Martha Stewart, Ben Napier, David Schwimmer, Amy Schumer, and More to Star in Original Shows for Discovery+

  • New streaming platform discovery+ will launch on January 4, 2021
  • It will feature programming from some of America’s most popular channels such as HGTV, TLC, OWN, Investigative Discovery, Animal Planet, Food Network, BBC, A&E, The HISTORY Channel, and Lifetime
  • Discovery+ will also feature exclusive new original series
  • Plans range from from $4.99 to $6.99 a month
  • Each discovery+ account will allow four people to stream at once for no extra charge

Yes, it’s true! Discovery Communications is launching its very own streaming platform, aptly named discovery+, early next year. Now if you’re reading this and are already overwhelmed by the growing number of streaming services on the market, we can relate. It can be hard to know which streaming service is the overall best value for you and your family.

Here’s the skinny: If you love Chip and Joanna Gaines, Bobby Flay, Oprah Winfrey, and Martha Stewart, discovery+ will most

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The Great Northern reveals Kate Nordstrum’s original programming; Tane Danger to direct Westminster Town Hall Forum

Just short of a year ago, Kate Nordstrum was named executive and artistic director of the Great Northern. Co-founded by Eric Dayton with the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships and the City of Lakes Loppet, the Great Northern celebrates winter in the cities with original programming and a focus on climate change.

Kate Nordstrum

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Kate Nordstrum

Nordstrum knows original programming. It’s what she did for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra when she ran Liquid Music, a series she invented and brought to national prominence. It’s what she did before then at the Southern Theater and her own Kate Nordstrum Projects, and afterward with her curatorial collective Infinite Palette and in partnership with arts and culture organizations across the U.S., from the Kennedy Center to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

So we thought, if anyone can make winter in Minnesota more interesting, especially for those of

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Brings Back Original Trilogy In 2021

Electronic Arts and BioWare have officially confirmed a Mass Effect trilogy release–called Mass Effect: Legendary Edition–for consoles and PC. The announcement was made as part of its N7 Day celebration, and it comes after months of reports and rumors about the collection.

The collection bundles together Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3, which originally released between 2007 and 2012. The original Mass Effect released as an Xbox 360 exclusive before eventually coming to PlayStation 3 several years later. BioWare’s games have been multiplatform releases since then.

The new versions will not be full remakes, but BioWare intends to improve them so players can experience them in their “best possible form[s],” according to the official announcement. That means better resolutions and frame rates, and all single-player DLC and promotional items will also be included. Elements such as textures, shaders, character models, and effects will all be improved for

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HGTV to Celebrate the Holidays with New Original Programming

HGTV’s holiday programming lineup will include a new competition series as well as four festive specials.

Holiday Crafters Gone Wild, hosted by author and TV personality Jay Manuel, will showcase craft aficionados competing to create over-the-top Christmas décor for a cash prize. The competition series will launch on November 20 with a two-hour special. Premiering on November 27, Biggest Little Christmas Showdown, hosted by James Monroe Iglehart, will spotlight top miniaturists as they vie to build beautiful tiny homes. The winning miniature will be replicated into a full-size vacation retreat.

My Lottery Dream Home: Holiday Extravaganza, meanwhile, will see host David Bromstad deck the halls like a lottery winner on a modest budget. You’ll be Home for Christmas will follow real estate agent, world-renowned strongman and Santa impersonator Albie Mushaney as he helps first-time homebuyers find their forever home in time for the holidays. And in Surprising

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LIVE WITH CARNEGIE HALL Returns With New Original Programming This Fall

Live with Carnegie Hall kicks off its fall season on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30PM EDT.

LIVE WITH CARNEGIE HALL Returns With New Original Programming This Fall

Carnegie Hall’s free streaming series return this fall with new original Live with Carnegie Hall episodes curated by leading artists and Learn with Carnegie Hall programs featuring highlights from Carnegie Hall masterclasses led by some of the finest musicians from around the world.

Live with Carnegie Hall kicks off its fall season on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30PM EDT with an episode inspired by the Hall’s Virtual Opening Night gala broadcast earlier this month. This program provides a behind-the-scenes peek of how the event came together across three continents, including a full, extended performance by 2020-2021 Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist Rhiannon Giddens with Our Native Daughters along with archival footage of musicians who have graced the stages throughout the Hall’s history. The full program from the Hall’s Virtual Opening Night gala is now available

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The Many, Many Lives Of Cody Ko, One Of The Internet’s Original Stars

Cody Ko has devoted a considerable amount of time lately to thinking about clichés—and wondering whether any of those truisms might be false. Things “like, ‘Nice guys finish last,’” he says, rattling off a couple more. “‘Don’t shit where you eat.’ ‘Play hard to get.’ ‘Opposites attract.’ ‘Fake it ‘till you make it.’”

After that last phrase, he pauses, having reached a conclusion on that one. He generally thinks it holds up. “I feel like I’ve been doing that my entire life: You have to be a little prepared, but other than that, just f—ing try. You know?”

If you don’t, you

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QCode Podcast Network Raises $6.4 Million to Expand Original Programming

Los Angeles-based podcast network QCODE raised a $6.4 million Series A financing round to expand its slate of original programming to more than 15 shows and continue recruiting talent to host its podcasts.

Smart speaker manufacturer Sonos led the investment in QCODE, which said it plans to also use the funding to seek out partnerships with other talent, production and media companies.

The podcast network currently offers six shows. It prioritizes scripted audio programming with acting talent at the helm — like the podcast “Hank the Cow Dog” featuring Matthew McConaughey, “Borrasca” with Cole Sprouse, “The Left Right Game” with Tessa Thompson, or Demi Lovato’s “Dirty Diana.”

Also Read: Common to Interview Mahershala Ali, Hasan Minhaj and Other Trailblazers for New Audible Podcast

Two of QCODE’s shows, “BLackout” and “Carrier,” were designated Best Fiction Podcast by Apple Podcasts and iHeartRadio’s podcast awards in 2019, and also won a Webby Award

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