It hit me this morning that there is no new episode of Mare of Easttown on this evening and I felt a little sad, but wow what a finale. Emmys for Kate Winslet and Julianne Nicholson, please (and be sure to read Sophie Gilbert’s excellent analysis in The Atlantic of the way women and mothers were centered in this very good series). I did not correctly predict who the killer was (but ICYMI, Stephen King did and don’t click that link if you haven’t watched the finale because obvs, spoiler). All this is to say I am in the market for a new show so I just started Hacks and can’t wait for the Loki premiere on Wednesday.
The (unintentional) theme(s) for this week’s trailers roundup: Memories and nostalgia.
This documentary about Anthony Bourdain, who died from suicide in 2018, is “narrated” by Bourdain himself, using a mix of unused and archived footage. The trailer, which shows snippets of Bourdain’s rise from “anonymous chef” to famous best-selling author and globetrotting TV host, is appropriately melancholy, and includes several shots that linger on Bourdain’s face as he appears deep in thought, or at least, focused elsewhere. It reminded me of the trailer for Won’t You Be My Neighbor, the 2018 documentary about the late Fred Rogers (and got me thinking about the differences and similarities between the two men), which makes sense, since both Roadrunner and Neighbor were directed by Oscar-winner Morgan Neville. Really looking forward to this one. Roadrunner comes to theaters July 16th.
If it feels like we have been waiting a LONG TIME for Black Widow, that’s because we have: the first trailer dropped in December of 2019. This latest trailer (teaser? I don’t even know anymore. It’s exactly one minute long) is titled “Playmaker” and has a few scenes we’ve seen in earlier trailers along with some action sequences (but no clues about who plays Taskmaster). Scarlett Johansson (obvs), Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, and Ray Winstone star in Black Widow which finally comes to Disney Plus (with Premier Access) and theaters on July 9th.
Hugh Jackman plays a “private investigator of the mind” who helps clients access lost memories in a dystopian future, and one day a mysterious woman walks into his office— you get the drift. Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy wrote and directed Reminiscence and the trailer has that show’s futuristic dread/“bring yourself back online” feeling, along with Thandiwe Newton in a starring role. Rebecca Ferguson and Daniel Wu also star in Reminiscence, which comes to theaters and HBO Max on August 20th.
Continuing with the trend of “all shows that have even the tiniest bit of nostalgia attached to them must get a streaming reunion and/or reboot,” the show about the teens who had a web show is back with most of its original cast (Jennette McCurdy famously opted not to reprise the role of Carly’s best friend Sam). Hearing Spencer (Jerry Trainor) say “damn it” and offer Freddie (Nathan Kress) a beer shook me a little bit, but the trailer does warn us that they’re “all grown up” (and not on Nickelodeon anymore). Miranda Cosgrove returns as Carly in the all-new iCarly series, which comes to Paramount Plus June 17th.