Returns of 'Ted Lasso,' Kiefer Sutherland & Netflix's First Live Comedy Event Highlight March Streaming
by Julian Spivey
Daisy Jones & the Six – Amazon Prime Video – Friday, March 3
A miniseries about a fictional rock band in the ‘70s Los Angeles music scene is right up my alley. “Daisy Jones & the Six,” which will consist of 10 episodes, is based on the popular 2019 novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Created for Amazon by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, the series stars Riley Keough as the titular Daisy Jones and a supporting cast featuring Sam Claflin, Camila Morrone and Suki Waterhouse. The story will be told in documentary style, which could be a pro or con depending on how you feel about the format.
Chris Rock: Selective Outrage – Netflix – Saturday, March 4
Netflix was the first successful streaming platform, but when it comes to producing a live event it’s pretty much the last of the streaming services to do so. Most streaming services like AppleTV+ and Peacock have been doing live broadcasts with sporting events, while Disney+ had the high profile and very successful Elton John U.S. farewell concert in November. Netflix, which has been the home for many of the best stand-up comedy specials over the last decade, is popping its live telecast cherry with a live stand-up performance by Chris Rock on Saturday, March 4 – which is sure to draw a massive audience, especially by those hoping to see Rock mention the infamous slap at the Oscars less than a year ago. The live event will take place at 9 p.m. (CST) from Baltimore. If you can’t watch the special live, have no fear, it will remain on Netflix following the live performance.
Ted Lasso (Season 3) – AppleTV+ - Wednesday, March 15
The long-awaited third season of the multiple-time Emmy-winning AppleTV+ comedy series “Ted Lasso” will premiere on Wednesday, March 15 nearly a year-and-a-half after the end of the second season. The delayed third season will pick up where season two left off with our lovable AFC Richmond soccer coach Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis) dealing with the aftermath of his assistant Nate (Nick Mohammed) turning to the dark side to coach a rival club. It feels like this could lead to a darker season of the series than we’ve seen before, but I’d still expect much of the feel-good laughter we’ve gotten in the past. It’s been long rumored that the series was only planned for three seasons potentially making this the show’s swan song, but an official announcement has not been made on that.
Swarm – Amazon Prime Video – Friday, March 17
It’s somewhat surprising to see Donald Glover come out with another TV series this quickly after the final two seasons of his critically-acclaimed “Atlanta” wrapped on FX last year. The new series “Swarm,” which premieres Friday, May 17 on Amazon Prime Video has mostly been kept hush-hush so we don’t know much more than it will be a horror series about a young woman whose obsession with a pop star takes a dark turn. That young woman will be played by Dominique Fishback, who had a star-making turn in the 2021 film “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Glover will not be an actor in “Swarm,” like he was in “Atlanta,” but will serve as co-creator and has at least co-written and directed the pilot episode. Many of the best episodes of “Atlanta” played out like horror movies, which is a good sign for “Swarm.”
Rabbit Hole – Paramount+ - Sunday, March 26
Kiefer Sutherland’s return to television comes in the original Paramount+ spy thriller “Rabbit Hole,” premiering on Sunday, March 26. Sutherland stars as private espionage agent John Weir who has been framed for murder by a mysterious world-controlling power. It feels like “The Fugitive” but with bigger stakes and threats.