As the curtain begins to come down on another September, the folk at the multiple of VoD platforms being the roll call of what’s on offer for the coming month. Netflix arrives with a tight schedule and kicks off October with a triple bet. On the one hand, day one sees the arrival of the new series “Good morning, Verônica”, a Brazilian police thriller from directors Rog de Souza, Izabel Jaguaribe and José Henrique Fonseca. Shortly after, “Oktoberfest: Beer and Blood” will be released, in this case by Finnish filmmaker Hannu Salonen, although all six episodes were shot on location in Germany. The story tells of the fierce battle between two Munich family breweries in the early 20th century. Then, from Germany we’re off to France, and the following day, on October 2nd, Netflix will add “Emily in Paris” to its Schedule, a new North American series where the young protagonist moves to the French capital in search of employment.
But these are not the only novelties the good people at Netflix have in store for us this month. Other noteworthy releases scheduled for October include the historical miniseries “Someone Has to Die”, directed by Mexico’s Manolo Caro, “Grand Army”, which introduces us to five students from a Brooklyn high school fighting for their future. And there will also be what is probably one of the most eagerly awaited series this fall, Mike Flanagan’s return to horror with “The Haunting of Bly Manor”, scheduled for release October 9th. Flanagan, considered by critics as a genius when it comes to creating haunting atmospheres, gets back to business with this sequel to “The Haunting of Hill House”, only this time, featuring new characters from the literary world of Henry James.
HBO kicks off the month of October with new seasons of two of its most popular series. Firstly, on the 3rd, season two of “Warrior”, the martial arts series that premiered last year and which features several big names among its many directors including David Petrarca, known for directing several episodes of the famous “Game of Thrones”. And a few days later, on the 12th, the platform releases the second part of “The Spanish Princess”, a historical drama about the life of Catherine of Aragon and which also premiered last year. HBO also has a few other aces up their sleeve for the second half of the month, including a new series from Sweden, “Beartown”, the story of the junior hockey team from the town that gives its name to the series and on which rest the dreams of its entire population. Then, towards months-end we’re in for a treat as on the 26th the platform premieres the dramatic miniseries “The Undoing”, with a luxury cast led by Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman.
Another competitor showing real market potential right now is Disney+, who also have a veritable feast in store for audiences this month. October 9th sees the landing of “The Right Stuff”, a chronicle based on a group of pilots who are recruited to carry out tests on different aircraft, with the aim of becoming prestigious astronauts. And at the end of the month we will be able to savor the highly anticipated second season of “The Mandalorian”, the Star Wars spin-off conceived by Jon Favreau and based on a blending of scenery from space-adventure and Western.
Other noteworthy releases this novelty-packed October are, on the one hand, season four of “Fargo”, a series described by North American critics as a masterpiece with fascinatingly temperamental characters which will be available from Movistar Seriesmanía on October 1st. Then on October 16th, Movistar+ premieres the long-awaited “Antidisturbios” (“Riot Police”), the new and brutal series about Spanish National Police from director Rodrigo Sorogoyen, which was presented at the San Sebastián Festival, even though it was out of competition.
Amazon Prime Video has reserved two original series to end the month, and on the 30th will premiere “Truth Seekers”, a comedy horror co-created by the famous British actor and screenwriter Simon Pegg. Then, they release “Utopia” on the same day, a remake of the British series of the same name that brought together a web of characters concerned with unearthing hidden meaning in the intricacies of computing.