“Maniac”, with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, Netflix.
Maniac: the perfect combo
A cross between Inception and Black Mirror, the series Maniac mixes dreamlike escapades with futuristic technology, while reuniting Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. Ten years after Superbad, the acting duo are back in this black comedy directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (at the controls of the first series of True Detective) inspired by the eponymous Norwegian series. The show follows the story of two unknowns involved in a pharmaceutical experiment led by Dr. James K. Mantleray – played by Justin Theroux (The Leftovers) – striving to cure them of a mental illness yet to be named. It’s on ingesting a miracle pill with its apparently incredible benefits, that the trials careen into disaster and paths open into a fantastical world between dream and reality. It also stars Jemima Kirke (one of the four heroines in Girls) and Sally Field (who has more than proved her credentials over the years, not least with Lincoln).
“Maniac”, with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, on Netflix.
“Castle Rock”, conceived by Stephen King and J.J. Abrams, on Hulu.
Castle Rock: Journey into Stephen King land
A mysterious city, enigmatic charcters and strange happenings… All the ingredients are there in Castle Rock, the new series produced by J. J Abrams (Poltergeist, Star Trek, Super 8) and writer Stephen King. Halfway between horror and psychological thriller, the work pays tribute to the inveterate fans of legendary American writer with a sort of 'best of' of his illustrious nightmarish stories. Different characters from Stephen King’s world co-habit in a small fictional town (somewhere in the depths of Maine). When an investigator starts enquiring about the imprisonment of a mysterious young man, strange things begin occurring in the town. An enigmatic unravelling that intertwines elements of The Shawshank Redpeption, Dead Zone, Shining, Carrie, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Cujo and of curse It, with a terrifying Bill Skarsgård.
Stephen King and J. J. Abrams' new series, Castle Rock, is available on Hulu.
"The House of Flowers”, on Netflix.
The House of Flowers: a family reunion of florists
Made by Manolo Caro, the hispanic series The House of Flowers brilliantly revives the telenovela genre by taking all the drama of a soap opera and layering it with the caustic humour of Desperate Housewives. The hidden secrets of a Mexican bourgeoise family of florists come to the surface when the father’s mistress dies at an event reuniting all the family members. Between suicide, adultery, identity crisis and drug trafficking, the twists and turns keep coming fast as relationships are ripped apart and only the matriarch tries desperately to maintain the perfect façade of this splendidly maladjusted family. Each episode is named after a flower whose symbolism reveals of the colour of the contents to come.
The series The House of Flower sis available on Netflix.
“Kidding”, avec Jim Carrey, sur Showtime.
Kidding: Jim Carrey slips into the skin of children’s TV show presenter.
His legendary mimicry shaping his fame, Jim Carrey has always known how to play to the gallery. And when it’s time to change register and adopt the posture of a sad clown, the Canadian actor has brilliantly risen to the challenge. A tightrope walker of emotions, the uncontrollable actor of the 90s has oscillated between caustic cartoon comedy (The Mask in 1994), puerile madness (Me, Myself and Irene in 2000) and drama (I Love You Philip Morris in 2009). Fourteen years after Michel’s Gondry’s masterpiece Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a movie caught between dream and reality hailed at Deauville and accoladed at the Oscars (best original script), Jim Carrey is back in cahoots with the French director, this time on the small screen, with Kidding, a series to be aired September 9th on the Showtime channel.
Under the direction of Gondry, Jim Carrey abandons his burlesque flights for a dramatic comedy that's as tender as it is cruel. Here he plays Jeff, a former presenter of a kids’ TV show nicknamed Mr Pickles. In possession of a small fortune, he finds himself confronted with a family crisis and is struggling to get out of a bad situation. Also excellently cast are Catherine Keener (Get Out) and Judy Greer (Archer). Created by scriptwriter Dave Holstein (Weeds), the first season lasts ten episodes, all directed by Michel Gondry for Showtime (Dexter, Homeland, Shameless…), HBO’s big competitor.
Kidding, a series directed by Michel Gondry, Showtime, starts September 9th.
“Camping” - HBO
Camping: HBO’s new comedy
An American adaptation of Julia Davis’ eponymous British series, HBO’s series Camping renews the sitcom a la Friends genre while adding a dose of wild open air comedy. Jennifer Garner (as seen in Alias) is Kathryn, a nervous and obsessive woman who decides to organise birthday festivities for her partner, Walt, played by David Tennant (Dr Who), in the shape of an idyllic weekend in the countryside. But when Kathryn’s sister and her moralising ex-best friend join the fun, things go up in smoke. Produced by Lena Dunham and co-written with her acolyte from the series Girls, Jennifer Konner, the shows features a slew of small screen and film stars including Bridget Everett (Inside Amy Schumer), Bret Gelman (Stranger Things) and Ione Skye (Say Anything).
The series Camping will be available on HBO from October 14th.