Day: October 11, 2021

Best-bets for Oct. 13: blissful “Conners,” bitter “Dopesick”

1) “Dopesick” debut, any time, Hulu. On the national level, this epidemic is massive. Each year, studies say, two million people misused opioids; in a 20-year stretch, almost a half-million died of ovedoses. Danny Strong (“Game Change,” “Recount”) has written a brilliant eight-parter that does it all. We see the big picture, as Purdue Pharma mis-represents OxyContin. We also see moving stories about composite characters, with great work from Michael Keaton, Kaitlyn Dever and Rosario Dawson (shown here), as an earnest doctor, a pain-plagued miner and an investigator. Read more…

Mini-series tells the maxi-agony of opioid epidemic

There are some stories that seem too big even for Hollywood.
One is the opioid epidemic that overwhelmed the judicial and medical systems. Now Hulu, the streaming network, debuts “Dopesick” on Wednesday (Oct. 13).
The real-life story was “a shocker to me,” said Michael Keaton (shown here), who stars. “The ease with which it became epidemic kind of knocked me out.” Read more…