The Son Rises on Lightbox

If you thought AMC’s western mini-series, The Son, had gone thataway … hitch your wagon to a Lightbox subscription.

The Spark streaming service will carry the epic saga that originally was to have starred Sam Neill from August 26.

It stars Pierce Brosnan and is one of 10 exclusives that Lightbox will roll out between today, when Suits starts its seventh season, and September 24, when the Swedish crime mystery Spring Tide will premiere.

Here’s the Lightbox press release with dates and synopses:

Suits S7 – 13 July 

Harvey Specter and Mike Ross back together for the seventh season of the critically acclaimed legal drama. Lightbox is the home of Suits in New Zealand with every single season ever made available to binge on the platform.

Midnight Sun S1 – 19 July

Elevating an artform is no easy feat. But according to the Sydney Morning Herald, Midnight Sun sets a new highwater mark for the murder mystery genre. Developed by writers Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein – creators of acclaimed series The Bridge (also available on Lightbox) – the Scandinavian noir series is set in a remote corner of Sweden and follows a murder investigation that tears open a wound in the native Sami community.

Search Party S1 – 2 August 

“High stakes mystery meets laugh-out-loud satire” says The Guardian of new series Search Party, a millennial spin on a thriller story when four self-absorbed twenty-somethings become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance suddenly disappears. The cast is led by a young comedy superstar-on-the-rise, Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development, Broad City), with hilarious supporting parts played by Parker Posey and Ron Livingston.

Jordskott S1 – 9 August 

The ten episode first season of Jordskott follows police inspector Eva Thörnblad who returns to the village of Silverhöjd, seven years after her daughter Josephine disappeared beside a lake in the forest and presumed drowned. Upon Eva’s return, a boy is missing and she begins to look for similarities between this disappearance and that of her daughter.

Wasted S1 – 16 August 

Surreal slacker comedy set in a West Country village, Wasted follows the lives of a group of twenty-something friends are changed forever by the appearance of a familiar figure. Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings) plays a spirit guide to the misguided group and aims to provide enlightenment to their day-in, day-out lives.

Decline and Fall – 18 August

Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) shines in the TV miniseries Decline and Fall, based on the Evelyn Waugh novel, about an inoffensive divinity student (played by Jack Whitehall) at Oxford University in the 1920s wrongly dismissed for indecent exposure having been made the victim of a prank by The Bollinger Club.

The Son S1 – 26 August 

The Son presents a multi-generational epic American western drama story based on Philipp Meyer’s 2013 book, telling of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas oil empire. Pierce Brosnan takes the lead role as Eli McCullough, described by the Los Angeles Times “as physically striking as he is imposing”.

The Loch S1 – 6 September 

The Loch is a six part television drama that follows a murder mustery set in the picturesque village of Lochnafoy, Loch Ness. The series follows small town policewoman Annie Redford as she investigates the murder of piano teacher Niall Swift, who is found dead at the bottom of a cliff. But when it becomes apparent that part of Swift’s brain has been removed, and a human heart belonging to another victim is found close by, Annie realises they’re looking for a serial killer.

Outlander S3 – 11 September

Since the first season launched on Lightbox in 2015, Outlander has been one of the most popular series on the platform. Fans have eagerly been awaiting season three of the time-travel drama which promises to deliver even more romance, drama and political intrigue. New weekly episodes will be available the same day they launch overseas.

Spring Tide S1 – 24 September 

Swedish crime mystery Spring Tide follows an investigation into the cold case of the murder of a pregnant woman on a Swedish beach 25 years earlier. The Australian highly recommends the show, calling the finale “so thrilling and so unexpected, it up-ends everything you thought you knew was going on.”

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This month, Lightbox will be the only place to see the first season of acclaimed Harlots, a drama centered around a brothel owner in 18th-century London as she struggles to raise her daughters while battling a ruthless rival madam. The Atlantic has called the show “an unflinchingly clear-eyed look at the 18th-century sex trade” that presents a sharp perspective on the dynamics of pleasure and power.

Plus the second season of Preacher, the comic book adaption produced by comedian Seth Rogen. Continuing on from an explosive first season, the show follows one-time outlaw turned Man of God, Jesse Custer, after being imbued with the mysterious and highly powerful force Genesis.

Together with hell-raising ex-girlfriend Tulip and Irish vagabond Cassidy, the preacher-in-training embarks on a journey to find God in a world inhabited by holy, hellish, and everything-in-between characters. New episodes of Preacher arrive express on Lightbox every Tuesday, with the first three available now.

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5 Responses to “The Son Rises on Lightbox”

  1. YAY, I really loved the book of The Son, it’s definitely epic 🙂

  2. Quite agree, Trevor, a fantastic read and it sounds as if they’ve made a good fist of adapting it, with a second season to come.

  3. Lightbox has some great shows but man, the interface on iPad at least is infuriating. Doesn’t remember where you’re up to in shows etc.

  4. Yes,I see that Philip, YAY, can’t wait 🙂

  5. Speaking of great reads Philip, it looks like George RR Martin has finally finished The Winds of Winter, there is an announcement on the horizon YIPEEEE I feel so happy 🙂

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