Despite all manner of exciting original series heading to Apple TV+ in July (including the likes of Black Bird, Trying (Season 3), and Surface), the streaming platform has today revealed the premiere dates for two more series to add to your watchlist: “Five Days at Memorial,” a new limited series from Academy Award winner John Ridley and Emmy Award winner Carlton Cuse; and, “Bad Sisters,” the witty and emotional darkly comedic murder mystery from Emmy Award-nominee and BAFTA Award-winning star and creator Sharon Horgan.
The former, based on actual events and adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink book, “Five Days at Memorial” chronicles the impact of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath on a local hospital. When the floodwaters rose, power failed, and heat soared, exhausted caregivers at a New Orleans hospital were forced to make decisions that would follow them for years to come.
Exec-produced and written by Carlton Cuse (“Jack Ryan,” “Lost”) and John Ridley (“The Other History of the DC Universe,” “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992”), with Cuse directing, “Five Days at Memorial” stars Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring”), Robert Pine (“CHiPs”), Cherry Jones (“Transparent”, “Succession”), Julie Ann Emery (“Better Call Saul,” “Preacher”), Cornelius Smith Jr. (“Scandal,” “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker”), Adepero Oduye (“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,””Pariah”), Molly Hager (“Happyish,” “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”), Michael Gaston (“Blindspot,” “The Leftovers”) and W. Earl Brown (“Deadwood,” “Preacher”).
Moving on to the second release, “Bad Sisters” is a delicious blend of dark comedy and thriller from creator and star Sharon Horgan (The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, “Catastrophe,” “Shining Vale”). The series – Horgan’s first project to premiere from her first-look deal with Apple TV+ – takes place on the breath-taking coast of Ireland, the series follows the lives of the Garvey sisters bound together by the premature death of their parents and a promise to always protect one another. Horgan stars alongside Anne-Marie Duff (“Suffragette,” “The Salisbury Poisonings”), Eva Birthistle (“Brooklyn,” “The Last Kingdom”), Sarah Greene (“Frank of Ireland,” “Dublin Murders”) and Eve Hewson (“Behind her Eyes,” “The Luminaries”) as the Garvey sisters. The ensemble cast also includes Claes Bang (“Dracula,” “The Northman”), Brian Gleeson (“Frank of Ireland,” “Peaky Blinders”), Daryl McCormack (“Good Luck to you, Leo Grande,” “Peaky Blinders”), Assaad Bouab (“Call My Agent,” The Pursuit of Love”) and newcomer Saise Quinn (“Monster”).
Exec-produced and written by Horgan with Brett Baer & Dave Finkel (“New Girl,” “United States of Tara”), “Bad Sisters” is an adaptation of the original Belgian version of the series “Clan,” created by Malin-Sarah Gozin (“Tabula Rasa,” “Professor T”). Additional writing is provided by Karen Cogan, Ailbhe Keogan, Daniel Cullen, Perrie Balthazar and Paul Howard. Dearbhla Walsh, Josephine Bornebusch and Rebecca Gatward serve as directors with Walsh also acting as executive producer. The series will mark Horgan’s first project to premiere from her first-look deal with Apple TV+.
“Five Days at Memorial,” is a limited eight-episode series, debuting globally on Friday, August 12 with the first three episodes, followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday through September 16.
“Bad Sisters” consists of 10 episodes, debuting globally on Friday, August 19 with the first two episodes, followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday through October 14.