All the Netflix Original Movies & TV Series Premiering Soon
The After Party
Movie Premiere, Friday, Aug. 24
Hip-hop artist Kyle Harvey stars in this coming-of-age comedy as one of two friends hoping to score a record deal. Is success in the cards? With one heading off to college and the other to the military, the clock is ticking for their dreams to pan out. Plus, watch for cameos from rappers like Wiz Khalifa and DJ Khaled.
Miniseries, Available now
Fans of the riveting Netflix series Narcos should take note of this 10-part Spanish miniseries, which may become a new addiction. The show focuses on illegal drugs being trafficked into Spain (and Europe as a whole) from Latin America in the 1980s. Specifically, it’s about a violent network of cocaine importers led by an unlikely criminal: fisherman Sito Miñanco (Javier Rey, above, with Jana Pérez) of the scenic coastal town Galicia, who builds an enormous enterprise around the lucrative narcotic. On his trail is a tenacious police officer (Tristán Ulloa) determined to take him down.
Docuseries, Available now
Ten-hut! Meet the Marching Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University — the talented marching band that has performed during NFL games and was featured in the 2002 movie Drumline. The highly skilled young musicians, also known as The Pride, are profiled in a 12-part series of documentary shorts that demonstrate the persistence and dedication it takes to become part of this revered 300-member squad. From the start, it’s clear that nothing comes easy, and the competition is fierce and ruthless (heartbreaking too, as promising candidates are unexpectedly cut). And there’s no break once someone gets picked to step up. Under the strict guidance of band director Donovan Wells, members must memorize grueling routines to entertain thousands of revved-up football fans. But it’s all worth it for the big show.
Ultimate Beastmaster: Survival of the Fittest
Friday, Aug. 31
Get ready to go into Beast mode! Season 3 of the ultra-tough global endurance competition (executive produced by Sylvester Stallone) premieres with nine new episodes and more than 100 contestants looking for glory. These top athletes from around the world — the countries represented include the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, France, Italy, South Korea and Australia — try their luck and test their upper-body strength at what might be the world’s toughest obstacle course, affectionately named the Beast. With each bone-crushing level, low scorers are eliminated and high scorers get closer to victory.
For viewers, the fun is not only in watching the adrenaline-fueled competitors. Each country in the game has its own hosts (the series has various versions around the world) who provide color commentary and a lot of smack talk. Heading up the U.S. home team are MMA fighter CM Punk and footballer Tiki Barber; foreign stars include singer Dannii Minogue (Kylie’s sister, Australia) and actor Gilles Marini (France).
Each episode’s champion competes in the season finale for the chance to be crowned Ultimate Beastmaster and get a cash prize. Hopefully enough to pay for the Epsom salts needed to soak those sore muscles.
Miniseries Premiere, Friday, Aug. 24
The producers behind recent horror hits Insidious and Get Out present this terrifying new miniseries guaranteed to deliver all of the jump-scares. One of the world’s most wanted terrorists, Ali Saeed Al Yacoub (Mahesh Balraj), is captured and sent to an Indian military facility. Nida Rahim (Radhika Apte) is among the interrogators tasked with getting information from the criminal, along with fellow soldier Dacunha (Manav Kaul). These two may be battle-hardened,but neither is prepared for what Al Yacoub does to them, first by messing with their minds and then byunleashing some dark,demonic forces. That’s just the beginning of the chills in this three-parter based on Arabic folklore.
I am a Killer
What leads someone to take a life? In raw and compelling interviews, murderers and other violent criminals (like Dallas Moore, below) share the details of their crimes.
Bestselling novelist Michael Peterson found his wife, Kathleen, dead at the bottom of the stairs. Did she fall—or was she pushed?
In 1969, Sister Cathy Cesnik was murdered. The Baltimore crime is still unsolved, but at least one person thinks she knows the culprit. A former student at the school where the nun taught brings some disturbing info to light.
Making a Murderer
Filmmakers spent a decade examining the case of Steven Avery. He was convicted of attempted murder and sexual assault; released; and then convicted, along with his nephew, of a different murder.
Series Premiere, Friday, Aug. 31
They’re here to protect — but mostly to serve... some laughs. The creative forces behind politically incorrect toon Brickleberry now bring you a police squad that gives new meaning to the phrase “arrested development.” The comedy, set in the Deep South, features a group of incredibly inept cops lovably described as “worst responders.” Scrubs’ Sarah Chalke heads up the cast
Series Premiere, Friday, Aug. 31
They’re here to protect — but mostly to serve... some laughs. The creative forces behind politically incorrect toon Brickleberry now bring you a police squad that gives new meaning to the phrase “arrested development.” The comedy, set in the Deep South, features a group of incredibly inept cops lovably described as “worst responders.” Scrubs’ Sarah Chalke heads up the cast.
Documentary, Available now
Zion Clark was born without legs, but not without an indomitable spirit, which helped him find his home on the wrestling mats at school. In the sport, Clark developed his biggest passion and the winning moves to show his strength. The young athlete has a history of never giving up, even after spending much of his life in foster care and battling a seemingly unsympathetic system. This inspiring documentary profiles Clark and shows his gumption in the face of overwhelming odds. Watch and be moved.
Season 1, Available now
You may need more than just a welcome mat to entice visitors, especially if you’re someone who rents out part of your space, or entire home, through online company Airbnb. Enter Trading Spaces interior designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate agent Peter Lorimer. These two experts are here to help hosts turn their humble abodes into five-star getaways and start that rental money flowing. While some hosts struggle with negative comments from guests and persistent vacancies, Gorder and Lorimer swoop in to fix the problems and get these properties booked.
LA CASA DE LAS FLORES
Season 1, Available now
Dirt? This uproarious black comedy from Mexico has a garden full of it and then some. Telenovela superstar Verónica Castro leads the cast (Aislinn Derbez and Norma Angelica Rodriguez Diaz) as a florist who learns about her husband’s years-long affair after his mistress hangs herself — right in her flower shop. Sure, that may sound dark, and it is, but this comedy actually falls more on the crazy side. Soon, other family secrets start sprouting like weeds, including how the shop shares a name with a local cabaret (not a coincidence). Adding to the laughfest’s drama: The mistress’s children move in and begin delivering their own bouquets of scandals, secrets and twists.
This article also appeared in the Aug 20 - Sept 2 issue of TV Guide Magazine.