Netflix went double-dipping on Thursday with two announcement videos: one for an all-star charity event; and the other, for a highly-anticipated YA thriller adaptation. First up, the streaming service announced the lineup for Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity comedy special, taping Saturday at the Hollywood Palladium for an April airing; and we also have a date announcement video for the May 4th premiere of The Rain, Netflix's first Danish original series.
"We started the Los Angeles variety show six years ago in order to raise awareness for Alzheimer's, a disease that has touched so many families including my own. Our goal is to educate a younger audience and ultimately create the next generation of advocates for the cause. I am so thrilled to be able to share this year's show with an even larger audience through our partnership with Netflix and are proud to have them as a partner."
– Lauren Miller Rogen, Co-founder, HFC
With 2018 marking the first year that the event will be televised, Seth and Lauren Rogen's sixth annual Hilarity for Charity event combines stand-up, sketches and music for a night of entertainment that currently includes James Corden, Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, Sarah Silverman, Nick Kroll, Sacha Baron Cohen, Michelle Wolf, John Mulaney, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Che, The Muppets, Post Malone, and Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious.
The world as we know it has ended. Six years after a brutal virus carried by the rain wiped out almost all humans in Scandinavia, two Danish siblings emerge from the safety of their bunker to find all remnants of civilization gone. Soon they join a group of young survivors and together set out on a danger-filled quest through abandoned Scandinavia, searching for any sign of life.
Set free from their collective past and societal rules the group has the freedom to be who they want to be. In their struggle for survival, they discover that even in a post-apocalyptic world there's still love, jealousy, coming of age, and many of the problems they thought they'd left behind with the disappearance of the world they once knew.
In their continuing effort to remind viewers that screaming in fear is an international language, Netflix has released a date announcement teaser for their new, post-apocalyptic series The Rain. Serving as the streaming service's first co-production with Denmark, the series was created by Jannik Tai Mosholt (Borgen), Esben Toft Jacobsen and Christian Potalivo.
The Rain stars Alba August, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen, Lars Simonsen (The Bridge), Iben Hjejle, Angela Bundalovic, Sonny Lindberg, Jessica Dinnage, Lukas Løkken and Johannes Kuhnke; and is set to drop on May 4th.
"Civilization is very fickle. It's a thin layer spread out over thousands of years of basic survival. And now, after a sudden burst of inspiration, we humans believe that we have it all under control. I want to find out whether this is true. What is left of us when civilization is stripped away in an instant. How do we survive? Do we go back to being animals or do we rise to the occasion, insisting on bringing humanity into an inhumane world. I am so thrilled to be making this show with Netflix and Miso Film, and I couldn't be happier with the cast and can't wait to put them in a post-apocalyptic Scandinavia, where all the straight lines of the controlled North have shattered, and let uncontrolled nature take over everything." – Mosholt