August Previews: Netflix and Amazon

August Previews: Netflix and Amazon

Better Call Saul Season 4 (Netflix)

The spin-off from Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad truly took off in Season 3, with the (re) introduction of the nefarious Gus Fring and a galling gut-punch of a conclusion. With Bob Odenkirk returning as lawyer Jimmy McGill, essaying just how he got to become the slippery Saul Goodman, the show can only get darker and more intense. The latest season will see Jimmy comes to terms (or not) with the death of his brother Chuck, a horrifying incident that colours his relationships with everyone.

Ozark Season 2 (Netflix)

This much-acclaimed drama featuring Jason Bateman returns for its second season. If you’re still playing catch-up, it deals with the Byrde family, forced to move from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks after Bateman’s Marty’s money-laundering for a Mexican drug cartel goes awry. Bateman will be directing a couple of episodes in this season, and he’s already stated it will deepen his friendship with Julia Garner’s young Ruth, his sometime business partner.

Jack Ryan (Amazon)

On the big screen, he’s been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine. Now it’s the turn of John Krasinski to take over the Tom Clancey-created CIA analyst for this web-only show. With ten episodes due, Krasinksi – who is hot off directing the fantastic horror A Quiet Place – looks to be channelling more of the everyman qualities that Ford possessed. Co-starring Australian actress Abbie Cornish, who plays Ryan’s fiancée, the show is created by Graham Roland and Carlton Cuse, who was one of the main forces behind Lost.

Casual Season 4 (Amazon)

The fourth and final season of the comedy-drama show created by Zander Lehmann is back. With episodes directed by Jason Reitman, he of Juno and Up In The Air fame, the show is a sly slice-of-life. Dealing with a newly-divorced mother, her entrepreneurial younger brother and her teenage daughter, it once again stars Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey and Tara Lynne Barr. Early reviews for this concluding season when it streamed on Hulu in America have been spectacular, so if you’re a fan you’re in for a treat.

James Mottram

All shows available from August 2018 onwards. For more details, visit Netflix and Amazon.

1. Still from Better Call Saul.
2. Still from Ozark.
3. Still from Jack Ryan.
4. Still from Casual.