‘Bloodline’ returns to Netflix and Emmy Awards competition with more mysteries

The past comes back to haunt the Rayburn family in “Bloodline,” an acclaimed drama series that began streaming its full second season on Netflix on May 27. Last year, Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn reaped Emmy bids for playing the good and bad sons John and Danny who clashed repeatedly and with ultimately fatal consequences. Could this family drama rack up even more nominations this year? Dish “Bloodline” with Hollywood insiders in our notorious forums by clicking here.


Those who aren’t all caught up on this show should skip this paragraph, lest they spoil the surprises. The Rayburn clan own a luxurious beachfront resort in the Florida Keys. In the first season, their lives were disrupted by the arrival of black sheep Danny. It ended in a stunner when John killed his brother’s life and pinned the blame on local drug kingpin Wayne Lowry (Glenn Morshower). Yet Danny just can’t stay dead in the newly-released episodes. His ghost returns to haunt John as he deals with the aftermath of his crime while mounting a campaign for sheriff.

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Among those critics welcoming back “Bloodline” are some of the leading TV reviewers. Ken Tucker (Yahoo) raves, “the show yields numerous pleasures in the areas of acting and atmosphere.” And Dominic Patten (Deadline) notes, “the much more kinetic Season 2 reveals last year was just a warm-up act for the riveting rot and revelations that take hold of the Rayburn family and those around them.”

Chandler, who won an Emmy for the final season of “Friday Night Lights” in 2011, is likely to return the Best Drama Actor race, while Mendelsohn could be back in Best Drama Supporting Actor. “Bloodline” has two strong Best Drama Supporting Actress contenders: Oscar winner Sissy Spacek (“Coal Miner’s Daughter”) as matriarch Sally, who suspects something about Danny’s death is amiss, and Emmy nominee Linda Cardellini (“Mad Men”) as sister Meg, who sees her new life in New York collapsing around her when she must return to her hometown.

In addition, two-time Tony champ Norbert Leo Butz (“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Catch Me If You Can”) could compete against Mendelsohn as youngest brother Kevin, who struggles to stay afloat as drugs and debt threaten to collapse his burgeoning boat company. And this sophomore season features standout performances from two series newcomers — Emmy champ John Leguizamo (“Freak”) and SAG Awards winner Andrea Riseborough (“Birdman”) — as shady characters from Danny’s past.

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“Bloodline” was created by Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler, and Daniel Zelman, whose “Damages” won two Emmys for Drama Actress (Glenn Close) and one for Supporting Actor (Zeljko Ivanek). Among its 14 other Emmy nominations were two more bids for Close and supporting actress Rose Byrne as well as supporting actors Ted Danson, William Hurt and Martin Short.

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