June Streaming: Binge And Just Like That… season 2 and The Weeknd’s The Idol
From Carrie and Aidan’s reunion in ‘And Just Like That…’ season 2 to the dark dramas of ‘Black Mirror: Season 6’ and ‘The Idol.’
By Hayley Peppin
CAN YOU believe it’s almost June? We’ve now reached the chilly, puffer-jacket time of year — which sees some flock to Europe for sun-drenched Aperols or embrace goblin mode at home. But whether you’re travelling abroad or desperately trying to find a new binge post Succession blues, you can still go an adventure with a stack of new releases.
Ditch the weekend social plans for some quality cozy time with Abel Tesfaye’s (The Weeknd) The Idol, which just recently made its world premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, as well as the much-anticipated And Just Like That… season two — which sees Carrie and Aidan reunite! — and the wickedly funny whodunnit series Deadloch by Melbourne comediennes Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney. See all BAZAAR’s recommendations below.
Black Mirror: Season 6, Limited Series — June TBC
Black Mirror is back. It’s been a hot minute since the series to haunt your dreams, or least give you all the late night thoughts, has aired on Netflix. But the psych-drama returns some time this June following a four-year hiatus. Naturally, Black Mirror is keeping us guessing on its release with no word yet on its premiere. Nonetheless, Netflix slates this twisted venture as its “most unpredictable season yet” with the typical element of the unexpected permeating through its dark, satirical anthology.
While plot details are sparing, creator Charlie Brooker has revealed the titles for the five-brand new episodes of the Emmy-winning series with ‘Joan is Awful,’ ‘Loch Henry,’ ‘Beyond the Sea,’ ‘Mazey Day’ and ‘Demon 79.’ Unsurprisingly, they all sound wickedly grim — and you bet we’re all be binging them — but we’re most captivated by ‘Joan Is Awful.’ In a nutshell, Netflix describes the episode as: “An average woman is stunned to discover a global streaming platform has launched a prestige TV drama adaptation of her life — in which she is portrayed by Hollywood A-lister Salma Hayek Pinault. Other A-Listers starring in the series includes Aaron Paul and Zazie Beetz.
Arnold, Documentary — June 7
Never Have I Ever: Season 4, Series — June 8
Extraction 2, Film — June 8
Break Point: Part 2, Documentary — June 21
Run Rabbit Run, Film — June 28
The Witcher: Season 3 Volume 1, Series — June 29
Year Of, New Series — June 9
If you’re missing your Heartbreak High fix, Stan’s new teen series Year Of is sure to tide you over. From the creators of Offspring and the Stan Original Series Romper Stomper, the brand-new 10 episode show is a spin-off from the critically acclaimed Stan comedy-drama Bump. Set at the Sydney harbour-front school Jubilee High, featured in the original series, the multi-generational story follows a diverse social circle of city slicking teens — and their protective parents — as they navigate the senior years of high school.
As they slowly, yet curiously, venture into adulthood, the group go on a journey of self-discovery — ranging from personal identity to sexuality and the pertinent theme of belonging. But they soon realise that every action and emotion comes with consequences — yet it’s the mistakes which truly make them. “Bold, quirky, raw and brave, Year Of fearlessly delves into the dark underbelly of the supposed best years of your life,” Stan writes.
The Whale, Oscar-winning movie — June 2
Son of a Critch, New Series — June 2
From, Season 2 — June 5
Deadloch, New Series — June 2
It’s the feminist noir crime thriller created by two Melburnian comediennes. The two Kates, Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney, have traded stand-up gigs for Prime Video projects, with their new crudely cool new series Deadloch. Spending Melbourne’s harsh lockdown penning the show in their local park, Deadloch is inspired by their shared love of Scandinavian noir crime series’. BAZAAR chatted with the pair about the series filmed over six months around Tasmania, which they described as “an orchestral piece of writing.”
“From the cerebral wordy humour to fart jokes or someone falling over, we cover a few bases. There is the use of swearing as well — it is blue and crude and we got to do something interesting and different by fusing this all together. The formula is very Australian,” McCartney said.
Set in a fictitious sleepy seaside town, two female detectives Kate Box and Madeleine Sami (the latter, Ladyhawke’s life partner) try to solve a murder — after a male body is found washed up on the beach. But rather than being a classic whodunnit featuring hysterical weeping women, Deadloch is full of clumsy blokes, those too tapped into their emotions and paints a picture on small town stereotypes.
“We wanted to do the genre justice and make sure it was a thrilling whodunit,” McLennan said.
Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets, Documentary — June 2
With Love, Season 2 — June 2
I’m a Virgo, New Series — June 23
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, June 30 — June 30
The Idol, New Series — June 5
Abel ‘The Weeknd’ Tesfaye’s visuals and music videos have always been somewhat of a cinematic experience, especially during his conceptual After Hours era. Now, he’s taking his onscreen storytelling to the next level, with the help of some of his A-list peers. Tesfaye has developed, co-written, and stars in The Idol, a new and scandalous (more on that here) series for HBO. Made in partnership with Euphoria creator Sam Levinson, the drama chronicles female pop singer Jocelyn (played by Lily-Rose Depp) who starts a romance with an enigmatic L.A. club owner and self-help guru (Tesfaye) — who is also the leader of a secret cult. Naturally.
The six-episode season, dubbed a darker more provocative Euphoria, focusses on the entertainment biz — following Jocelyn’s comeback after undergoing a nervous breakdown. Now before you think Britney Spears (although, there are plenty of parallels) — Depp recently revealed she gained inspiration from Sharon Stone’s character in Basic Instinct. The Idol, which went through an almost complete re-shoot, was also largely filmed at Tesfaye’s own home. So even if the sadistic celeb plot isn’t your thing, at least you can somewhat check out The Weeknd’s digs?
Aside from The Idol — must we recommend BINGE’S other excellent June streaming option, And Just Like That… season two. More information here.
A Good Person, Film — June 4
Funny Woman, New Series — June 6
The Swarm, New Series — June 7
Based on a True Story, New Series — June 8
Smile, Film — June 13
And Just Like That …, Season 2 — June 22
Guilt, Season 3 — June 25
Avatar: The Way of the Water, Film — June 7
Released in cinemas in December 2022, Avatar: The Way of Water now joins Disney+. The Oscar-winner sees director James Cameron return to the world of Pandora in yet another emotionally-packed action adventure. Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, the Avatar sequel follows the struggles, triumphs and tragedies of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids). Once a familiar threat, Jake returns to finish what was previously started by working with his wife Neytiri and the army of the Na’vi race to protect their home.
All of this against the breathtaking backdrop of Pandora, where audiences are introduced to new Na’vi cultures and a range of exotic sea creatures that populate the majestic oceans, make for a visually-stunning watch. Avatar: The Way of Water stars many of the original cast-members such as Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang as well as A-List addition including Kate Winslet. Talented newcomers include Britain Dalton, Jamie Flatters, Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, Bailey Bass and Jack Champion.
Saint X: Season 1, New Series — June 7
Flamin’ Hot, Film — June 9
The Full Monty, New Series — June 14
Secret Invasion, New Series — June 21
FX’s Class of ’09, Limited Series — June 21
The Crowded Room , New Series — June 9
Tom Holland like you’ve never seen him before. The Spiderman actor stars in — and executive produces — a new limited series about a young man in arrested for a shocking crime during the summer of ’79. The psych-thriller is set in Manhattan and sees Danny Sullivan (Holland) being investigated for his involvement in a shooting by an unlikely and curious investigator Rya Goodwin (played by Amanda Seyfried).
The Crowded Room, inspired by the 1981 non-fiction novel The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes, is told through a series of interviews between Rya and Danny. The gripping 10-episode series recounts Danny’s life story, revealing elements of the mysterious past that shaped him, and the twists and turns that’ll lead him to a life-altering revelation — which assume him as the true culprit. This one will certainly keep you on the edge of your seat.
Swagger, Season 2 — June 23
Hijack, Film — June 28