May Previews: Netflix and Amazon

Wine Country (Netflix)

Parks and Recreationstar Amy Poehler makes her directorial debut with this female-centric comedy as a group of six girlfriends travel to the Napa Valley region in California to celebrate a friend’s 50th birthday. Featuring such Saturday Night Liveregulars as Maya Rudolph and Tina Fey, as well as Wes Anderson collaborator Jason Schwarztman, it looks to be channelling the Bridesmaids vibe while touching on Sidewaysterrain as these old friends begin to question their friendships and futures. Perfect for a hen party prelude, it’s destined to swell sales of Californian wine too. 

Still from When They See Us. Courtesy of Netflix.

When They See Us (Netflix)

Selmadirector Ava DuVernay comes to Netflix with this highly-anticipated four-part mini-series based around the real-life story of the Central Park Five, a group of Harlem teens that were wrongfully convicted – twice – for the rape of a jogger in New York’s most famous green space. The cast, as you might expect for a DuVernay production, is top-notch, with the likes of Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo and The Wire’s Michael K. Williams all making appearances. Liable to be one of the big water-cooler shows of the summer, this has to be on your watch list. 

David Tennant and Michael Sheen in Good Omens.

Good Omens (Amazon Prime)

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s apocalyptic novel finally makes it to the screen, after years in the works (Terry Gilliam, at one point, wanted to film it as a movie). Expect this to be at the lavish end of the spectrum, with a vast cast led by David Tennant and Michael Sheen, who play Biblical rivals – the demon Crowley and the angel Aziraphale – assigned to Earth and up against an 11 year-old antichrist. Featuring the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch (as Satan) and Frances McDormand (as God), this looks set to be one of Amazon’s biggest series of the year. 

Still from Sneaky Pete.

Sneaky Pete S3 (Amazon Prime)

Giovanni Ribisi is back from a third season of the Amazon Prime show executive produced by Bryan Cranston, in which he plays a con man who assumes the identity of his former cell-mate, Pete.  This latest run includes the arrival of Patrick J. Adams, who plays Stefano Kilbane, described via Deadlineas “an arrogant business magnate who is obsessed with fine art and has a deep need for revenge.” Sadly, this season will also feature the final performance by actor/magician Ricky Jay, a David Mamet regular also known for Boogie Nights, who died last November. 

All shows available from May 2019 onwards.

James Mottram

Lead Image:
Still from
When They See Us.