While the bulk of the Disney upfronts — encompassing the upcoming programming schedules for the entire Disney-owned roster of broadcast and cable nets and streaming services — focused on scripted content, the media giant also shone the spotlight on unscripted projects of note that are on the way for 2021-2022.
Kris Jenner — matriarch of reality TV’s most successful family, the Kardashians (Kim Kardashian, pictured)– made an appearance in the virtual presentation with a taped message teasing the clan’s upcoming docuseries for Hulu. As part of a multi-year deal with the Disney-owned streamer first announced in December of last year, the upcoming series, according to Jenner, will serve as “the next chapter. You’ll see us evolving as a family.”
The message was light on details. Jenner added: “I can’t say much about what’s coming but — spoiler — we’re going to look fabulous and everyone’s going to watch.”
Hulu currently hosts past seasons of the E! series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which is ending its 20-year run on the NBCUniversal cable net this year.
The streamer also lifted the curtain on an upcoming six-part docuseries featuring pop music legend Paul McCartney. The series — McCartney 3,2,1 — premieres on July 16 and will see the former Beatle deconstructing his life’s work with the help of renowned producer Rick Rubin (Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Run DMC) and sharing unique perspective on his time with The Beatles, Wings and his work as a solo artist.
McCartney and Rubin serve as executive producers on the series, along with Scott Rodger, Peter Berg, Matthew Goldberg, Brandon Carroll, Jeff Pollack, Frank Marshall and Ryan Suffern, with Leila Mattimore serving as co-executive producer. Zachary Heinzerling (Cutie and the Boxer) directs. Endeavor Content is producing, alongside MPL Communications Inc., Shangri-La, Film 45, Kennedy Marshall and Diamond Docs.
On the broadcast front, unscripted series renewed for the 2021-2022 season on ABC include Shark Tank, Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelorette, Holey Moley, American Idol, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, America’s Funniest Home Videos and Supermarket Sweep.
On the cable side, FX offered a look at the upcoming docuseries, Welcome to Wrexham, starring and executive produced by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. Produced by Boardwalk Pictures, the series follows Welsh football club Wrexham AFC, and its new owners — Reynolds and McElhenney — as they work towards a new season of play.
National Geographic president of global networks Courteney Monroe also appeared in a taped presentation, outlining highlights from the upcoming Nat Geo slate announced yesterday.