Other Reasons Why You Should Watch Netflix

Jonah Hill and Emma Stone star in Netflix’s next mind-blowing drama, Maniac.

Netflix today announced season two of its controversial youth drama 13 Reasons Why will premiere globally on May 18.

It follows other recent announcements about returning and commissioned series, including the season two premiere of female wrestling romp GLOW on June 29.

A few days earlier, production of Dark’s second season will start in Berlin, while Cary Elwes and Jake Busey have been cast in season three of Stranger Things and John Goodman has signed up for the Rwandan genocide-inspired Black Earth Rising.

Netflix also has greenlit Turn Up Charlie, a comedy starring Idris Elba as a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor who reluctantly becomes a “manny” to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.

And it’s released first-look images of Maniac, Cary (True Detective) Fukunaga’s series about two strangers (Emma Stone, Jonah Hill) who meet in a mind-bending pharmaceutical trial gone awry.

Also out is the first-look trailer for The Innocents, in which two star-crossed teenagers flee their repressive families only to discover one has shape-shifting powers that a mysterious professor (Guy Pearce) promises he can cure.

And following the success of Wild Wild Country, Netflix has announced two more true-crime original documentary series: Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist and new episodes of The Staircase (which will launch this winter alongside the original ten).

Here’s the press release:

The Staircase follows the compelling story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home, and the 16-year judicial battle that followed. Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade was granted unusual access to the case immediately following Kathleen’s death in 2001 in Durham, North Carolina. Her husband, Michael, a local public figure and successful novelist, quickly becomes the prime suspect.

De Lestrade’s cameras were on hand to capture every moment of this extraordinary story from arrest to verdict, following in intimate detail Peterson’s home, the family and his defense team as it considered its strategic options.

The truth behind an extraordinary criminal case, known as the “pizza bomber heist,” is brought to light in the four-part original documentary series Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist, from executive producers Mark and Jay Duplass.

In 2003 in Erie, Pennsylvania, a robbery gone wrong and a terrifying public murder capture the nation’s attention, and a bizarre collection of Midwestern hoarders, outcasts, and lawbreakers play cat-and-mouse with the FBI. Eventually, a middle-aged mastermind named Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong — once a town beauty, now a woman grappling with mental illness — is arrested. But 15 years later, Evil Genius proves there’s more to the conspiracy and murders than was ever thought.

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