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SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTS (Netflix)
Derek’s Ricky Gervais returns to Netflix with this satirical farce that he wrote, directed and stars in as a radio engineer who helps his correspondent partner (Eric Bana, who started as a stand-up before he Hulked Out) fake reports from far-flung locations when they’re really just holed up in their NYC apartment. Based on a French film, Special Correspondents features some very special guest stars, including Bates Motel’s Vera Farmiga (as Ricky’s wife), Benjamin Bratt, America Ferrera and Boardwalk Empire’s Kelly MacDonald. And no, Brian Williams does not make a cameo, but he’ll probably tell you he did.
TEAM FOXCATCHER (Netflix)
If you thought you knew everything about the fatal wrestling scandal depicted in the 2014 film Foxcatcher (which earned Oscar nominations for Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo as well as director Bennett Miller), you may be in for a severe reversal. This documentary uncovers never-before-seen footage of the unhinged millionaire John du Pont and his sick obsession with Olympic grappler Mark Schultz. And unlike Steve Carell, nobody wears a gigantic prosthetic nose.
DEAD BOSS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (Hulu)
Have you fallen in love with Brit wit Sharon Horgan on her Amazon comedy Catastophe but you’re still jonesing for more after the all-too-brief six-episode second season? Well, here are six more episodes of a 2012 comedy that Horgan co-wrote and stars in as a woman who’s unjustly convicted of murdering her boss and sent to jail. Another member of British comedy royalty, Absolutely Fabulous’ Jennifer Saunders, plays the prison’s mercurial warden. Oh, and Miranda Richardson appears in the season finale. All in all, it falls far short of a catastrope.
THE SHADOW LINE (Hulu)
This seven-part thriller from creator Hugo Blick (The Honourable Woman) casts the estimable Chiwetel Ejiofor as a detective who develops amnesia after getting shot in the head but still sets about trying to solve a murder. The impressive ensemble also encompasses former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston, The Crying Game’s Stephen Rea, Nurse Jackie’s Eve Best, and the man who seems to be everywhere these days, Tobias Menzies, of Outlander, The Night Manager, Game of Thrones, Catastrophe, and The Honourable Woman Does this man ever sleep?
JACK IRISH (Acorn TV)
Don’t be fooled by the title: This show isn’t Irish, but rather Australian. A six-part series inspired by a trio of TV movies (which were in turn inpsired by a series of novels by Peter Temple), Jack Irish stars Memento’s Guy Pearce as a criminal lawyer-turned-private investigator. Oh, and he collets debts on the side. Plus, he’s a widower and he drinks too much. So don’t get his Irish up!
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Emmy Magazine, Fast Company, and Vulture. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.