Netflix has been producing an ton of new and exciting content over the past few years. And while the streaming service has recently begun producing unscripted shows like Queer Eye or food show Ugly Delicious, its true bread and butter is the fantastic scripted content. It seems every few months brings a new release, and this week is no exception. Crime drama Seven Seconds is just hours from hitting the web in its entirety, focusing on how an accidental death can escalates already existing racial tensions. With much of the drama focusing on issues between law enforcement and African American citizens, the themes feel something close to what we've been seeing on the news. It's for this reason that actress Clare-Hope Ashitey believes now is the perfect time for Seven Seconds, recently telling me:
Clare-Hope Ashitey seems to believe that exploring the current tensions between law enforcement and the black community will actually help to address the real life issue. Having one's experience seen on screen helps to validate their feelings, which Ashitey seems to be especially proud of. Art has been known to do crazier things, after all.
Seven Seconds seems like a series that features sympathetic characters on both sides of the central conflict. While there are law enforcement officers in the show help cover up an accidental death, the perpetrator himself is shown feeling regret in the series' trailer. Showing both sides of the tragedy will hopefully allow more bridges to be built.
This is exactly what Clare-Hope Ashitey and I spoke about at Netflix's recent press junket in New York City. The actress hopes that the series will help open people's minds to experiences that might not align with their own. She said,
We should find out how audiences respond to Seven Seconds soon enough, as the series is set to arrive in just one more day. The way that the star tells it, Netflix's new drama may just have the ability to bring people together, while also likely making them ugly cry during their binge watch.
Seven Seconds debuts February 23, 2018 on Netflix. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch, our Amazon List and superhero premiere list to make sure you don't miss a single episode.
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.