It’s the start of a brand new week and time to take a look at what’s coming to Disney+ in Australia and New Zealand this week, which includes the return of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” and the finale of “Welcome To Chippendales”, plus much more.
Here’s the rundown:
Note: This list is subject to change
Tuesday 3rd January 2023
Welcome To Chippendales – Finale
A sprawling true-crime saga, Welcome To Chippendales tells the outrageous story of Somen “Steve” Banerjee, an Indian immigrant who became the unlikely founder of the world’s greatest male-stripping empire. The series will detail the insane, darkly comedic, crime-ridden story behind the unique male revue that became a cultural phenomenon.
Steve Banerjee works hard to achieve the American dream to provide for his family and leave a legacy behind that they can be proud of. While his attempt to build a booming business by exploiting sexual empowerment which features scantily clad men gyrating over eager women is a success, Steve very quickly becomes obsessed with wealth and power. He will do anything it takes to remove anyone in his way even if it means getting his hands a little bloody.
Wednesday 4th January 2023
Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Season 2 – Episode 201 “Spoils of War” & Episode 202 “Ruins of War”
“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in “The Clone Wars”) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch—a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army—each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.
In Season 2, months have passed since the events on Kamino and the Bad Batch continue their journey navigating the Empire after the fall of the Republic. They will cross paths with friends and foes, both new and familiar, as they take on a variety of thrilling mercenary missions that will take them to unexpected and dangerous new places.
Willow – Episode 7
An epic period fantasy series with a modern sensibility set in an enchanted land of breathtaking beauty, “Willow” features a diverse international cast with Jonathan Kasdan, Ron Howard, Wendy Mericle, Kathleen Kennedy, and Michelle Rejwan serving as executive producers. The story began with an aspiring magician from a Nelwyn village and an infant girl destined to unite the realms, who together helped destroy an evil queen and banish the forces of darkness. Now, in a magical world where brownies, sorcerers, trolls, and other mystical creatures flourish, the adventure continues, as an unlikely group of heroes set off on a dangerous quest to places far beyond their home, where they must face their inner demons and come together to save their world.
National Treasure – Edge Of History – Episode 5
The Disney+ Original series “National Treasure” Edge of History” is an expansion of the “National Treasure” movie franchise told from the point of view of a young heroine, Jess – a brilliant and resourceful DREAMer in search of answers about her family – who embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to uncover the truth about the past and save a lost Pan-American treasure.
Recently disgraced reporter Eileen Fitzgerald leaves her high-profile New York life behind to join a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage, Alaska, on a journey to find both personal and professional redemption.
The French Mans – Season 2
Follows the outlandish adventures of Vincent and Alban. Vincent, in his thirties works for the Meurthe-et-Moselle departmental council; his girlfriend, Louise, who also happens to be his boss, has just dumped him.
In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots… and his son becomes a target.
A young woman discovers the rental home she booked is already occupied by a stranger. Against her better judgment, she decides to spend the night but soon discovers there’s a lot more to fear than just an unexpected house guest.
Atlanta: Seasons 1-3
Earn works as a manager for his cousin Alfred, an upcoming rapper, and they try to make a name for themselves in the music industry. Earn struggles with providing for his child and lover.
Abbott Elementary – Season 2 – New Episode
Follows a group of teachers brought together in one of the worst public schools in the country, simply because they love teaching.
Big Bet – New Episode
The legendary king of the casino in the Philippines confronts unfortunate events; after getting tangled in a murder case, he is now faced with the ultimate bet with his life on the line.
Between the World and Us – New Episode
Ilkin worries that her boyfriend, a famous actor, is no longer in love with her; one day, she decides to reach out to him from a fake social media account and almost creates a woman who can seduce her lover with her own hands.
Men on a Mission – New Episode
Male comedians play high school students, welcoming star `transfer students’ every week and engaging in battles of witty humour and slapstick.
Gannibal – New Episode
Police officer Daigo Agawa is posted to a mountain village where a series of alarming events makes him realize that there is something deeply wrong with the village and those who live there.
Dino Ranch (S2, 6 episodes)
“Dino Ranch” follows the adventures of the Cassidy family as it tackles life in a fantastical “pre-westoric” setting where dinosaurs still roam. As the young ranchers learn the ropes, they discover the thrill of ranch life whilst navigating the great outdoors through unpredictable challenges.
Taiwan Crime Stories (S1 – Premiere)
“Taiwan Crime Stories” is an original Mandarin-language psychological thriller series that is inspired by four true crime investigations: a terror-stricken mass murder of a family; a chilling rape; a murder case and fraud and injustice cases.
Friday 6th January 2023
If These Walls Could Sing
“If These Walls Could Sing,” a Disney Original Documentary, gives exclusive access to the most famous and longest-running studio in the world, Abbey Road Studios. In this personal film of memory and discovery, director Mary McCartney guides us through nine decades to tell the stories of some of the studio’s most iconic recordings — and the people who made them happen.
Stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze decides to give up his soul to become the Ghost Rider and fight against Blackheart, the son of Mephistopheles, the devil himself.
After his wife and family are murdered by a gang of ruthless criminals, special agent Frank Castle takes it upon himself to hunt down and punish the criminals responsible for his loss.
In this enhanced episode, from the familiar to the surprising, Baby Sharks follows 4-5 vastly different ‘hero’ species of baby sharks from before birth through their first months of life…learning how to avoid danger, to find shelter… and to hunt. They’ll win our hearts… as we cheer them on through setback and success to the end of the hour…And along the way, our perspective about sharks will change.
Soul of a Nation Presents: Mi Gente: Groundbreakers and Changemakers
Spotlighting key figures in the Hispanic and Latin American community: music icon Gloria Estefan, actor Diego Luna and retired professional baseball player David Ortiz.
Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter
Honouring the life and legacy of the remarkable storyteller, activist and philanthropist Norman Lear; featuring an impressive lineup of celebrity guests and musical performances to celebrate his 100th birthday.
Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration
In honor of the 30th anniversary of the animated classic, this animated and live-action blended special showcases the fan-favorite movie, along with new musical performances, sets and costumes inspired by the classic story.
What are you looking forward to watching on Disney+ this week?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.