Bloodline, the latest original series to come out of the Netflix stable of online programming, sees the respectable Rayburn family dynasty being sent into a tailspin by the arrival of its oldest sibling; he’s come home packing a secret or two that threaten the stability of his household. What exactly the Rayburns have built their wealth and reputation on isn’t made clear by the series’ first trailer, but maybe that doesn’t matter. The show looks terrific.
Bloodline comes to us via Todd A. Kessler, best known perhaps as the co-creator of FX’s legal drama Damages. At a glance the two shows look entirely different, but the hint of slow-burning suspense, dark personal revelations, and fractured personal relationships suggests at least a couple of common themes between them.
More importantly, though, the teaser has a sense of scale; the footage gives the impression of a story that’s much greater in scope than can be readily contained in a thirteen episode order. Bloodline feels appropriately ambitious as a high profile project about the struggles of the successful; and hey, even if the content is set aside, the cast alone should be enough to guarantee an immediate viewership.
Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street) headlines as Sheriff John Rayburn, starring alongside Linda Cardellini (Mad Men) as Meg Rayburn, Ben Mendelsohn (Black Sea) as Danny Rayburn, Jacinda Barrett (The Following) as Diana Rayburn, and Norbert Leo Butz as Kevin Rayburn, with Sam Shepard (Out of the Furnace) and Sissy Spacek (Deadfall) as the heads of the Rayburn clan.
That’s an incredible, talented troupe of actors, so even if the particulars of Bloodline remain vague (as anyone should expect), it’ll be worth tuning in just by virtue of the names on the proverbial marquee.
Bloodline will be available on Netflix on March 20th, 2015.