This week brings a bunch of new premieres on the various streaming platforms, so let’s dive right in starting with HBO!
One of the more recognizable names in American fiction returns with yet another bite at the apple… Perry Mason is coming to HBO Max. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, you may need to ask your parents (or grandparents) about the character, a criminal defense lawyer who features in about 80 novels and short stories.
After becoming quite popular in book form, the stories were adapted for film in the mid-to-late 30s for Warner Bros., then in an unusual move, radio shows in the 40s, and finally, television (perhaps its most well-known adaptation). The great Raymond Burr played the titular role from 1957 to 1966 and the series was revived with a new actor in the lead role in 1973, but that version titled The New Perry Mason only lasted a year. The character was then briefly brought back for a limited run comic book series in the 80s.
The new Perry Mason, a limited series, will debut on Sunday, June 21, but this new version is… a bit different than the crusading defense lawyer your elder family members will recall. It’s now set in Depression-era Los Angeles with Mason (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys of The Americans) as a hard-boiled detective harkening back to the character’s pulp novel roots. The series also stars Tatiana Maslani (Emmy nominee for Orphan Black) and the always excellent John Lithgow (most recently of The Crown).
Here’s the official breakdown from HBO: When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.
And here’s the trailer:
Let’s jump to Hulu now where the amazing Cate Blanchett and a who’s who of well respected women take on the Limited Series Mrs. America. Here’s the official synopsis:
Mrs. America recounts the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and the unexpected backlash led by Phyllis Schlafly, aka “the sweetheart of the silent majority.” Through the eyes of the women of the era, the FX series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the 70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted the political landscape.
And here’s the trailer:
As you can see from the trailer, it’s a stunning recreation of the era and well worth a watch. The show features a number of performances likely to be nominated at the next Emmy’s from people like Rose Byrne, Sarah Paulson, Tracey Ullman, Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks, and John Slattery.
Over on Netflix, you could check out DA 5 BLOODS, the new Spike Lee Joint we covered in our last article (find that one here: https://cz.cityspy.network/prague/features/what-to-watch-suggestions-for-the-current-way-of-life-2/) and while I didn’t love the film, it’s worth a watch for the always excellent Delroy Lindo who may loom large next Oscar season.
Coming back for Season 2 is The Politician, which starts right where Season One ended with the now college-age Payton (Ben Platt) running for a state Senate seat in New York against long-time incumbent (Judith Light). Bette Midler joins the cast this season with Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoey Deutch and Lucy Boynton all returning.
Here’s the trailer:
Looks like fun stuff!
Over on the Paramount Network, you may be interested to know that the hit Kevin Costner drama Yellowstone, from Taylor Sheridan (WIND RIVER, SICARIO), is back for its third season this week… just in time for Father’s Day and they’ve added Lost vet Josh Holloway. Check out the trailer here:
Looking ahead, Netflix has another big film dropping in July that you might be interested in. It’s called THE OLD GUARD but despite the stodgy title (which may not sound too stodgy if you recognize the title from the graphic novel it’s based on), it looks pretty cool.
Here’s the rundown: Forever is harder than it looks. Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it’s up to Andy and Nile (Kiki Layne), the newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (LOVE & BASKETBALL, BEYOND THE LIGHTS), THE OLD GUARD is a gritty, grounded, action-packed story that shows living forever is harder than it looks. It drops worldwide on July 10.
Here’s a first look:
Finally, with protests now taking hold worldwide on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement, you might want to check out 8:46, Dave Chappelle’s 27-minute monologue about the death of George Floyd. It’s intense, funny, heartbreaking and you can watch it right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tR6mKcBbT4
See you next time with a new update! In the meantime, hit us back in the comments. What are you watching? What do you like? What do you not like?