Netflix has picked up Bonding, the seven-episode short-form dark comedy series from Rightor Doyle (Barry). Originally announced as blackpills original to run on the digital platform, the series starring Zoe Levin (Palo Alto) and Brendan Scannell (Heathers) will instead be distributed by Netflix next year as a global original series.
Filmed on location in New York last fall with blackspills and Anonymous Content producing, Bonding won Best Episodic Series at Outfest this past summer after premiering at Canneseries in Cannes in April.. According to sources, blackpills had an option to put it on their platform but instead producers brought it to Netflix, which bought the series fully produced and there will be no editing on it.
The series won “Best Episodic Series” at Outfest this past summer. It also debuted at Canneseries in Cannes in April.
Written, directed and executive produced/showrun by Doyle, Bonding, whose episodes are 12-18 min in length, is loosely based on his life experiences. It centers on the relationship between former high-school BFFs, Pete (Scannell), a recently out gay man, and Tiff (Levin), a grad student and secretly one of New York City’s top dominatrixes, who reconnect in an unexpected way years later.
Earlier description of the series was more descriptive: Tiff has a little secret: she’s one of New York City’s top dominatrixes, and she’s about to tie Pete up in her underground world of sexual secrecy and BDSM. (watch a trailer below)
Co-starring in the series are Micah Stock (Escape at Dannemora) as Doug, D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place) as Daphne, Eric Berryman (Empathy, Inc.) as Andy and Theo Stockman (High Maintenance) as Josh.
Executive producers are Dara Gordon, Jacob Perlin, Nina Soriano for Anonymous Content, and Tom Schembri, David Sigurani for Blackpills.