How would the world react if a modern-day Jesus figure emerged in the era of social media? That’s the basic gist of Messiah, a new Netflix series that stars Michelle Monaghan Eagle Eye as a CIA officer investigating the rise of a controversial figure Mehdi Dehbi who may be scamming thousands into following him – or he may be the real deal. Check out the trailer below.
This one’s been in the works for a couple of years now, and frankly, I’m not sure what to think of this show. Behind the scenes, I’m not thrilled with the fact that it’s produced by Mark Burnett, who has credits like The Bible, A.D. The Bible Continues, and – ugh – The Apprentice to his name. This is the downside of looking into who makes the things you consume: sometimes you find out that a show is produced by a guy who rubs you the wrong way. But on the other hand, it was created by Michael Petroni, who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader which I enjoyed and The Book Thief, and it’s being directed by James McTeigue, who directed V for Vendetta which I really enjoyed. So I’m conflicted on this one.
But I’ve been a fan of Monaghan’s for a long time, and I’m excited to see her back in her tenacious, investigative, Gone Baby Gone mode after often not having very much to do in the Mission: Impossible sequels. I did not make time to watch her Hulu show The Path. Sorry, Michelle Monaghan. And it’s always a pleasure to see “that guy” actor John Ortiz pop up in a new project – here he plays the pastor whose daughter is seemingly saved by the new messiah – so Messiah has that going for it, too. But will the show’s intriguing premise be enough to get people to turn it into Netflix’s next phenomenon? This could be one of those shows that catches on in a huge way as people stumble out of the holiday break, or it could be yet another expensive-looking series that gets lost in the endless stream of Netflix content.
Here’s the official logline:
A CIA officer investigates a charismatic figure whose followers believe that he can perform miracles. Is he a divine entity or a dangerous con artist?
Messiah season one arrives on Netflix on January 1, 2020.
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Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: