After years of box office domination, Marvel Studios has announced an accelerated lineup of live-action television productions, a perfectly-timed pivot that will give hungry fans their first dose of Marvel magic since 2019, and power Disney+ forward as the streaming platform takes on growing importance for The Walt Disney Company. The first such offering is WandaVision, a weekly series that follows The Avengers' Wanda Maximoff and Vision in what would appear to be a surreal world of classic television tropes.
Also today: Amazon's One Night in Miami imagines a conversation for the ages, Apple TV+ takes the wraps off a second season of M. Night Shyamalan's Servent and Disenchantment returns to Netflix with more fairy tale fun for grownups. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Friday:
SERIES PREMIERE: Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany lead a stellar cast in WandaVision, which transplants the MCU's Wanda Maximoff and Vision into a world of classic television, complete with black and white visuals, nosey neighbors, and separate beds. The first two episodes drop today. Watch trailer. Streaming on Disney+
ORIGINAL MOVIE: In what's shaping up to be Amazon's best shot at playing Oscar spoiler this year, One Night in Miami imagines a night in which Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown come together and discuss their roles in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Regina King directs, based on the play by Kemp Powers. Watch trailer. Streaming on Prime Video
NEW EPISODES: Matt Groening's adult animated-fantasy series Disenchantment returns with its third batch of episodes, promising more hard-drinking adventures as Bean (voiced by Abbi Jacobson) continues to grow into her power and own her destiny. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix
COMPLETE FIRST SEASON: Reality TV's quest to explore and document the lives of every single kind of rich person living in Los Angeles continues in Bling Empire. Primetimer's Joe Reid has previewed the series and explains why this real-life Crazy Rich Asians is our next reality TV obsession. Streaming on Netflix
SEASON PREMIERE: M. Night Shyamalan's creepy Apple TV+ series Servant returns for a second season, picking up where it left off — with Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) convinced that her "baby" has been kidnapped. Watch trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+
FIGURE SKATING: NBC Sports plays host to the 2021 U.S. Figure Skating Championships this weekend, with the ladies free skate getting tonight's prime broadcast slot at 8:00 PM ET on NBC
ORIGINAL MOVIE: A high school senior (Euphoria's Keean Johnson) sets out to record The Ultimate Playlist of Noise after learning he must undergo brain surgery that will take away his hearing. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Hulu
Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.