On the one hand, Amazon’s move into original TV programming has resulted in the wonderful “Transparent,” our favorite show of the last year. On the other, it’s also resulted in the decidedly mixed “Mozart In The Jungle,” the generic “Bosch” and, most recently, the dreadful “Hand Of God.” But we hope, given the talent involved, that “Red Oaks” will be closer to Jill Soloway’s show than the rest.
Created by “Magic Mike XXL” director Gregory Jacobs, produced by Jacobs’ long-time friend and collaborator Steven Soderbergh, and with a pilot directed by David Gordon Green, the show stars “Submarine”’s Craig Roberts as a smart alec teen in the 1980s who returns to work at a country club before his junior year of college. The show also features Jennifer Grey, Ennis Esmer, Oliver Cooper, Richard Kind and Paul Reiser, and as its premiere date gets closer, a new trailer has just arrived for the series.
You probably can’t see Soderbergh’s touch in the way that you can with “The Knick,” say, but it still looks very promising, a sort of throwback to 80s teen comedies with a modern sensibility. The show arrives on October 9th on Amazon Prime, and we’re looking forward to it very much.