As a result of an impressive slate of new shows, scripted TV reigns this March. Queen Bey — will make its debut. The acclaimed series “Yellow Jackets” will return for a second season. It joins the “Swarm”, which has sent chills down the spines pop culture fans. “Next in Fashion”, which was canceled three years back, is also returning. Perhaps the most disturbing of all is “The Power,” which stars Toni Colette and a group of young stars. It imagines a world where girls are able to emit electricity as a way of self-preservation.
The ghostly streak continues on the big screen with “Scream VI”, the next chapter of Ghostface’s franchise, making its way to theaters in early January. “The Five Devils,” an artsy queer horror about olfactory memories, stars Adele Exarchopoulos.
This month has plenty of LGBTQ-inclusive content, including the 95th Academy Awards ceremony March 12. Queer creators and films are sure to win history-making awards.
‘Daisy Jones and the Six’
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s bestseller “Daisy Jones and the Six,” is adapted for screen by Sam Claflin and Riley Keough. They play troubled rock stars who lead a Fleetwood Mac-inspired band. The 10-episode limited series, which is set in 1970s, charts the meteoric rise of the fictional band and its eventual demise. Keough, the great-granddaughter of Elvis, plays Daisy Jones, a self doubting lead singer who seduces Billy Dunne (Claflin), despite his better judgement. The rest of the cast includes Josh Whitehouse and Sebastian Chacon, as well as Nabiyah Be in an enviable subplot as Simone Jackson. Simone Jackson rises to the top New York’s disco scene, but must choose between being openly gay and becoming mainstream.
Premiere of “Daisy Jones and the Six”, Amazon Prime Video, March 3.
“Next in Fashion”
Although it was cancelled in 2020, “Next in Fashion,” a design competition series, returns. It is hosted by Tan France, an experienced host and star of “Queer Eye”. The long-awaited second season will see Gigi Hadid, a model, take over as Alexa Chung’s co-host. She manages to gather a new group of fashion designers who are looking for $200,000 in 10 episodes of grueling sartorial challenges. Regular judges Jason Bolden, Gabriella Karefa Johnson, and Helena Christensen are helping the fashion guru and model to choose the next face in fashion. They also have a host guest judges, including Isabel Marant, Bella Hadid and Donatella Versace.
Season 2 of “Next in Fashion”, season 2 premieres on Netflix March 3.
BAFTA-winning actress and writer Daisy May Cooper (“This Country”) stars as Cash Carraway’s new series on the necessity of selected relations: “Rain Dogs.” Cooper portrays Costello Jones, a struggling mom who turns to her loyal but imperfect best friends (Jack Farthing & Ronke Adekoluejo), for help in raising her daughter Fleur Tashjian (Fleur Tasjian). The series feels more like “The Next Best Thing” with a rakish Rupert Everett type. It follows the group as they rebel against convention and create their own modern family.
Season 1 of “Rain Dogs”, season 1, premieres on HBO Max March 6.
Queer cinema has exploded into every genre of film in recent years. Teen love stories centered around toxic masculinity feel almost nostalgic. “Punch”, a New Zealand film starring Tim Roth, argues that it is still possible to find gay romance and come to terms with your sexuality anywhere in the world. Roth portrays the father of a young boxer (Jordan Oosterhof), who is preparing to fight his first professional bout. However, he begins to question his future after meeting Conan Hayes, a gay Maori classmate.
“Punch,” opens in U.S. theaters March 10, and will be available on video-on demand platforms March 10.
Matt BettinelliOlpin and Tyler Gillett are continuing to queer up Ghostface with “Scream VI.” This year’s sequel saw a new generation from Woodsboro, California facing the masked killer. The help of Gale Weathers (CourteneyCox) was also a key part of their efforts. The four young Californians who survived the horror have made it to New York City. They are sibling duos Sam Carpenter and Jenna Ortega, Mindy and Chad Meeks Martin (Jasmin Svoy Brown, Mason Gooding), and hope to forget the horrible past and start new lives in New York. They are not the only ones who are being called the killer by the bustling streets and crowded subway cars. The group meets Kirby Reed, a fellow survivor played by Hayden Panettiere on her return to Hollywood. Also, they meet the surprising sluethy Gale who is always close to a news story.
“Scream VI” opens in U.S. theaters on March 10.
Janine Nabers and Donald Glover, creators of “Atlanta”, aren’t afraid to speak out in their horror series “Swarm,” which targets toxic fandom through the story about a murderous fan. Dominique Fishback (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) portrays Dre, a superfan and a fierce fan of Ni’Jah. She has an uncanny resemblance with Beyonce and has a large fanbase. Dre’s grasp on reality is already fragile when the series premieres. But then, a trauma pushes Dre deeper into diva worship and the depths fan Twitter. The series takes viewers on a brutal road trip through the South, and Dre’s fascination with Ni’Jah is evident.
Season 1 of “Swarm” premieres on Amazon Prime Video March 17.
The haunting teen drama “Yellow Jackets,” which was a huge success in its first season, returns with a new chapter. Its cast includes 90s stars as well as newcomers like Jasmin Svoy Brown and Liv Hewson. A few survivors of the high school soccer team’s plane crash were left stranded in wilderness after the first season. Things were clearly beginning to unravel. There was a rescue plan that went up in flames, an investigation that involved mushrooms, and one of their teammates dying under their noses. On another timeline, their adult selves, played by Melanie Lynskey and Christina Ricci, Tawny Cpress, Juliette Lewis, were beginning to revert back to their baser instincts as they tried to track down a blackmailer, who is well-versed in what happened in those woods many decades ago. There are many questions to be answered as the season starts, including whether the teens will be able to survive without resorting the cannibal plotline.
Season 2 of “Yellow Jackets”, season 2 premieres on Showtime, March 24, 2009.
“The Five Devils”
After years of being under the radar, actress Adele Exarchopoulos (“Blue Is The Warmest Color”) is ready for a major comeback. “Passages” currently has high praises at film festivals and “The Five Devils,” which are releasing to horror fans’ delight. Lea Mysius (“Ava”) is the director of the surreal film about Vicky (Sally Drame). Vicky uses her strong sense of smell to figure out the relationship between her mother (Exarchopoulos), and her aunt (Swala Emati). She uncovers years of bitterness and trauma from her family as she digs deeper. This is all set against the backdrop of an isolated Alpine town.
“The Five Devils,” opens in U.S. theaters on March 24, and streams on Mubi in May.
‘Mae Martin: SAP’
Mae Martin, the creator of “Feel Good”, returns to Netflix with an hour-long comedy-special, directed by Abbi Jacobson. “Mae Martin, SAP” takes its name form one of the tree-related jokes on the set, making it a very funny, Canadian affair.
“Mae Martin – SAP” debuts on Netflix March 28th.
Amazon continues to look towards the future with “The Power”, its new series. It stars Toni Colette and John Leguizamo, as well as an international cast of young stars led by Halle Bush and Auli’i Cravalho. The streamer’s previous series, “Paper Girls”, and “The Wheel of Time,” also examines current social issues through fantasy and feminist metaphor. In this instance, young girls are able to produce electricity from their own hands. The series’ young heroines develop a way to fight back against oppressors. This is a significant threat to the global order and makes them enemies of all world leaders as well as teen boys. Based on Naomi Alderman’s novel, the show also stars Daniela Vega (“A Fantastic Woman”) as well as Toheeb Jamesoh (“Ted Lasso”) and imagines a world where women don’t have to fear for their safety.
Season 1 of “The Power” premieres on Amazon Prime Video, March 31.