New Netflix shows: 4. Away
Created By: Andrew Hinderaker
Starring: Hilary Swank, Ato Essandoh, Mark Ivanir, Ray Panthaki, Vivian Wu, Talitha Bateman, Josh Charles
Release Date: Friday, Sept. 4
Something we can take for granted about the rebirth of television shows on streaming services is the incredible talent that they draw. Reese Witherspoon, Chris Evans, Christina Applegate, Jennifer Aniston — just to mention a few of the big name talents that have returned to or starred in episodic storytelling for the time for a streaming service. This month, two-time Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank comes to Netflix in the science fiction drama series Away.
From executive producer Jason Katims, who we should also think for adored tearjerkers like Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, Swank stars in Away as astronaut Emma Green. As she prepares to lead her team on their first mission to Mars, Emma is forced to confront what she’s leaving behind, namely her husband (Josh Charles) and daughter (Talitha Bateman). The series explores the complexities of the crew as they deal with being millions of miles away from home.
If Katims’ past work is any indication, Away will hit us all directly in the feels when the 10-episode first season makes its out of this world debut on Netflix on Sept. 4.