Mandatory Streamers: Idris Elba is bringing the noise in Turn Up Charlie
Welcome to Mandatory Streamers, our column covering the best new streaming content coming your way every week! For the Week of March 11, Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (Luther, Beasts of No Nation, Thor: Ragnarok) goes from DJ sensation to his buddy’s nanny in Netflix’s new comedy series Turn Up Charlie. Check out Elba’s new series and more of the best new shows debuting and returning online this week below, and be sure to check out our mother site Mandatory by clicking here!
Turn Up Charlie, Series Premiere: Idris Elba turns up the charm and humor in Netflix’s new original series. Elba leaves behind the suave persona to star as the titular Charlie, a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor who reluctantly takes on nanny duties for his best friend’s problem-child daughter, Gabby (Frankie Hervey). Also starring Piper Perabo as a world-class DJ, the series will spin its way onto Netflix starting March 15.
Queer Eye, Season 3 Premiere: The Fab Five are ready to make everyone cry their eyes out again. The new season of the Emmy Award-winning series will follow Antoni, Bobby, Karamo, Jonathan, and Tan to Kansas City, Missouri, on a road trip to change lives and open minds. Another season of love, tears, and amazing transformations is headed your way when Season 3 launches on Netflix on March 15.
Billions, Season 4 Premiere: The fourth season of Billions will explore the trickiest alliance yet as the series arch-nemeses Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) come together to eradicate all of their other rivals. With the help of Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), the trio will take on enemies including John Malkovich’s Grigor Andolov and Asia Kate Dillon’s Taylor Mason. In the end, the characters will all have to figure out exactly how high a price they’ll pay to satisfy their ambitious and vengeful needs. The new season will be available to stream on March 17.
Shrill, Series Premiere: Hulu’s new comedy Shrill is encouraging audiences to be loud and proud. Aidy Bryant stars as Annie, a fat young woman who wants to change her life — but not her body. As Annie tries to start her career while juggling bad boyfriends, a sick parent, and a perfectionist boss, she will teach everyone that embracing yourself is the best way to stir stuff up. Be inspired to feel comfortable in your own skin when Shrill launches on March 15.
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Catastrophe, Season 4 Premiere: Rob Delaney and Sharon Morgan return for the fourth and final season of Amazon Prime’s Emmy-nominated comedy about a one-week stand that leads to an accidental pregnancy. In Season 4, Rob and Sharon’s relationship is pushed to the limits after Rob is sentenced to community service after his drunk driving accident while Sharon learns how to trust him again. The season will explore new life changes as the couple continues through serious ups and downs. Find out if their love and humor is enough to keep them afloat when Catastrophe returns on March 15.
Manhunt, Series Premiere: Acorn TV’s latest original tells the real-life story of how the murder of French National, Amelie Delagrange, on Twickenham Green in August 2004 was eventually linked to two other murders. DCI Sutton (Martin Clunes) was assigned to the case and dedicated himself to finding Amelie’s killer. With a suspected serial killer in sight, Sutton and his fellow officers are on the hunt for enough evidence to arrest him and make sure he’s found guilty at trial. The miniseries launched on Acorn TV on March 11.
The Blacklist, Season 7: On March 11, NBC announced that their crime thriller The Blacklist had been renewed for a Season 7. Starring James Spader as the enigmatic Raymond Reddington and Megan Moone as FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen, Season 6 continues to explore the complicated relationship between the duo as the story crossed over very dangerous lines. Betrayal, lies, and redemption are the name of the game as Reddington undergoes a trial that could alter his future forever. Spader’s contract expires after next season, so, for now, fans can enjoy at least another year of the memorable character when Season 7 streams on the NBC site and Amazon Prime Video.
The Sinner, Season 3: USA Network’s spell-binding crime series will be returning for a third season with Golden Globe winner and massively talented Matt Bomer set to star opposite lead, Bill Pullman. Season 3 will follow Detective Harry Ambrose (Pullman) as he begins a routine investigation of a tragic car accident on the outskirts of Dorchester in upstate New York. Ambrose uncovers a hidden crime that pulls him into the most dangerous and disturbing case of his career. Bomer will portray an upstanding Dorchester resident and expectant father who looks to Ambrose for support in the wake of the accident. Once Season 3 debuts, it will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.