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The Buccaneers Gives Us Serious Bridgerton Vibes in the Trailer of the Week

Plus: Anthony Bridgerton himself, Jonathan Bailey, shares a secret romance with Matt Bomer in Fellow Travelers.
  • The Buccaneers (Photo: Apple TV+)
    The Buccaneers (Photo: Apple TV+)

    A new season of Bridgerton is still a ways out — we’ll probably get more of The Crown before we see more of the bodice-ripping drama from Shonda Rhimes — but romance lovers can take heart in an upcoming adaptation of The Buccaneers. Apple TV+ released the first trailer for the period piece this week, which has all the gorgeous sets, imperious nobles, and headstrong young women you could want from a costume drama.

    Literary adaptations rule the TV previews at the moment, including the first extended look at Fellow Travelers, which stars Jonathan Bailey, who turned heads in Season 2 of the Netflix romantic drama alongside Simone Ashley, and Matt Bomer. Here are more of the best trailers of the week.

    Best trailer for the week of October 2: The Buccaneers, premieres November 8 on Apple TV+

    Though Edith Wharton never finished writing The Buccaneers, it was published posthumously a couple of times (including by Penguin Books), eventually getting an ending from Marion Mainwaring and inspiring a miniseries in 1995 starring Carla Gugino and Mira Sorvino. Clearly, there’s enough potential in its “new money meets old” premise to fuel multiple interpretations.

    Katherine Jakeways is the latest to take up the torch with a new limited series for Apple TV+ starring Christina Hendricks, Kristine Froseth, Josie Totah, Alisha Boe, Matthew Broome, and Josh Dylan. When Mrs. St. George (Hendricks) sends her daughters off to London to find husbands, she kicks off a clash between their very brash American sensibilities and centuries of English tradition. They’ll all eventually have to find suitable partners, but The Buccaneers promises that the words “I do” only mark the beginning of the St. George girls’ adventures. In addition to Olivia Rodrigo’s “All-American Bitch,” which scores the trailer, viewers can also look forward to songs from boygenius, Taylor Swift, Brandi Carlile, and Sharon Van Etten.

    Honorable Mention: Fellow Travelers, premieres October 27 on Paramount+ With Showtime

    Things will heat up near the end of October, thanks to Fellow Travelers. Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey lead this adaptation of Thomas Mallon’s 2007 novel, a historical drama-thriller set during the Lavender Scare. After meeting at the height of McCarthyism, Hawk (Bomer) and Tim (Bailey) fight to hang on to their love (and just fight) through decades of political tumult.

    Honorable Mention: Black Cake, premieres November 1 on Hulu

    A murder mystery unlocks a family’s buried history in this adaptation of Charmaine Wilkerson’s 2022 novel Black Cake. Like the book, the series jumps between time periods and locations, from 1960s Jamaica to present-day California, using the eponymous Jamaican dessert, black cake, to tie together its many threads. The series is co-produced by Oprah Winfrey, and the cast includes Mia Isaac, Adrienne Warren, Chipo Chung, Ashley Thomas, Lashay Anderson, Faith Alabi, and Glynn Turman.

    Honorable Mention: The Artful Dodger, premieres November 29 on Hulu

    Thomas Brodie-Sangster leads a double life in this Charles Dickens adaptation from James McNamara, David Maher, and David Taylor. As Jack Hawkins, who’s more commonly known as the Artful Dodger, Brodie-Sangster will try to get away from his old life of picking pockets, just to be pulled back in by David Thewlis’ Fagin. But can he satisfy Fagin’s demands while successfully wooing Lady Belle Fox (Maia Mitchell)?

    TOPICS: The Buccaneers, Apple TV+, Hulu, Showtime, Black Cake, Fellow Travelers, Christina Hendricks, Glynn Turman, Jonathan Bailey, Matt Bomer, Thomas Brodie-Sangster