The access to remote areas and rarely seen animals alone are enough to give this series weight, but the stirring narration by Sir David Attenborough and artful storytelling style makes the series an emotional experience, as well.There’s nothing better than a reminder to be wowed and humbled by the others that live in our world.Network: HBO Release Date: February 19 Talent: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott, Alexander Skarsgard, Laura Dern, Jean-Marc Vallee (director) Based on the book by Liane Moriarty, this dramatic limited series examines a group of wealthy East coast parents who get involved in a local murder.Shailene Woodley is arguably the lead in this ensemble project, playing a newcomer to the coastal town whose son gets in a spot of trouble on his first day of school.Following Netflix’s excellent “The Crown,” “Victoria” gives context for Queen Elizabeth II’s great-grandmother, that other long-reigning monarch that changed the world and even had an era named for her.Her accomplishments, beginning at the age of ascension at 18, cannot be underplayed, especially since she was sheltered as a child and ascended to throne in an era when her youth, gender, and small stature were dismissed out of hand.“Barry” is an HBO comedy created by, starring, and directed by former “SNL” star Bill Hader.In the half-hour series, Hader plays an ex-Marine who operates as a for-hire hitman in the Midwest. “Barry” was the first new show ordered to series by HBO Programming President Casey Bloys (after he took over for long-time head, Michael Lombardo), which shows a good degree of confidence in a creator who’s certainly earned it with his recent work.
Despite the departure of Bryan Fuller as showrunner (he’s focusing his energies on “American Gods” instead), we still have faith this will be a new series representing the best intentions of our time: all-inclusive, badass, futuristic and appropriately nerdy, and delving into canon.
Wednesday, is trying to gather the old gods together.
As the people’s belief in these gods has waned, they’ve now created new gods — Media, Technology, etc. Network: Hulu Release Date: April 26 Talent: Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes, Max Minghella, Ann Dowd, creator Bruce Miller Margaret Atwood’s novel about a dystopian future in the military dictatorship of Gilead, in what was the former United States of America, is even more pertinent now that the national conversation about women’s health appears to be reverting back to a more patriarchal view.
Network: ABC Release Date: February 2017 Talent: Dustin Lance Black (writer/director), Gus Van Sant (director), Dee Rees (director), Thomas Schlamme (director), Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths, Carrie Preston, Michael K.
Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Denis O’Hare, David Hyde Pierce, Rob Reiner, TR Knight, Richard Schiff, Phylicia Rashad, Mary Mc Cormack, and a whole lot more Created by the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind “Milk,” this incredibly ambitious limited series aims to tell the story of gay rights in America, stretching from the Stonewall riots to the modern day.