Up until now all the cryptic promotional material for the new, upcoming Twin Peaks has been from the US and its new network home, Showtime. But now Twin Peaks’ UK broadcaster, Sky Atlantic, is getting in on the act with its own promo campaign, a campaign that has seen two new teaser trailers released in the past day or so.
I’ve been following the development of American Crime Story 2, and the way Ryan Murphy and his team have been selecting their subjects to explore. Series two, we know, will be based around the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the effect it had on New Orleans, and will appear some time early next year. And, in the week that Annette Bening was confirmed to appear alongside Sara Paulson as governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco, Ryan Murphy gave an interview yesterday where he confirmed the subjects for series three and four.
Nicolas Winding Refn – the ‘maverick’ Danish movie director – is one of my favourite auteurs out there at the moment. He’s like a neon David Lynch – with movies like Drive, Only God Forgives and the recent The Neon Demon under his belt – his stories gorgeous, technicolour nightmare noirs. Now he’s reportedly signed on to make a new crime drama series for one of the big streaming services, in this case Amazon Prime.
BBC Four has been a bit quiet since Modus at the tail-end of 2016; and since the turn of the year all we’ve had are repeats of The Young Montalbano in our favourite Saturday-night crime slot. Hinterland is just around the corner, but in terms of what’s happening for the rest of the year it’s pretty hazy (although Spiral is lurking in the wings, and 2018 looks set to be the year when we see the final installment of The Bridge and series two of Trapped). But today the channel has issued forth a proclamation that it has acquired a brand-new crime drama called Cardinal, and it’s not from Europe. It’s from Canada.
To those not interested in the NFL or the Superbowl, the whole hoopla of the showpiece event of the sport might have passed them by. It often draws hundreds of millions of viewers from around the world, which often means that advertising on US television becomes one of the more prestigious slots of the advertising year. You could argue that a Superbowl without the special Superbowl adverts is not a Superbowl. This year, there were ‘controversial’ adverts from the likes of Budweiser and Audi that took shots against the growing isolationism of the country’s new government, but for TV fans, it was the full trailer for Stranger Things that piqued interest. Have a look after the jump.
When my friend Ben suggested that I check out a series hidden away on Channel 4’s streaming service, All4, I have to say I groaned a bit: another crime drama hidden away on a streaming service, on top of all the other crime dramas on regular, terrestrial channels? I surely didn’t have the time. But when Ben said that he would write a post for the site (read it here if you’d like to), and I put it up, I was intrigued – this sounded like something interesting, fresh and worth a watch. So, today I managed to cram in the 10, 20-minute episodes of Search Party on All4 to see what all the fuss was about.
NB: Spoilers abound
Crime drama is super, mega-busy at the moment and we’re trying our best to cover as much stuff as we can here at The Killing Times. One US series that slipped under the radar was Search Party, which, I was reliably informed was an entertaining mix of comedy and thriller. I was told this by a friend and work colleague, who very kindly offered to write a little bit about the show and why he got so into it. Over to you Ben…