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According to new research from Hub, out of all traditional TV networks and streaming services, viewers are most likely to name Netflix as the TV source with the best originals. What’s more, Netflix wins by a wide margin: the percent choosing Netflix (29%) is five times higher than the percent choosing the second-ranked source (CBS, at 6%). For those 35-years-old and up, 24% feel Netflix has the best originals, with no other source reaching double-digits. And, it appears, subscribers are growing increasingly pleased with the monthly rollout of new original series with 48% of those surveyed saying the streamer’s new series and movies are even better than they were in the past.
So, for all Netflix loyalists, here are five new shows coming just in time for Spring.
Murder Among The Mormons (March 3, Three Episodes): This documentary series is set in Salt Lake City in 1985 as a series of pipe bombs kill two people and severely injure another, jolting the epicenter of the LDS Church. The murders send further shockwaves through the community when a trove of early Mormon letters and diaries are found destroyed in the vehicle of the third victim, Mark Hofmann, a renowned collector of rare documents. These include the infamous White Salamander Letter, which is an artifact containing information that threatened to shake the very foundations of Mormonism. As Hofmann fights for his life, investigators race to uncover the truth. Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and Tyler Measom (An Honest Liar), this is the first comprehensive look at one of the most shocking crimes to have ever taken place among the Mormon community and the criminal mastermind behind it all. This BBC Studios Production is executive produced by Joe Berlinger, Ryan O’Dowd, Hess and Measom and produced by Jannat Gargi.
The One (March 12, Eight Episodes): Can you imagine how much time and energy singletons the world over could save if the endless swiping of online dating ceased to exist? There is hope for such a reality in this new relationship drama based on John Marrs’ book entitled The One: A Novel. The series begs the question: What if we could find our perfect partner through DNA matching? The story is set five minutes in the future in a world where a DNA test can find your perfect partner, the one person you’re genetically predisposed to fall passionately in love with. No matter how good your relationship, which one of us can honestly say we haven’t thought about whether there is someone better out there? What if a hair sample is all it takes to find them? The idea is simple, but the implications are explosive. We will never think of love and relationships in the same way again.
Country Comfort (March 19, Ten Episodes): Did you know that Katharine McPhee has impeccable comedic timing? See for yourself with this new comedy series from creator/writer and showrunner Caryn Lucas (The Nanny, What I Like About You and Young & Hungry). This heartfelt story centers around the multi-talented McPhee as Bailey, a down-on-her-luck aspiring country singer whose bad fortune turns when a family takes her in during a major storm after her truck breaks down in front of their house. This newbie nanny has a lot to learn from her new boss, a rugged cowboy named Beau (Eddie Cibrian). Bailey has a never-give-up attitude and loads of southern charm, which enables her to navigate the family dynamics and be the mother figure his five children have been missing. To her surprise, she also gets the perfect band in this musically talented family who help get her back on the road to stardom. This is a feel-good show that’s full of classic and contemporary country music and it’s the perfect binge for the whole family.
Who Killed Sara? (March 24, Ten Episodes): This Mexican drama series is a true nail-biter. There is a monster in every family and as this mystery unravels, it will become clear who that is. Alex is a man who was convicted of a horrendous crime he didn’t commit. Finally, after 18 long years, he’s released from prison but the nightmare is far from over. What he wants most is revenge on Rodolfo Lazcano, the person responsible for the death for which he was sentenced. His life gets even more complicated when he gets into a relationship with Elisa, the Lazcano family’s youngest daughter, and then discovers that Rodolfo is innocent. This thriller stars Manolo Cardona, who is very well-known in the telenovela world and American audiences may recognize him from his work on Narcos Columbia. The cast also includes Carolina Miranda, Ginés García Millán, Claudia Ramírez, Eugenio Siller, Alejandro Nones and Luis Roberto Guzmán. This series is directed by Bernardo de la Rosa and David Ruiz, with a script by series creator José Ignacio Valenzuela. Juan Uruchurtu serves as producer.
The Irregulars (March 26, Eight Episodes): This British series is set in Victorian London and follows a gang of troubled street teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner, the elusive Sherlock Holmes. As the crimes take on a horrifying supernatural edge and a dark power emerges, it’ll be up to the Irregulars to come together to save not only London but the entire world. This series stars Thaddea Graham, Darci Shaw, Jojo Macari, McKell David, Harrison Osterfield, Royce Pierreson and Henry Lloyd-Huges. The series was written, created and executive produced by Tom Bidwell (Watership Down, My Mad Fat Diary) and executive produced by Drama Republic’s Jude Liknaitzky (My Mad Fat Diary, Doctor Foster) and Greg Brenman (Peaky Blinders, The Honourable Woman). The series is produced by Rebecca Hodgson (Good Cop, Deep Water) and the lead director is Johnny Allan (Endeavour) with Joss Agnew (The Split, Poldark) and Weronika Tofilska (Last Train) also directing.