Netflix: Suicide Watch

(Above: screenshot from ’13 Reasons Why’ trailer)

Suicide looms large in two Netflix premieres this Friday, March 31: The Discovery, an original movie starring Robert Redford, and 13 Reasons Why, a young adult drama series directed by Oscar winner Tom McCarthy (Spotlight).

The Discovery, also starring Rooney Mara and Jason Segel, is “a love story set in a world where the afterlife has been scientifically proven, and as a result millions of people start taking their own lives.”

13 Reasons Why, “an intricate and heart wrenching story of teenage life,” tells the story of a boy (Dylan Minnette) coping with audio tapes in which his former crush (Katherine Langford) tells why she took own life.

Adapted from Jay Asher’s best-selling book by Brian Yorkey (Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner for Next to Normal), 13 Reasons Why consists of, yes, 13 hour-long episodes.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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