Australian Crime Drama ‘Troppo’ Sets Amazon Freevee Premiere Date (TV News Roundup)

Daniel Asher Smith in 'Troppo'
Daniel Asher Smith / Troppo Productions

The Australian murder mystery series “Troppo” will premiere on Amazon Freevee May 20, as one of the first originals to launch on the newly renamed streaming platform.

Based on the novel “Crimson Lake” by Candice Fox, “Troppo” stars Thomas Jane as Ted Conkaffey, an ex-cop accused of a crime that he didn’t commit. Hiding out in the Far North Queensland, he’s recruited by private investigator Amanda Pharrell (Nicole Chamoun) into helping her investigate a bizarre murder case and track down a missing person. In addition to Jane and Chamoun, the cast also includes David Lyons, Yerin Ha, Sun Park, Ling Cooper Tang, Kate Beahan, Cramer Cain, Peta Wilson, Angela Punch McGregor, Damien Garvey, Josh Helman and Radha Mitchell.

“Troppo” initially premiered in Australia this past February on ABC TV. News of it being picked up for a U.S. release on IMDb TV was announced last August. “Troppo” will be one of the first original series to premiere on the free streaming platform after it rebrands as Amazon Freevee, starting April 27. The series was produced by EQ Media Group and Beyond Entertainment for AGC Television in association with Renegade Entertainment. Yolanda Ramke created the series and executive produces with Jane, Stuart Ford, Lourdes Diaz, Greg Quail, Lisa Duff, Simonne Overend, Mikael Borglund, David Ogilvy, Sally Riley, Andrew Gregory and Courtney Lauren Pen.

All eight episodes of “Troppo” will premiere on Freevee May 20. The streamer has also released a trailer for the show; watch below.


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