Julia Roberts, Jim Carrey and Emma Stone: Hollywood’s biggest stars take over autumn TV

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Wanderlust:

Elevator Pitch: A poetically rendered midlife crisis in primetime.

Who: Toni Collette, Steven Mackintosh, Zawe Ashton.

What: How can long-term relationships avoid staleness? Toni Collette throws herself into a more universal variety of horror: that of looming middle age.

This witty drama casts Collette as Joy, a therapist who reassesses the foundations of her marriage after a cycling accident.

Her confusion leads her to universal truths at the heart of her relationships as the accompanying neuroses of Joy’s family and friends begin to unfold in the hands of a fine ensemble cast.

Maniac:

Elevator pitch: If you’ve been missing Black Mirror, here’s the next best thing.

Who: Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Justin Theroux.

What: Television is currently doing a fine job of suggesting a variety of terrifying dystopian futures for humanity. Emma Stone and Jonah Hill are Annie Landsberg and Owen Milgrim, a pair of desperate guinea pigs for an experimental drug.

Dr James K Mantleray claims to be able to cure anything from mental illness to heartbreak. But will he soothe their troubled minds or put them out of commission for good?

Black Earth Rising:

Elevator pitch: The ghosts of genocide haunt later generations.

Who: Michaela Coel, John Goodman, Harriet Walter.

What: Michaela Coel plays Kate Ashby, rescued from the Rwandan genocide as a child, adopted by a white woman Eve Ashby and using her smarts as a prosecutor to track down an African militia leader. But is she prepared for the gravity and scale of what she unearths?

 

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