As the US heads into fall, the small screen line-up start to increase with the colder sweater weather. Therefore, for us Saffers, spring predicts a bit of an extended binge period as we benefit from these new releases during the last cool evenings.
Netflix, just one of the streaming services available in South Africa, has recently released their spring line-up and it is looking fantastic! From A-listers making their way to the small screen, to old favourites returning for a second season, there is a lot of potential for spending Saturday nights at home.
Can you say Cary Fukunaga?
Who now? Cary Fukunaga is the brains behind the first season of True Detective. He is also credited as writer on the cinematic version of 2017’s It and director of 2011’s Jane Eyre.
His new Netflix limited series, Maniac, premieres on 21 September and stars Jonah Hill and Emma Stone. Described as a twisted mix between Cloud Atlas and Inception, Maniac is the story of a pharmaceutical trial gone wrong.
Not a lot is known about the storyline yet, but if the trailer is any indication, Maniac is going to be a thrilling ride of mind games, and blurred lines between the surreal and reality. Watch the trailer carefully, as it contains a lot of hints and easter eggs.
Maniac debuts on 21 September 2018 on Netflix.
The Return to Ozark
Just in time for the first day of spring, Ozark Season 2 debuts on 31 August 2018. This season will include 10 episodes, and the entire season will be available for streaming immediately. Jason Bateman is confirmed to be returning as Marty Byrde, alongside his wife, Wendy Byrde, played by Laura Linney.
According to the official statement from Netflix; “Marty and Wendy struggle to balance their family interests amid the escalating dangers presented by their partnerships with the power-hungry Snells, the cartel and their new deputy, Ruth Langmore, whose father Cade has been released from prison. The stakes are even higher than before and The Byrdes soon realize they have to go all in before they can get out.”
If the trailer is anything to go by, season two of Netflix’s Ozark will be just as action-packed as the first one.
The Question, What If?
Everyone’s favourite girl-next-door, Renée Zellweger, heads to the small-screen in the Netflix Original series, What / If. The show’s tagline, very aptly described as ‘what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things’, gives a bit of insight into the morality the show will be attempting to address.
Netflix has announced that each season of this series will tackle a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material, and the power of a single fateful decision to change the trajectory of an entire life.
Sounds good? Hell yeah! Netflix’s What / If debuts in early 2019.
Meet the Outlaw King
In early September Chris Pine’s new Netflix Original film, Outlaw King, will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film tells the untold, true story of Robert the Bruce who transforms from defeated nobleman to outlaw hero during the oppressive occupation of medieval Scotland by Edward I of England.
According to the trailer, this medieval tale, filmed in Scotland, contains all the major themes; love, family, betrayal and honour. If Game of Thrones, Outlander or Vikings is your thing, definitely give Outlaw King a try.
South Africans will be able to enjoy Netflix’s Outlaw King from mid-November.
Mad Men’s Sally, Kiernan Shipka, plays our favourite teenage witch, Sabrina, in this series reboot. Like its Riverdale counterpart, this series will largely be based on the Archie Comics favourite, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Some of the Riverdale writers and producers will also be joining the Sabrina adventures.
It was announced that Netflix gave the green light for two straight-to-series seasons of the Sabrina project, which means we won’t have to wait long between seasons. Early reports show that this will be a more macabre teenage witch than we have been used to.
Thus far, it looks like Netflix’s Sabrina will have an October release date, so keep your eyes peeled for the first trailers.
If none of these strike your fancy, head to our list of favourite Netflix cooking shows.