Five new original Netflix shows to lookout for (deets, trailers, release dates)

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Netflix on 30 Jul 2018
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Launch dates and deets for five new original Netflix series have been unveiled by the streamer.

The shows were revealed by Netflix at the Television Critics Association press tour which was held in the US this past weekend.

In addition to the five shows, Netflix announced the launch date for the return of the Jason Bateman, money-laundering drama Ozark: 31 August 2018.

Here's a look at the five shows with a trailer for Ozark 2:

The Innocents
Launch date: 24 August 2018

When teenagers Harry and June run away from their repressive families to be together, they’re derailed by an extraordinary discovery - June’s ability to shape-shift.

As the star-crossed lovers struggle to control this strange new power, a mysterious professor reveals that June is not alone: there are more shifters out there like her, and he promises to cure June and reunite her with the mother who deserted her three years ago.

But as their journey becomes increasingly fraught with danger, Harry and June's love for each other is tested to breaking point and they're faced with a choice: keep their innocent dream alive, or embrace that their lives have changed and risk everything.

Launch date:
27 August 2018

From the mind of Matt Groening, comes this 10-episode adult animated comedy fantasy series which whisks viewers away to the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where they will follow the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci.

Along the way, the oddball trio encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools.

The series features the voice talents of Abbi Jacobson (“Bean”), Nat Faxon (“Elfo”) and Eric Andre (“Luci”), along with John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding, and Lucy Montgomery.

Ozark 2
Launch date:
31 August 2018

Ozark continues to follow Marty Bryde and his family as they navigate the murky waters of life within a dangerous drug cartel.

With Del out, the crime syndicate sends their ruthless attorney Helen Pierce to town to shake things up just as The Byrdes are finally settling in. 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. The series is produced by Bateman’s Aggregate in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix.

Launch date: 21 September 2018

Set in a world somewhat like our world, in a time quite similar to our time, Maniac tells the stories of Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill), two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons. 

Annie is disaffected and aimless, fixated on broken relationships with her mother and her sister; Owen, the fifth son of wealthy New York industrialists, has struggled his whole life with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia.

Neither of their lives have turned out quite right, and the promise of a new, radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment- a sequence of pills its inventor, Dr. James K. Mantleray (Justin Theroux), claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak - draws them and 10 other strangers to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial that will, they’re assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently. 

Madam C.J. Walker
Launch date:
21 September 2018

An eight-part series starring Octavia Spencer in the true life story of Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C.J. Walker, the black hair care pioneer whose empire made her the wealthiest black woman in America.

The series tells the story of how she overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and some trifling family to become America’s first black, self-made female millionaire.

The show's based on the book Her own Ground by A'Lelia Bundles.

Octavia is also a producer on the series.

Launch date:
26 October 2018

Kiernan Shipka (Mad,Men; Feud: Bette and Joan)

(No trailer or featurette available)

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, starring Kiernan Shipka, imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft.

Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature - half-witch, half-mortal - while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.

Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also serves as chief creative officer of Archie Comics, penned the script for the series.

Aguirre-Sacasa executive produces alongside Riverdale collaborators Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater and Lee Toland Krieger. The drama hails from Warner Bros. Television-based Berlanti Productions.

Cast includes: Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair, Richard Coyle, Tati Gabrielle, Adeline Rudolph, Abigail Cowen, Lachlan Watson and Bronson Pinchot.


31 Jul 2018 14:48

I wish I could watch Ozark, it really sounds interesting. 

02 Aug 2018 12:18

Tashi edited on
8/2/2018 12:43 PM

It is - I've seen the first season and thoroughly enjoyed, The only thing is, I don't remember a thing about it.  It doesn't put me off though - will defs watch the new season.

I've also got my eye on Maniac and Madam C.J. Walker - can imagine Netflix doing a fab job with both.

06 Aug 2018 10:19

LOL! You remind me of my partner, he will watch an entire season of a series and not remember a thing about it some months later.  I find this so odd but I'm glad hes not the only one 

11 Oct 2018 16:39

 He's not - he's in the company of a serial-forgetter. 

An update on Ozark... it's just been renewed for a third season so Season 2 should be good. Haven't seen it yet so can't give a first hand account. I see that Jason Bateman's directed a number of the episodes.

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