Welcome to another edition of ‘Up Next’ here at Screen Times. This week, ‘For All Mankind’ season 3 lands on Apple TV+ and it looks set to deliver all of the suspense and drama that the show has become renowned for. We’re excited to dive into the new season, despite having not fully recovered emotionally from the ending of season two yet.
‘The Essex Serpent’ also continues this week as does season two of ‘Physical’, ‘Now & Then’, ‘Tehran’, ‘Friday Night Baseball’ and a whole lot more.
This past week, Apple held its annual Worldwide Developers Conference at which it unveiled a first look at iOS 16 and more. There wasn’t much in the way of Apple TV news, but there were still plenty of announcements and updates to software and services at the event. You can check out our recap here.
This week, we've also been publishing a collection of bonus podcast episodes discussing Apple TV and WWDC. We sat down with developer Marcos Tanaka to discuss bringing iOS apps to Apple TV and we were then joined by The Addition's Charlotte Henry to talk all things Apple TV+ and the future of tvOS. We also caught up with Jon Ratcliffe of HomeKitAuthority.com to discuss all things Home. You can listen to all of these episodes plus our usual weekly podcast right here.
With that, here’s our guide to your week ahead on Apple TV.
In season three, the Red Planet becomes the new frontier in the Space Race not only for the US and the Soviet Union, but also an unexpected new entrant with a lot to prove and even more at stake. Our characters find themselves going head-to-head as their ambitions for Mars come into conflict and their loyalties are tested, creating a pressure cooker that builds to a climactic conclusion.
‘Lovely Little Farm’ follows sisters Jill and Jacky as they love and nurture all the animals on their farm nestled in lavender fields. Being a young farmer isn’t easy, but every day brings these sisters adventure and a chance to grow. The live-action animated hybrid uses the latest computer-generated technology, working with Industrial Light and Magic, to bring the series to life.
The Tampa Bay Rays head to Target Field to face off against the Minnesota Twins to begin this week’s doubleheader, followed by the red-hot Mets visiting Anaheim to take on the struggling Angels in the second game of the night.
Jigsaw Puzzle by MobilityWare+ features the largest, most beautiful collection of jigsaw puzzles ranging from iconic brands like Disney, Hasbro, and many more.
With numerous categories and genres to choose from, “Jigsaw Puzzle” features over 25,000 puzzles with players sorting and moving the pieces around on the board, and filling in the edges, just like the real thing. Only now, players can take the puzzle with them anywhere they go.
Playing puzzles is leisurely and relaxing, with players having the option to collect objectives to have another way to progress through the game. They can also play at a range of piece sizes, select musical accompaniment and access gameplay features such as showing edge pieces only, storing puzzles in a tray, or having access to hints and a preview of the image.
This past week, Fitness+ added yet another Collection to its growing library with ‘Get Your Legs in Shape’, focused on helping you train your lower body with a mix of strength and yoga workouts. There's some fantastic workouts included here and it's great to see the service continue to expand these Collections to focus on different areas and aspects of physical and mental health.
The Apple Music Essentials playlist describes People Under The Stairs as making ‘barbecue-friendly hip hop’, which is probably the most accurate description of the iconic LA rap duo. This playlist features all of their best work, packed full of chilled beats, fun lyrics and memorable hooks - perfect summer vibes.
Devon: “This series catches up with Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi ten years after being bested by the Sith and forced into desert exile. Disconnected from the Force and on the run from Darth Vader’s Jedi assassin Inquisitors, Obi-Wan is called back into action by an old friend in need. I’ve always loved Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of Kenobi, so I’m delighted that we get to spend more time with him in this long-awaited show. What I’m really looking forward to is the anticipated showdown between Kenobi and his wayward apprentice Darth Vader (played by Hayden Christenson). This show’s definitely geared towards Star Wars lovers with lots of fan service, but I’m here for it.”
James: “Adam Sandler plays a down on his luck basketball scout for the Philadelphia 76ers, who discovers a once-in-a-lifetime prospect and becomes determined to bring him to the attention of the NBA world. If you’re a fan of sports movies or the NBA like me, this is a must-watch. It’s a love letter to basketball and the culture around the game and contains that perfect balance of sports movie action and heartfelt emotion. Adam Sandler is excellent, his character is super likeable and his passion for the sport is evident here. The basketball scenes are very well choreographed too. A slam dunk for Netflix."
Jonathan: "There's certainly a lot of Marvel to watch these days. This year alone there are 4 movies being released and even more tv shows planned. With all the many story arcs and multiverse madness you'd be forgiven for getting a little burnt out.Well, along comes Ms. Marvel to freshen your palette! Not relying (so far) on other storylines to build out this new series, it's a breath of fresh air that reminds you of some of the exciting early days of the MCU, where characters were not burdened by the world or the threat of it being destroyed.Leading this new series is newcomer Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan, an America-Pakistani schoolgirl who is Captain Marvel’s number one fan. Little does she know she's about to become a superhero herself.The smart, fun and fast moving script creates some instantly engaging characters, topped off with utterly charming performance by Vellani in her first ever screen role. Add to this an energetic and creative shooting style (watch out for a wonderful texting scene) and Ms. Marvel proves there's still plenty of life in the MCU."
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