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The Walking Dead, War of The Worlds and The Orville head to Disney+ as Fox TV network shuttered

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead wielding a pistol

The Walking Dead will stumble onto Star on Disney+ this July. The fast-rising streaming service will become the new home for all 10 seasons of the popular post-apocalyptic horror. Season 11 will premiere August 23. 

Based on the comic by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard, The Walking Dead follows a group of survivors, led by former police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln, pictured), struggling to survive after a zombie apocalypse

The news follows confirmation that Disney will close the Fox linear TV channel in the UK at the end of June.

Also heading to Star on Disney+ is season 2 of the gritty modern reimagining of H G Wells sci-fi classic War of the Worlds. Season 1 will be available to stream May 28, with season 2 landing in July. 

Written and created by BAFTA award winner Howard Overman (Misfits, Crazyhead, Merlin), this version is set present-day Europe, War of the Worlds. An alien attack all but wipes out mankind, leaving only pockets of humanity to learn more about the alien invaders. The show stars Gabriel Byrne and Daisy Edgar-Jones. 

The news follows confirmation that Disney will close the Fox linear TV channel in the UK at the end of June…

The crew of the Orville pose on the starship bridge
Seth MacFarlane’s Star Trek homage The Orville is heading to Star on Disney+

Both new arrivals show how Disney+, with the help of Star, is steadily widening its appeal with content from Disney Television Studios (which includes 20th Television and ABC Signature), FX Productions and 20th Century Studios.

Already available on the service is Atlanta, created, produced and starring Donald Glover, light-hearted procedural drama Bones, and adult animations American Dad! and Family Guy, from Seth MacFarlane.

Disney+ has confirmed that MacFarlane’s live-action sci-fi show The Orville will fly onto the platform this September. Academy award winning movie Nomadland is also available on Star.

It’s not yet clear if another Fox hit, American Horror Story will likewise migrate to Disney+. 


About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, and editor of The Luxe Review, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, Yahoo UK, Home Cinema Choice, Games Radar, Ideal Home, Louder Sounds, Channel News and Boat International. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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