July Programming Highlights For AMC+, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, IFC Films Unlimited, Shudder, & Sundance Now

June 27, 2021

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely - Horror Fuel CEO & Executive Producer Email: [email protected]


 
This July, AMC Network is releasing a ton of new series, films, specials, and more, and we’ve got the highlights from AMC+, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, IFC Films Unlimited, Shudder, and Sundance Now, to make sure you stay entertained!
 
 

On ACORN TV:

  • Jack Irish (Acorn TV Exclusive)

Final Season Premieres Monday, July 12

Emmy® Award-winner Guy Pearce (Mare of Easttown) reprises his iconic role as Jack Irish, a former criminal lawyer, part-time debt collector, and private investigator with a penchant for getting wrapped up in things he shouldn’t. The explosive final season delves deep into Jack’s past, questioning everything he thought he knew about his life and bringing him face-to-face with an antagonist more personal and destructive than he has ever encountered. Joining Pearce in this final journey are the series’ veteran stars Marta Dusseldorp (A Place to Call Home), Roy Billing (The End), Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road), and Shane Jacobson (Guardians of the Tomb).

 
 

  • The Heart Guy (Acorn TV Exclusive)

Season 5 Premieres Monday, July 26

From Oscar®-nominated writer Tony McNamara (The Great, The Favourite), this heartwarming Australian medical dramedy returns for a fifth and final season. Former city heart surgeon Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser) seems to have finally settled into his bad-boy local doctor role in sleepy Whyhope, while the town is reeling from a temporary hospital closure and the local mining industry on its knees. With everyone looking to Hugh to save the day, even he wonders if he can step up and fight for his hometown.

 
 

  • Outlier (Acorn TV Exclusive)

Premieres Monday, July 19

A young girl is found killed at a camping resort and aspiring criminal psychologist Maja Angell (Hanne Mathisen Haga) believes that the police have arrested the wrong man. She’s not able to convince the police of that. Can she find the murderer before he strikes again? Acorn TV’s latest Scandi noir drama centers on the hunt for what turns out to be a serial killer. *Foreign Language, Norwegian with English subtitles

 
 

*Full Acorn TV programming schedule for the month available HERE

 
 
 

On ALLBLK:

 
 

  • Beyond the Pole (ALLBLK and WE tv Original)

Season 2 Premieres Monday, June 7

Atlanta’s hottest dancers transition from working in the club to life Beyond the Pole. Friendships are tested, finances are strapped, but together these ladies hustle to move Beyond the Pole.

 
 

  • TS Madison Experience

Premieres every Thursday beginning July 1

TS Madison is a loud, brash & outrageous social media star with a huge following of adoring fans from her hilarious online shows, most notably, The Queens Supreme Court. Now she turns her sights to her next goal- to be the first black, trans woman to host a mainstream talk show. With a circle of friends that consists of a ragtag team, her mother, Ms. Mary, and her BFF reality star Tiffany “New York” Pollard, Madison is ready to go to the next level in this unscripted dramaProduced by World of Wonder.

*Full ALLBLK programming schedule for the month available HERE

 
 
 

On AMC+:

 
 

Film Premieres Thursday, July 1

From RLJE Films, Archenemy is a superhero action film starring Joe Manganiello (True BloodMagic Mike) as Max Fist, a man who claims to be a hero from another dimension who fell through time and space and lost his superpowers when he landed on earth. No one believes his stories except for a local teen named Hamster. Today, Max and Hamster take to the streets to wipe out the local drug syndicate and its vicious crime boss, The Manager. Be sure to check out interview with director Adam Egypt Mortimer. (Review) **Premieres as part of AMC+’s Comic-Con package

 
 

  • The Beast Must Die (AMC+ Original)

New Series Premieres Mondays Beginning July 5

The gripping six-part revenge thriller stars BAFTA Award-winning actor Jared Harris (ChernobylMad Men) and Cush Jumbo OBE (The Good WifeThe Good Fight). After learning the police investigation into the fatal hit and run of her young son Martie has been dropped, Frances Cairnes (Jumbo) takes matters into her own hands.

 
 

  • The North Water (AMC+ Original)

World Premiere Beginning Thursday, July 15

Five-part drama The North Water stars BAFTA-winner Jack O’Connell (Unbroken, Godless), Golden Globe®-winning actor Colin Farrell (In Bruges, True Detective), and SAG Award-winner Stephen Graham (Line of Duty, Boardwalk Empire), in this haunting, immersive drama based on the critically acclaimed, best-selling novel by Ian McGuire, and adapted and directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years, Looking). Set in the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s, the series tells the story of Patrick Sumner (O’Connell), a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as the ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic. But the ferocity of the elements is matched by the violence of his crewmates, particularly Henry Drax (Farrell), a harpooner and distinctly brutal force of nature. The North Water was made by See-Saw Films for the BBC.

 
 

  • The Walking Dead: Origins (AMC+ Exclusive)

Premieres Every Thursday Beginning July 15

As fans gear up for the highly anticipated new season of The Walking Dead, AMC+ is offering an in-depth exploration of some of the series’ most celebrated characters with a series of specials, each charting the story of the zombie apocalypse from the point of view of a single character. Spotlighting Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride), Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), each episode features new interviews and narrations from the actors that portray these iconic characters, interwoven with clips from the most pivotal moments of their journeys so far. Each episode will also feature an exclusive sneak peek of season 11. **Premieres as part of Comic-Con on AMC+ package

 
 

The Walking Dead: Origins lineup is as follows:

  • Daryl’s Story – Premieres Thursday, July 15
  • Maggie’s Story – Premieres Thursday, July 22
  • Negan’s Story – Premieres Thursday, July 29
  • Carol’s Story – Premieres Thursday, August 5

 
 

  • Ultra City Smiths (AMC+ Original)

First Two Episodes Premiere Thursday, July 22 with Subsequent Episodes Debuting Every Thursday

Ultra City Smiths unfolds via stop-motion animated baby dolls repurposed as a grown-up cast of characters. From AMC Studios and created by Steve Conrad (PatriotPerpetual Grace) and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Robot Chicken), the series hinges on an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of fictional metropolis Ultra City’s most famous magnate, Carpenter K. Smith (Kurtwood SmithThat 70’s Show). Two intrepid detectives, David Mills (Jimmi Simpson, Westworld), and Gail Johnson (Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dolemite Is My Name), follow the case, rallying to fight against their city’s dangerous corruption, at a high cost to themselves and their families, all in pursuit of a gentler place to call home. The series stars Kristen Bell (The Good Place), Dax Shepard (Parenthood), John C. Reilly (Moonbase 8), Alia Shawkat (Search Party)Tim Meadows (Schooled), Luis Guzmán (Shameless), Melissa Villaseñor (Saturday Night Live), Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment), Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago), and Jason Mantzoukas (Big Mouth). **Premieres as part of Comic-Con on AMC+ package

 
 

*Full AMC+ programming schedule for the month available HERE

 
 
 

On IFC FILMS UNLIMITED:

 

  • Ode to Joy (IFC Films Unlimited Exclusive)

Premieres Wednesday, July 7

How does a man who is – literally – paralyzed by happiness find love? Thanks to a condition called cataplexy – a rare disorder that causes him to lose control of his muscles whenever he is overcome by strong emotion, particularly joy – Brooklyn librarian Charlie (Martin Freeman) has learned to carefully edit all delight triggering people, places, and events out of his life.

 
 

  • The Kid With A Bike (IFC Films Unlimited Exclusive)

Premieres Wednesday, July 7

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, the deeply moving film by the Dardenne brothers (L’enfant, Rosetta) delves into the emotional life of troubled 11-year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret). When his father abandons him, Cyril obsessively searches for his bicycle – placing his last bit of hope in this symbol of their relationship.

 
 

Premieres Wednesday, July 28

Christmas is supposed to be a time for peace and joyful family reunions. But when Matt (AJ Bowen) and his wife Karen (Susan Burke) show up unannounced at the home of his estranged brother Steve (Scott Poythress) to celebrate the holidays, they’re instead greeted with a horrifying surprise: trapped in the basement is a man – but not just any man. Scott believes his hostage is the devil.

 
 

*Full IFC Unlimited programming schedule for the month available HERE

 
 

On SHUDDER:

 
 

Premieres Thursday, July 29

A night of unimaginable terror awaits twelve-year-old Bobby (Lonnie Chavis) and his best friend, Kevin (Ezra Dewey), when they are abducted on their way home from school. Managing to escape his confines, Bobby navigates the dark halls, praying his presence goes unnoticed as he avoids his captor at every turn. With no means of calling for help and miles of dark country in every direction, Bobby embarks on a rescue mission, determined to get himself and Kevin out alive… or die trying. (Review)

 
 

  • Son (Shudder Original Film)

Premieres Thursday, July 8

After a mysterious group breaks into Laura’s home and attempts to abduct her eight-year-old son, David, the two of them flee town in search of safety. But soon after the failed kidnapping, David becomes extremely ill, suffering from increasing psychosis and convulsions. Following her maternal instincts, Laura commits unspeakable acts to keep him alive, but soon she must decide how far she is willing to go to save her son. Starring Emile HirschAndi Matichak and Luke David Blumm. (Review)

 
 

  • Kandisha (A Shudder Original Film)

Premieres Thursday, July 22

It is summer break and best friends Amélie, Bintou and Morjana hang together with other neighborhood teens. Nightly, they have fun sharing scary stories and urban legends. But when Amélie is assaulted by her ex, she remembers the story of Kandisha, a powerful and vengeful demon. Afraid and upset, Amélie summons her. The next day, her ex is found dead. The legend is true and now Kandisha is on a killing spree— and it’s up to the three girls to break the curse. Directed by Inside and Livid duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. Starring Mathilde LamusseSamarcande Saadi, and Suzy Bemba.

 
 

*Full Shudder programming schedule for the month available HERE

 
 

On SUNDANCE NOW:

 
 

  • Motherland (Sundance Now Exclusive)

Season 3 Full Series Binge Premieres Thursday, July 8

Britain’s favorite gang of moms (and dad) is back for a third season of the comedy series Motherland, navigating the pitfalls of middle-class parenting and the complicated politics of the school gates. Its star-studded cast features Anna Maxwell-Martin, Lucy Punch, Paul Ready, Tanya Moodie, and special guest star Joanna Lumley.

 
 

  • The Wine Show 

Full Season Binges Premiere Every Thursday, Beginning July 15 

This series is the perfect mix of travel, food, friendship and wine as actors Matthew Goode (A Discovery of Witches), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), James Purefoy (Rome), and Dominic West (The Affair) celebrate this fascinating drink. Set in beautiful surroundings across Europe’s wine regions, we go on a journey to discover the stories and history behind the popular beverage. The show’s resident wine experts also travel the globe visiting amazing places, sampling some of the world’s best wines, and meeting some of the greatest chefs working today. *Also streaming on Acorn TV 

The Wine Show Season Binges are as follows: 

  • Season 1 – Premieres Thursday, July 15 
  • Season 2 – Premieres Thursday, July 22 
  • Season 3 – Premieres Thursday, July 29 **EXCLUSIVE US PREMIERE**

 
 

*Full Sundance Now programming schedule for the month available HERE

 
 

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