SHOWTIME LAUNCHES ITS LARGEST PRIDE CAMPAIGN: QUEER TO STAY





SHOWTIME LAUNCHES ITS LARGEST PRIDE CAMPAIGN: QUEER TO STAY

QTS Small Business Preservation Initiative Expands Grants to $250,000 with The Human Rights Campaign

SHOWTIME® Streams Over 50 Hours of LGBTQ+ Programming For Free

NEW YORK – June 1, 2022 – SHOWTIME today launches its largest Pride campaign ever with QUEER TO STAY, expanding the QTS small business preservation initiative with $250,000 in grants in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign, while offering over 50 hours of LGBTQ+ content for free sampling. In celebration of queer artists, SHOWTIME has recruited acclaimed pop singer-songwriter VINCINT for a new single released exclusively for SHOWTIME Pride 2022 and QUEER TO STAY. “Believer (For SHOWTIME Pride)” is available today on all digital streaming platforms HERE.

The QTS small business preservation initiative launched in 2020 to support and preserve 10 LGBTQIA+ businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on LGBTQ+ people of color, women and the transgender community. This year, the initiative expands to support at least 25 businesses, targeting businesses from geographically diverse LGBTQ+ communities For the first time ever, QUEER TO STAY will launch with a grassroots outreach campaign kicking off during Pride Month with presence in over 155 national Pride festival events spanning coast to coast including activations in Mobile, and Nashville, and at iconic festivals including San Francisco’s longest running LGBTQ+ film festival, Frameline. Additionally, an enhanced crowdfunding feature will enable consumers to support the initiative through the end of the year. QUEER TO STAY will accept applications from qualifying businesses at QueertoStay.org from Wednesday, June 1 until Saturday, August 31, 2022.

In honor of Pride Month, SHOWTIME will also release over 50 hours of iconic LGBTQ+ programming for free sampling throughout June. Select episodes from titles including THE L WORD, THE L WORD: GENERATION Q, QUEER AS FOLK, WORK IN PROGRESS, XY CHELSEA and more will be available across multiple SHOWTIME partner platforms. The full list of SHOWTIME content available for free during Pride Month includes:

The L WORD®️ season one
THE L WORD®️: GENERATION Q season one
QUEER AS FOLK season one
WORK IN PROGRESS season one
COUPLES THERAPY season two
XY CHELSEA
YELLOWJACKETS episode 101
DESUS & MERO®️ (selected episodes)
THE END season 1
ZIWE (selected episodes including “Pride!” starting June 5)

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Paramount, owns and operates the premium service SHOWTIME®, which features critically acclaimed original series, provocative documentaries, box-office hit films, comedy and music specials and hard-hitting sports. SHOWTIME is available as a stand-alone streaming service across all major streaming devices and Showtime.com, as well as via cable, DBS, telco and streaming video providers. SNI also operates the premium services THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, as well as on demand versions of all three brands. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®. For more information, go to www.SHO.com.



Upcoming DVD Releases





NOW AVAILABLE:
* McCloud – The Complete 7 Seasons (VEI)
$69.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Bonus: “Four in One” Episodes (Horse Stealing on Fifth Avenue, The Concrete Corral, The Stage Is All the World, Who Says You Can’t Make Friends in New York City, Walk in the Dark, Our Man in Paris); The Return Of Sam McCloud (1989 reunion TV movie); McMillan & Wife #01 Murder By The Barrel
—–Emmy Winner Dennis Weaver stars as the brave deputy marshal Sam McCloud, The toughest cowboy to overtake on the mean streets of New York-as well as the by-the-book detectives of the NYPD. Despite the demands of his strict supervisor, Chief Peter B. Clifford (J.D. Cannon), McCloud finds himself in an endless showdown with some of the meanest criminals east of the Mississippi. All 7 seasons plus Bonus: the Four in One Episodes.

* Work In Progress – Season 2 (ViacomCBS/Showtime)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–The new season finds Abby – a 40-something-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke – in the wake of a breakup. She begrudgingly accepts the realization that she’s too busy to kill herself, and in fact she’s just starting to get her head above water…when a global pandemic converges with a family emergency, and forces Abby into uncharted territory. 2-disc set.
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COMING ON 1/18:
* This Is Us – The Complete 4th Season (20th TV/Disney)
$34.95 SRP DVD MOD

—–A refreshingly honest and provocative series following a unique ensemble whose paths cross and life stories intertwine in curious ways. THIS IS US is a smart, modern dramedy that will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know. Milo Ventimiglia; Mandy Moore; Sterling K. Brown; Chrissy Metz; Justin Hartley; Susan Kelechi Watson; Chris Sullivan; Jon Huertas. Close Captioning Included. 5-disc set.
NOTE: back in November, the studio released the FIFTH season of This Is Us, having skipped a DVD release of the 4th season, with the third season set being the most recent previous release for this series. NOW the studio has gone back and filled in the gap, announcing a release of “This Is Us – The Complete 4th Season” on DVD in just a couple of weeks. Our thanks to longtime reader (and good friend!) Wesley Mead for the heads-up about this item. The sixth (and final) season of the show has just begun airing on NBC in the USA earlier this week.
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COMING ON 2/1:
* Ultraman Zero: The Chronicle – The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
$39.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Son of the legendary Ultra Seven, rookie Ultraman Zero receives rigid training from his master Ultraman Leo on his way to becoming a qualified fighter. When his homeland, the Land of Light is threatened by a troop of monsters and aliens headed by the evil Ultraman Belial young Ultraman Zero rises to the crisis and fights fearlessly to fend off the enemies, living to the full expectations of his father Ultra Seven. The biggest challenge for the young soldier comes when Alien Batt sends the empowered Alien Zetton, the Hyper Zetton to earth in an attempt to reign over the mankind. Will Ultraman Zero win the battle over the almighty evil forces? Ultraman Zero joins forces with his senior warriors Ultraman Dyna and Ultraman Cosmos and they transform into Ultraman Saga to stop Alien Batt and Hyper Zetton from taking over the universe. Japanese language with English subtitles. 4-disc set.
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COMING ON 2/8:
* Ghosts – Series 1 (BBC Archives)
$19.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–The U.K. sitcom that the CBS show in the USA is based on! Crumbling country mansion Button House is home to restless spirits who’ve died there over the centuries. Each a product of their time, they’re thrown together for eternity, resigned to squabble over mundane daily gripes. But their lives – or rather afterlives – are thrown into turmoil when young urban couple Alison and Mike unexpectedly inherit the peaceful derelict house and plan to turn it into a bustling hotel. As the ghosts attempt to oust the newcomers, and Alison and Mike discover the true scale of the project they’ve taken on, fate conspires to trap both sides in an impossible houseshare. Single-disc title.
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COMING ON 2/15:
* Heels – The Complete 1st Season (Lionsgate)
$34.98 SRP DVD

—–“Heels” is a story about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals, Jack Spade (Stephen Amell; Arrow) and Ace Space (Alexander Ludwig; Vikings), war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, someone must play the good guy (Ludwig) and someone must play their nemesis, the heel (Amell). But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to — or hard to leave behind. 2-disc set.

* Legacies – The Complete 3rd Season (Warner Archives)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–As season three begins, Hope has risked everything to pull her friends back from the brink of a monstrous prophecy that threatened them. But when a heartbreaking loss shatters her whole world, Hope Mikaelson will be forced to fight fate itself. 3-disc set.
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COMING ON 3/1:
* Ultraseven X – Complete Series (Mill Creek)
$25.99 SRP DVD

—–Awoken from a fevered dream, a young man can barely recognize himself. A mysterious woman hands him a spectacles-shaped item, and she says hold the key to tremendous power and tells him it is his duty to save the world. Before asking any more, he and the woman are torn apart by a violent explosion. Soon he is contacted by a secret organization named DEUS. He is told he is Agent Jin and that his job is to rid this world of vicious alien invaders. 2-disc set.

* Manhunt – Season 2: The Night Stalker (RLJ/Acorn)
$24.99 SRP DVD; $34.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Fresh off his success catching a headline-grabbing killer, DCI Colin Sutton (Martin Clunes, Doc Martin) is asked to review the long-running inquiry into a notorious serial rapist, whose 17-year reign of terror has left the elderly of Southeast London living in fear. Based on the real-life story, this gripping miniseries explores how Colin came late to the case but helped crack it open at last. 2-disc set.
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COMING ON 3/8:
* Yellowstone – Season 4 (ViacomCBS)
$25.99 SRP DVD; $33.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Opening Pandora’s Box: Making Yellowstone: Season Four (Only on Blu-ray & DVD); Bloodline: Yellowstone Origins (Only on Blu-ray & DVD); Season 4: Back to the Bunkhouse (Only on Blu-ray & DVD); Working the Yellowstone: Making It All Happen (Only on Blu-ray & DVD); Behind the Story for every episode; Stories from the Bunkhouse for every episode; Inside Yellowstone: Season 4
—–Who shot John Dutton (Academy Award winner Kevin Costner)? That’s the burning question that left fans reeling in the explosive season 3 finale. Following the brutal attacks on Kayce, Beth, and John Dutton, and with their fates unknown, Rip and the other wranglers wield their own brand of justice to take revenge and defend the Dutton legacy. This season digs deeper than ever into the rich Yellowstone history with flashbacks featuring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (stars of the Yellowstone prequel 1883). Includes all 10 hour-long episodes of the Emmy-nominated series, plus behind-the-scenes featurettes, an extended making-of piece, and never-before-seen interviews with cast and crew. 5-disc set on DVD and 4-disc set on Blu-ray Disc.

* The Walking Dead: World Beyond – The 2nd and Final Season (RLJ/Image)
$34.97 SRP DVD; $39.98 SRP Blu-ray

—–Season two of The Walking Dead: World Beyond concludes the epic story of Iris (Aliyah Royale), Hope (Alexa Mansour), Elton (Nicolas Cantu), and Silas (Hal Cumpston) — four friends who journeyed across the country on a mission that transformed everything they knew about themselves and the world. As they face off against the mysterious Civic Republic Military and fight for control of their own destiny, goals will shift, bonds will form and crumble, and innocence will be both lost and found. 3-disc set in either format.
NOTE: as of this writing, the Amazon listing for the Blu-ray version of this title has incorrect cover art (for a different RLJ title, “Manhunt – Season 2: The Night Stalker,” which is listed above). Hopefully it will be corrected soon!

* Adventure Time – Distant Lands (Warner)
$14.98 SRP DVD; $19.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Based on the animated series Adventure Time, this series brings fans closer to their favorite denizens of the Land of Ooo, along with some new friends following them on exciting new adventures. Single-disc title in either format.

* Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years – Season 1, Volume 1 (Nickelodeon/ViacomCBS)
$13.99 SRP DVD

—–Kamp Koral is a sleepaway summer camp for the kids of Bikini Bottom. It’s the perfect place for 10-year old SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy to make new friends, build underwater campfires, catch wild jellyfish, swim in Lake Yuckymuck, and drive their teenage camp counselor Squidward absolutely crazy! This volume contains the first 13 episodes of season one in a 2-disc set!

* Dalgliesh – Series 1 (RLJ/Acorn)
$49.99 SRP DVD

—–Based on P.D. James’s global bestsellers, this riveting mystery series stars Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Doctor Foster) as enigmatic Inspector Adam Dalgliesh. A recent widower and acclaimed poet, Dalgliesh is a cerebral, reserved man but possessed of exceptional empathy and insight. As he investigates complex crimes in 1970s England, he plumbs the darker depths of the human psyche in his pursuit of justice. These adaptations of James’s award-winning novels also star Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Carlyss Peer (Grantchester), along with guest stars Natasha Little (Vanity Fair) and Steven Mackintosh (Luther). Shroud for a Nightingale: Dalgliesh probes the poisoning death of a nursing student. The Black Tower: A visit to an old friend becomes an inquiry into deaths at a home for the disabled. A Taste for Death: Dalgliesh investigates the slayings of two men in a London church. Single-disc title.
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COMING ON 3/22:
* Magnum P.I. – The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
$179.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV (Tom Selleck) is an ex-Navy “NIA” (ONI) Lieutenant, and Vietnam Special Ops veteran who resigned his commission at age thirty-three because he never got to be twenty-three. On the beautiful Hawaiian islands, Magnum is a P.I. who enjoys life, his buddies, and who works just hard enough to keep it real. 30-disc set.



Comedy Series “Work in Progress” Returns to Showtime(R) Sunday, August 22





Comedy Series “Work in Progress” Returns to Showtime(R) Sunday, August 22 at 11 PM ET/PT
Abby McEnany was nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series and won a Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Breakthrough Role.
[via press release from Showtime]
COMEDY SERIES “WORK IN PROGRESS” RETURNS TO SHOWTIME(R) SUNDAY, AUGUST 22 AT 11 PM ET/PT

Second Season Executive Produced by Abby McEnany And Renowned Filmmaker Lilly Wachowski

Season Two Trailer and Key Art Released

LOS ANGELES – June 29, 2021 – SHOWTIME announced today that the 10-episode second season of the acclaimed comedy series WORK IN PROGRESS will premiere with two episodes airing back to back, beginning Sunday, August 22 at 11 p.m. ET/PT. To watch and share the trailer, please visit:

WORK IN PROGRESS stars series co-creator Abby McEnany, who writes with showrunner and director Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix). In its first season, WORK IN PROGRESS received a nomination from the GLAAD(R) Media Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series; scored a 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer; and garnered widespread viewer and critical praise, which touted the series’ universal appeal, heart and humor. McEnany was nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series and won a Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Breakthrough Role.

Based on her own life, the second season of WORK IN PROGRESS picks back up with McEnany’s character Abby in the wake of her breakup (and almost out of almonds). A 46-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke, Abby begrudgingly accepts that she’s too busy to kill herself. In fact, she’s just starting to get her head above water… when a global pandemic converges with a family emergency and forces her into uncharted territory.

Returning this season are Celeste Pechous as Campbell, Armand Fields as King, Karin Anglin as Alison, Bruce Jarchow as Edward, Theo Germaine as Chris and Julia Sweeney, appearing as herself.

WORK IN PROGRESS is executive produced by Abby McEnany and Lilly Wachowski. Lawrence Mattis and Josh Adler of Circle of Confusion also serve as executive producers with Tony Hernandez of JAX Media and Julia Sweeney. The series was created by Abby McEnany & Tim Mason.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc., owns and operates the premium service SHOWTIME(R), which features critically acclaimed original series, provocative documentaries, box-office hit films, comedy and music specials and hard-hitting sports. SHOWTIME is available as a stand-alone streaming service across all major streaming devices and Showtime.com, as well as via cable, DBS, telco and streaming video providers. SNI also operates the premium services THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) and FLIX(R), as well as on demand versions of all three brands. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV(R). For more information, go to www.SHO.com.



Upcoming DVD Releases





COMING ON 6/2:

* Work In Progress – Season 1 (Showtime/ViacomCBS)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–A 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke’s misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship. Starring: Abby McEnany, Karin Anglin, Celeste Pechous, and Julia Sweeney. 2-disc set.

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COMING ON 6/16:

* Impractical Jokers – The Movie (Warner)
$22.99 SRP DVD; $22.99 SRP Blu-ray


EXTRAS: Digital Copy
—–The story of a humiliating high school mishap from 1992 that sends the Impractical Jokers on the road competing in hidden-camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and redeem three of the four Jokers.

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COMING ON 7/28:

* Hawaii Five-0 – The 10th and Final Season (ViacomCBS)
$39.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Deleted Scenes/Extended Scenes; Shorelines: Aloha; Reflections on Five-0: An Interview with Alex O’Loughlin; Gag Reel
—–Bomb threats. Kidnappings. Assassinations. And yes, even pirates. The final cases of HPD’s finest are among the hottest the islands have ever seen. In Hawaii Five-0 Season 10, Lt. Commander Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), and Detective Sgt. “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan) go up against all-new adversaries and familiar foes, including the final showdown with the Yakuza for Hawaii’s soul. They’ll need all the help they can get – including guest appearances from Magnum P.I.’s Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez) and Higgins (Perdita Weeks). Witness the epic conclusion to Steve and Danno’s saga from the edge of your seat in Hawaii Five-0 Season 10’s thrilling 22 episodes in this 5-disc collection.

* Doctor Who – Story #035: The Faceless Ones (BBC)
$24.98 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: to be finalized; may possibly differ from the announced UK bonus material
—–The Faceless Ones is the mostly missing eighth serial of the fourth season of Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from April to May 1967. Starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, the story concerns a race of identity-stealing aliens known as the Chameleons. Only two of the six episodes are held in the BBC film archives, with snippets of footage and still images existing from the other four. Off-air recordings of the soundtrack also still exist, making the animation of a complete serial possible once again. The six new animated episodes are being made in full color and high definition. The DVD release will also include surviving archive material from the original 1967 production.
NOTE: Package art is not finalized, and could be subject to change

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COMING ON 8/4:

* Jack Ryan – Season 2 (ViacomCBS)
$24.98 SRP DVD; $29.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Deleted Scenes
—–In the second season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, after tracking a potentially suspicious shipment of illegal arms in the Venezuelan jungle, CIA Officer Jack Ryan – portrayed by John Krasinski (A Quiet Place) – heads down to South America to investigate. As Jack’s investigation threatens to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy, the President of Venezuela launches a counter-attack that hits home for Jack, leading him and his fellow operatives on a global mission spanning the United States, UK, Russia, and Venezuela to unravel the President’s nefarious plot and bring stability to a country on the brink of chaos.

* NCIS: Los Angeles – Season 11 (ViacomCBS)
$44.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: exclusive featurettes and deleted/extended scenes
—–Spies. Terrorists. Arms dealers. For Special Agents “G” Callen (Chris O’Donnell), Sam Hanna (LL Cool J), and the rest of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, it’s just another day in paradise. But there’s no time to lounge when the biggest cases of their careers come calling, whether it’s local crises like the murder of a Naval lieutenant or the theft of a drone prototype, or international affairs like an impending missile attack in the Middle East. Meanwhile, the high stakes in the field follow the agents home, as Special Agent Kensi Blye(Daniela Ruah) and LAPD liaison Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) consider whether they could have kids, and tech geniuses Eric (Barrett Foa) and Nell (Renée Felice Smith) struggle to maintain their relationship as Eric goes undercover. Guest appearances by David James Elliott and Catherine Bell, reprising their iconic roles of Harm and Mac from JAG! Experience a whole world of action, drama and suspense across all 22 episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles Season 11 in this 5-disc set.

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COMING ON 8/11:

* NCIS: New Orleans, The 6th Season (ViacomCBS)
$44.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: two exclusive featurettes
—–This 5-disc collection contains all 20 episodes of NCIS: New Orleans, Season 6, including unforgettable moments that shocked every fan. For Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride (Scott Bakula) and his team at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, kidnappers, cults, traffickers and murderers are business as usual. But with the tragic loss of one of their own, these agents suddenly find themselves driven by more than duty: now it’s personal. Will Pride stay loyal to the law, or will vengeance push him over the edge? Experience every stunning surprise, dramatic reveal, and breathtaking cliffhanger in the most suspenseful season of NCIS: New Orleans yet!

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COMING ON 9/15:

* Succession – The Complete 2nd Season (HBO/Warner)
$24.98 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Invitation to the Set; 10 Inside the Episode Featurettes
—–Beginning where season one dramatically left off, the second season follows the Roys as they struggle to retain control of their empire amidst internal and external threats. While the future looks increasingly uncertain, it is the past that portends to ultimately destroy them, as each of Logan’s four children remains focused on personal agendas that may or may not sync with those of their siblings. As Kendall (Jeremy Strong) deals with fallout from his hostile takeover attempt and guilt from his involvement in a fatal accident at the end of season one, season two finds Shiv (Sarah Snook) poised to make her way into the upper-echelons of the company, while Roman (Kieran Culkin) decides to reacquaint himself with the business by starting at the bottom, and Connor (Alan Ruck), who’s long eschewed the Waystar machinations, launches an unlikely bid for president. Blending high drama with sharp humor, Succession promises plenty of palace intrigue as this emotionally-challenged family navigates a rapidly changing media landscape and the looming question of who will take over in a post-Logan world.

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COMING ON 9/22:

* Legends of Tomorrow – The Complete 5th Season (Warner)
$24.98 SRP DVD; $29.98 SRP Blu-ray
EXTRAS: Deleted Scenes; DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 5 Post Production Theater (featurette); Gag Reel; BLU-RAY BONUS DISC: All Five Epic Episodes of the DC Crossover Event Crisis on Infinite Earths from Supergirl, Batwoman, The Flash, Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow with Special Features: Crisis Past and Present: Kevin Conroy Bat Legend; Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Architects Return; Crisis Past and Present – Superman vs. Superman; Characters in Crisis: Pariah; Crisis Management; Character in Crisis: The Anti-Monitor; BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE Digital Copy
—–After saving the world via the power of song and themed entertainment in last season’s finale, the Legends are major celebrities. Some struggle with the transition from lovable losers to A-list stars, while others start letting fame go to their heads. When a documentary crew decides to film the Legends in action, distracting them from their original mission, Astra Logue frees history’s most notorious villains from Hell in a bid for power. It’s up to the Legends to forgo fame and stop these reanimated souls (who they quickly dub “Encores”) from wreaking havoc on the timeline, whether it’s Rasputin popping out of his coffin and trying to become an immortal tsar, or Marie Antoinette (and her head) turning the French Revolution into a deadly, non-stop party. You’re fated to enjoy these 15 one-hour episodes!