If you think that the only true drama on the small screen right now is the increasing zombie apocalypse of the Democrats’ Presidential primary race, this week’s look at the show you have to watch should prove otherwise.
As the contenders for Donald Trump’s job head toward the South Carolina primary this weekend and the massive multi-state delegate poaching of Super Tuesday on March 3, watch my video review above and get out a different sort of ballot for some very different candidates.
In reference to The Walking Dead, or at least its home on AMC, there’s the premiere of Jason Segal’s anthology series Dispatches From Elsewhere on March 1 and the February 28 launch of Netflix’s spy thriller Queen Sono. Alex Garland’s Devs begins its weekly launch on FX on Hulu on March 5, and March 16 sees the debut of the six-episode The Plot Against America on HBO.
Of course, like an election, you can’t pick the winner if you don’t participate. So, click on my review to see which one will be the show you have to watch.
Based on the late Philip Roth’s prophetic and alternate-history 2004 novel of the same name, The Plot Against America starring Morgan Spector, Winona Ryder, John Turturro, Anthony Boyle and Zoe Kazan focuses on a land of the free that could have very nearly stumbled under the boots of fascism in the early 1940s. The David Simon- and Ed Burns-produced miniseries tells the tale and trials of a working-class Jewish family in Newark, NJ, during the rise of aviation hero and isolationist Charles Lindbergh to the presidency and the initiation of anti-Semitic polices and laws in our then Great Depression-reeling nation.
Executive producing the HBO effort with Simon and Burns are Joe Roth and producing partner Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, Nina K. Noble, Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Susan Goldberg. Dennis Stratton serves as co-executive producer.
Created by How I Met Your Mother alum Segal, the 10-episode Dispatches From Elsewhere is based on the 2015 alternative reality show documentary The Institute. Starring Segal, Outkast’s Andre Benjamin, Oscar winner Sally Field, Richard E. Grant and breakout Eve Lindley, the Philadelphia-set AMC anthology takes four strangers on an urban scavenger hunt of potentially mind-blowing proportions.
Segel directed the first episode and serves as executive producer along with Scott Rudin, showrunner Mark Friedman, Garrett Basch, Eli Bush, Jeff Freilich and Alethea Jones.
Debuting tomorrow, Queen Sono may be Netflix’s first drama out of Africa, but it certainly won’t be the last. Fronted by Quantico vet Pearl Thusi, the six-episode spy thriller from South African comedian, actor and director Kagiso Lediga and EP Tamsin Andersson traverses the continent with its own tone and tale(s) to tell. Avengers: Age of Ultron actor Vuyo Dabula, Loyiso Madinga and Abigail Kubheka also star in the fast-paced show.
Limited series Devs is creator Garland’s first foray into television and the first original show from FX on Hulu. Set at a fictional Silicon Valley tech company, the eight-episode project from the writer-director of Ex Machina is part murder mystery and part big-ideas exploration. Sonoya Mizuno, Nick Offerman and Alison Pill star.
Garland created, wrote and directed Devs, and serves as EP with Rudin, Bush & Basch of Scott Rudin Productions (the second mention today here). Andrew Macdonald & Allon Reich of DNA TV also are executive producers on the series.
Which one is the one you have to watch? You have to watch my video review above to find out who won this primary.
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