Mandatory Streamers: The Boys Are Back for Round Two!

Welcome to Mandatory Streamers, our column covering the best new streaming content coming your way every week! For the week of August 31, The Boys are back for another violent, dark round in Season 2 of the Amazon Prime Video series adaptation, and they’re ready to expose the truth. Check out the best shows debuting and returning online this week as well as the latest renewal announcements below, and be sure to visit our mother site Mandatory by clicking here!

The Boys, Season 2 Premiere: In Season 2, The Boys are on the run from the law, hunted by the Supes, and desperately trying to regroup and fight back against Vought. In hiding, Hughie (Jack Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon), and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) try to adjust to a new normal, with Butcher (Karl Urban) nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Starlight (Erin Moriarty) must navigate her place in The Seven as Homelander (Antony Starr) sets his sights on taking complete control. His power is threatened with the addition of Stormfront (Aya Cash), a social-media-savvy new Supe, who has an agenda of her own. On top of that, the Supervillain threat takes center stage and makes waves as Vought seeks to capitalize on the nation’s paranoia. The new season will premiere on Friday, September 4.

Raised by Wolves, Series Premiere: Executive produced by Ridley Scott, the sci-fi series centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task. The series will make its highly-anticipated debut on Thursday, September 3.

Young Wallander, Series Premiere: A reimagining of author Henning Mankell’s mystery novels, the new prequel series tells the story of Kurt Wallander (Adam Pålsson) in his early 20s which will center around his formative experiences – professional and personal as he takes on his first-ever case. After recently graduating from the police academy, he suddenly witnesses a brutal crime and is pulled into solving it under the wing of superintendent Hemberg. The prequel series will begin streaming on Thursday, September 3.

Away, Series Premiere: Loosely inspired by Chris Jones’ Esquire article of the same name, Away is an epic, emotional story of love and sacrifice set against humanity’s greatest endeavor. In the near future, a manned spacecraft is sent to Mars. For this high-stakes mission, a crew of elite astronauts are assembled from around the globe. They hail from the United States, Russia, China, India, and Great Britain. If all goes well, they will be away from the place they call home and the people they love for three years. During this time, their relationships both on Earth and in space will be tested, as they struggle to stay alive and stay on track in pursuit of humanity’s most important goal. The world will be watching. Starring Oscar winner Hilary Swank and executive produced by Matt Reeves, the sci-fi drama series will launch on Friday, September 4.

A.P. Bio, Season 3 Premiere: Created by Mike O’Brien ( Saturday Night Live ), A.P. Bio follows disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar Jack Griffin as he is forced to return to his hometown of Toledo, Ohio as an advanced-placement biology teacher, choosing not to teach the class in the slightest and instead focus on how to get revenge on his former rival Miles Griffin (Tom Bennett, David Brent: Life on the Road ), while Principal Ralph Durbin (Patton Oswalt, Happy! ) attempts to rein him in. Class is back in session when the new season begins streaming Thursday, September 3.

First-Look Photos & Premiere Date of Ratched on Netflix

Netflix has debuted chilling first-look photos at Ryan Murphy’s upcoming series Ratched , starring Sarah Paulson as the iconic Cuckoo’s Nest character in her origin story, as well as announcing a September 18 premiere date! The images can be viewed in the gallery below!

The series is a prequel to 1975’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, with Paulson playing a younger version of the villainous Nurse Ratched. The series will start in 1947, and chronicle her rise from lowly nurse to one of the most loathsome screen villains of all time.

The series was created by recent film school graduate Evan Romansky, who wrote the script on spec. It was reportedly given to Murphy’s agent, who spent a year acquiring the rights and getting Douglas and the Saul Zaentz estate to jump on board. It reportedly spawned a bidding war between Netflix, Hulu and Apple before Netflix ended up securing the rights.

Executive producing alongside Murphy and Douglas are Aleen Keshishian, Margaret Riley and Jacob Epstein from Lighthouse Management & Media and Romansky who will co-executive produce. Paulson will produce with Paul Zaentz from the Saul Zaentz Company. Fox 21 will be the studio for the show.

The 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest won the Oscar for Best Picture and was based on Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel of the same name. Nurse Ratched was played in the movie by Louise Fletcher, who won an Oscar for Best Actress. The film also won awards for Best Director (Milos Forman), Best Actor (Jack Nicholson) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman).

Ratched is set to premiere on Netflix on September 18.

First Five Episodes HBO’s Lovecraft Country Episode Details Released

HBO has revealed new Lovecraft Country episode details for the upcoming horror drama series that is set to debut on Sunday, August 16. You can check out the synopsis for the first five episodes below!

Season 1, Episode 1: “Sundown”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, AUGUST 16 (9:00-10:08 p.m. ET/PT)

Veteran and pulp-fiction aficionado Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) travels from the Jim Crow South to his South Side of Chicago hometown in search of his missing father Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams). After recruiting his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) and childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) to join him, the trio sets out for “Ardham,” MA, where they think Montrose may have gone looking for insight into Atticus’ late mother’s ancestry. As they journey across the Midwest, Tic, Leti, and George encounter dangers lurking at every turn, especially after sundown.

Teleplay by Misha Green; directed by Yann Demange.

Season 1, Episode 2: “Whitey’s on the Moon”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Inexplicably recovered from their terrifying night, Leti and George luxuriate in their new surroundings, while Atticus grows suspicious of their Ardham Lodge hosts – Christina Braithwhite (Abbey Lee) and her elusive father Samuel (Tony Goldwyn) – who unveil cryptic plans for Atticus’ role in their upcoming “Sons of Adam” ceremony. Later, after Tic, Leti, and George stumble upon a clue that could lead them to Montrose, each takes an unwelcome walk down memory lane.

Teleplay by Misha Green; directed by Daniel Sackheim.

Season 1, Episode 3: “Holy Ghost”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Hoping to mend her relationship with her sister Ruby (Wunmi Mosaku), Leti turns a ramshackle Victorian on Chicago’s North Side into a boarding house – an endeavor that stokes neighborhood racism and awakens dormant spirits stuck in the house. Meanwhile, Atticus remains burdened by a guilty conscience as George’s wife Hippolyta (Aunjanue Ellis) presses him for the full story of what happened in Ardham.
Teleplay by Misha Green; directed by Daniel Sackheim.

Season 1, Episode 4: “A History of Violence”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

After Christina mysteriously shows up at her doorstep, Leti confronts Atticus about his plan to surreptitiously return to Florida. Later, in search of missing pages to a crucial text, Leti, Tic, and Montrose head to Boston, with Hippolyta and Diana (Jada Harris) along for the ride. Back in Chicago, a handsome stranger nurses Ruby’s disappointment over a squandered job opportunity.

Teleplay by Misha Green; Story by Wes Taylor; directed by Victoria Mahoney.

Season 1, Episode 5 “Strange Case”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

After making a devil’s bargain with William, Ruby steps into the charmed shoes of a white woman, but her transformation only fortifies her resentment of the racial divide. A betrayal by Montrose unleashes Atticus’ pent up rage, leaving Leti deeply disturbed and sending Montrose into the comforting arms of his secret lover.

Teleplay by Misha Green and Jonathan Kidd & Sonya Winton; directed by Cheryl Dunye.

Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams). This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.

Pick up a copy of the novel here!

The ensemble cast is led by Jonathan Majors ( White Boy Rick ) as Atticus Black, Jurnee Smollett-Bell ( Birds of Prey ) as Letitia Dandridge, Courtney B. Vance ( American Crime Story ) as George Black, Wunmi Mosaku ( Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ) as Ruby Dandridge, Aunjanue Ellis ( If Beale Street Could Talk ) as Hippolyta Black, Michael Kenneth Williams ( Hap & Leonard ) as Montrose Freeman, Abbey Lee ( Mad Max: Fury Road ) as Christina Braithwhite, and Tony Goldwyn ( Scandal ) as Samuel Braithwhite. Also starring Jamie Harris ( Rise of the Planets of Apes ) as Eustace Hunt, Jamie Chung ( The Gifted ) as Ji-Ah, Jordan Patrick Smith as William, Jamie Neumann as Hillary, Erica Tazel as Dora Freeman, and Mac Brandt as Lancaster.

Lovecraft Country is executive produced by Misha Green, who also serves as showrunner, J.J. Abrams, Jordan Peele, Bill Carraro, Yann Demange (who also directed Episode 1), Daniel Sackheim (who also directed Episodes 2 and 3) and David Knoller (executive producer on Episode 1); based on the novel by Matt Ruff.

Produced by afemme, Inc., Bad Robot Productions, and Monkeypaw Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, the series is set to premiere on August 16!

Starz P-Valley Renews for Second Season!

Just two weeks after the drama premiered on Starz to a rare 100 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and setting a record or the most-viewed series premiere on the streaming app, Katori Hall’s P-Valley will return to the cable network for a second season!

“ P-Valley has quickly become this summer’s newest must-see television series as critics and audiences alike are taken up by the authentic and compelling characters that make The Pynk come alive,” Christina Davis, president of original programming, said in a statment. “Katori has delivered a provocative drama that looks beyond the glitz and into the hearts and minds of these fully realized and compelling characters, exploring them through a female gaze that invites the audience to take a walk in their stilettos. We know Katori has a lot of incredible stories to tell and a lot in store for these women in a second season.”

Premiering on July 12 on Starz and the Starz app, the series set a new record on the app for the most viewed series premiere at 17 percent above the previous record holder, also seeing a growth in viewership by 37 percent across its first three episode, ranking as the No. 1 new premium series with African-American viewers and is in the top five of all premium series among African-American households.

Created by Katori Hall, the series is set down deep in the Mississippi Delta, where lies an oasis of grit and glitter in a rough patch of human existence where beauty can be hard to find. This Southern-fried, hour-long drama tells the kaleidoscopic story of a “little strip club that could” and the big characters who come through its doors — the hopeful, the lost, the broken, the ballers, the beautiful and the damned. Trap music meets film noir in this lyrical and atmospheric series that dares to ask what happens when small-town folk dream beyond the boundaries of the Piggly Wiggly and the pawnshop.

Alongside Evans, the cast for the series includes Nicco Annan ( Claws ), Shannon Thornton ( Power ), Elarica Johnson ( A Discovery of Witches ), J. Alphonse Nicholson ( Just Mercy ), Parker Sawyers ( Southside with You ), Brandon Gilpin ( High Maintenance ) and Morocco Omari ( 21 Bridges ).

The series proudly features the work of all-women directors, including award-winning music video director Karena Evans (Drake: “Nice for What,” SZA: “Garden”), who directed the premiere episode, as well as Kimberly Peirce ( Boys Don’t Cry ), Millicent Shelton ( 30 Rock ), Tamra Davis ( Single Ladies ), Geeta V. Patel ( Superstore ), Tasha Smith ( Black Lightning ), Sydney Freeland ( Grey’s Anatomy ) and Barbara Brown ( Scream Queens ).

What Do You Think About Cursed Season 1 Episode 1 and Episode 2

Netflix’s Cursed brings a fresh take of the Arthurian legend, courtesy of Frank Miller. The show centers on a teenage heroine, Nimue, the Fey sorceress that will be known as the Lady of the Lake. In Cursed Season 1 Episode 1, Nimue met a mercenary named Arthur, and in Cursed Season 1 Episode 2, the Weeping Monk tracked her as she searched for Merlin.

Growing up in the Fey village of Dewdenn, Nimue was considered an outcast and a witch, despite her mother Lenore’s rank as high priestess. As a child, a demonic bear lured her into the woods using the voice of her friend, Pym. It attempted to eat her, and after scratching her deeply on her back, she called to Lenore. She woke but knew she was too far to get to Nimue in time so Lenore telepathically urged Nimue to call to the Hidden for help. A rock dislodged from above the bear and killed it. When Lenore brought the injured Nimue back, she urged the Fey priests to help, including her husband, but they worried that the child had been touched by evil. Lenore cared for Nimue herself.

After the Hidden chose Nimue as Summoner during the Offering, she decided to leave Dewdenn on a ship, and Pym found and joined her. Unfortunately, the ship had left early, but they met Arthur, a singing man traveling with knights. Nimue found herself in a dangerous dice game. She used her powers to win, despite the dice being loaded. In anger, the knight attracted the Red Paladins. Arthur helped them escape and warned them about the Paladins’ burning Fey villages. The next morning, Nimue and Pym left Arthur behind, but they came across Dewdenn as the Paladins were sacking it.

In Dewdenn, a Moon Wing girl warned Lenore and the Fey about the deaths and the burning of her forest home. She spoke of the the Weeping Monk, named for the scars on his face.

Nimue found Lenore during the sacking. A Paladin discovered them, and Lenore charged Nimue with a mission to bring a large sword to Merlin. The Paladin killed Lenore, and Nimue ran right into a dangerous pack of wolves. Using the sword, she killed them all while perched on a large stone platform. Upon discovering the dead wolves and a strung up Paladin, Father Carden charged the Weeping Monk and the Paladins with finding the “Wolf-Blood Witch” and her sword and with killing all the Fey. The Weeping Monk found Squirrel, a Fey boy who Nimue urged to hide, and used him as bait to kill the Fey that had escaped.

Uther Pendragon allowed the Red Paladins’ attacks to go on as the people were blaming the Fey for the recent drought instead of him. He ordered Merlin to make it rain. It rained, but what fell on the castle was blood. As Nimue took possession of the sword, an image of a sword emblazoned itself on Merlin’s body. Angry about the blood rain, Uther ordered the knights to break down Merlin’s door, but he had escaped. He found the remains of Dewdenn, and the Widow visited him. She told Merlin that the sword was finding its way to him. We saw Arthur, who had found Nimue, taking the sword as she slept.

What did you think of these episodes of Cursed ?