Netflix Gets Coben

(Pictured above: Four of ‘The Five’)

The Five, the first TV series written by popular mystery author Harlan Coben, comes to Netflix tomorrow, September 15.

The 10-episode crime thriller first aired last year on Britain’s Sky One channel, which provides the following synopsis: “Five friends, one goes missing. Flash forward 20 years and his DNA turns up at a murder scene. The four friends are forced to revisit the past and uncover the truth…Is he really alive?”

The Five’s cast includes Tom Cullen (Anthony Gillingham on Downton Abbey) and O-T Fagbenle (Luke in The Handmaid’s Tale).

While The Five marks Coben’s first TV writing credits, it’s not his first TV series. In 2015, he created the French series No Second Chance, already available on Netflix. In this six-parter, “a doctor searching frantically for her missing baby daughter finds herself tangled in a web of ruthless criminals, suspicious cops and dark secrets.”

Another six-episode French series, Juste un Regard, from Coben’s novel Just One Look, premiered this past June. In this one, a woman takes “just one look” at an old photo and her husband then suddenly disappears, leading her on a desperate search. No word yet on a US pickup, but we suggest keeping an eye on Netflix since Juste un Regard is from the same producers as No Second Chance.




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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