Netflix to Debut Rhys Darby's Mockumentary Series 'Short Poppies'

Rhys Darby
Rhys Darby
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LONDON -- Netflix has nabbed exclusive rights to Short Poppies, a comedy series written by and starring New Zealand actor Rhys Darby.

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Darby, best known for his portrayal of Murray Hewitt in cult hit Flight of the Conchords, created the series, which follows a journalist as he meets the not-so-ordinary characters in a small New Zealand town. All of the townsfolk are also played by Darby.

The eight episodes will roll on Netflix starting on April 3 in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

Short Poppies is billed as a "hilarious, quirky mockumentary," and marks Darby's first foray into writing and starring in his own vehicle.

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The move continues Netflix's efforts to bring exclusive content to its video-on-demand subscription service to pull in monthly subscribers and grow market share.

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