Mandatory Streamers: Netflix’s Locke & Key adaptation debuts
Welcome to Mandatory Streamers, our column covering the best new streaming content coming your way every week! For the week of February 3, Netflix’s Locke & Key series adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s fantasy horror graphic novel finally debuts its coming-of-age mystery about love, loss, and the unshakable bonds that define family. Check out the best shows debuting and returning online this week as well as the latest renewal announcements below and be sure to visit our mother site Mandatory by clicking here!
Locke & Key, Series Premiere: After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father’s death. As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens — and will stop at nothing to steal them. From Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Meredith Averill (The Haunting of Hill House), the series will begin streaming on Friday, February 7.
Homeland, Season 8 Premiere: The final season finds Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) recovering from months of brutal confinement in a Russian gulag. Her body is healing, but her memory remains fractured – which is a problem for Saul (Mandy Patinkin), now National Security Advisor to the newly ascendant President Warner (Beau Bridges). The top priority of Warner’s young administration is an end to the “forever war” in Afghanistan, and Saul has been dispatched to engage the Taliban in peace negotiations. But Kabul teems with warlords and mercenaries, zealots and spies – and Saul needs the relationships and expertise that only his protégé can provide. Against medical advice, Saul asks Carrie to walk with him into the lion’s den – one last time. The final season will premiere on Sunday, February 9, and will be available to stream via Showtime’s site.
Kidding, Season 2 Premiere: The comedy-drama centers on Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles (Jim Carrey), an icon of children’s television and a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him. But when this beloved personality’s family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairytale, fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: A kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. Season 2 debuts on Sunday, February 9.
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, Series Premiere: Co-created by Rob McElhenney (who executive produces alongside Charlie Day through their RCG banner) and Megan Ganz, the series will follow the story of a team of video game developers as they navigate the challenges of running a popular video game. McElhenney plays Ian Grimm, the company’s creative director. All nine episodes of the comedy will be available to stream on Friday, February 7.
High Maintenance, Season 4 Premiere: Providing a glimpse into the homes and routines of eccentric New Yorkers, High Maintenance explores the private lives of these unique individuals through a common thread: their weed deliveryman. Ben Sinclair stars as The Guy, whose client base includes a group of characters with neuroses as diverse as the city. Season 4 of the stoner comedy series will launch on Friday, February 7.
CBS All Access
Interrogation, Series Premiere: The non-linear series is a new concept based on a true story that spanned more than 30 years. The show will follow a young man (Kyle Gallner) who was charged and convicted of the brutal murder of his mother. After being sentenced to life in prison, he spends the next two decades fighting to prove his innocence. The structure allows for the episodes to be watched in any order. With all the episodes on the CBS All Access streaming platform, the audience (becoming a detective of sorts) can jump back and forth in time while they witness this man’s story unfold in multiple timelines. Gallner will portray his character at all phases of his life. The streamer will release the first nine episodes of the series on Thursday, February 6 to watch in any order, with only the conclusive season finale to be released at a later date.
The Sinner, Season 3 Premiere: Season 3 will follow Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill 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. The third season will star Matt Bomer (White Collar) as Jamie, described as an upstanding Dorchester resident and expectant father who looks to Ambrose for support in the wake of an accident. It will also feature Chris Messina (Sharp Objects) as Jamie’s college friend Nick along with Jessica Hecht, Parisa Fitz-Henley and Eddie Martinez. The new season will premiere on Thursday, February 6, with episodes later available on the network’s site.
Renewals (Soaps Edition)
Days Of Our Lives, Season 56: NBC has renewed its long-running daytime soap for a record 56th season following months of negotiations.
The Young and the Restless, Four Additional Years: CBS has renewed its long-running top daytime soap for four years, taking the drama through 2024. The Young and the Restless currently leads all other daytime dramas in viewers (according to Deadline).