Netflix has got it going on in Euro TV, with 22 new and returning series headed to the streaming service this year and next.
Without any further ado, here they are:
The first Netflix Original series in Polish is an alternative-history spy thriller that takes place in a world where the Iron Curtain never fell.
The deeply-frozen Cold War is heating up. Twenty years after a devastating terrorist attack in 1983 that halted the course of Poland’s liberation and the subsequent downfall of the Soviet Union, an idealistic law student (Maciej Musiał, Hotel 52) and a disgraced police investigator (Robert Więckiewicz, In Darkness) stumble upon a conspiracy that has kept the Iron Curtain standing and Poland living under a repressive police state.
Now, in 2003, after two decades of peace and prosperity, the leaders of the regime enact a secret plan made with an unlikely adversary in the 1980s that will radically transform Poland and affect the lives of every citizen in the nation — and the world. What these two men discover has the potential to ignite a revolution, and those in power will stop at nothing to keep it a secret.
The eight-episode series is created and written by Joshua Long and directed by Academy Award®, BAFTA Film, and Primetime Emmy® nominee Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, Treme), Berlin International Film Festival winner Kasia Adamik (Pokot, Bark!), and multiple award winners Olga Chajdas (Wataha) and Agnieszka Smoczynsk (The Lure). Production recently started and filming will take place in Warsaw, Wroclaw, Lublin, and Silesia.
Additional cast members include Michalina Olszańska (Jack Strong), Andrzej Chyra (Arne Dahl), Zofia Wichłacz (Warsaw ’44), Mirosław Zbrojewicz (Spies of Warsaw), Ewa Błaszczyk (Nadzór), Wojciech Kalarus (The Pact), Edyta Olszówka (Elvis and Marilyn), and Agnieszka Żulewska (Konwój).
1983 is expected to be available to Netflix members globally later in 2018.
This is the third Italian Netflix Original series after the crime drama Suburra, one of my favorite Euro TV premieres of 2017, and First Team: Juventus, the documentary about Italy’s renowned football (soccer) club, which premiered in February.
The eight-episode drama is loosely inspired by the true story of the “baby squillo” scandal of 2015, which involved professional middle-aged men paying for the services of underage prostitutes in the Parioli district of Rome. The story explores the unseen lives and experiences of Roman teenagers as it follows a group of Parioli high schoolers as they defy society in their search for identity and independence against the backdrop of forbidden love, family pressures, and shared secrets.
Produced by Fabula Pictures (Lampedusa), Baby goes into production in 2018.
Cable Girls: Season 3 (Las Chicas del Cable) (Spain)
The first Netflix Original series from Spain will return with its third season to continue the interconnected stories of Lidia (Blanca Suárez, El Barco), Ángeles (Maggie Civantos, Locked Up), Marga (Nadia de Santiago, Love in Difficult Times), and Carlota (Ana Fernández, The Protected) — four young women who become telephone operators in late 1920s Madrid and get entangled in webs of lies and intrigue, including murder.
Cable Girls: Season 3 is set to premiere on Netflix in 2018.
Call My Agent!: Season 3 (Dix Pour Cent) (France)
As of this writing, Netflix has not announced anything related to the third season of this hit French comedy series (a favorite new Euro TV show of 2016). That said, though, the show is a Netflix Original series and it is exclusive to the streaming giant in the US and UK, so there’s no reason to think that Netflix won’t pick up Season 3 for its territories outside of France.
Filming of the the third season began in January. The list of guest stars includes Oscar® winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Golden Globes® winner Isabelle Huppert (Elle), César Awards nominees Béatrice Dalle (Betty Blue) and Monica Bellucci (The Apartment), and César Awards winner Gérard Lanvin (The Taste of Others), as well as actor and composer Julien Doré, who returns to the series after appearing in three episodes in Season 2.
Call My Agent! Season 3 is expected to launch on France 2 this year. If Netflix picks it up, it could premiere globally (outside of France) in November or December 2018, similar to Seasons 1 and 2 in years prior.
La Catedral del Mar (Cathedral of the Sea) (Spain)
Adapted from the international best-selling, multiple-award-winning novel by Ildefonso Falcones, this historical drama is set in 14th-century Barcelona against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition and the construction of the grand Santa Maria del Mar church.
The narrative follows Arnau Estanyol (Aitor Luna, Velvet, Paco’s Men), a serf who flees the abuses of feudal lords and, with his father, finds freedom in Barcelona. Following a series of jobs, Arnau also finds success as a money changer, and his increasing wealth makes enemies of those in the noble class. So they plot his downfall, making him a target of the Inquisition.
Directed by multiple-award winner Jordi Frades (Isabel), La catedral del mar features Michelle Jenner (Isabel) and Pablo Derqui (Lifeline), and premieres this year in Spain on Antena 3.
There have been no announcements yet about when La Catedral del Mar will debut on Netflix, although you can add it to your queue now.
Dark: Season 2 (Germany)
The first German Netflix Original series, a family saga with a supernatural twist, has been renewed for a second season. According to the streaming behemoth, Dark is “one of the most-watched entirely non-English shows on Netflix.”
Production on Season 2 begins in 2018.
There have been no announcements yet about when Dark: Season 2 will debut on Netflix.
Dogs of Berlin (Germany)
The second German Netflix Original series tells the story of two unconventional detectives who are forced to team up in a battle against Berlin’s underworld after the murder of a Turkish-German football super star, which happens the night before a big international game in Berlin-Marzahnto. The cops — Kurt Grimmer (Felix Kramer, Dark, Shades of Guilt) and Erol Birkan (Fahri Yardim, Tatort, CopStories) — must then confront their own weaknesses and criminal activities and decide which side of the law they are actually on.
Written and directed by multiple-award winner Christian Alvart (Antibodies, Tatort), the ten-episode series features Katharina Schüttler (Generation War), Anna Maria Mühe (NSU: German History X), Katrin Saß (Weissensee), Hannah Herzsprung (Weissensee), Antonio Wannek (Bulow and König), Mišel Matičević (Babylon Berlin), Jasna Fritzi Bauer (Barbara), and Constantin von Jascheroff (Tatort).
Dogs of Berlin is expected to launch globally in 2018.
The Eddy (France)
This musical drama series, set in contemporary multi-cultural Paris, revolves around a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them.
The show’s creative team includes Academy Awards®-winning director Damien Chazelle (La La Land), who will direct two episodes and executive produce the series alongside Emmy® Awards winner Alan Poul (Six Feet Under), BAFTA Awards winner Jack Thorne (National Treasure), who will write the drama, and Grammy® Awards winner and Oscar® nominee Glen Ballard (The Polar Express), who will write original music for The Eddy.
The eight-part series will be shot in France and feature dialogue in French, English and Arabic. It will premiere exclusively to Netflix members around the world in 2019.
The second Spanish Netflix Original series is this thriller set at Las Encinas, the best and most exclusive school in Spain. It is here that the elite send their children to study, and also where three teens from working class families have just been admitted, following the destruction of their academy by an earthquake. The clash between those who have everything and those who have nothing to lose creates the perfect storm that ultimately ends in a murder.
Created by Carlos Montero (The Time in Between) and Darío Madrona (The Protected), and produced by Zeta Audiovisual (Ahora o Nunca), the eight-episode first season of Élite will be filmed entirely in 4K this year for a global release in 2019.
Norsemen: Season 2 (Vikingane) (Norway)
The first season of this parody comedy-drama series about Vikings won the 2017 Gullruten Award (Norway’s version of the Emmy® Awards) for Best Comedy Series.
The second season is set in 791 (a year after the events in Season 1) and follows the everyday life of the Vikings from the village of Norheim, as well as the constant threat from Jarl Varg (Jon Øigarden, Mammon). Love is flourishing and new friendships are formed among the Norheim Vikings, who have been benefiting from wealth and power after they found the sea road to the west. However, they are still challenged by power struggles, dirty games, deaths, and jealousy.
Norsemen: Season 2 is expected to debut on Netflix in 2018.
November 13 (France)
This three-part documentary explores the human stories behind the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris on November 13th, 2015. Following the chronology of the events, the documentary will share testimonies of the people brought together by tragedy — the survivors, the fire department, the police, and the leaders of the French government, including the French President at the time of the events, François Hollande.
The program is from Jules and Gédéon Naudet, who directed the double Emmy-winning documentary 9/11. The Naudet brothers (Goldfish Pictures) executive produce and direct November 13, a production of Propagate (Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens as Executive Producers) and No School Productions (Marie Drucker as Associate Producer).
It will launch globally on Netflix in mid-2018.
Set in Paris in the near future, the second French Netflix Global Original series is a sci-fi drama filled with romance and mystery about technology’s final frontier: love. The story centers on the intersection of love and technology by way of the new dating app Osmosis, which turns the concept of an absolute soulmate into a reality. Rather than sifting through analyses of profile data and questionnaire answers, the app decodes true love by digging deep into a user’s brain data to find his or her perfect match with 100% accuracy. But decoding true love comes at a price. (Sounds very Black Mirror-ish, non?)
The series’ showrunner is Audrey Fouché (The Returned, Borgia), and Aude Albano and Claude Chelli are producing Osmosis for Capa Drama (Versailles, Braquo). Filming takes place entirely in France and production starts this year for a 2019 global launch on the eight-episode drama, which you can add to your queue now.
The first Turkish Netflix Original series is a fantasy drama that weaves a hero-driven action story with Ottoman and Turkish legend and history. The series follows the epic adventure of Hakan, a young shopkeeper whose modern world gets turned upside down when he learns he’s connected to a secret, ancient order tasked with protecting Istanbul.
At the story’s start, Hakan couldn’t be further from a hero. He’s just an ordinary guy in this city of 15 million, where East meets West and past meets present. Then he learns that his hometown is under threat from the mysterious, mystical Immortals, and it’s his job to stop them. It’s a task he’s not only unprepared for, but resists — despite his destiny.
The series stars Cagatay Ulusoy (Içerde, Medcezir, Adini Feriha Koydum) as Hakan, the last Protector in Istanbul; Okan Yalabik (Wounded Love, Magnificent Century) as Faysal, a successful businessman that Hakan looks up to; Hazar Ergüçlü (Medcezir, Kuzey Güney) as Zeynep, Hakan’s confidant; Ayca Aysin Turan (Karagül, Dinle Sevgili) as Leyla, Faysal’s chief of staff and Hakan’s love interest; and Mehmet Kurtulus (Cenk Batu, Muhtesem Yüzyil: Kösem) as Mazhar, Faysal’s right hand man.
Created by Binnur Karaevli (The Eye of Istanbul), executive produced by Onur Guvenatam (Wounded Love), and directed by Can Evrenol (Baskin), the series, a production of Istanbul-based O3 Medya, began principal photography on March 7th and is expected to launch globally on Netflix in 2018.
Quicksand (Störst av Allt) (Sweden)
The first Netflix Original Series from Sweden is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Malin Persson Giolito (US book here, UK book here), which was voted Nordic Crime Novel of the year in 2016.
The story centers on Maja Norberg, a normal high school student who finds herself on trial for murder following the mass shooting that took place at a prep school in Stockholm’s wealthiest suburb. Among the victims were Maja’s boyfriend, Sebastian Fagerman, the son of Sweden’s richest business tycoon. When the events of that tragic day are revealed, so too are the private details about her relationship with Sebastian and his dysfunctional family.
Pontus Edgren (The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared) is the producer and Camilla Ahlgren (The Bridge, The Sandhamn Murders) serves as head writer on the series. The FLX production goes into production in 2018.
The Rain (Denmark)
In this sci-fi thriller, the first Danish Netflix Original series, the world as we know it has ended. Six years after a virus carried by the rain wiped out almost all humans in Scandinavia, two Danish siblings emerge from the safety of their bunker to find all remnants of civilisation gone. Soon they join a group of young survivors and together set out on a danger-filled quest through abandoned Scandinavia, searching for any sign of life.
Set free from their collective past and societal rules, the group has the freedom to be who they want to be. In their struggle for survival, they discover that even in a post-apocalyptic world, there is still love, jealousy, coming of age, and many of the problems they thought they had left behind with the disappearance of the world they once knew.
Created by Jannik Tai Mosholt (Borgen, Rita, Follow the Money), Esben Toft Jacobsen (The Great Bear, Beyond Beyond), and Christian Potalivo (Dicte, Long Story Short), the series is directed by Kenneth Kainz (Dicte, The Shamer’s Daughter) and Natasha Arthy (The Killing, Heartless).
The principal cast includes Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (The Legacy, A Royal Affair), Alba August (Below the Surface, Jordskott), Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen (Tidsrejen, Department Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes), and Lars Simonsen (The Bridge, Brotherhood). Other cast members are Iben Hjejle (Dicte), Lukas Løkken (One-Two-Three Now!), Angela Bundalovic (Blood Sisters), Sonny Lindberg (The Legacy), Jessica Dinnage (The Guilty), and Johannes Kuhnke (Force Majeure).
A production of Miso Film, The Rain launches globally on Netflix
in Spring on Friday, May 4, 2018. You can add it to your queue now.
Set in contemporary St. Petersburg, this mystery-crime drama revolves around Sparta, a new virtual reality (VR) game without set rules that allows players to do whatever they want. Teen-aged players quickly get sucked into the game, but when the VR world is no longer enough, they start killing in the real one. This world includes a local detective who investigates the mystery of a teacher who threw herself out a school window. Did she commit suicide or was she the victim of a Sparta player?
Directed by Egor Baranov (Fartsa), the eight-episode series stars Artem Tkachenko (Gogol. Nachalo), Alexander Petrov (The Method), Valeriya Shkirando (The Guardians), Marina Kaletskaya (Posledniy bogatyr), Alisa Lozovskaya (Between the Lines), Olga Sutulova (Trotsky, see below), Filipp Gorenshtein (Fartsa), Olga Vinichenko (War Correspondent), Petar Zakavitsa, and Yan Gakharmanov.
There have been no announcements yet about when Sparta will debut on Netflix.
The Spy (France)
Co-produced by Canal+ and Netflix, this miniseries is a real-life story about Eli Cohen, the top spy for Israel who worked undercover in Syria. Gideon Raff (Homeland) will write and direct the espionage thriller from Légende Films (La Vie en Rose).
There have been no announcements yet about when Spy will debut on Netflix.
Suburra: Season 2 (Italy)
Suburra the series, aka Suburra: Blood on Rome, is the first Netflix Original series in Italian, and its first season was one of my picks for favorite Euro TV premieres of 2017. The second is said to be an “even more action-packed season.”
Based on the novel of the same name by Giancarlo de Cataldo and Carlo Bonini, the series is set in Rome and follows the fight over land in the seaside town of Ostia that spirals into a deadly battle between organized crime, corrupt politicians, and the Vatican.
Returning for Season 2 are the three leads: Alessandro Borghi (Anti-Drug Squad) as Aureliano, the son of a mafia don; Giacomo Ferrara (Don Matteo) as Spadino, from a family of gypsy gangsters; and Eduardo Valdarnini (Pasolini) as Lele, the son of a respected cop.
Also reprising their roles are Claudia Gerini (The Passion of the Christ) as Sara Monaschi, the ambitious financial consultant collaborating with the Church; Filippo Nigro (Romanzo Siciliano) as politician Amedeo Cinaglia, a quick learner in gaming the system and those who would control him for his own gain; and Francesco Acquaroli (Mafia Undercover) as the violent and unscrupulous mob boss Samurai.
Produced by Cattleya (Gomorra the Series) in collaboration with Rai Fiction (Inspector Coliandro), the second season is written by head writer Barbara Petronio (Romanzo Criminale) with Ezio Abbate (Squadra mobile) and Fabrizio Bettelli (Tuscan Passion). The directors are Andrea Molaioli (Suburra the Series) and new-comer Piero Messina (The Wait).
There have been no announcements yet about when Suburra: Season 2 will debut on Netflix.
This crime drama series centers on a pair of polar opposite detectives — experienced investigator Savchenko, nicknamed Sawa, and local cop Andriy — who must work together to investigate and solve a serial murder case in Central Russia.
Directed by Vano Burduli (The Conflict Zone), the eight-episode drama stars Petr Fedorov (Stalingrad), Kirill Pirogov (McMafia), Svetlana Smirnova-Martsinkevich (Obratnaya storona Luny), Ignat Akrachkov (Sneg i pepel), Viktor Tsekalo (Landysh serebristyy 2), Igor Zhizhikin (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), and Yanina Melikhova (Hipsters).
There have been no announcements yet about when Territory will debut on Netflix.
This historical drama miniseries stars Konstantin Khabenskiy (The Method) as Leon Trotsky, a leading figure in the Bolshevik party and the former leader of the Russian Revolution.
The main story takes place over eight days in 1940 in Mexico City, where Trotsky lives in exile while Communists loyal to Joseph Stalin attempt to assassinate Trotsky. Having survived, he invites Canadian journalist Frank Jackson (Max Matveev, Anna Karenina) to interview him in order to tell his full story. Flashbacks reveal scenes from Trotsky’s pre-exile life.
Directed by Konstantin Statskiy (Silver Spoon) and Alexander Kott (Test), the eight-episode drama features Evgeniy Stychkin (Izmeny), Sergey Garmash (Leningrad 46), Mikhail Porechenkov (Kuprin trilogy), and Olga Sutulova (The Red Band Society).
There have been no announcements yet about when Trotsky will debut on Netflix.
This crime drama series is Netflix’s first Belgian/Dutch co-production (with De Mensen). Inspired by real-life events, it stars Frank Lammers (Night Run, The Enclave, The Swell) as Ferry Bouman, one of the largest ecstasy producers in the world. Ferry lives a charmed life in his villa on the Dutch-Belgian border, but things start to change when two undercover agents move into his territory in an attempt to infiltrate Bouman’s life and shut down his network.
The ten-part series is created by Nico Moolenaar (The Score), written by Moolenaar, Bart Uytdenhouwen (The Score), and Piet Matthys (Vermist), and directed by Eshref Reybrouck (LouisLouise) and Franck Devos (Wittekerke). The cast includes Anna Drijver (Framed), Elise Schaap (Familie Kruys), Tom Waes (New Texas), Kris Cuppens (Hotel Beau Séjour), Raymond Thiry (Black Widow), Tim Haars (New Kids), Kevin Janssens (Salamander), and Huub Smit (Riphagen).
Undercover will launch globally (outside France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, and Switzerland) on Netflix in 2019.
Untitled Romantic Comedy (France)
Another Netflix Original series from France is this romantic comedy set in modern-day Paris. It follows a group of friends who rally around Elsa, their perpetually single friend. She can’t seem to figure out why she is so unlucky in love, so in a misguided attempt to rebuild her confidence, they hire a male escort to renew Elsa’s faith in dating, relationships, and finding love.
The eight-episode half-hour series is based on an original idea from British writer Chris Lang (Unforgotten), who serves as head writer and executive produces with Anne Thomopoulos (Versailles) and François Florentiny (Entre deux mères). It is directed by Noémie Saglio (Connasse), who also participates in the writing along with Julien Teisseire (Profilage).
Produced by UnRATED Studios, the series is expected to premiere globally on Netflix in 2018.
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