- By Michael Jacobo
- Photos Courtesy of HBO
If you’ve been hunting for a new TV series to watch, has HBO got a show for you! Home of prestige television, the network has been consistent not just with content, but with the quality of the content. After premiering the heart-breaking I Know This Much is True earlier this year, one might think they’d wait a bit before scheduling another deeply complex limited series that leaves you wishing for several more seasons to binge. But no! HBO’s newest limited series The Undoing premieres this month and believe me when I tell you you do not want to miss it. People will be talking about this one.
The series stars Oscar, five-time Golden Globe, and two-time Emmy Award-winner Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!, The Hours, Cold Mountain, The Innocents, Nine, Eyes Wide Shut, Boy Erased, The Goldfinch) as Grace Fraser, a successful therapist living on New York City’s Upper East Side. Grace has a perfect life which she shares with her devoted husband Jonathan, played by an impressively captivating Hugh Grant (Maurice, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, The Remains of the Day, Sense and Sensibility, About a Boy, Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Gentleman), and their son Henry (Noah Jupe, Honey Boy and A Quiet Place 2) who attends an elite private school. Grace is on the brink of publishing her first book, in which she discourages women from making excuses for their partners’ flaws and to move on. Weeks before her book is published, a violent death, a missing husband, and in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only 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 begins to dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.
The cast also stars Emmy Award nominee Edgar Ramirez (American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Carlos), Italian actress Matilda De Angeles (Italian Race, A Family, Youtopia, The Prize), Lily Rabe(American Horror Story), Noma Dumezweni (Black Earth Rising), Sofie Gråbøl (HBO’s Gentleman Jack, Fortitude), Ismael Cruz Córdova (Berlin Station), and the great Donald Sutherland (The Dirty Dozen, M*A*S*H, Klute, Don’t Look Now, Ordinary People, JFK, The Hunger Games, and many more).
The Undoing is based on the 2014 novel You Should Have Known by critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author Jean Hanff Korelitz, a story filled with intrigue with the shattering of societal norms at the center of its narrative. The critics raved. The New York Times called it, “smart and devious” and Vanity Fair said it “is a rollickingly good literary thriller.” The Boston Globe called it, “a gripping saga” and People Magazine called it, “a consuming and expertly plotted thriller.” Her other books include A Jury of Her Peers (1996), The Sabbathday River (1999), The White Rose (2006), Admission (2009), and The Devil and Webster (2017). Admission was adapted by Karen Croner for the 2013 film of the same name.
Executive producer David E. Kelley wrote all six episodes. His long successful history as a writer and producer in television includes many legendary series of the past 30 years, among them Ally McBeal, L.A. Law, Picket Fences, Boston Public, Chicago Hope, Doogie Howser, M.D., and The Practice, and most recently HBO’s Big Little Lies. Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy Award-winning director Susanne Bier (The Night Manager, Birdbox) directed all of the episodes. Kelley shares executive producer duties with Kidman, Bier, Celia D. Costas, Stephen Garrett, Bruna Papandrea, and Per Saari.
In The Undoing, surprises come one right after the other. A huge part of the fun is trying to keep one step ahead of Grace as she makes the horrifying discoveries that will change her life forever. It’s a spellbinding viewing experience, truly not to be missed.
The limited series will air on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max. For more details, click here.