The Hamilton Spectator

Georgia Hunter’s ‘We Were the Lucky Ones’ debuts on Disney+

- By Raye Smith


“We Were the Lucky Ones”

Bringing Georgia Hunter’s New York Times bestsellin­g novel to life, the new limited series “We Were the Lucky Ones” premieres Thursday, March 28, on Disney+. Inspired by an incredible true story, the show follows one Jewish family who are separated at the start of Second World War. On a quest for survival that spans continents, the family members face impossible odds as they do everything in their power to survive and reunite. “A tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds” (per Hulu), the series stars Joey King (“Bullet Train,” 2022), Logan Lerman (“Hunters”), Hadas Yaron (“Shtisel”), Henry-Lloyd Hughes (“Archie”), Amit Rahav (“Unorthodox”), Sam Woolf (“The Witcher”), Michael Aloni (“Shtisel”), Moran Rosenblatt (“Fauda”), Eva Feiler (“Beyond Paradise”), Lior Ashkenazi (“The Policeman’s Daughter”) and Robin Weigert (“Deadwood”). Written by showrunner and executive producer Erica Lipez (“Julia”) and written for television by Jonathan Caren (“The Sinner”), “We Were the Lucky Ones” is also executive produced by director Thomas Kail (“Hamilton,” 2020), Jennifer Todd (“City on a Hill”), Adam Milch (“The Morning Show”) and director Amit Gupta (“His Dark Materials”), and co-executive produced by Hunter.


“Jimmy Carr: Natural Born Killer” (2024)

Take a walk on the edgy side when comedian Jimmy Carr presents his new stand-up special, “Jimmy Carr: Natural Born Killer,” Tuesday, April 16, on Netflix. His fourth special for the streamer — following “His Dark Material” (2021), “The Best of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits” (2019) and “Funny Business” (2016) — Carr brings audiences a new slate of material from his latest tour, as he “refutes the idea that you can’t joke about anything these days with his edgy takes on gun control, religion, cancel culture and consent” (per Netflix). As announced by Netflix in its news release, “1.2 [million] people in 45 countries around the world saw the tour. Now you can see the special. ‘Natural Born Killer’ is the first special Jimmy has directed — with lighting design changes to reflect different sections of the show and fancy tracking shots and editing that rhythmical­ly match the material — it’s a game changer.” Brian Klein (“Top Gear”) also directs.


“Conan O’Brien Must Go” - Season 1

Oh, the places Conan will go! Embarking on a brand-new adventure, Conan O’Brien, the Primetime Emmy-winning host of “Conan,” stars in the travel series “Conan O’Brien Must Go,” premiering Thursday, April 18, on Max. Based on his popular podcast, “Conan O’Brien Needs a Fan,” this new series follows along with O’Brien as he visits with new friends he’s met through his podcast. Travelling around the world — with stops in Norway, Thailand, Argentina and Ireland — O’Brien surprises some of his most memorable fans and takes a deep dive with listeners while making sure to take in the local culture, cuisine and sights everywhere he goes. Written by O’Brien, who executive produces with Jeff Ross (“Conan Without Boarders”), “Conan O’Brien Must Go” is produced by O’Brien’s production company, Conaco.


“The Spiderwick Chronicles” - Season 1

Look closer and step into a world of magic and adventure when “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” the television series adaptation of the globally acclaimed book series by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, premieres Friday, April 19, on Roku. In this coming-of-age story, the lives of the Grace family change forever when mom, Helen (Joy Bryant, “Parenthood”), daughter, Mallory (Mychala Lee, “Truth Be Told”), and fraternal twins, Jared (Lyon Daniels, “Patriot”) and Simon (Noah Cottrell, “Punky Brewster”), move from Brooklyn, New York, to their family’s ancestral home in Michigan. As the family adjusts to their new life at the Spiderwick Estate, the siblings soon discover that magical creatures are very much real and abundant at their new home. With the help of their great-grandfathe­r’s field guide, the Grace children take a deep dive into the fantastica­l world around them. Created for television by Aron Eli Coleite (“Heroes”), the series also voice stars Jack Dylan Grazer (“Luca,” 2021) as the brownie Thimbletac­k and Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”) as the murderous ogre, Mulgarath.

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Joey King and Logan Lerman in “We Were the Lucky Ones”

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