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Top 50 Future TV Binge List: Cannes Vets Coen Bros., Refn & Haneke Top Inaugural Chart

Top 50 TV Binge List

Top 50 Future TV Binge List

Top 50 Future TV Binge List: Cannes Vets Coen Bros., Refn & Haneke Top Inaugural Chart

Top 50 Future TV Binge List: Cannes Vets Coen Bros., Refn & Haneke Top Inaugural Chart

With TV being the new orange, it’s becoming increasing difficult to keep tabs on what our filmmaker favorite are up to and while we remain a film-centric outlet, our Top 50 TV Binge List is a monthly ranking of what we are craving for the most in the the medium. We will be sticking to upcoming TV series in the works (before they premiere) and won’t be populating the list with second seasons (although we can’t wait to see how Andrea Arnold jump with Big Little Lies) or TV shows or pilots (L.A. Confidential has got us curious). For the most part, this is a handy guide curated by those who can’t still make the distinction between film and non-film (Twin Peaks: The Return).

Possibly readied for a first look at the Cannes Film Festival and landing at the top of our list, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs might follow in the footsteps of Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl with a tuxedo type of presentation. Production began in July of last year, and while Netflix have been mum with a release date/season, we do know that Tim Blake Nelson leads a formidable cast in this six-parter.

With her Sundance docu output of  2013’s Sundance preemed Gideon’s Army , and 2016’s TrappedDawn Porter returns to television with a Netflix four-hour four-part portrait — Bobby Kennedy For President, which uses utilizes rare and never-before-seen archival footage of his 83-day presidential run.

Selected as the closing item for the inaugural CannesSeries, creator Harlan Coben – the celebrated author we know for Guillaume Canet’s adaptation of 2006’s Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne) will see a chunk of Safe be presented on the croisette. Consisting of eight episodes with Michael C. Hall in the lead, this centers around a disappearance and his circle of (dis)trust. No word on the directors just yet.

Nicolas Winding Refn is the gift who keeps on giving in terms of production updates on the 10 episode Too Old To Die Young for Amazon. With still some shooting remaining (scheduled shoots to still take place this summer), this naturally explores the criminal world – in what we imagine is an urban Ghost Dog like exploration of the underbelly of Los Angeles. This features several thesps including William Baldwin and Miles Teller (pictured above). This should drop in the fall and if Venice or TIFF or open to it, could be profiled there.

Quoted as saying “after ten TV movies and 12 films, I wanted to tell a longer story for once,” it is Michael Haneke who takes our fifth spot (and let’s be frank could top the list for the next two years) with Kelvin’s Book – which explores themes (reflection of the digital age and dystopia) he has previously worked on in his filmography for a ten-parter in English for FremantleMedia’s UFA Fiction. We are a long ways away, but confident that this will drop next year.

Timed for the first Monday of the month, we’ll be adding, subtracting and updating the chart below. Let us know what you think in the comment section below. Thank you for your patronage!

RankTitleViaNetwork# EpisodesReleaseRanking Last Month
1The Ballad of Buster ScruggsCoen Bros.Netflix62018⭑ New!
2Bobby Kennedy For President (Doc)Dawn PorterNetflix4 HRS April 27th⭑ New!
3Safe Harlan CobenNetflix82018⭑ New!
4Too Old To Die YoungNicolas Winding RefnAmazonVideo102018⭑ New!
5Kelvin's BookMichael Haneke102019?⭑ New!
6Sharp ObjectsJean-Marc ValleeHBO8Summer 2018 ⭑ New!
7SuccessionAdam McKayHBO?June 2018⭑ New!
8I Know This Much Is TrueDerek CianfranceHBO82019?⭑ New!
9Untitled Iron Curtain ProjectAgnieszka Holland & Kasia AdamikNetflix82018⭑ New!
10ManiacCary FukunagaNetflix102018⭑ New!
11Catch 22George ClooneyHULU62019?⭑ New!
12Central Park Five Ava DuVernay Netflix52019⭑ New!
13The Little Drummer Girl Park Chan-wook 62019⭑ New!
14The WidowHarry and Jack WilliamsAmazonVideo82019⭑ New!
15ChernobylCraig MazinHBO52018?⭑ New!
16The SplitAbi Morgan62019?⭑ New!
17Random Acts of FlynessTerence NanceHULU62019?⭑ New!
18Castle Rock J.J. AbramsHULU82018⭑ New!
19HannaSarah Adina SmithAmazonVideo?2019⭑ New!
20The RomanoffsMatthew WeinerAmazonVideo92018⭑ New!
21ChimericaWilliam OldroydNetflix42019?⭑ New!
22Untitled Watergate ProjectGeorge ClooneyNetflix82020?⭑ New!
23GostaLukas MoodyssonHBO82019⭑ New!
24Gangs of LondonGareth EvansHULU?2019⭑ New!
25The BisexualDesiree AkhavanHULU?2019⭑ New!
26The Gilded Age Julian Fellowes102019⭑ New!
27BulletproofNick Love, Noel Clarke, Ashley Walters62018⭑ New!
28The EddyDamien ChazelleNetflix82020?⭑ New!
29Underground RailroadBarry JenkinsAmazonVideo?2019?⭑ New!
30Tong Wars Wong Kar WaiAmazonVideo102020?⭑ New!
31Untitled Andrey Zvyagintsev ProjectAndrey ZvyagintsevParamount Television?2020?⭑ New!
32Picnic at Hanging RockLarysa Kondracki/Michael Rymer/Amanda Brotchie?2018⭑ New!
33$1Craig ZobelHBO?2019⭑ New!
34The Undoing David E. Kelly HBO?2021?⭑ New!
35SnowpiercerJosh Friedman?2019?⭑ New!
36Ni Una Menos (Doc)Larrain Bros.82019?⭑ New!
37ReinasLarrain Bros.102019?⭑ New!
38AND!Damien Chazelle ?2020?⭑ New!
39A Suitable Boy Mira Nair82020?⭑ New!
40His Dark MaterialsTom Hooper82020?⭑ New!
41CampingLena DunhamHBO82019⭑ New!
42The FirstBeau WillimonHULU8????⭑ New!
43Catherine the GreatPhilip MartinHBO?2019⭑ New!
44RavenMichelle MacLarenHBO?2020?⭑ New!
45Untitled Mobster SeriesLeo Dicaprio?2021?⭑ New!
46New Delhi police Series Richie Mehta82019⭑ New!
47Killer JoeWilliam Friedkin?????⭑ New!
48Slaughterhouse-Five Patrick Macmanus?????⭑ New!
49Bruce McNall ProjectNick Cassavetes?????⭑ New!
502018 FIA Formula 1 (Doc)James Gay Rees/Paul MartinNetflix102019⭑ New!

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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