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The Ultimate 2019 Entertainment Preview Guide

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2019 is set to be an exciting year for movies and TV. With new services arriving from Disney, Warner Media, Apple and NBC/Universal, as well as big investments in original content, knowing what to watch and where to watch it is going to be a bigger  problem than ever. Internet Video Archive (IVA) is a B2B business that offers services to create best in class content discovery experiences that help our clients easily connect their users/subscribers to what they want to watch.    

 

With all of these content options, editors know how hard it is to decide what to feature.  Our goal is to help our clients surface the titles that will resonate with their audience, drive viewership and sales.  Our guide to 2019 entertainment below segments consumers based on the major categories of entertainment they engage with, still merely scratches the surface.  If you were a client of IVA, you could access all the details about thousands of titles releasing in 2019 including stars, director, genres, rating, poster, trailers and more to make your own lists that will get your users or subscribers excited about using your site or service.  

 

Captain Marvel/Disney

The Super-Fan:  These are people who spend a great deal of time immersing themselves in the entertainment that they want to consume.  They know what they like and consume as much information about that thing as possible. Attending Comic-Con would be a transcendental experience and if they do not cosplay, they probably at least have a Batman T-shirt in the closet.  They are the reason we have franchises that do enormous box office revenues.

 

 

 

 

Theatrical Releases

Glass (In Theatres)

Alita: Battle Angel (Feb. 14)

Captain Marvel (March 8)

Shazam! (April 5)

Pet Sematary (April 5)

Hellboy (April 12)

Avengers: Endgame (April 26)

John Wick 3: Parabellum (May 17)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (May 31)

Dark Phoenix (June 7)

Men In Black International (June 14)

Son of Shaft (June 14)

Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 5)

Hobbs and Shaw (Aug. 2)

The New Mutants (Aug. 2)

Artemis Fowl (Aug. 9)

It: Chapter Two (Sept. 6)

Joker (Oct. 4)

Terminator 6 (Nov. 1)

Kingsman: The Great Game (Nov. 8)

Star Wars: Episode IX (Dec. 20)

New TV Shows

The Passage (FOX, Jan. 14)

Deadly Class (Syfy, January 16)

Doom Patrol (DC Universe, Feb. 15)

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, Feb. 15)

Ultraman (Netflix, April 1)

Watchmen (HBO, TBA)

NOS4A2 (AMC, TBA)

The Boys (Amazon, TBA)

Good Omens (Amazon, TBA)

The Twilight Zone (CBS All Access, TBA)

Devs (FX, TBA)

His Dark Materials (HBO, TBA)

Y: The Last Man (FX, TBA)

The Witcher (Netflix, TBA)

Snowpiercer (TNT, TBA)

The Mandalorian (Disney+, TBA)

What We Do in the Shadows (FX, TBA)

Harley Quinn (DC Universe, TBA)

Swamp Thing (DC Universe, TBA)

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (Showtime, TBA)

Halo (HBO, TBA)

See (Apple, TBA)

Returning Series

Young Justice (DC Universe, Season 3, Jan. 4)

True Detective (HBO, Season 3, premiered Jan. 13)

Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, Season 2, Jan. 17)

Punisher (Netflix, Season 2, premiered Jan. 18 )

Supergirl (The CW, Jan. 20)

Arrow (The CW, Jan. 21)

The Walking Dead (AMC, Season 9, Ep. 10, Feb. 17)

American Gods (Starz, Season 2, March 10)

Legends of Tomorrow (CW, Season 4, Ep. 9, April 1)

Game of Thrones (HBO, Season 8, April 14)

Stranger Things (Netflix, Season 3, July 4)

Black Mirror (Netflix, Season 5, TBA)

Mr. Robot (USA, TBA)

Legion (FX, TBA)

Westworld (HBO, Season 3, TBA)

Preacher (AMC, Season 4, TBA)

Jessica Jones (Netflix, Season 3, TBA)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Season 7, TBA)

The Man In the High Castle (Amazon, Season 4, TBA)

The Expanse (Syfy, Season 4, TBA)

Shadowhunters (Freeform, Season 3, TBA)

 

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood/SPE

The Critic:  These are people who seek the value in the art of the movie or TV show.  They want to see craftsmanship in acting, directing and cinematography. They tend to like things that will go on to win awards in drama.  They read the New York Times entertainment section and read reviews before purchasing a ticket.  They have strong knowledge about the history of film and their favorite film of all time is probably Citizen Kane.  They might haunt art theatres, be foodies and go to art galleries. Will watch movies adapted from books.

 

 

 

Theatrical Movies

Arctic (Feb. 1)

Miss Bala (Feb. 1)

Us (March 15)

Gloria Bell (March 8)

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (July 26)

After (April 12)

Storm Boy (April TBA)

Rocketman (May 31)

Ford v. Ferrari (June 28)

Ad Astra (May 24)

Downton Abbey (Sept. 13)

The Hunt (Sept. 27)

The Goldfinch (Oct. 11)

The Woman in the Window (Oct. 4)

You Are My Friend (Oct. 18)

The Good Liar (Nov. 15)

Little Women (Dec. 25)

Streaming/Subscription Movies

Brexit (HBO, Jan. 19)

Velvet Buzzsaw (Netflix, Feb. 1)

The Irishman (Netflix, TBA)

Deadwood (HBO, TBA)

New TV Shows

Black Monday (Showtime, Jan. 20)

I Am the Night (TNT, Jan. 28)

Agatha Christie Presents: The ABC Murders Miniseries (Amazon, Feb.)

Mrs. Wilson (PBS, March 31)

Chernobyl (HBO, May 6)

The Hot Zone (Nat Geo, May)

Catch 22 (Hulu, TBA)

Carnival Row (Amazon, TBA)

Modern Love (Amazon, TBA)

Our Lady, LTD (Epix, TBA)

Fosse/Verdon (FX, TBA)

Living With Yourself (Netflix, TBA)

Tales of the City (Netflix, TBA)

The Loudest Voice in the Room (Showtime, TBA)

The Underground Railroad (Amazon, TBA)

The Rook (Starz, TBA)

The Undoing (HBO, TBA)

What/If (Netflix, TBA)

The Village (NBC, TBA)

Grand Hotel (ABC, TBA)

The Spanish Princess (Starz, TBA)

The Gilded Age (NBC, TBA)

Mrs. America (FX, TBA)

Les Miserables (PBS, TBA)

Returning Shows

This is Us (NBC, Season 3, Ep. 10, Jan 15)

Billions (Showtime, Season 4, March 17)

Big Little Lies (HBO, Season 2, TBA)

Better Call Saul (AMC, Season 5, TBA)

Ozark (Netflix, Season 3, TBA)

The Crown (Netflix, Season 3, TBA)

Homeland (Showtime, Season 8, TBA)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon, Season 3, TBA)

 

 

BoJack Horseman/Netflix

The LOLers:  These are people who like a good laugh.  Movies should be light and not make you think too much.  Popcorn is a delight and half the reason to go to the movies.  At home, movies and TV shows are best watched with an alcoholic beverage.  Their couches will be stained from spilling drinks while having a good laugh.  If a movie is really funny, they will watch it repeatedly and quote from it regularly.  Included are some dramedy and rom-com titles to fill out the category.

 

 

 

 

Theatrical Movies

The Beach Bum (March 22)

Zombieland 2 (Oct. 11)

What Men Want (Feb. 8)

Fighting With My Family (March 1)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Remake, May 10)

Bad Boys 4 (May 24)

Charlie’s Angels (Sept. 27)

Austin Powers 4 (TBA)

Bill & Ted 3 (TBA)

Flarsky (TBA)

Streaming Movies

The Last Laugh (Netflix, Jan. 11)

Wine Country (Netflix, TBA)

New TV Shows

Sex Education (Netflix, Jan. 11)

Corporate (Comedy Central, Jan. 15)

Wayne (YouTube Premium, Jan 16)

The Other Two (Comedy Central, Jan. 24)

Russian Doll (Netflix, Feb. 1)

PEN15 (Hulu, Feb. 8)

Miracle Workers (TBS, Feb. 12)

After Life (Netflix, March 8)

Now Apocalypse (Starz, March 10)

Shrill (Hulu, March 15)

Abby’s (NBC, TBA)

Weird City (YouTube Premium, TBA)

First Wives Club (BET, TBA)

Tuca & Bertie (Netflix, TBA)

Top of the Morning (Apple, TBA)

Returning Shows

You’re the Worst (FX, Season 5, Jan. 9)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC, Season 6, Jan. 10)

Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV, Jan. 16)

Shameless (Showtime, Season 9., Ep. 8, Jan. 20)

SMILF (Showtime, Season 2, Jan. 20)

I’m Sorry (Season 2, Jan. 30)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix, Jan. 25)

Better Things (FX, Feb. 28)

Jane the Virgin (CW, Season 5, March 27)

BoJack Horseman (Netflix, Season 6, TBA)

Insatiable (Netflix, Season 2, TBA)

GLOW (Netflix, Season 3, TBA)

Atlanta (FX, Season 3, TBA)

Barry (HBO, Season 2, TBA)

Veep (HBO, Season 7, TBA)

 

 

 

Pokemon Detective Pikachu/Warner Media

The Good Parent: Taking their children to the movie is a perfect way to entertain all parties.  These types will read Common Sense reviews on movies and TV shows before letting their kids watch a title.  They lean towards a tiger parent and make sure their kids are not exposed to any raw material. They have apps on their phones to control how much screen time their kids get and stalk their kids internet browsing history.  

 

 

 

 

 

Theatrical Movies

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Feb. 8)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden (Feb. 22)

Dumbo (March 29)

UglyDolls (May 3)

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (May 10)

Aladdin (May 24)

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (June 7)

Toy Story 4 (June 21)

The Lion King (July 19)

Dora the Explorer (Aug. 2)

Spies in Disguise (Sept. 13)

The Angry Birds Movie 2 (Sept. 20)

The Addams Family  (Oct. 11)

Sonic the Hedgehog (Nov. 8)

Frozen 2 (Nov. 22)

Jumanji 3 (Dec. 13)

Cats (Dec. 20)

Space Jam 2 (TBA)

Streaming Movies

Avatar The Last Airbender (Netflix, TBA)

New TV Shows

Carmen Sandiego (Netflix, Jan. 18)

Sydney to the Max (Disney Channel, Jan. 25)

Kim Possible (Disney Channel, Feb. 15)

Schooled (ABC, TBA)

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix, TBA)

Returning Shows

A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix, Season 3, Jan. 1)

Just Add Magic (Amazon, Feb. 1)

 

 

Black Earth Rising/Netflix

The Sleuth: This group loves a good mystery.  They try and solve a crime before it is revealed.  They love good plot twists and don’t want to be interrupted as they process every scene for clues.  They will rewatch a movie or episode if they think they missed something. They like to think of themselves as the next Sherlock Holmes and can easily give you his address (221B Baker Street London for those who did not know).  

 

 

 

 

Theatrical Movies

Serenity (Jan. 25)

Lords of Chaos (Feb. 8)

Cold Pursuit (Feb. 8)

Greta (March 1)

Out of Blue (March 15)

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (March 15)

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (March 22)

Hotel Mumbai (March 29)

The Intruder (May 3)

The Kitchen (Sept. 20)

Gemini Man (Oct. 4)

The Truth and Other Lies (Dec. 31)

Streaming Movies

Revenger (Netflix, Jan. 15)

Close (Netflix, Jan. 15)

Polar (Netflix, Jan. 25)

New TV Shows

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (Netflix, Jan 24)

Black Earth Rising (Netflix, Jan. 25)

White Dragon (Amazon, Feb. 8)

Proven Innocent (Fox, Feb. 15)

The Enemy Within (NBC, Feb. 25)

Whiskey Cavalier (ABC, Feb. 27)

The Fix (ABC, March 18)

The Act (Hulu, March 20)

In the Dark (CW, April 4)

Hanna (Amazon, TBA)

The Inbetween (NBC, TBA)

The Code (CBS, TBA)

Too Old to Die Young (Amazon, TBA)

Central Park Five (Netflix, TBA)

Hache (Netflix, TBA)

City on a Hill (Showtime, TBA)

Gangs of London (Cinemax, TBA)

Undone (Amazon, TBA)

Law & Order: Hate Crimes (NBC, TBA)

Returning Shows

The Blacklist (NBC, Season 6, Jan. 3)

Killing Eve (BBC America, April 7)

Fargo (FX, Season 4, TBA)