Rachel Griffiths x 2

Australia’s Rachel Griffiths — two-time Emmy nominee for ABC’s Brothers and Sisters, Golden Globe winner for HBO’s Six Feet Under, and Oscar nominee for1998’s Hilary and Jackie –returns in two series debuting on subscription streaming services over the next week: Amazon Prime’s The Wilds and Sundance Now’s Total Control.

The Wilds, 10 episodes, December 11

Debuting tomorrow, The Wilds is billed as Amazon Prime’s first young adult series.  It’s about a group of teen girls from different backgrounds who fight for survival after a plane crash strands them on a deserted island. Since Griffiths is hardly a teen, we deduce she’s part of the series’ twist: “These girls did not end up on this island by accident.”

The Wilds consists of 10 episodes, all of which will be available tomorrow. The first episode will also be available free to all through Tuesday, December 15, not only on Amazon Prime but on the streamer’s YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Total Control, six episodes, December 17

Griffiths co-created this political drama, which earned Best Drama honors for last year from AACTA, Australia’s equivalent of the Emmy Awards. Griffiths also picked up AACTA honors as Best Guest or Supporting Actress, while Deborah Mailman (Acorn TV’s Mystery Road) won as Best Lead Actress.

Mailman plays Alex Irving, an indigenous woman who becomes a national hero after a courageous act against a gunman. Hoping for political benefit, Australia’s besieged prime minister (Griffiths) installs Irving in the Senate. Ambition, betrayal and treachery come into play as Irving fights for real power.

Sundance Now will unveil one episode of Total Control on Thursdays, starting December 17 through January 21. The series ran originally on Australia’s ABC in October 2019.

For more, visit SundanceNow.com.

(Top photo: Rachel Griffiths and Deborah Mailman in ‘Total Control,” courtesy Sundance Now)

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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