Netflix has released the first trailer for their new dark comedy, Dead to Me. This one brings Christina Applegate, former star of Married With Children, back to the small screen. Though, this time around, she's playing an admittedly very different kind of character, in a very different kind of show. She's also co-starring alongside Linda Cardellini, who previously worked with Netflix on the series Bloodline, and has been doing the best work of her career as of late. That looks to be continuing here, given what we see of her in this first trailer.
The trailer for this Netflix original series paints an image of two very different women who are grieving over the losses of their significant others. Through that loss, despite their differences, a friendship blossoms. It's really taking some of the bleakest stuff humanly imaginable and doing its best to shine a light on it. But things are not so simple as they seem on the surface. Lots of intriguing threads are set up to follow throughout the course of the series. There are some serious A Simple Favor vibes going on here, for those who saw Paul Feig's latest last year. Everything looks very glamorous, but what's hiding beneath that beautiful surface is anything but.
Dead to Me centers on Jen (Christina Applegate), a cynical and hardened widow determined to solve the death of her husband, who was killed in a hit-and-run. Judy (Linda Cardellini), meanwhile, is an optimistic and bubbly free spirit who recently suffered a major loss of her own. When the two meet at a support group, they develop an unlikely friendship, in spite of the fact that they're polar opposites. But as their bond continues to grow stronger, Judy desperately tries to shield Jen from a shocking secret that could destroy her life as she knows it.
The series was created by Liz Feldman, whose previous credits include 2 Broke Girls and One Big Happy. Needless to say, this seems like quite the departure for her, in terms of tone. The full cast includes Christina Applegate (Jen), Linda Cardellini (Judy), James Marsden (Steve), Ed Asner (Abe) and Brandon Scott (Nick). Jessica Elbaum, Christie Smith and Applegate are on board as executive producers. Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are also executive producers on the project, making this something of an Anchorman reunion, at least behind the scenes. Let's just hope it's closer to the first movie, as opposed to the sequel. McKay and Ferrell are also working with Netflix on their upcoming comedy Eurovision.
As is often the case these days, the streaming service isn't going to make us wait too long for this one. Dead to Me season 1 is set to arrive on May 3. They haven't yet revealed an episode count, but typically their shows are in the 8 to 10 episode range, for those who are already trying to plan out their binge-watching schedule. Be sure to check out the trailer from Netflix below.