I’ve got the attention span of a goldfish – a famously inattentive animal – so sitting down in one, fixed place and concentrating for an hour at a time is something I really struggle with. I’m a nightmare to be around at work.
There’s just too much ‘stuff’ on there; it’s like Spotify and music in general – the market is so saturated with content that I can’t decide what I want to listen to/watch so I don’t bother at all.
How people have five or six shows on the go is beyond me.
In this line of work, now and again you stumble across a new show or original series that everyone seems to be talking about. There was Bird Box, then The Haunting of Hill House and You, and now, there’s Dead To Me – a“traumedy” following the lives of Jen and Judy, two best buds who are dealing with grief and loss in their own ways.
The dark comedy stars starring Freaks and Geeks actor Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate, of Anchorman fame, and is produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s production company, Gloria Sanchez Productions.
(There’s even a cool Anchorman reference at one point.)
Essentially, the show follows a real estate agent named Jen who recently lost her husband in a hit-and-run incident.
While attending grief counselling, Jen meets Judy – a woman who tells her that she also recently lost her own husband.
The two women strike up an unlikely friendship, and as their friendship blossoms, Jen begins searching for her husband’s killer.
Drama! Laughs! Hilarity! Lies! It’s got it all! Watch the trailer!
The synopsis reads: “A hotheaded widow searching for the hit-and-run driver who mowed down her husband befriends an eccentric optimist who isn’t quite what she seems.”
Those social media accounts that could well be bots masquerading as real people (ever considered that?) say:
Following the show’s launch, it has been a hit with viewers who are already demanding a second series, because clearly 10 half-hour long episodes just won’t suffice.
While nothing’s set in stone, the big wigs at the top are keen on prolonging the show.
Liz Feldman, who created the show, recently told The Hollywood Reporter: “It would be the pleasure and honour of my life to do this show for as many seasons as makes sense. I would do this show forever if I could.
“This show will always be a show that explores the dark sides and the light sides of grief, loss, forgiveness, and friendship. So suffice to say, there will be more darkness.
“There’s an evening of the score and there’s a rebalancing that will take place and almost, in some ways, a role reversal.”
Well there you have it – your next Netflix fix (easy for you to say) courtesy of yours truly.
And what timing as well, because it’s the weekend, a period synonymous with doing nothing but binging on great TV.
Have at it.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.