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What's Streaming This Month? A Very Briny Seth Rogen, Talking To Himself

By Tori Preston | TV | August 1, 2020 |

By Tori Preston | TV | August 1, 2020 |


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This is it, folks! We’re rolling into the end of the summer, and it’s pretty clear the pandemic is taking its toll. On our sanity, yes — but also on the amount of new streaming content to distract us from (*gestures at everything*). Unless you’re still a Quibi subscriber, because heaven help us all — they’ve got plenty of shows to launch, and some of them are Season 2 premieres, because time is a joke played on us all apparently.

Quibi

Can you believe Chance The Rapper’s Punk’d reboot is already launching it’s second season on August 17? How did they film it? And when? And why would you knowingly prank someone in this political and emotional climate? I’d rather watch “Quilt’d”: a show where distressed people are wrapped in quilts and handed mugs of hot cocoa. Anyway, there’s also a comedy/mystery series called Mapleworth Murders (August 10), written by and starring Paula Pell and John Lutz, and a reboot of The Fugitive where Boyd Holbrook outruns Kiefer Sutherland (August 3).


CBS All Access

If you’ve ever watched Star Trek and thought “Gee, that spaceship looks really big — why are we only seeing the especially capable and professional people on it?” then maybe you’ll enjoy Star Trek: Lower Decks (August 6), the animated spin-off created by Rick & Morty writer Mike McMahan that centers on a rag-tag group of Starfleet support officers:


Apple TV +

You know how Americans think football is a sport where dudes throw a ball, and the rest of the world thinks it’s a sport where the ball gets kicked? A sport made entirely of kicky-bois? Enter Ted Lasso, a new comedy about an America football coach who heads to the UK to coach the other type of football, and hilarity ensues (August 14). It’s Jason Sudeikis as Coach Taylor basically, and I know that because Dustin and Dan spent all of July making me watch Friday Night Lights over on Podjiba. I totally talk sport now, you guys.


Peacock

Former The Great British Bake Off presenters Mel and Sue are starring in a new comedy where they… kill people for money. Need I say more? Hitmen premieres August 6:


Disney+

If you’re a fan of Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, then you might be interested in Disney’s new documentary Howard, about the life of playwright and lyricist Howard Ashman (August 7). Ashman worked closely with Alan Menken and helped shape the animated films of Disney’s resurgence in the late 80s/early 90s, before he succumbed to AIDS at the age of 40.


HBO Max

Seth Rogen is playing his own grandson. No, I’m not talking about an American remake of Dark — I’m talking about An American Pickle (August 6), a new movie written by Miracle Workers’s Simon Rich about a dude who falls into a vat of pickles and wakes up a hundred years later, perfectly preserved. And presumably smelling of delicious pickle juice.


Hulu

Did you know Hulu has a time-traveling ballerina show? They do! It’s called Find Me In Paris and the third season debuts August 21. On the movie side of things, there’s a new Vince Vaughn flick called The Binge (August 28), which is apparently pretty much The Purge only instead of murder being legal for a day, it’s drugs and alcohol. I couldn’t find a trailer for it yet, which bodes super well.


Amazon Prime
Finally! It’s the Survivor-meets-Amazing Race mashup you’ve been waiting for: Welcome to World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji (August 14)! This competition series, hosted by Bear Grylls, pits 66 teams against one another as they race around the world (and maybe drink urine? Who knows!).


Netflix

Netflix is having a weird month. They’ve picked up seasons 1&2 of Cobra Kai from YouTube (8/28), and their other salvage, Lucifer, is getting it’s fifth season (8/21). They’ve also got a too-timely third season of their Danish apocalyptic show, The Rain (8/6) in which a rain-borne virus wipes out humanity. Ouch, Netflix. F’ing OUCH.

For new shows there’s Biohackers (8/20) about, uh, biohacking, and Teenage Bounty Hunters (8/14), about teenage twins who are… bounty hunters. I’m not joking even a little bit.

And of course, we’ll finally get to see that movie about the drug pills and the superpowers starring Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dominique Fishback! Project Power drops on August 14.


Coming Soon (Originals in BOLD)

Avail. 8/1/20

Super Monsters: The New Class — NETFLIX FAMILY
New adventures, new friends! The Super Monsters welcome a new class of pint-sized preschoolers to Pitchfork Pines. Meet Olive, Rocky, Sami and Zane!

A Knight’s Tale
Acts of Violence
The Addams Family (1991)
An Education
Being John Malkovich
Death at a Funeral
Dennis the Menace
Elizabeth Harvest
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Hardcore Henry
Iron Man: Armored Adventures: Season 1-2
Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Mad Max (1979)
Mr. Deeds
My Perfect Landing: Season 1
Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea: Season 1
The NeverEnding Story
The NeverEnding Story 2: The Next Chapter
The Next Step: Season 6
Nights in Rodanthe
Ocean’s Thirteen
Ocean’s Twelve
Operation Ouch: Season 1
Operation Ouch: Special
Remember Me
Seabiscuit
Toradora!: Season 1
Transformers Rescue Bots Academy: S2
The Ugly Truth
What Keeps You Alive


Avail. 8/2/20

Almost Love

Connected — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
In Netflix’s new documentary series Connected, science reporter and host Latif Nasser hopscotches around the planet to tease out the subtle and surprising ways that we are all inextricably linked to one another and our world. He discovers how everything from the air we breathe, the selfies we post, and even the poop we poop can be traced back to catastrophic shipwrecks, fraudulent elections, and even distant galaxies. From the microscopic to the telescopic to the kaleidoscopic, this show will make you see the world around you in a whole new way.


Avail. 8/3/20

Immigration Nation — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
This documentary series offers a unique and nuanced view of the ongoing struggles in America’s broken immigration system.


Avail. 8/4/20

A Go! Go! Cory Carson Summer Camp — NETFLIX FAMILY
Cory’s spending the summer at Camp Friendship with his best friend, Freddie. But jealousy flares when Freddie brings his cousin Rosie along for the ride.

Malibu Rescue: The Next Wave — NETFLIX FAMILY
As summer returns to Malibu, Team Flounder takes to the beach to host — and unexpectedly compete in — the International Beachmaster Competition.

Mundo Mistério / Mystery Lab — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Factual television series which explores topics related to science and history, hosted by Felipe Castanhari.

Sam Jay: 3 In The Morning — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL
Following her Netflix debut on The Comedy Lineup Part 1, Emmy Award-nominated Saturday Night Live writer Sam Jay is back with her first hour-long Netflix original comedy special, 3 In The Morning. Filmed at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia, Sam Jay delivers the witty, candid and raw brand of comedy that earned her recognition as a standout comic.


Avail. 8/5/20

Anelka : L’Incompris / Anelka: Misunderstood — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Intolerable, incomparable or both? Famed French footballer Nicolas Anelka’s controversial legacy is examined in this in-depth documentary.

World’s Most Wanted — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Heinous criminals have avoided capture despite massive rewards and global investigations. This docuseries profiles five of the world’s most wanted.


Avail. 8/6/20

The Rain: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Years after the rain decimated the population of Scandinavia, Simone and Rasmus find themselves at odds about how to save humanity.

The Seven Deadly Sins: Imperial Wrath of The Gods — NETFLIX ANIME
With Camelot now the stronghold of the Ten Commandments, the Seven Deadly Sins assemble once more to liberate all of Britannia from the Demon Clan.


Avail. 8/7/20

Alta Mar / High Seas: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
When the Bárbara de Braganza sets sail from Argentina to Mexico, Eva joins a mission to root out a scientist harboring a fatal virus on board.

Berlin, Berlin — NETFLIX FILM
In this cinematic sequel to the hit TV series, Lolle has moved on from Sven and is about to marry her friend Hart - until Sven disrupts her plans.

The Magic School Bus Rides Again Kids In Space — NETFLIX FAMILY
The Magic School Bus kids blast into space and onto the International Space Station, only to find themselves on the run from a giant tardigrade!

¡Nailed It! México: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The fondant flows and frosting fiascos abound as home bakers try to recreate cakes shaped like armadillos, aliens and Elvis for a tasty cash prize.

The New Legends of Monkey: Season 2 — NETFLIX FAMILY
The quest for sacred scrolls continues for the Monkey King and friends. But in a world of demons, gods and magic, everything comes at a cost.

Selling Sunset: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Big changes come to The Oppenheim Group as a major sale closes, the agents consider career moves, and one broker faces a very public breakup.

Sing On! Germany — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In this karaoke competition hosted by Palina Rojinski, contestants must hit the right note for a chance to win up to 30,000 euros.

Tiny Creatures — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Little animals embark on big adventures across the U.S. in a dramatic nature series that explores their hidden worlds and epic survival stories. Narrated by Mike Colter.

Wizards: Tales of Arcadia — NETFLIX FAMILY
Merlin’s young apprentice mixes with characters from Trollhunters and 3Below in the final chapter of Guillermo del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia trilogy.

Word Party Songs — NETFLIX FAMILY
Turn up the music, put on your dancing shoes! Bailey, Franny, Kip, Lulu and Tilly want you to sing along to this colorful collection of music videos.

Work It — NETFLIX FILM
When Quinn Ackermann’s admission to the college of her dreams depends on her performance at a dance competition, she forms a ragtag group of dancers to take on the best squad in school…now she just needs to learn how to dance.


Avail. 8/8/20

The Promise
We Summon the Darkness


Avail. 8/10/20

GAME ON: A Comedy Crossover Event — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Worlds collide in this special event featuring familiar faces, surprise cameos and stories of spirited competition from four different comedy series.

Nightcrawler


Avail. 8/11/20

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Rob Schneider: Asian Momma, Mexican Kids — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL
Actor, director, screenwriter, and comedian Rob Schneider’s first Netflix original comedy special, Rob Schneider: Asian Momma, Mexican Kids, gives viewers a look at his family and personal life through hilarious anecdotes. Ending with a surprise duet performance with his daughter, singer-songwriter Elle King, Rob talks about potty training his young daughters and his own pig potential.


Avail. 8/12/20

Scary Movie 5

(Un)Well — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
This docuseries takes a deep dive into the lucrative wellness industry, which touts health and healing. But do these wellness trends live up to the promises?


Avail. 8/13/20

Safety Not Guaranteed

Une fille facile / An Easy Girl — NETFLIX FILM
A teen girl is drawn to her cousin’s hedonistic lifestyle when they spend the summer together in Cannes as she learns about herself and her own values.


Avail. 8/14/20

3%: Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
This dystopian thriller returns for another season.

El robo del siglo — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Based on the 1994 robbery of US$33 million from Colombia’s central bank, which turned the country upside down. Starring Andrés Parra, Christian Tappan.

Fearless — NETFLIX FILM
A teenage boy must babysit a trio of alien superhero babies, who escaped from their day care, until their Dad can get to Earth.

Glow Up: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A new set of hopefuls must step it up and come with supreme technique and fierce creativity in hopes of being named the next makeup star.

Project Power — NETFLIX FILM
When a pill that gives its users unpredictable superpowers for five minutes hits the streets of New Orleans, a teenage dealer and a local cop must team with an ex-soldier to take down the group responsible for its creation.

The Legend of Korra: Book One: Air
The Legend of Korra: Book Two: Spirits
The Legend of Korra: Book Three: Change
The Legend of Korra: Book Four: Balance

Octonauts & the Caves of Sac Actun — NETFLIX FAMILY
The Octonauts embark on an underwater adventure, navigating a set of challenging caves to help a small octopus friend return home to the Caribbean Sea.

Teenage Bounty Hunters — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Twin sisters Sterling and Blair balance teen life at an elite Southern high school with an unlikely new career as butt-kicking bounty hunters.


Avail. 8/15/20

Rita: Season 5 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The demands of running a school strain Hjørdis’s relationships with Rita and Uffe. An old flame re-enters Rita’s life. A heartbroken Jeppe returns home.

Stranger: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In the midst of a power clash between prosecutors and police, Si-mok and Yeo-jin uncover murky secrets as they pursue a labyrinth of intertwined cases.


Avail. 8/16/20

Johnny English
Les Misérables (2012)


Avail. 8/17/20

Crazy Awesome Teachers — NETFLIX FILM
A ragtag bunch of teachers and students team up to take back the money that a dangerous gangster stole from them.

Drunk Parents

Glitch Techs: Season 2 — NETFLIX FAMILY
The video game monster hunters are back for another season.


Avail. 8/19/20

Crímenes de familia / The Crimes That Bind — NETFLIX FILM
Alicia, a desperate mother, will do everything possible to prevent her son from being imprisoned for his ex-wife’s attempted murder.

DeMarcus Family Rules — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus and his beauty queen wife, Allison, are a Nashville power couple living large — but things aren’t always so successful at home.

High Score — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
This documentary series explores the rise of the golden era in gaming, a time rife with competition, innovation and flat-out fun.


Avail. 8/20/20

Biohackers — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Mia goes to medical school to get close to a professor she suspects had a hand in her past family tragedy and gets tangled in the world of biohacking.

Good Kisser

Great Pretender — NETFLIX ANIME
Supposedly Japan’s greatest swindler, Makoto Edamura gets more than he bargained for when he tries to con Laurent Thierry, a real world-class crook.

John Was Trying to Contact Aliens — NETFLIX FILM
A rural electronics whiz broadcasts radio signals into the stars and monitors for signs of alien civilizations while enduring a lonely personal life.


Avail. 8/21/20

Alien TV — NETFLIX FAMILY
Mixing computer animation and live action, this silly kids series follows aliens who come to Earth to investigate human life.

Fuego negro — NETFLIX FILM
A criminal on the run finds refuge in a mysterious hotel and soon discovers that the guests of the hotel are not human.

Hoops — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A foul-mouthed high school basketball coach is sure he’ll hit the big leagues if he can only turn his terrible team around. Hey, good luck with that.

Lucifer: Season 5 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Lucifer, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD…and the savvy detective Chloe Decker in particular.

Rust Valley Restorers: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Mike keeps buying cars quicker than he can restore him, Avery and Connor visit the Motor City, and Cassidy gets cranking on a personal project.

The Sleepover — NETFLIX FILM
Two siblings discover their mom is a former thief in witness protection and they must team up to rescue her after she is kidnapped and forced to pull one last job.


Avail. 8/23/20

1BR
Septembers of Shiraz


Avail. 8/25/20

Emily’s Wonder Lab — NETFLIX FAMILY
In this live-action series, host Emily Calandrelli makes STEAM fun with science experiments, activities and demonstrations that will blow your mind!

Trinkets: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The teen shoplifters are back for another season.


Avail. 8/26/20

Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Lovely pianist Gurara hits rock bottom when she meets the rough and mysterious Fritta Sunwoojun. Can Fritta bring Gurara back to life?

La venganza de Analía — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Analia Guerrero decides to take revenge against her mother’s murderer, a prominent corrupt politician who’s running for president of Colombia.

Million Dollar Beach House — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In the swanky, exclusive Hamptons in New York, the driven real estate agents of Nest Seekers chase multimillion-dollar deals.

Rising Phoenix — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Rising Phoenix tells the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games. From the rubble of World War II to the third biggest sporting event on the planet, the Paralympics sparked a global movement which continues to change the way the world thinks about disability, diversity & human potential.


Avail. 8/27/20

Aggretsuko: Season 3 — NETFLIX ANIME
Retsuko the Red Panda and her death metal karaoke return for another season.

The Bridge Curse
The Frozen Ground


Avail. 8/28/20

All Together Now — NETFLIX FILM
Amber refuses to sweat the bad stuff — until a tragedy threatens her optimism and her way of life. Can Amber continue to be the princess of hope?

Cobra Kai: Seasons 1-2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Thirty years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, Johnny’s rivalry with Daniel reignites. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their roles.

I AM A KILLER: Released — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In this crime docuseries spinoff, a convict is paroled 30 years after being sentenced to death for murder. Then he makes a stunning confession.

Orígenes secretos / Unknown Origins — NETFLIX FILM
Cops (Javier Rey, Antonio Resines) join comic book and cosplay geeks (Brays Efe, Verónica Echegui) to nab a killer re-creating superhero origin stories.

Avail. 8/31/20

Casino Royale
Quantum of Solace


Tori Preston is deputy editor of Pajiba. She rarely tweets here but she promises she reads all the submissions for the "Ask Pajiba (Almost) Anything" column at [email protected]. You can also listen to her weekly TV podcast, Podjiba


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