There really is a show about everything these days, and if you were itching for a drama set in the high-stakes world of art curators (?), “Riviera” will be your jam. Less specifically, if you just want a show set in an exotic locale with beautiful people, it should do the trick.
Created and executive-produced by Neil Jordan, Julia Stiles leads the series playing an art curator who fights to protect her fortune from a variety of interests after her husband is murdered. Relatable! Snark aside, it does sound like juicy, enjoyable pulp. Here’s the official synopsis:
Julia Stiles (The Bourne movies) leads an international all-star cast in this high-end drama made for Sky Atlantic. Created by Academy Award-winning writer Neil Jordan (The Borgias, The Crying Game), the eight-part thriller follows the moral descent of smart and resourceful art curator Georgina Clios (Stiles), who discovers her vast fortune is tainted by dishonesty, double-dealing and murder when her billionaire husband is killed in a mysterious explosion on board a Russian oligarch’s mega-yacht. As she sets out to uncover what happened, stark truths about her husband emerge and she is led deep into the dark world of the Riviera’s super-rich. There, she must learn to adapt, survive and ultimately thrive if she is to save the Clios family and fortune from both its enemies and itself.
Co-starring Adrian Lester, Lena Olin, Dimitri Leonidas, Phil Davis, Iwan Rheon, Anthony LaPaglia, Nick Rowe, Amr Waked, and Roxane Duran, “Riviera” arrives on Sky Atlantic in the U.K. later this year. No word yet on a U.S. broadcaster.