(Above: ‘How to Fix a Drug Scandal. Source: YouTube video)
What’s new on Netflix? Tomorrow, April 1, the streamer will add four shows: How to Fix a Drug Scandal (a new docuseries); Sunderland ‘Til I Die (a returning docuseries); Nailed It! (the return of a humorously seasoned baking show); and The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show (a new comedic concoction).
Erin Lee Carter, who directed an episode of Netflix’s muckraking show Dirty Money, helms this four-part docuseries that examines how the actions of one crime lab employee impacted tens of thousands of lives.
The show starts in 2013 in Massachusetts with the arrest of crime drug lab chemist Sonja Farak for evidence tampering. It then emerges that Farak, an addict, had been using the drugs she tested. It also becomes clear that her actions led to the conviction of numerous people, despite efforts to suppress the tainted evidence.
The show includes recreations of Farak’s grand jury testimony, as well as interviews with attorneys, experts, and members of Farak’s family.
Sunderland ‘Til I Die (season two)
The eight-episode second season of this docuseries marks the return of the Sunderland Association Football Club (SAFC), the heart and soul of life in the northeastern English city. Season one bore witness to Sunderland’s 2017-2018 season, in which the club was relegated from the English Football League championship.
Nailed It! (season four)
If there is one show appropriate for an April Fools’ debut, it is Nailed It! (not to be confused with Nailed It, sans exclamation point, a 2018 documentary about the nail salon industry). The reality show features contestants who should not go within 50 yards of a kitchen.
Hosted by Nicole Byer, participants compete for a grand prize of $10,000 by recreating — rather, attempting to recreate — edible masterpieces. Some entries look like they really scraped the bottom of the pan.
Stand-up comedian Iliza Shlesinger, who also executive produced, leads an ensemble cast in this six-episode series satirizing infomercials, exercise, DIY and chat shows.
You can also hear Shlesinger’s take on life in her podcast, Ask Iliza Anything.
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