Get your fresh popcorn ready and Netflix watch parties loaded as we move into the new year. There’s an exciting mixture of films and television shows hitting cable networks and streaming platforms alike.
Fox premiered two new reality competition shows: “Name That Tune” and “The Masked Dancer,” on Jan. 6. “Name That Tune,” a song guessing game show, is making its return to TV for the first time since 1985. This time around it will feature Jane Krakowski from “30 Rock” as host and Randy Jackson from “American Idol” as band leader.
“The Masked Dancer” is a spin-off of the popular singing show “The Masked Singer.” It stars Paula Abdul, Ashley Tisdale, Brian Austin Green and Ken Jeong from “The Masked Singer” as the judges and Craig Robinson as host.
Other game shows airing in the new year are “Go Big Show” (TBS) with big names like Snoop Dogg and Jennifer Nettles and “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (ABC) with classic hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White. Both premiered on Jan. 7.
You will have no issue laughing in the new year with three new sitcoms: “Call Me Kat” (Fox), “Mr. Mayor” (NBC) and “Call Your Mother” (ABC). Streaming services are bringing you the drama with “Coyote” (CBS All Access), “Wandavision” (Disney+) and “Losing Alice” (Apple TV+).
Also coming in 2021 is an abundance of new movies hitting theaters across the nation. Singer Camila Cabello stars in “Cinderella,” gracing screens Feb. 5, and the prequel to the “Kingsman” series, “The King’s Man,” will premiere Feb. 12.
Classic cartoon “Tom and Jerry” will tackle a live action movie with stars Chloe Grace Moretz and “Saturday Night Live” star Colin Jost, premiering March 5. We will also see the return of “The Boss Baby” in “The Boss Baby: Family Business” on March 26.
Other highly anticipated movies to premiere in the new year are Emily Blunt and John Krasinki’s “A Quiet Place Part II” on April 23, Marvel’s “Black Widow” on May 7, “Godzilla vs. Kong” on May 21 and Emma Stone starring in “Cruella” on May 28.
Netflix is set to release some original movies with “We Can Be Heroes” starring Priyanka Chopra and Korean film “What Happened to Mr. Cha,” both released on Jan. 1. Drama flick “Pieces of a Woman” with Shia LaBeouf was made available on Jan. 7, and Indian based film “The White Tiger,” also featuring Chopra, will be available on Jan. 22.
“Malcolm & Marie,” filmed throughout the pandemic and starring Zendaya, will also be coming to Netflix on Feb. 5. Amazon Prime Video will be releasing two new movies with “One Night in Miami” on Jan. 15 and “Coming 2 America” starring Eddie Murphy on March 5. Hulu is also dropping a new movie with “The Ultimate Playlist of Noise” on Jan. 15.
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