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Disney Plus Debuts First Look at Marvel Shows During Super Bowl

“WandaVision,” also debuting in 2020, stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Wanda Maximoff and the Vision. The 1950s-inspired series sees the two superheroes attempting to live the simple life in the suburbs. But, like all things surrounding magic and powerful robot beings, the setting is entirely not what it seems. The footage features both characters jumping in and out of various timelines, even pausing to put Wanda in her classic Scarlet Witch ensemble. Other cast members include Kathryn Hahn and Marvel alums Randall Park and Kat Dennings. Matt Shakman is directing, while Jac Schaeffer serves as head writer. – Rebecca Rubin, Variety » https://trib.al/AZNUMsf [photo: Disney+]

Disney Plus Expected to Reveal More Than 25 Million Subscribers, Dazzling the Industry

Disney is expected to reveal that the service has racked up 25 million to 30 million subscribers since its Nov. 12 debut. If so, Disney Plus will mark a stunning entry in the annals of consumer entertainment product launches. It’s testament to the drawing power of Disney’s gold-plated brands and the decision in 2017 by chairman-CEO Bob Iger to go full-throttle on realigning the company to support the radical transition into direct-to-consumer distribution for its most prized content assets. – Cynthia Littleton & Elaine Low, Variety » https://trib.al/lKezThe

Cecily Strong To Star In Musical Comedy Nearing Series Order At Apple

Written by Paul and Daurio, the as-yet untitled comedy series follows a couple on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship when they discover the magical town of Schmigadoon, in which everyone acts as if they’re in a studio musical from the 1940s. They then discover that they can’t leave until they find “true love.” – Denise Petski, Deadline Hollywood » https://ift.tt/319A6z5 [photo: Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live/ IMDb]

Apple Poaches Senior Netflix Engineer for Streaming-Tech Team

Meshenberg was VP of productivity engineering at Netflix, where he had formed and oversaw an organization focused on accelerating productivity of the company’s engineers. Previously, he was director of cloud platform for Netflix, where his work included leading initiatives that spanned across all engineering teams, including migration of Netflix infrastructure, core services and databases to Amazon’s AWS. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://ift.tt/36yfukZ

Disney+ Unveils Non-Scripted Slate Including Teen Remake Of ABC Fantasy Competition ‘The Quest’

The Quest, which ran for one season on ABC in 2014, will now feature teen contestants and will feature more interactive elements. The series, which will once again be film at a castle outside of Vienna, Austria, is set in the fantasy world of Everealm. The contestants will encounter mystical beings and magical encounters and will be embedded in an immersive, 360-degree world complete with seamless technology, creature design, practical effects and scripted characters who interact dynamically with them as they take on a number of fantasy-themed challenges. – Peter White, Deadline Hollywood » http://dlvr.it/RNzrH0

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