Because ’tis the optimal season for netflix and chill
The Crown | November 4, Netflix In the age of royal mania, it was only a matter of time before the Windsors got televised. The Crown, an ornate, outrageously expensive Netflix original, is set to run for six seasons, each covering a decade of Queen Elizabeth II’s extensive reign. First up: her marriage to Prince Philip, her lavish coronation and the evolution of the Commonwealth. The Good Place | September 19, Global The effervescent Kristen Bell plays a cruel and vindictive woman who is struck by a tractor-trailer and ends up in the afterlife, where she is mentored by Ted Danson (because that’s everyone’s idea of heaven). The Good Place was created by Michael Schur, the weirdo genius behind Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn NineNine—expect a high quotient of silliness and surrealism. Divorce | October 9, HBO Canada Sarah Jessica Parker’s new HBO series is a spiritual sequel to Sex and the City, following a middle-aged woman in Louboutins who finally realizes that her husband will never be emotionally available. Parker is the marquee name, but we’re more excited about the supporting players: Thomas Haden Church is her moustachioed husband, Molly Shannon is her outlandish best friend, and—best of all—Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan is the writer and showrunner. Designated Survivor | September 21, CTV It’s the year of the Kiefer comeback. The erstwhile Jack Bauer released a country album last spring and stars on ABC’s latest political soap, Designated Survivor. When a terrorist attack kills the American president and everyone else in the line of succession, a minor cabinet member (played by Sutherland) is appointed commander in chief. Captive | December 9, Netflix Netflix is cashing in on our insatiable appetite for gritty true crime with this new series from Doug Liman, the director behind The Bourne Identity. Unlike Serial or Making a Murderer, Captive is episodic: each instalment describes a different hostage case, diving deep into the world of negotiation, reconnaissance and recovery.