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“Hollywood”, “Betty”, “Little Fires Everywhere”… What are we watching as series in May?

Each month, franceinfo offers a selection of series to watch on television or on SVoD platforms.

If, since the beginning of confinement, you have merged with your sofa, this is not about to work out. In May, new TV series arrive with a shovel. And we're not even talking about the exclusives of HBO Max, the SVoD site of WarnerMedia which will be launched in the United States on May 27. And for good reason, if most of the HBO series are broadcast in France on OCS, this will not be the case for these (this is the case for example of Love Life, which will be offered at the launch of the platform). But rest assured, our selection will make you forget this bad news.

“Hollywood” (May 1 on Netflix)

After The Politician, her teen comedy queer released last year, Ryan Murphy (the creator of Glee, Nip / Tuck…) draws his second project produced by Netflix. Its objective: to show behind the scenes of what is commonly called the golden age of Hollywood, that is to say the two decades which founded the fame of American cinema. We follow a group of young people determined to break into it after the Second World War has just ended.

In the cast of this mini-series of seven episodes, we find the amazing Darren Criss (American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace), but also other favorite actors of the creator like Dylan McDermott (American horror story), David Corenswet (The Politician) or Patti LuPone (Pose).

“Into the Night” (May 1 on Netflix)

Imagine that suddenly the sun's rays instantly became deadly. This is the starting postulate ofInto the Night, a mini-series of science fiction that takes us through the first hours of this change that endangers humanity. In an attempt to escape certain death, twelve passengers on an overnight flight from Brussels will head west.

For its first original Netflix creation, Belgium draws on an original disaster scenario and bets on a very European cast. Something to seduce us on paper.

“Upload” (May 1 on Amazon Prime Video)

In 2033, it is now possible to download just before dying to continue your virtual existence. This is the choice made by Nathan, a young web developer, after having been the victim of a car accident. Guided by Nora in this funny extension of life, he will now learn to “live” in a world where almost everything is possible.

For its new original creation, Amazon Prime Video is betting on the futuristic comedy worn by the screenwriter Greg Daniels (The office). In the casting of the eight 26-minute episodes, we find the Canadian Robbie Amell (True jackson) and the Cameroonian singer Andy Allo.

“Battlestar Galactica” (May 1 on Amazon Prime Video)

It did not escape you, Battlestar Galactica is far from new. But this series, which has become cult, whose broadcasting stopped after four seasons in 2009, has never benefited from visibility in France to its extent. Apart from the fans who bought the DVDs at the time, the series only briefly went on NRJ12, AB1 then on SFR Play. Not the easiest way to discover this masterpiece from the history of series, to store alongside The Wire, The Sopranos or Six feet under.

But what is it about? Of humanity and its survival, quite simply. After a nuclear attack launched by the Cylons, humanoid robots created by man, a space fleet with the last human beings on board sets off in search of a new planet. Do not search anymore, Battlestar Galactica is the best science fiction series. And probably the best suited to close this confinement and think about our future.

“Betty” (from May 2 on OCS)

The daily life of a band of New York skaters punctuated by their loves, their urban sprees and their “tricks”, the time of a suffocating summer in the Big Apple.

Imagined as a sequel in episodes of the film Skate Kitchen from director Crystal Moselle, Betty is the queer and feminist whiff we dreamed of. We find the actresses of the feature film, real skaters, throughout the six 30-minute episodes which will be broadcast weekly in US + 24 on OCS. The perfect series for dreaming of an aftermath where skateboarding could make a comeback, mask it in the wind.

“The Eddy” (May 8 on Netflix)

In The eddy, we follow the daily life of a Parisian jazz club on the verge of bankruptcy. Because it is, on the one hand, held by Elliot Udo (André Holland of Moonlight), a completely immature New York pianist. And because, on the other, Elliot's partner is involved in funny business.

If this brief pitch does not particularly appeal to you, it is probably because the interest of this series is to be sought elsewhere. On the one hand because it is the first series of the director Damien Chazelle, multi-Oscar winner for La La Land and Whiplash. On the other hand, because it is a Franco-American co-production in which we will find, among others, Leïla Bekhti and (her husband in the city) Tahar Rahim, reunited ten years later a prophet by Jacques Audiard. And finally, because the music was entrusted to Glen Ballard, who notably co-wrote certain titles of the albums Bad and Dangerous by Michael Jackson. Convinced?

“I Know This Much Is True” (from May 11 on OCS)

In America in the 1990s, the story of Thomas and Dominik, twin brothers, one of whom suffers from mental disorders.

Adapted from the novel by the American author Wally Lamb, I Know This Much Is True is the new project of Derek Cianfrance, screenwriter and film director Blue valentine and The Place Beyond The Pines. This seven-episode miniseries is produced for HBO and carried by Mark “Hulk” Ruffalo, who plays the two main characters, with Melissa Leo at his side (Louie), Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick, Transparent) and comedian Rosie O'Donnell.

“White Lines” (May 15 on Netflix)

Season 4 of La Casa de Papel no longer holds any secrets for you? All you have to do is get started White lines, the new series from its Spanish creator, Alex Pina. The story of a young woman who disembarks on the island of Ibiza to investigate the death of her brother. Disappeared twenty years ago, this former Manchester DJ has just been found dead, and it is in the middle of the night that his sister will seek answers to all his questions.

Shot in English, this ten-episode thriller is an opportunity to find Laura Haddock (Da Vinci's Demons), Daniel Mays (Good omens) and Laurence Fox (Inspector Lewis).

“Hightown” (May 17 on Starzplay)

Jackie Quinones (Monica Raymund, seen in Chicago fire) works for the National Marine Fisheries Service, but what she loves most is partying and seducing girls in bars. Until the day when she discovers on the beach the body of a young woman, victim of the opioid trafficking rampant in this region of Massachusetts. She then decides to conduct the investigation in the places she usually visits.

For her first original creation, the screenwriter Rebecca Cutter (Gotham) chooses to speak about a topical subject through the prism of a woman and her own demons. An eight-episode series that takes us on the legendary Cape Cod peninsula.

“Little Fires Everywhere” (from May 22 on Amazon Prime Video)

Single mother, Mia Warren (Kerry Washington, revealed in Scandal) is a black woman and photographer who made the choice of a bohemian life in America in the late 1990s. When she landed in Shaker Heights, a wealthy suburb of Cleveland (Ohio), she met by Elena Richardson (Reese Witherspoon). Seven months later, the splendid house will be the victim of an arson attack. What has happened in the meantime?

Adapted from the eponymous novel by Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere ((Fire season in French) is the portrait of two women whom everything opposes. This mini-series in eight episodes, which inevitably reminds Big Little Lies (and not only because we find there the brilliant Reese Witherspoon which is at the origin of the project), is a reflection on motherhood and social determinism which approaches with realism the racial question in the United States.

On the cover side…

On Netflix, the adventures of Rick and Morty are coming back for a fourth season on May 6, while Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini will be happy to be back in season 2 of Dead to me. The beautiful series Homecoming returns on May 22 to Amazon Prime Video. After Julia Roberts in season 1, Janelle Monae will be at the center of these new episodes.


And on French TV channels, you can find, on May 14, season 2 ofIn the name of the Father on Arte and the highly anticipated third season of Killing Eve on Canal +, the first episodes of which are already available online on Canal + Séries and myCanal.

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