New to Neon and SoHo in September


A NZ-made psychological thriller set in the Marlborough Sounds will stream weekly on Neon from September 4.

About a missing person and a blissful marriage that’s turned upside down in small-town Pelorus, The Sounds stars Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight), Matt Whelan (Go Girls), Matt Nable (Mr Inbetween) and Peter Elliott (800 Words).

Reads the blurb:

When Maggie (Lefevre) and Tom Cabbott (Whelan) move to the town of Pelorus to escape the oppressive influence of Tom’s family, they plan to start a new business venture that will reinvigorate the local economy and set them on a new life path. But when Tom disappears, unsettling facts about him soon come to light, and the search brings long-buried wounds to the surface. As Maggie struggles to navigate the escalating events, it becomes clear that in this small, seemingly close-knit community, nothing and no one is quite what they seem.

The eight-part South Pacific Pictures production is a Sky co-pro with Acorn Media Enterprises and Toronto-based Shaftesbury.

No word yet when The Sounds will have a linear run but it will be available on SkyGo the same time as Neon.

Meanwhile, new seasons of Fargo and Absentia are among the series that will premiere next month on Neon ahead of SoHo.

The former will stream weekly from September 29 and S3 of the FBI thriller from September 3 (SoHo from September 6).

S4 of Fargo is set in 1950 Kansas City, where two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. To cement their truce, the heads of the African American and crime families surrender their youngest sons to each other.

Chris Rock (Dolemite Is My Name), Rodney Jones (Lovecraft Country), Jason Schwartzman (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Ben Whishaw (A Very English Scandal) and Timothy Olyphant (Justified) star.

Exclusive to Neon from September 19 will be S2 of Pen15, in which Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play themselves as 13-year-old outcasts in 2000, and from September 1, S1-2 of Shrill.

The latter stars Saturday Night Live’s Aidy Bryant stars as a young woman desperate to change her life — but not her body — while juggling bad boyfriends, a sick parent, and a perfectionist boss.

From executive producers Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks, it co-stars Lolly Adefope (Miracle Workers), Luka Jones (Her), John Cameron Mitchell (Vinyl) and Patti Harrison (Search Party).

Streaming weekly on Neon the same day as its September 15 SoHo broadcast will be The Third Day, a series that is divided into two parts: Summer, directed by Marc Munden, and Winter, directed by Phillipa Lowthorpe.

In Summer, one man visits a mysterious island off the British coast and discovers a group of inhabitants intent on preserving their home at any cost; in Winter, a strong-willed outsider comes to the island seeking answers – but instead causes a battle to decide its fate.

Jude Law (The New Pope), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Emily Watson (Chernobyl), Paddy Considine (The Outsider), John Dagleish (Farming) and Freya Allan (The Witcher) star.

I Hate Suzie (Neon from September 24, SoHo2 from September 27) is billed as an “excruciatingly honest” eight-part series about a star on the wane whose world is turned upside down after her phone is hacked and an image of her in a ‘compromised position’ is leaked.

Exposed and devastated, she attempts to hold her life, career and marriage together, and goes through all the stages of grief – Shock, Denial, Fear, Shame, Bargaining, Guilt, Anger, and Acceptance – while seeking counsel from her best friend and manager.

Billie Piper (Doctor Who), Daniel Ings (The Crown), Leila Farzad (Innocent) and Nathaniel Marthello-White (Guerilla) star.

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