New to Disney+ in September

A raft of 9/11 specials and series dominate next month’s premieres on Disney+, along with Doogie Howser spin-off Doogie Kamealoha M.D. and the chance to revisit ’60s sci-fi classic The Invaders (hopefully in HD).

The Invaders (September 8) ran for two seasons and is a glorious reminder of the hokey heyday of melodramatic Quinn Martin productions like this and The Fugitive, complete with their portentous voiceovers and pretentious “acts” and “epilogues”.

It starred Roy Thinnes as architect David Vincent, who spent each episode warning the world of a pending alien invasion by “beings from a dying planet” in human form (the only clue to their identity was a pinky finger that always stuck out).

When the series was released years ago on DVD, the episodes were in surprisingly good shape — so pinkies crossed that Disney+ has remastered it in HD as well as it has M*A*S*H the series.

Doogie Kamealoha M.D. (September 8) is named after a 16-year-old prodigy who juggles a budding medical career with the daily challenges of teenage life.

Also new will be the Billie Eilish concert film Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles (September 3), which combines Hollywood Bowl performances and dream-like animation under the direction of Robert Rodriguez and Patrick Osborne, and The D’Amelio Show (September 8), which examines the private and public pressures of a family thrust into the global spotlight after 16-year-old Chari became one of the biggest celebrities on the TikTok platform.

Other September highlights will include:

September 1

  • Dug Days
  • That One Word: Feyenoord
  • Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted S3

September 3

  • Spin
  • Disney Lanchpad Presents
  • Kickboxer: Retaliation 
  • Kickboxer: Vengeance
  • The Man With One Red Shoe
  • The Guardian
  • Aloft

September 8

  • Danger Decoded
  • Prairie Dog Manor
  • Dollhouse S1-2
  • Apocalypse: War of the Worlds S1
  • Shots Fired
  • What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage

September 10

  • Twenty Something – SparkShorts
  • Hot Tub Time Machine
  • Women of 9/11
  • My 9/11
  • 9/11: Control the Skies
  • 9/11 Firehouse
  • 9/11 Rescue Cops
  • 9/11: The Plane That Hit the Pentagon
  • George W. Bush: The 9-11 Interview
  • Shock and Awe
  • All I See is You
  • Blaze

September 11

  • 9/11: One Day in America S1

September 15

  • Reservation Dogs S1
  • Narco Wars S2
  • Facing … S1

September 17

  • Isle of Dogs
  • Descendants: The Royal Wedding
  • Nona – Spark Shorts
  • The Darkest Minds

September 22

  • Star Wars: Visions
  • Pepper Ann S1-3
  • Zeke and Luther S1-3

September 24

  • Summer of Soul
  • PJ Masks S5
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19 Responses to “New to Disney+ in September”

  1. WOW, Dollhouse and The Invaders the same day. I see the classic Zorro may be coming to Disney+ as well ?

  2. The Invaders … Great programme. I used to have a couple of episodes on VHS tape back in the 1990s but haven’t seen it on a streaming service.

  3. Thanks for the tip, Trevor. You probably know Disney+ already has the 1958 Sign of Zorro movie (albeit in SD), which was edited from the Guy Williams TV series. So presumably the original show isn’t far away. Surprised about Dollhouse given how woke Disney is and the controversy over Joss Whedon and the allegations of misogyny specific to this series.

  4. It certainly creeped me out as a kid, Paul W. Didn’t think it had dated that well when I saw it again on DVD but will be a fun addition to Disney+ for nostalgic adults. If it has been remastered in HD, will be interesting to see how the ‘special effects’ hold up.

  5. Do you think we will also get to see The Time Tunnel and Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea on Disney+, Philip? Going by reviews, it sounds like The Time Tunnel looks amazing in HD ???

  6. Definitely, Trevor. They would be sitters for Disney+. It has a fantastic vault of 20th Century Fox sci-fi/fantasy TV to exploit.

  7. I’ve actually watched Dollhouse myself! And I enjoyed it. Does anyone know of any other type of shows that are similar?

  8. YAY, thanks Philip. They may also include the original Lost in Space, I have got it on Blu-ray, it looks amazing in HD ? The only show similar to Dollhouse I can think of is Tru Calling, it’s excellent ???

  9. The only similarity Tru Calling had with Dollhouse was both starred Eliza Dushku ?

  10. It looks like Free Guy is coming to Disney+ in September going by their latest e-mail. I first thought it was a mistake but I guess with the movie theatres closed because of the lockdown it makes sense to put it on Disney+. I just hope it’s free ?

  11. I expect it will be Premier Access, Trevor. It certainly wasn’t mentioned in the media highlights Disney+ distributed for September.

  12. No, it’s actually free, Philip. Australia is getting it as well ?

  13. We are getting Free Guy on September 29th ?

  14. It’s to do with the 45-day window that’s why we are getting Free Guy early. I think it’s the same with Shang-Chi. I so love having the 45 day window ?

  15. Thanks, Trevor. I can see how that would work with September 29 premiere. Different studios have different windows. 45 days — half the pre-Covid norm — seems a sensible trade-off with exhibitors.

  16. Variety reports Shang-Chi will play in theatres for 45 days before moving to digital platforms, a rollout the studio first deployed with Free Guy. “After its better-than-expected $28 million start, Free Guy has held steady in subsequent weeks and has generated $80 million to date.”

  17. October may be a big month with both Black Widow and Shang-Chi in the same month, of course it may end up being November for Shang-Chi in New Zealand because it doesn’t open here until next week ?

  18. It looks like Eternals will be getting a 45 day window in November so it will be on Disney+ in December. I think the 45-day window is the best way to do it ???

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