HBO has released a new trailer for their upcoming drama series The Undoing. Directed by Susanne Bier (Bird Box) and written by David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies), the show follows a wealthy couple (Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant) whose lives are torn apart when they’re connected to a brutal murder.
I really like Kidman and Grant as well as co-stars Edgar Ramirez and Donald Sutherland, and yet I can’t really bring myself to care about this one. I guess for people that need the prestige soap opera that a show like Big Little Liesprovided, The Undoing might scratch the itch, but the last thing I’m gonna need at the end of October when the series premieres is a story about how rich people do horribly things and get away with it. I can just turn on the news for that. Maybe The Undoing has some key insight, but based on the trailer, it all looks pretty straightforward and while it might feature some terrific performances from the cast, nothing I’ve seen so far demands that I keep up with this series week to week.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Undoing:
Grace and Jonathan Fraser (Kidman and Hugh Grant) are living the only lives they ever wanted for themselves. Overnight a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child (Noah Jupe) and her family.
Directed by Susanne Bier; created and written for television by David E. Kelley, who also serves as showrunner; executive produced by Susanne Bier, David E. Kelley, Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, Bruna Papandrea, Stephen Garrett and Celia Costas; based on the novel “You Should Have Known,” by Jean Hanff Korelitz.