Don't ask us how, but many of the new and recommended series coming to TV channels and streaming services during June 2023 deal in one form or another with murder. Whether it's bodies washed ashore in a small town in Australia, a whirlwind romance that got out of control and is based on a true story, aliens invading Earth or an intriguing collaboration between Lior Raz and Tom Holland - our list of suspects keeps getting longer. So what will we watch this month?
June 2 -
Deadloch" - Amazon Prime
I wonder what the seal Julia would say about "Dedlock," an Australian police thriller set in a small town in Tasmania about three investigators trying to crack a series of mysterious murders. What is the connection to Juliet? Well, in one case the body of a man was washed ashore after his tongue was eaten, not at us, by a gluttonous seal.
It is believed that the killer lives among the townspeople, but the three determined women of the law must first learn to get along among themselves, as well as deal with some particularly strange characters who will not make their job easier. Behind "Dedlock" stands a pair of famous Australian comedians - Kate McCartney and Kate MacLennan - and if we rely on the promising trailer, their sharp and sarcastic humor should have already broken through the borders of a continent long away.
June 5 -
"Idol" -yes, HOT, CellcomTV
One of the most talked-about shows of the year, HBO's Idol, is a drama that focuses on a young pop idol named Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Faraday), or at least a young girl who is willing to do anything to become such a pop idol. To fulfill her ambitions, Jocelyn befriends Tedros (Abel Tesfaye), the leader of a shady cult who takes her under his wing and plunges her into new mental, sexual and moral abysses.
"Idol," developed by Tesfaye himself and "Euphoria" creator Sam Levinson, made a big splash — and not necessarily in a positive context — when its first two episodes screened at the recent Cannes Film Festival. Critics did not like, to put it mildly, the bluntness and provocative nature of the series, which was even compared to a kind of soft, even if it is a kind of poignant parody of the American pop industry. No doubt millions of pairs of eyes will watch the first few episodes to see what the fuss is about, but the real question is whether the series will turn out to be a worthy piece of television, or just a tasteless gimmick.
June 9 -
The Crowded Room" - AppleTV
Here's a sentence we never thought we'd type: Tom Holland, Amanda Seyfried and Lior Raz star in this nerve-wracking psychological thriller. The time is 1979, the place is New York, and a boy named Danny (Holland, in the most non-Spider-Manny role you've ever seen him) is arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder. It's just a shame that he suffers from amnesia and doesn't remember anything about the incident. Police investigator Ria (Seyfried), who receives Danny's file, suspects – and this is the most understatement in the world – that much is hidden in the boy's context, while Raz plays a tough and rather nervous man (at least according to the trailer) named Isaac, who is apparently connected to the mystery. What, wouldn't you expect just for him?
Also starring are Amy Rossum ("Shameless") and Jason Isaacs ("Harry Potter"), with the series itself based on the 1981 book The Minds of Billy Milligan. We're totally there.
June 12 -
"Love and Death"-yes,HOT
Texas, 1980. Housewife Candy Montgomery is accused of murdering her best friend Betty Gore after the suspect is caught having an affair with Alan Gore, the victim's husband. This story actually took place in reality and grabbed many headlines in the United States at the time, when the question was asked whether it was really murder, or rather self-defense.
The HBO true-crime drama "Love and Death," starring Elizabeth Olsen as Kennedy, Jesse Plemons ("Breaking Bad," "Fargo") as Allen and Lily Rabe ("American Horror") as Betty, is based on the exact same episode and received reasonable plus reviews when it aired in the U.S. last month. The screenplay, by the way, is responsible for David E. Kelly is a veteran who over the years has created and worked on classics such as "L.A. Attorneys," "Ally McBeal," "Boston Legal," "Big Little Lies" and, more recently, "Big Sky." Intriguing.
June 14 -
"Go All the Way" - Disney+
Half a century after the heartwarming British comedy "Go All the Way" screened in theaters, broke box office and won awards, it is getting a sequel. Yes, we are surprised too. For those less familiar with the original production: the film was about six unemployed lower-middle-class men in a sluggish British city who produce and star in a striptease show to make a living. Can happen to all of us.
25 years later, it turns out that the guys are more or less in the same place in their lives, and the new series continues their personal stories. It's still too early to say if they'll put on a striptease show for seniors this time around (they probably will, but it willgoall the way), but the stars of the original film, including Robert Carlyle and Tom Wilkinson, are returning to the new series – and only because of that we will give it a chance.
June 21 -
"Secret Invasion" - Disney+
After a hiatus of several months, Disney Plus is launching a new series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "Secret Invasion" puts Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the "father" of the Avengers, who returns to Earth (looking rather scruffy, it should be noted) after spending several years in space dealing with intergalactic matters at the top of the world.
The situation on our little planet appears to be particularly grave, as the Skrals, an alien race with the ability to transform and impersonate humans, impersonates, well, some particularly important humans – probably also those we know from previous Marvel productions. Fury's mission—perhaps his last ever—is to uncover the alien plot.
Check out the list of stars in Secret Invasion in addition to Jackson: Don Cheadle, Ben Mendelsohn, Cobie Smulders and Martin Freeman return to play their regular Marvel roles as Fury's allies (but which one will turn out to be an alien in disguise?), while Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Olivia Colman (The Crown) join the cast. Impressive.
June 28 -
Hijack" - AppleTV
A plane en route from Dubai to London was hijacked by terrorists, it's just a shame they didn't take into account that Idris Elba was on exactly the same flight. And with Idris Elba, as you know, do not mess around. "Hijack" is a new thriller and action series that takes place in real time. Elba plays Sam Nelson, a business negotiator caught up in the hijacked flight trying to prevent the nefarious terrorists from completing their plot. Parallel to what happens on the plane itself, the plot also follows what is happening on the ground, as law enforcement does everything in their power to deal with the threat and tries to communicate with Sam in every possible way.
Imagine a combination of "24," "Dead to Live" and "Kidnapped" movies a good few miles off the ground, and you get what this series aspires to be. Will it be up to the task? We bet on all our frequent flyer points that do.
Repetitive and equal
The 16th season of "Philadelphia Shines" lands on Yes on June 12; The first part of the seventh (and penultimate season) of "Stranger" arrives on yes and Cellcom TV on June 17; The second season of "Just Like That," the "Sex and the City" subsidiary series, premieres on HOT on June 22 (with John Corbett returning as Aiden); The fifth season of "The Mayan Gang" heats up engines on June 29 on yes; And the fourth and final season of "Jack Ryan" takes no prisoners on Amazon Prime on June 30.
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