While film and TV production has been halted since mid-March, Netflix shows no signs of slowing down, with plenty of new content on the way to keep audiences entertained. Here are the new releases we're most looking forward to on Netflix in the coming days. Click "Read More" to keep yourselves occupied for May Circuit Breaker.
1) Hollywood (NEW Series), starting from 1st May
Taking a "What If?" approach, Ryan Murphy's new Netflix series is a grand affair tackling entertainment industry power dynamics in 1940s Los Angeles. Rather than a simple Tinseltown retelling — as he did with Feud: Bette and Joan — Hollywood imagines a world in which different choices were made during this period of great prosperity and prejudice. What would the current landscape look like if Rock Hudson had walked the red carpet with his boyfriend or studio heads hadn't whitewashed roles? Playing a mix of fictitious and real figures, the series boasts a sprawling cast that includes Murphy regulars Patti LuPone, Darren Criss, Jim Parsons, and Dylan McDermott. TV newcomer (and Tony nominee) Jeremy Pope scored a role on the next season of Pose after apparently impressing as screenwriter Archie Coleman, and Holland Taylor, Mira Sorvino and Samara Weaving also join Murphy's ever-expanding Murphy acting troupe.
2) Dead to Me, Season 2, starting from 8th May
Accidentally killing someone's husband makes for a strange BFF foundation, but Judy (Linda Cardellini) and Jen's (Applegate) friendship is one of the best on TV in recent years. Everything fell apart after Jen learned the truth about her houseguest, but the last moments of Season 1 bound them together after an irreversible act of violence. Picking up as the pair deal with the consequences of that divisive cliffhanger, Jen and Judy have another crime to cover up. Will they get away with it?
3) The Eddy (NEW Series), starting from 8th May
Damien Chazelle makes his television debut with a limited series dedicated to the contemporary jazz scene in Paris. Casting André Holland — who's made his mark on TV in The Knick and Castle Rock — makes this a Moonlight-La La Land crossover of sorts. Holland plays once celebrated jazz-pianist Elliot Udo, a co-owner of the struggling Parisian club The Eddy, as he experiences personal and professional turmoil. His troubled teen daughter, Julie (Amandla Stenberg), shows up unannounced to live with him, his on-again-off-again girlfriend is the lead singer of The Eddy's house band, and unbeknownst to Elliot, his business partner Farid (Tahar Rahim) has become embroiled in some dodgy dealings. Expect some explosive drama and a solid soundtrack.
4) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Vs. The Reverend (Interactive Special), starting from 12th May
First came Black Mirror: Bandersnatch's "Choose Your Own Adventure" TV experiment. Nect came Bear Grylls in You vs. Wild. Now, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt gets the Netflix interactive treatment as it wraps up its series run. Joining series regulars Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, and Carol Kane is Daniel Radcliffe, who guest stars as Kimmy's new love interest Prince Frederick Windsor. Taking the show full circle, Jon Hamm also appears as The Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, who held Kimmy captive for 15 years. Now you have a chance to help her vanquish him, or you can enable him to stop her magical day.
5) White Lines (NEW Series), starting from 15th May
Creator of Money Heist Álex Pina is swapping out bank thefts for the sun-soaked clubbing scene in Ibiza. After the body of a famous Mancunian DJ is found, his sister Zoe (Laura Haddock) travels to the popular location to find out what really happened before he went missing 20 years ago. The 10-part drama features a mostly British cast, dishing out a mix of hedonistic partying, copious amounts of drugs, and car chases. Zoe must also contend with her own past in this island-set thriller.