Good News Gossip About Our Notable Friends And Neighbors
Has anyone else noticed how the Hamptons are everywhere right now? Thanks to streaming, and the unquenchable thirst people seem to have for watching how the other half lives, it seems like a flood of television shows have invented a reason to stop by, or at least mention, our always fabulous neck of the woods.
Lights, Camera, Etc.
To wit, the Apple TV+ hit The Morning Show — whose theme song was created by Amagansett’s Carter Burwell, by the way — recently aired an episode set at a stark modern oceanfront beach house seemingly in East Hampton. The splashy and super expensive “West End stunner,” owned by Billy Crudup’s character was the setting for his fictional network’s “upfronts” party, which was attended by the characters of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Julianna Margulies and Jon Hamm. Interestingly titled The Green Light, we loved the numerous nods to The Great Gatsby.
Catching up, Hulu’s Fleishman is in Trouble — starring Lizzy Caplan, Clare Danes and Jesse Eisenberg — made a notably disastrous short stop in what looks to be Southampton. And maybe not so recent but certainly notable, there was the limited series, The Shrink Next Door, on Apple TV+ starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd. You might have missed it, but there was even a romantic comedy television movie on Roku called The Wedding in the Hamptons earlier this year.
Of course, it’s impossible to mention the Hamptons and television without giving a shoutout to Showtime’s Billions and HBO’s Succession, which both have prominently featured the East End on multiple occasions. And, lest we forget, there’s an ever-present reality show brigade filmed here, including Forever Summer Hamptons, Summer House, Selling the Hamptons, Serving the Hamptons, The Real Housewives of New York, and many others that come to visit for that franchise.
On the horizon, we can expect a show by Amagansett’s Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy that’s simply titled Hamptons — which looks to be stuck in some form of development at the moment; Carl Weber’s The Black Hamptons returns for season two on BET in November; and the television movie Holiday in the Hamptons, starring Eric Roberts, comes out this December on a yet-to-be-announced network.
Amagansett’s Matthew Broderick plays villian Richard Sackler of Purdue Pharma in Painkiller on Netflix. The six part original fictionalized series takes viewers behind the scenes of the opioid crisis that continues to grip America. Get out the popcorn.
Strut Your Stuff
Equally interesting, Christie Turlington shares headlines with three of her most famous pals on The Supermodels on Apple TV+. The limited series takes viewers beyond the catwalk and behind the camera with the Montauk-based beauty and her fellow fashion icons Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. The four-part series brings unprecedented access to the birth of the supermodel in the 1980s and brings viewers up to date on what they are up to today.
For Mature Audiences
Not for everyone, but we are certainly there for Dicks: The Musical, starring East Hampton’s Nathan Lane and Megan Mullally. The saucy and scandalous film, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in September, is probably best described as a decidedly adult version of The Parent Trap.
Fins & Scenes
We’ve got good news for Parrot Heads. The late Jimmy Buffett’s final album, Equal Strain on All Parts, is now available. Featuring a full track list, the sure-to-be-a-hit effort also features Amagansett’s Paul McCartney on bass, plus collaborations with Preservation Jazz Hall Band, Angelique Kidjo, Lennie Gallant, Will Kimbrough and Emmylou Harris. Can’t wait to hear it!
And finally, kudos and well wishes to Montauk’s Julianne Moore, who is already aswirl in Oscar buzz for her role in May December. Also starring Natalie Portman and directed by Todd Haynes, the feature film is very loosely based on the true story of convicted pedophile Mary Kay Letourneau. Interesting.