May Previews: Netflix and Amazon

The Eddy (Netflix)

A new eight-part mini-series set in the titular (fictional) Paris jazz club, this Netflix drama comes complete with an impressive line-up of collaborators. Damien Chazelle – the director of La La Land and Whiplash – has shot the first two episodes, British screenwriter Jack Thorne (His Dark Materials) has scripted them and Glen Ballard, who produced Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ album, has crafted the music. An international cast, led by André Holland as an ex-pat musician and the club’s co-owner, lends the story a gritty and authentic vibe. 

Space Force (Netflix)

Any new series starring Steve Carell and created by Greg Daniels has to be worth our attention. Daniels is the man behind such beloved hits as Parks and Recreation and the American version of The Office, featuring Carell, of course. He’s also just had Upload start on Amazon Prime. This latest sitcom is set around those in the US government tasked with creating the ‘space force’ – the sixth branch of the armed services. Alongside Carell, it features a fantastic support cast, including Fred Willard, John Malkovich and Ben Schwartz, who played Parks’ Jean-Ralphio. We can’t wait.

Homecoming Season 2 (Amazon Prime)

First the bad news: Julia Roberts will not be returning for the second season of this mysterious Amazon Prime drama. She remains on board as an executive producer, however, and the series now has a new lead in the shape of Moonlight’s Janelle Monáe. Her character Jackie begins by waking up in a rowboat adrift on a lake with no memory of how she got there – a state that eventually leads her to the Geist Group, the company behind the Homecoming initiative that helps soldiers transition back to civilian life. Also joining the cast are veterans Chris Cooper and Joan Cusack. Promising.

The Last Narc (Amazon Prime)

If you’re a fan of Narcos, then this four-part documentary series is the perfect companion piece. The focus is the 1985 kidnap, torture and murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was played by Michael Peña on Narcos: Mexico. Looking into what really happened, director Tiller Russell follows agent Hector Berrellez, who was assigned to lead the DEA’s investigation of Camarena’s murder. Expect conspiracies aplenty as the show digs into the myth and propaganda that stretches right to the corridors of power in Washington D.C.

All shows available from May 2020 onwards.

James Mottram