Scripted TV reigns supreme this March, as an impressive slate of new shows debuts, including a Donald Glover horror satirizing Beyoncé’s (i.e. Queen Bey) fanbase. Joining the aptly named «Swarm» to send chills down pop culture fans is the acclaimed series «Yellow Jackets,» which is returning for a second season, along with «Next in Fashion,» which managed to rise from the dead after having been canceled three years ago. And, perhaps more disturbing to some than others, «The Power,» starring Toni Colette and an international cast of young stars, imagines a world in which girls have evolved to radiate electricity as a means of self-preservation.
The spooky streak continues on the big screen, with the next chapter in the Ghostface franchise, «Scream VI,» hitting theaters earlier this month, followed by «The Five Devils,» a queer art horror about the power of smell. memory, starring Adèle Exarchopoulos.
There’s plenty more LGBTQ content to watch this month, including the 95th Academy Awards on March 12, where queer creators and movies have plenty of potential to sweep and score historic wins.
‘Daisy Jones and the Six’
The film adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s best-selling novel «Daisy Jones and the Six» stars Riley Keough and Sam Claflin as troubled rock stars who lead a Fleetwood Mac-inspired band. Set in the 1970s, the 10-episode limited series charts the meteoric rise and eventual breakup of the fictional band. Rock royalty Keough, Elvis’ granddaughter, appropriately steps in as Daisy Jones, a self-doubting lead singer who captures the heart of reformed bad boy Billy Dunne (Claflin), against his better judgment. Actors Suki Waterhouse, Josh Whitehouse, Will Harrison and Sebastian Chacon round out the rest of the bandmates, and Nabiyah Be appears in a scene-stealing supporting role as Simone Jackson, who rises to the top of the New York disco scene. York and has to choose between living openly as a gay woman and achieving mainstream success.
“Daisy Jones and the Six” premieres on Amazon Prime Video on March 3.
‘Next in style’
Despite being canceled in 2020, following its first season, the design competition series «Next in Fashion» returns, directed by veteran host and «Queer Eye» star Tan France. In the delayed second season, model Gigi Hadid takes Alexa Chung’s place as co-host of France, rounding up a new group of fashion designers hoping to win $200,000 in 10 episodes of grueling wardrobe challenges. Helping the bubbly fashion guru and model pick the next face of fashion are regular judges Jason Bolden and Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, as well as a host of guest judges including Helena Christensen, Bella Hadid, Isabel Marant and Donatella Versace.
The second season of “Next in Fashion” premieres on Netflix on March 3.
BAFTA-winning actress and writer Daisy May Cooper («This Country») stars in playwright Cash Carraway’s new series about the necessity of chosen relationships: «Rain Dogs.» Cooper stars as Costello Jones, a feisty mother who turns to her flawed but loyal best friends (Jack Farthing and Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo) for help raising her daughter (Fleur Tashjian). Feeling like a more chaotic «Next Best Thing,» complete with light-hearted Rupert Everett flair, the series follows the group as they buck convention and start their own truly modern family.
The first season of “Rain Dogs” premieres on HBO Max on March 6.
With queer cinema making its way into almost every film genre in recent years, a teenage love story revolving around toxic masculinity feels almost nostalgic. But «Punch,» an independent New Zealand film starring Tim Roth, argues that finding gay romance and coming to terms with your sexuality in a small town, anywhere in the world, is still a story worth telling. In the film, Roth plays the demanding father of a young local boxing hero (Jordan Oosterhof) who, as he prepares for his first professional fight, begins to wonder where his life is headed after meeting a Maori classmate. openly gay (Conan Hayes). .
“Punch” opens in US theaters and is available on video-on-demand platforms on March 10.
Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett continue their work of making the Ghostface franchise wild with «Scream VI.» The pair’s first addition to the campy slasher saga, which launched last year, saw a new generation of Woodsboro, California residents take on the masked killer, with the help of course of the iconic Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox). ). The four young Californians who made it out alive, sibling duos Sam and Tara Carpenter (Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega) and Mindy and Chad Meeks-Martin (Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding), moved to New York City in the new film, hoping to escape the bloody memories of the past and find new lives and loves in the Big Apple. But it turns out that they are not alone, as the killer is also called by the crowded subway cars and the bustling streets of the big city. Fortunately, the group crosses paths with another survivor, Kirby Reed, played by Hayden Panettiere in his return to Hollywood, and the surprisingly cunning Gale, who is never far from bloody news.
“Scream VI” opens in theaters in the United States on March 10.
“Atlanta” creator and writer Donald Glover and Janine Nabers pull no punches in their new horror series “Swarm,” which targets the toxic fandom through the story of an obsessive fan’s murderous spiral. Dominique Fishback («Judas and the Black Messiah») stars as Dre, a superfan of fictional pop sensation Ni’Jah who bears an uncanny resemblance to Beyoncé and also has a rabid fanbase. As the series begins, Dre’s grip on reality is already tenuous, but then a traumatic event pushes her further and further into the diva cult, and the depths of fan Twitter. As a bloody road trip through the South unfolds, the series increasingly has the air of a psychosexual thriller, leaving audiences wondering what Dre finds so fascinating about Ni’Jah.
The first season of “Swarm” premieres on Amazon Prime Video on March 17.
After a hugely successful first season, the haunting teen series «Yellow Jackets» returns for a new chapter, along with its cast of ’90s stars and newcomers like Jasmin Savoy Brown and Liv Hewson. As the debut season came to a close, some survivors of the plane crash that wiped out most of a high school football team were still stranded in the desert and things were definitely beginning to unravel: a smoldering rescue plot. flames, a mushroom-fueled manhunt, and one of the teammates freezes to death right under the girls’ noses. Meanwhile, in another timeline, their adult selves, played by Melanie Lynskey, Christina Ricci, Tawny Cypress, and Juliette Lewis, were beginning to return to their baser instincts as they searched for a blackmailer who is all too familiar with what happened in those forests decades ago. . As the new season kicks off, there are plenty of questions to be answered, including how much longer the teens can survive without resorting to the show’s cannibal plot.
The second season of “Yellow Jackets” premieres on Showtime on March 24.
‘The Five Devils’
After slipping under the radar for years, actress Adèle Exarchopoulos («Blue Is the Warmest Color») is set for a big comeback, with a film, «Passages,» currently receiving acclaim at film festivals, and «The Five Devils.» opens to the delight of horror lovers. Léa Mysius (“Ava”) directs the surreal film about a young girl, Vicky (Sally Dramé), who channels her powerful sense of smell to uncover the relationship between her mother (Exarchopoulos) and her estranged aunt (Swala). Emati). As she delves into the secrets of her little family, transported by a potion of her aunt’s scents, she unwittingly discovers years of festering resentment and a host of latent traumas, playing out against the backdrop of drama. from a remote alpine village.
“The Five Devils” opens in US theaters on March 24 and will stream on Mubi in May.
‘Mae Martin: SAP’
“Feel Good” star and creator Mae Martin returns to Netflix with a one-hour comedy special, directed by Abbi Jacobson: “Mae Martin: SAP.” The pairing is a perfect match, with Martin’s reputation for challenging gender and sexuality norms with deadpan, disillusioned humor and Jacobson’s growing success as a leading queer creative voice, most recently with his hit series adaptation of «A League of Their Own». The special, which was filmed live last year in Vancouver and is described as reflecting on «a world off its axis,» takes its name from one of the tree-related jokes on the set, setting it up to be a Canadian. very funny. love affair.
“Mae Martin: SAP” premieres on Netflix on March 28.
Amazon continues to look to the future with its new series, “The Power,” starring Toni Colette, John Leguizamo, and an international group of young rising stars, led by Halle Bush, Auli’i Cravalho, and Ria Zmitrowicz. As with the streamer’s recent series «Paper Girls» and «The Wheel of Time,» the show looks at current social issues through the lens of fantasy and feminist metaphor, which, in this case, means that girls have evolved to shoot. electricity out of your hands. With their newfound power, the young heroines of the series also develop a means to fight back against the oppressors, posing a great threat to the world order and making enemies of everyone from world leaders to teenagers. The show, based on Naomi Alderman’s novel of the same name and also starring Daniela Vega («Fantastic Woman») and Toheeb Jimoh («Ted Lasso»), imagines a world where women no longer fear for their safety. at all times.
The first season of “The Power” premieres on Amazon Prime Video on March 31.