March of the Sequels

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March of the Penguins, the 2005 hit documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman, famously followed the marathon struggle of emperor penguins at the South Pole trying to find a mate, start a family and survive the winter.

Whatever became of those kids, anyway?

Director Luc Jacquet returns to the Antarctic with March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step. The sequel documentary is set to debut on Hulu March 23.

In the 2017 film, Jacquet uses 4K cameras, airborne drones, and under-ice diving as Freeman again narrates “the story of two penguins, a father and son, as they face and overcome the almost unimaginable challenges of life in this hostile land.”

While the sequel is still two months away, you can stream the original now with a Hulu subscription.

Non-subscribers, however, aren’t left out in the Antarctic cold. Penguins can also be rented starting at $2.99 from Fandango and other providers.

More National Treasure

On April 4, Hulu will debut a second, four-part season of National Treasure, a series from the UK’s Channel 4.

Season one, which premiered on Hulu in March 2017, looked at the ramifications of sexual misconduct allegations brought against a fictional celebrity, “exploring their impact on the accused and those most closely associated with him as he is brought to trial.”

It starred Robbie Coltrane, known for his role as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film franchise, as Paul Finchley — a “national treasure” who is part of “a popular, long-running comedy double act” and finds himself the subject of sexual abuse charges.

Season two is called “Kiri,” the name of a young black girl “who is soon-to-be-adopted by her white foster family, and the trail of lies, blame, guilt and notoriety that follow.”

Jack Thorne created and wrote National Treasure.

Season one is available now on Hulu.

Casual Swan Song

The comedy series Casual will debut its fourth and final season on Hulu July 31.

The show, about a single brother, his newly divorced sister and her teenage daughter living together under one roof, stars Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey, Tara Lynne Barr, Nyasha Hatendi and Julie Berman.

The series, produced by Lionsgate Television, was created by Zander Lehmann.

You can catch the first three seasons – 36 episodes total – on Hulu; or rent individual episodes starting at $1.99 from Vudu and other providers.

Here’s a look at the third season:

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