Trailer Roundup: HBO Max’s The Staircase, Apple TV+’s Shining Girls, Hulu’s Under the Banner of Heaven

By Jessica Lerner 

Trailers have been released for three upcoming crime dramas: HBO Max’s The Staircase, Apple TV+’s Shining Girls and FX’s Under the Banner of Heaven (airing on Hulu). After all, who doesn’t love a good whodunit? (Plus, there’s a trailer for Netflix’s new reality competition, The Ultimatum.)

Based on a true story, The Staircase explores the life of Michael Peterson (Colin Firth), his sprawling North Carolina family, and the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen Peterson (Toni Collette). The eight-episode HBO Max Original limited series debuts Thursday, May 5 on HBO Max.


Elisabeth Moss stars as a newspaper archivist whose journalistic ambitions were put on hold after enduring a traumatic assault in Apple TV+’s Shining Girls. When Kirby (Moss) learns that a recent murder mirrors her own case, she partners with seasoned, yet troubled reporter Dan Velazquez (Wagner Moura), to uncover her attacker’s identity. The thriller debuts on April 29 with the first three episodes, followed by one new episode weekly.

FX’s Under the Banner of Heaven, the original limited series inspired by the true crime bestseller by Jon Krakauer, follows the events that led to the 1984 murder of Brenda Wright Lafferty (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and her baby daughter in a suburb in the Salt Lake Valley, Utah. As Detective Jeb Pyre (Andrew Garfield) investigates events which transpired within the Lafferty family, he uncovers buried truths about the origins of the LDS religion and the violent consequences of unyielding faith. Under the Banner of Heaven premieres April 28 on Hulu.

Finally, six couples on the verge of marriage enter the ultimate test of their relationship. Now it’s time to make a choice: marry or move on? From the creators of Love Is Blind, The Ultimatum comes to Netflix on April 6.