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Netflix Announces New Scripted Programming Initiatives

Upcoming Are Dramas 'Madam CJ Walker,' 'Maniac' and 'White Lines'

Netflix has announced its roster of upcoming new scripted programs at The TCA Summer Press Tour. The first is limited drama “Madam C.J. Walker,” with Oscar winner Octoavia Spencer as the black hair care pioneer and mogul and how she overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and some trifling family to become America’s first black, self-made female millionaire. Eight episodes have been ordered.

Next is limited series “Maniac,” which tells the stories of Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Johan Hill), two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons. It is available for streaming on Friday, Sept. 21.

And the third is drama “White Lines,” from the producers of “The Crown” and “La Casa de Papel.” The logline: When the body of a legendary Manchester DJ is discovered twenty years after his mysterious disappearance from Ibiza, his sister returns to the beautiful Spanish island to find out what happened. Her investigation will lead her through a thrilling world of dance music, super yachts, lies and cover-ups, forcing her to confront the darker sides of her own character in a place where people live life on the edge.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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