2020 goes out with a bang and a cocktail of series for the whole family
On day seven of this coming December, HBO will be bringing us a special edition of one of its most successful series, “Euphoria”, which launched season one in June 2019. The special consists of two episodes that will take up the action where the last one left off, footage they’re serving as the aperitif before the main dish of the season two which, according to Espinof magazine, will begin filming in 2021 with a chance that we might see it released at the end of next year or the beginning of 2022.
But alas, that’s about it from the good folk at HBO, while its main competitor, Netflix, continues on its quest to provide fresh content for its loyal audience. On the 4th it will present “Selena: The Series”, a musical biopic about Mexican singer Selena Quintanilla, murdered at the peak of her career in 1995 with fellow country-woman and filmmaker Hiromi Kamata as director.
Seven days later, on the 11th, Netflix will also host the original eight-part intrigue “The Mess You Leave Behind“, featuring Bárbara Lennie and Inma Cuesta as leading lights and Carlos Montero, creator of the famous “Elite” series, acting as showrunner. Netflix also have plans to liven up Christmas with “Bridgerton“, a sugarcoated romantic tale set in London of bygone days and the platform will bid a fond farewell, or good riddance to 2020 with a dose of good old teen terror, with the flagship premiere of the fourth season of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina“, embarking on New Year’s Eve.
On December 16, Amazon Prime Video willrelease the fifth season of “The Expanse”, one of the most highly acclaimed sci-fi, fantasy series among US critics, described by Joshua Rivera on “The Verge” blog as “one of the most dense and rewarding science fiction shows in recent memory” and according to Variety, the show has just been renewed for a sixth and final season. A few days prior, on the 11th, Jeff Bezos’ streaming service will also add “The Wilds”, directed by Susanna Fogel, to its billboard. If the synopsis is anything to go by, we’re in for a youthful TV survival and adventure piece very much in the vein of “Lost” or “The 100”. And finally, on the 18th, we’ll finally get to savor the long-awaited “El Cid”, the story of Castilian nobleman Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar in serial format. Undoubtedly this will be a fabulous showcase for young actor Jaime Lorente, who plays the leading role and walks in the shoes of this Spanish medieval folk hero.
In a year where, thanks to series like “Riot Police”, “Patria” and “The invisible line”, Spanish series have gained significant notoriety, we couldn’t see off December without enjoying the adaptation of Julia Navarro’s best-seller of the same name, “Tell Me Who I Am” which will be available on Movistar+ from day 4. With director Eduard Cortés and screenplay by Piti Español working hand-in-hand with the writer on the project, both have worked together previously on films including “Nobody’s Life” and “Cerca de tu Casa”.
And finally, Disney+ subscribers are in for a treat as of December 4th, the date on which “Mulan” will be made available on the platform at no additional cost. In addition, kids and non-kids alike, ‘adults’ I believe they’re called, can also enjoy the premiere of “Soul“, the latest original Pixar film, ideal for relaxing after dinner during this Christmas time.