Riveria is not a new series, but it is if you haven’t seen it.
It’s on Sundance (which you can see on Amazon Prime) starring Julia Stiles who is the second wife of a billionaire Constantine Clios (Anthony LaPaglia) who lives in Monaco, the fabulous-looking background to Riviera.
Stiles nemesis is the fabulous Lena Olin and the tension and drama between these two fuel the series, of which there are 2 seasons, 10 episodes each.
Stiles plays an art buyer named Georgina who previously worked for a Clios and then married him, leaving his ex-wife Irina (Olin) to plot her revenge.
It was created by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, The Borgias), who co-wrote the first two episodes with John Banville (The Sea) and it is JUICY.
Riviera has the feel of a slick international production, which it is. It pretty much has it all; a great cast, glamorous houses, beautiful clothes, expensive cars, multi-million dollar art, family drama, murder, back-stabbing, romance, betrayal, deceit and lots and LOTS of money.
I thought while watching this was Dynasty on the Cote ‘d Azur. It was interesting to learn that Jordan said it was originally much darker,
“It’s [now] being described as Dynasty sur mer. … It was quite distressing for John and for myself, the way it proceeded.”
Not distressing to me. I ate it like a box of chocolates… and the series, like the chocolate is PLENTY dark for my taste these days.