Trio of tantalising TV trailers: Severance, LOTR: The Rings of Power and The Cuphead Show!

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Granted using the word “TV” is a tad redundant in this age of cord-cutting, antenna-banishing streaming but there’s still a great deal of affection for an object many people still use and which harkens back to a time when sitting down to watch visual entertainment didn’t amount to a massive wave of new content.

Not that we’re complaining; having so many options at our platform-driven fingertips is a joy but it does come with one big challenge – how to find the time to watch it all!

While quitting work and doing nothing but watching streaming is an appealing prospect, it would mean not being able to afford all those streaming platforms which seem to be proliferating like mushrooms in a damp, dark place after heavy rains.

The latest shows to pop up in this fashion are wildly divergent which reflects the exciting state of streaming content in this digital day and age, and they follow hot on the heels of the announcement about more Star Trek shows than a galaxy can accommodate.

So strap in, grab your streaming device of choice and get ready to watch ’til you drop my friends!


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In Severance, Mark Scout (Adam Scott) leads a team at Lumon Industries, whose employees have undergone a severance procedure, which surgically divides their memories between their work and personal lives. This daring experiment in ‘work-life balance’ is called into question as Mark finds himself at the center of an unraveling mystery that will force him to confront the true nature of his work…and of himself. Joining Adam Scott in the cast of Severance are Patricia Arquette, John Turturro, Britt Lower, Zach Cherry, Dichen Lachman, Jen Tullock, Tramell Tillman, Michael Chernus and Christopher Walken. (synopsis courtesy Flickering Myth)

Severance premieres on AppleTV+ on 18 February 2022.

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

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Amazon Studios’ forthcoming series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will star Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Daniel Weyman, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle, Lenny Henry, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Simon Merrells, Geoff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Peter Tait, Alex Tarrant, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, and Sara Zwangobani. (synopsis courtesy Flickering Myth)

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premieres on Prime Video on 2 September 2022.

The Cuphead Show!

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The Cuphead Show! is a character-driven comedy series following the unique misadventures of loveable, impulsive scamp Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman. As the two scour their surreal homeworld of the Inkwell Isles in search of fun and adventure, they always have each other’s back. Unless there’s only one cookie left, in which case it’s every cup for himself. The Cuphead Show! combines nostalgic delights, side-splitting gags, and a healthy dose of the heebie jeebies—especially when a ridiculously weird nemesis, The Devil himself, arrives on the scene to toy with our heroes. Featuring the voices of Tru Valentino (Cuphead), Frank Todaro (Mugman), Joe Hanna (Elder Kettle), Luke Millington-Drake (Devil), Grey Griffin (Ms. Chalice), and Wayne Brady (King Dice) (official synopsis courtesy Gizmodo)

The Cuphead Show! premieres on Netflix on 18 February 2022.

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