Netflix to Debut Rhys Darby's Mockumentary Series 'Short Poppies'
The "Flight of the Conchords" actor stars (as multiple characters) in the comedy, set in a small town in his native New Zealand.
LONDON -- Netflix has nabbed exclusive rights to Short Poppies, a comedy series written by and starring New Zealand actor Rhys Darby.
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.
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.