With less than a month until the Toronto International Film Festival, the annual gathering has unveiled some intriguing TV entries in its 2019 schedule.
As part of the fifth incarnation of TIFF’s Primetime section, the festival announced a half-dozen series that will join this year’s lineup. The headliner for 2019 is HBO’s “Mrs. Fletcher,” the latest TV effort from Tom Perrotta based on one of novels. Featuring a pilot directed by Nicole Holofcener, the series stars Kathryn Hahn as Eve Fletcher, in search of fulfillment while her son looks for the same during his first year at college.
After making a TIFF splash at last year’s fest with “Sorry for Your Loss,” Facebook Watch is returning with another high-profile title. “Limetown,” starring Jessica Biel and Stanley Tucci, is adapted from the scripted podcast of the same name, a fictional spin on a mysterious true-crime investigation. Rounding out the U.S.-based TV additions is “Briarpatch,” Andy Greenwald’s adaptation of Ross Thomas’ 1984 mystery novel, which features Rosario Dawson as an operative trying to uncover the truth behind her detective sister’s death.
Among the International Primetime selections is Rebecca Zlotowski’s “Savages (Les Sauvages).” The “Grand Central” director is a co-creator with Sabri Louatah, whose novels form the backdrop for the series. The first two episodes will begin the story of an Arabic presidential candidate who faces challenges and pressures from many different forces, including from his own family.
Another politics-themed series, “Black Bitch,” looks at the politicization of a tragedy in Australia, while “The Sleepers” is a ’70s-set drama about a couple escaping Communist rule in Czechoslovakia.
See the first full round of Primetime entries below:
“Black Bitch” Australia, 2 episodes
Creators: Darren Dale, Rachel Griffiths, Miranda Dear
Director: Rachel Perkins
“Briarpatch” [USA Network] USA, 2 episodes
Creator: Andy Greenwald
Directors: Ana Lily Amirpour, Steven Piet
“Limetown” [Facebook Watch] USA, 2 episodes
Creators: Zack Akers, Skip Bronkie
Director: Rebecca Thomas
“Mrs. Fletcher” [HBO] USA, 3 episodes
Creator: Tom Perrotta
Directors: Nicole Holofcener, Liesl Tommy
“Savages (Les Sauvages)” France, 2 episodes
Creators: Rebecca Zlotowski, Sabri Louatah
Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
“The Sleepers (Bez vědomí)” Czech Republic, 2 episodes
Creators: Ivan Zachariáš, Ondrej Gabriel
Director: Ivan Zachariáš