There is something darkly meditative about Jane Campion‘s (Bright Star) work Top of the Lake, which was the first television series ever to be screened at Sundance, and definitely deserves the distinction. The premise is reminiscent of works like The Killing or even Twin Peaks, where a special investigator begins unraveling a disturbing central mystery that is ripping a small, remote town apart. In this case it’s Mad Men‘s Elizabeth Moss as Robin, who is home in New Zealand visiting her cancer-stricken mother when a 12 year old girl, Tui (Jacqueline Joe), the daughter of a local drug lord, is found to be five months pregnant. The father? “No one,” Tui writes down. Soon she disappears completely, and what follows is a dark and twisted journey that uncovers the moral decay of what appears to be a pristine paradise. For more on the series, hit the jump.
Netflix already has a sweet deal with AMC for streaming every season of Mad Men and Breaking Bad, but the online video service has just inked a new deal with the cable network to land exclusive rights to The Walking Dead which includes current and future seasons of the undead drama series. The deal also has Netflix snagging the rights to stream certain series’ past seasons before the premiere of subsequent seasons on their respective channels. This includes programs like Portlandia (a damn hilarious sketch comedy series) and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret on AMC, All On The Line with Joe Zee and Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys on the Sundance Channel and unscripted series like Braxton Family Values, My Fair Wedding, and Bridezillas on WE tv. Plenty more series, including some unknown future programming on AMC and Sundance, have also been included with the deal as well. Netflix is undoubtedly continuing to make itself the dominant service in online video streaming, and as a very happy subscriber, that’s some great news.