What to stream this week: “Descendants,” Megan Moroney, “Sunny” and HARDY’s new album

The new album from country sensation HARDY and a new “Descendants” movie are just some of the new TV shows, movies, music and games coming soon to a device near you.

Also among the streaming offerings worth watching, as selected by the entertainment journalists of the Associated Press, are: and “Faye,” an authorized but candid portrait of the one-of-a-kind screen legend Faye Dunaway and the release of Megan Moroney’s second album.


— If you underestimate the popularity of the “Descendants” films, you do so at your own peril. Since the original film premiered on Disney Channel in 2015, the subsequent film trilogy has been a huge hit with kids. When the trailer for the upcoming fourth film, “Descendants: The Rise of Red,” dropped earlier this year, it was viewed 86 million times in 10 days. This time around, the new “Descendants” film will debut first on Disney+ on Friday, July 12, before hitting Disney Channel next month. “The Rise of Red” centers on Red (Kylie Cantrall), the rebellious daughter of the Queen of Hearts, and Chloe (Malia Baker), a relative of Cinderella.

— Laurent Bouzereau’s Faye (8 p.m. Saturday, July 13, on Max) is an authorized but candid portrait of the unique film legend Faye Dunaway. In it, the 83-year-old Dunaway speaks candidly about her diagnosis of bipolar disorder and her history of alcoholism, as well as her long string of classic films, including Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown and Network.

— Not many films come with the instruction to wear headphones while watching, but Sam Green’s 32 Sounds is no ordinary documentary. Green’s film, which was shortlisted for best documentary at the Academy Awards earlier this year, examines 32 very different listening experiences – a fetal heartbeat, a whoopee cushion at work, Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” – to think about the many ways sound resonates in our lives. The film, which began as a “live documentary” with headphones distributed to viewers, will stream on the Criterion Channel.

— AP film writer Jake Coyle


— Last year, country music artist Megan Moroney’s debut album, Lucky, was named one of the top albums of 2023 by AP for its sharp writing and likable delivery—a Gen Z songwriter I’ve previously described as having Taylor Swift’s edge. Her pen continues to be her weapon on Am I Okay?, a sophomore album of heartbreak and rollercoaster ride, full of quotable goodbyes and evolved compositions. It’s out Friday, July 12.

— HARDY (real name Michael Wilson Hardy) has been celebrated for his hybrid approach to country music, incorporating elements of anthemic rock and even nu-metal into his compositions. (Kid Rock left a pretty big gap, I guess you could say.) On his third studio album, QUIT!!, HARDY continues to push the boundaries of his chosen genres. “ROCKSTAR” sounds like something that would have found a home on Van’s Warped Tour, delivered with his signature twang; the line between rock and country has never been thinner.

— On Friday, July 12, R&B talent Tink will release the fifth installment in her popular mixtape series, Winter’s Diary 5. If the previously released singles are any indication of what’s to come, the tape will build on what she’s become known for — sensual tunes about every relationship experience imaginable. That means frustration from poor communication and infidelity, this time over smooth guitar riffs (“Huh”), stepping back and sometimes maybe not feeling so bad about it, with smooth harmonies (“Songs About U,” featuring Summer Walker), and more.

— We live in a time when there are a lot of music documentaries about Memphis (and no, we’re not just including HBO and MAX’s “Stax: Soulsville USA,” but it’s certainly one of them). On Tuesday, a new documentary will be available on video-on-demand: “The Blue Society,” which offers new insight into the Memphis Country Blues Festival, which took place between 1966 and 1970. This film examines the relationship between the festival and ’60s counterculture, Memphis blues, and race — particularly with a look at the white organizers who put it on and the black musicians who played there. It’s a must-see for music and American history fans alike.

— Also on Tuesday: Paramount+ will release a new two-part docuseries called “Melissa Etheridge: I’m Not Broken.” It follows Grammy Award-winning Etheridge as she organizes a special concert at a women’s prison in Kansas, the Topeka Correctional Facility. Five women incarcerated there wrote letters to Etheridge, inspiring her to compose a song for them and organize the event. The entire series also explores an addiction story that Etheridge can identify with: In 2020, her son Beckett Cypher died at the age of 21 from complications of opioid addiction.

— AP music journalist Maria Sherman


— Jenn Tran, who competed for Joey Graziadei’s heart on the last season of “The Bachelor,” is ABC’s new “Bachelorette.” Tran, a student assistant, is the first Asian American to star on the series. Watch her meet her suitors on Monday, July 8, on ABC. Episodes will also stream on Hulu.

— A new docuseries looks back at Serena Williams’ tennis career from her own perspective. “In the Arena: Serena Williams” examines her rise to greatness up until her retirement announcement in 2022. The eight-part series premieres Wednesday, July 10, on ESPN+.

— Rashida Jones stars in a new crime thriller for Apple TV+ that focuses on one of the hottest topics of late: artificial intelligence. In “Sunny,” premiering Wednesday, July 10, Jones plays a woman living in Japan whose husband and son go missing in a plane crash. She is given a household robot as a gift to keep her company and help her grieve.

— Dakota and Elle Fanning are behind a new true crime docuseries for Hulu. Mastermind: To Think Like A Killer introduces viewers to Dr. Ann Burgess, a pioneer in the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit who changed the way agencies investigate serial killers. Burgess’ story is not only fascinating, but inspiring as she earned respect in the male-dominated FBI. The three-part series premieres Thursday, July 11.

— With the success of Love Island USA and The Traitors, Peacock has two hit reality competition shows under its belt. Next up, hungry bears star in a new unscripted series for the streamer. The Hungry Games: Alaska’s Big Bear Challenge follows brown bears in Alaska as they attempt to eat enough food (about three million calories) to survive their hibernation period. To do so, the hungry bears must compete against Mother Nature and each other. As the title suggests, The Hungry Games is presented like a competition show. The games begin on Thursday, July 11.

— Not to be outdone, the godfather of natural history programming, Sir David Attenborough, has a new wildlife docuseries devoted to a variety of mammals. Planet Earth: Mammals looks at, you guessed it, mammals large and small adapting to their changing natural habitat due to human activities and the effects of climate change. The six-part series premieres Saturday, July 13, on BBC America and AMC+.

— A new original for MGM+ explores the world of politics and science against the backdrop of Martha’s Vineyard. “Emperor of Ocean Park” is a mystery thriller series based on the novel of the same name, premiering Sunday, July 14, and stars Oscar winners Forest Whitaker and Grantham Coleman.

— Alicia Rancilio


— There really aren’t enough games where you can kick your enemies’ asses, so thank goodness for Devolver Digital’s Anger Foot. Sure, you can arm yourself with standard weapons like rifles and crossbows, but for close-quarters combat, nothing beats a shoe to the face. The graphics look like something you might see after too many Red Bulls, the bass-heavy soundtrack will wake up your neighbors, and the shoe collection should satisfy any sneaker fan. Known for its raunchy, ultra-violent comedy songs, South African developer Free Lives doesn’t let its foot off the gas here. It’s hitting the gas on Thursday, July 11 on PC.

— Lou Kesten