discover the full list of upcoming web series at our entertainment hub. With that, here’s our July 2022 TV guide for Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, and Amazon Prime Video.
Stranger Things 4 Volume 2
When: July 1
Five weeks after it premiered, the fourth season of Stranger Things returns for a two-part mega-sized finale. Spoiler alert for Stranger Things 4 Volume 1. The Hawkins Gang’s battle with Vecna — revealed to be Dr. Brenner’s first experiment, One (Jamie Campbell Bower) — will unfold over nearly four hours in total.
“Chapter Eight: Papa” is 85 minutes long, which makes it the second longest Stranger Things episode of all time. But it will actually end up as the third longest, as “Chapter Nine: The Piggyback” — the season four finale — is about two and a half hours long. That’s 150 minutes. It’s by far the longest episode, with the previous record being a cool 100 minutes.
In fact, “Chapter Nine: The Piggyback” is longer than many movies. Except for Stranger Things 4, it’s one of nine episodes. Stranger Things creators The Duffer Brothers — that’s Matt and Ross Duffer — handle writing and directing duties on the two-part Stranger Things 4 Volume 2. No new cast members are expected, but you never know.
Modern Love Hyderabad
When: July 8
Where: Amazon Prime Video
It’s in Nagesh Kukunoor’s hands. Not only is the Hyderabad Blues director the showrunner on this Telugu-language adaptation of the American rom-com anthology series drawn off The New York Times column “Modern Love”, he is also the director on half its run. Uday Gurrala (Mail), Venkatesh Maha (C/o Kancharapalem), and former production designer and executive producer Devika Bahudhanam handle the other three.
Aadhi Pinisetty, Nithya Menen, Ritu Varma, Suhasini Maniratnam, Revathy, Naresh, Malavika Nair, Abijeet Duddala, Naresh Agastya, Komalee Prasad, and Ulka Gupta lead the ensemble cast that will be divided up across its six episodes. Just like on Modern Love Mumbai. Speaking of its Hindi-language predecessor, Modern Love Hyderabad has its work cut out for itself, given the critical panning handed out to Modern Love Mumbai.
And by that, I mean, good luck Kukunoor. Modern Love Hyderabad is going to rise or fall on his account. All six Modern Love Hyderabad episodes will be available at once.
Better Call Saul Season 6 Part 2
When: July 12
“I’m not your friend. And if you get greedy and decide to come back for more, don’t.” That’s all we’ve gotten yet from AMC — less a teaser, and more an audio clip — regarding the six-episode second half to the sixth and final season for the Breaking Bad spin-off.
Speaking of Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston’s Walter White and Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman are set to return, as has been known since before the start of Better Call Saul season 6. Given they didn’t appear in Part 1, expect them anytime now. Carol Burnett also has a role.
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan directs the Part 2 premiere, and writes and directs the penultimate episode. Breaking Bad fans will know the weight of that second bit. Better Call Saul co-creator Peter Gould writes and directs the series finale. One episode weekly until August 16.
What We Do in the Shadows Season 4
When: July 13 (expected)
Where: Disney+ Hotstar
Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) is still a baby at the start of the fourth season of this vampire mockumentary, and it seems Laszlo (Matt Berry) has decided to raise him. Laszlo’s lover Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), meanwhile, is interested in opening a (new) vampire nightclub. And oh, the other vampires — and Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) — are dealing with the renovation of their Staten Island mansion.
What We Do in the Shadows season 4 begins July 12 on FX in the US, and is hence expected July 13 in India. The fourth season debuts with two new episodes upon premiere, with one new episode weekly thereafter until September 7. And don’t worry, What We Do in the Shadows isn’t going anywhere, having been already renewed for two additional seasons.
When: July 14
As if the Resident Evil timeline wasn’t already confusing enough — six Milla Jovovich-led films between 2002 and 2016, before a forgotten reboot last year, in addition to an anime series on Netflix itself — we’re now getting another live-action Resident Evil project. For what it’s worth, this one bears no connection to any of them, so this could be a good entry point.
Netflix’s Resident Evil is set in the year 2036, 14 years after a viral outbreak caused a global apocalypse, where 15 million refugees try to survive amongst six billion human victims. It will also make heavy use of flashbacks to 2022, showing us how the world ended through the lens of 14-year-old twins who realise their father is hiding something.
Of course, the bigger question is whether it will end up being any good. Those seven movies have largely been terrible — and while the reboot also tanked at the box office, those before it at least could claim their commercial reception improved as the six-film series went on.
Lance Reddick (John Wick) and Ella Balinska (Charlie’s Angels) headline the cast. All eight episodes of Netflix’s Resident Evil will be available at once.
When: July 15
Where: Disney+ Hotstar
Hotstar Specials is here to add to the “patriotic” thrillers that have been cropping up for years now. After an enemy attack deep into India’s borders leaves over a dozen dead, the powers that-be task the armed forces to prepare a paramilitary unit that would act as like “first responders”. I think someone needs to remind these guys what the term first responders means.
Anyway, enter in the Hawks, with Makarand Deshpande bringing together the best of the best from the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Regina Cassandra, Armaan Ralhan, Aadil Khan, Abhishek Saha, Anjali Barot, Kuldeep Sareen, Arif Zakaria, and Faisal Rashid play the elite individuals. Naturally, these guys butt their heads over principles, bravado, and what not.
Don’t expect anything on the level of Top Gun: Maverick though, with the Shoorveer trailer indicating very little use of practical effects. And in what now feels like a tradition with Indian productions, the CGI is majorly unconvincing. It seems to me the budget for CGI was less than the cost of a Redmi phone.
Samar Khan (The Test Case) is the creator and showrunner on Shoorveer, with Kanishk Varma (Sanak) handling directing duties. All Shoorveer episodes will fly in at once.
Masaba Masaba Season 2
When: July 29
In the second season of the semi-autobiographical comedy-drama, the mother-daughter duo is going to be braver and courageous. Or so Masaba has claimed in an interview anyway: “As women, we are told to be modest, that we should be quiet and that we should let people appreciate us. I don’t agree. Nobody is going to do that for you. It’s a job you have to do yourself. You have to go out and ask for what you deserve and make sure you get it.”
Not much else is known about Masaba Masaba season 2. The release date announcement video — that also serves as a 19-second first look, see below — shows an anxious Masaba staring at a pregnancy test, while her mother anxiously waits outside the bathroom stall.
Behind the scenes, Sonam Nair returns as director, having helmed all six half-hour season 1 episodes.
Inside She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Marvel’s Modern Legal Comedy
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law — premiering August 18 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar — is more a modern comedy about the struggles of self-acceptance than a standard superhero flick. While most characters adore the idea of harbouring powers, legal attorney Jennifer Walters is quite the opposite. Put yourself in her situation: You get into a car crash and wake up turned into a tall, muscly, green-tinted monster. Sounds cool at first, but imagine being like that all the time. Maintaining public appearances and sporting a fake grin are hallmark traits of an average celebrity, or in this case, a superhero — instances of which we were treated to in Amazon’s The Boys and Zack Snyder’s Watchmen.
Each of the nine episodes in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is poised to have a distinct flavour, that isn’t restricted to a specific genre. “The easy answer is that it’s a half-hour legal comedy. But it also has huge cinematic scope and elements of drama, action, suspense,” co-director Kat Coiro said Friday, over a Zoom global press conference call. “It really is a little bit of a peek behind the curtain at the everyday — sometimes even mundane — life of a superhero, which we do get to experience in this long-form series.”
Walters, played by Emmy-winning actress Tatiana Maslany, never volunteered to be a superhero. It was all part of a big accident, causing her cousin Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) to transfuse his gamma-irradiated blood into her. But unlike the Hulk — who is unaware of his actions in the monster form — She-Hulk is fully conscious and retains all of Walters’ personality, adding to the inner conflict and spicing up the self-aware, drama aspect to be expected from the show.
“The beauty of television is — unlike movies — we actually have time and space to really sit with the character and learn more about them, and really get to know them as a fully fleshed out person,” head writer Jessica Gao said. “–she [Maslany] was immediately able to make this feel like a real human being. You feel like she’s [She-Hulk] lived a life, she has life experiences, she has relationships, she has family and friends. Also, she changes. Like, she might feel different in the morning than she does in the evening.”
Breaking the fourth wall
Gao, who shares writing credits with HBO’s Silicon Valley and Rick and Morty’s iconic ‘Pickle Rick’ episode, was rejected by Marvel Studios thrice before landing a She-Hulk pitch. Drawing inspiration from comic book artist-writer John Byrne’s ‘Sensational She-Hulk’ run, fans will be quick to notice the fourth-wall-breaking sense of humour in the upcoming Disney+ series. The meta-writing went through several evolutionary steps, including a version where boxy speech bubbles would pop up on-screen. Similar in fashion to the 2013 Deadpool video game and the Ryan Reynolds-led movies, but aimed more at the editors of the show.
“At one point, there was an iteration in the scripts where instead of really talking directly to the camera, there were, kind of, text boxes that were editor’s notes. Like the editor’s notes in comics. And she [She-Hulk] was actually interacting with the editor’s notes that would be on-screen,” said Gao, stating that the idea was eventually scrapped. “How much does she talk to the camera? Is she talking directly to the audience? Is there another meta element? Is she talking to somebody else, like, that’s more behind the scenes?” These are the questions that were raised in the writers’ room at Marvel..
“Ultimately, it was about finding the balance, you know, to where breaking the fourth wall does connect to the audience and draws us in, but not so much so that we’re not connecting to her story and the world that we’ve built,” Coiro added. According to Maslany, She-Hulk has a level of hyper-awareness, where she is able to seamlessly transition between Jenn and monster form whilst fully conscious. The fourth wall-breaking is not limited to her hulk form but is rather, put to display on both ends. “It’s like an extension of her superpower,” she said.
Family dynamics and relationships
The first trailer for She-Hulk touched upon some of the perks and shortcomings of becoming a hulk. Ruffalo (Zodiac), reprising his role as Professor Banner — albeit for brief moments — gathers years’ worth of intel to pass on to his cousin. But having witnessed how becoming a superhero ruined his personal life and prospects, Walters is reluctant to the idea of becoming one herself. “What’s so great about the show is that it has all those huge Marvel elements to it, like big set pieces. However, we also deal with She-Hulk swipe dating and helping her dad carry stuff into the garage,” said Maslany.
In the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, Banner has relocated to a remote part of Mexico, having created the peaceful, Zenlike lifestyle he has always desired. He soon becomes an unwanted mentor/ life coach to Walters, so she doesn’t struggle with her newfound powers — teaching her ways to control and how to best use them in a given situation. But they realise that Walters’ She-Hulk is different from his, remaining fully conscious and retaining all of her personality traits — something he can’t comprehend. “They have a great rapport and Bruce is just excited to have a person who can relate to him on a Hulk level,” said Ruffalo in a prepared press statement.
“Mark and I really found that dynamic between Hulk and She-Hulk and Jen and Bruce. The scripts lean into this lovingly antagonistic sort of sibling relationship — they obviously grew up very close. She’s always taking him down a notch; he’s always taking her down a notch,” added Maslany.
It wasn’t just the off-screen chemistry, but the fact that both stars were fitted into mocap onesies with dots all over their faces, that created a special moment for Ruffalo — who has been doing it alone for the entirety of MCU. “Other actors usually want to run away from me in those scenes: I’m on a box, covered in dots with a head cam right in the centre of my face,” he notes in the statement. “It’s not a natural experience for them. For the first time, I actually did scenes with another actor who’s in the same position. We see that Bruce/Hulk is grief-stricken and lonely, but free in a way he’s never been before. It’s been exciting.”
Another key figure in Walters’ life is her best friend and fellow attorney Nikki Ramos, providing constant support and advice in both personal and professional matters. Ginger Gonzaga embodies the character to try and remind Walters of a life outside her job and to embrace her new She-Hulk powers. “Shamefully, I do feel like I’m kind of cheating on this show. I feel like Nikki is pretty similar to me,” said Gonzaga. “She is very free. She’s that person you want — that who can get away with anything, you know, and encourage you to do whatever.
“I love first of all that they’re female friends who actually care about each other and love each other and have, you know, some sense of emotional maturity to their life. But also, it’s a really good balance, because Jenn is kind of ‘by the books.’ She’s safe, she knows what she’s doing with her life, and she has all these goals. Nikki is just very reckless and free but in a fun way. I can kind of light fires and encourage Jenn to become She-Hulk.”
Above all else, what intrigued Coiro to direct She-Hulk was her own, personal history surrounding the character. “I remember very vividly, being a little girl and seeing the cover of a She-Hulk comic amidst this sea of male comics. And just not knowing who she was or what this was, but knowing that I was moved by it — the idea of being large and in charge and, you know, taking control, taking up space was something that really resonated with me. And I remember buying that comic book. So, when this show came along, it was really the culmination of a real dream.”
Out of the nine episodes in She-Hulk, Coiro has directed episodes 1–4 and 8–9. The remaining 5, 6, and 7 episodes are helmed by Anu Valia, best known for writing and directing the 2017 Sundance Film Festival award-winning short ‘Lucia, Before and After.’
Gao added: “I love that she’s [She-Hulk] funny. I love that she breaks the fourth wall. I love that she’s super confident with a great attitude and, in later runs, has a realistic relationship to the idea of being a superhero. She has a sense of humour about her powers and has come to really appreciate the advantages. There’s an aspect of it that is very aspirational.”
Marvel’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law brings a lot more to the table, with compelling characters such as Titania, played by Jameela Jamil — a superpowered social media influencer obsessed with Walters. Then there are some reunions, starting with Tim Roth’s Emil Blonsky aka Abomination, where he reprises his role from the 2008 Edward Norton-led The Incredible Hulk. Benedict Wong as The Sorcerer Supreme also makes an appearance, as a follow-up to the caged ring fight in Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings.
The Disney+ Hotstar original show also stars Josh Segarra, Jon Bass, and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Charlie Cox is also expected to guest star as Matt Murdock aka Daredevil. Following the Netflix cancellation, a new show has been greenlit at Disney, titled Daredevil: Born Again, slated for an early 2024 release.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law premieres August 18 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar. New episodes air every Thursday until October 13. In India, She-Hulk will be available to stream in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, and Malayalam.
The Flash: Warner Bros. Is Reportedly Considering Three Release Scenarios
The Flash movie project is reportedly considering multiple release scenarios. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is discussing ways to release the film, following lead actor Ezra Miller’s recent debacles with the law. The studio is also reviewing a worst-case scenario option, which could see the film getting shelved entirely. The DC Comics superhero film is scheduled to hit theatres on June 23, 2023, though now its fate fully depends upon Miller’s internal cooperation and actions leading up to the release.
Warner Bros. Discovery is considering three key scenarios, as per The Hollywood Reporter. The first one sees WB — under the new CEO David Zaslav — releasing The Flash on the said date, given the 29-year-old actor seeks professional help and explains their erratic actions in a proper interview. Miller (Zack Snyder’s Justice League) will then do limited press prior to the release in cinemas.
Option 2 is based on the scenario where the actor avoids reaching out for help. Warner Bros. would release the film as planned, but won’t see Miller playing a prominent role in terms of the promotion or marketing campaign. In fact, they would be recast in future projects, which is a big blow to the company, since the 2023 film is supposed to kickstart the million-dollar DC Comics film franchise.
Scenario 3 is the most extreme one, which takes into account Miller’s continued run-ins with legal trouble. This would see Warner Bros. scrapping the entire movie, as it cannot be reshot with a different actor. The report claims that Miller would be playing multiple characters or iterations of Barry Allen in the film, which puts his face in almost every scene. This makes the $200 million (about Rs. 1,593 crore) movie practically impossible to save, even with reshoots.
Prior to this development, The Flash was considered safe for release, going by Warner Bros. discovery’s newest 10-year plan to create a contained DC storyline akin to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As part of the decision, the studio shelved the Leslie Grace-led Batgirl movie, alongside Wonder Twins and Scoob! Holiday Haunt, as it did not fit their vision to maximise financial returns. Reports indicate that Batgirl was subject to private test screenings, where the audiences called it “irredeemable.”
Miller was called upon regularly for additional photography for The Flash over the summer. This development was after the actor had been charged and arrested multiple times for disorderly conduct in the public. According to Rolling Stone, the actor was charged with a felony burglary earlier this week, and got into trouble with Vermont’s child services department, following the disappearance of a mother and three children who were allegedly receding at Miller’s farm.
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If things go positively, The Flash will release in cinemas worldwide, on June 23, 2023.
Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives Season 2 Release Date Set for September 2 on Netflix
Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives will return for its second season on September 2, Netflix India announced Thursday, alongside a first poster for the sophomore run. Bhavana Panday, Maheep Kapoor, Neelam Kothari Soni, and Seema Kiran Sajdeh are back with “hot flushes, new crushes, and more rushes of drama”, claiming Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives season 2 to be the “perfect escape.” Netflix India promises that the new season of the behind-the-scenes reality TV series will be “larger, louder and luxe galore.” Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives season 2 is a production of Karan Johar’s Dharma.
Johar is also an executive producer on Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives season 2, alongside Dharma’s Apoorva Mehta and Dharmatic’s Aneesha Baig. Dharmatic is the digital-focused label of Dharma Productions. Uttam Domale returns as the series director from the first season of Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives, which aired in late 2020 and played to a captive stuck-at-home audience thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Vrishali Kemkar (Street Eats “Asia”) serves as series producer. Manu Maharshi is the creative director on Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives season 2, with Naomi Datta (Blazing Bajirao) set as creative producer.
The wives are back! Prepare yourselves for twice the drama, gossip and glamour 💃
Watch the Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives S2. From September 2nd, only on Netflix!📸 pic.twitter.com/WrZb0UVD9S
— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) August 11, 2022
Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives was renewed for a second season in March last year as part of Netflix’s “See What’s Next India” event. It went into production the following November. The first look at Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives season 2 was revealed in mid-July, alongside looks at fellow second seasons of the crime drama Jamtara, the Shefali Shah-led police drama Delhi Crime, the Prajakta Koli-led rom-com Mismatched, and the comedy-drama Masaba Masaba with Masaba and Neena Gupta.
The season 2 release date announcement follows new looks at Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives revealed earlier this week, alongside first looks at fellow Indian reality TV series, the influencer-driven Social Currency and dating series IRL – In Real Love.
Here’s the official synopsis for Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives season 2, via Netflix:
This season, the four ladies have to deal with a new (almost) post-pandemic world and are desperate to make up for lost time. Be it dealing with impending menopause, reigniting old passions or letting go of the ghosts of the past, the squad has their hands full.
They are set to embrace new adventures — together as well as individually. And re-examine everything in their lives without fear or judgment. Even if this means a long hard look at their friendships, marriages, or partners.
All episodes of Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives season 2 drop September 2 on Netflix.
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