Get ready to start binge watching. Netflix has just revealed a brief but intriguing first look at its upcoming original new drama, Bloodline, and it already has people buzzing.
Created by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler (the same team behind FX’s Glenn Close drama Damages) and produced by Sony Pictures Television, the new 13-episode series is described as a “dramatic thriller that explores the demons lurking beneath the surface of a contemporary American family.” According to the official synopsis, it centers on the Rayburns, a close-knit, hardworking family of four adult siblings that live in a Florida Keys community. Their relationships with each other are put to the test when the black sheep brother comes home and threatens to expose the respected family’s dark secrets and shameful past.
Set to premiere next spring, the upcoming series boasts a stellar ensemble cast. Perhaps most notably, the show marks the return of fan favorite Kyle Chandler to the small screen. This is the actor’s first regular TV role since wrapping the much-beloved series Friday Night Lights (he was previously attached to star in a religious drama for Showtime, but the show never made it to air). In addition to Chandler, Bloodline also features Ben Mendelso, Linda Cardellini, and Sissy Spacek. Sam Shepard, Norbert Leo Butz, Jamie McShane, Jacinda Barrett, and Enrique Murciano also co-star.
In addition to revealing initial plot and casting details, Netflix gave viewers their first official glimpse of the dark drama with a teaser that, while all too short, certainly sets an ominous tone.
The clip only provides a fleeting glimpse at the show, focusing in on a boat sailing on the water, engulfed in flames. “We’re not bad people, but we did a bad thing,” Chandler’s character says moodily in the background. The brief footage doesn’t exactly give much insight into the series, other than to make it clear that viewers can expect plenty more of that same spooky vibe throughout the first season.
Regardless of its brevity, the teaser is already sparking interest from viewers, and it’s no wonder why. Besides featuring the long-awaited return of Chandler and several other acclaimed actors, it’s clear that the public has come to trust Netflix for exciting, new original content following the smash success of quality shows like Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards. With the addition of award-nominated series like those to its brand, the streaming service has established itself as a force to be reckoned within the television industry, and it seems both viewers and industry insiders alike are not only acknowledging that but also looking to jump on board.
Case in point? Sony Pictures’ involvement in developing Bloodline, which marks the first partnership Netflix has struck with a major Hollywood studio. Not to mention, the binge-watching factor is always a plus, as there’s no better way to get viewers addicted to a new show than by making every episode of a season available to watch all at once.
With a noteworthy cast and a mysterious theme, Bloodline already looks to have all the makings of the next hit Netflix show. The series will become available for streaming in March.
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