Netflix Reveals Premiere Schedule For Original Series Including Marvel Projects & Orange Is the New Black
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USA Today has the scoop on Netflix’s packed schedule of original series:
The Fall (Jan. 16): Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) stars in season 2 of the BBC drama about a police detective investigating murders in Belfast.
The Adventures of Puss in Boots (Jan. 16), the latest kids’ series from DreamWorks Animation.
House of Cards (Feb. 27): Frank Underwood has finally achieved his quest for the presidency, but tensions mount with first lady Claire.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (March 6): Ellie Kemper stars as a woman who leaves a cult after 15 years to start a new life in New York. Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (30 Rock) produce this comedy, originally set for NBC.
Bloodline (March 20): Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek head a Florida Keys innkeeper family that unravels when a black-sheep son returns after a long-buried tragedy. Kyle Chandler and Linda Cardellini co-star.
Marvel’s Daredevil (spring): Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is a lawyer-turned-superhero daredevil by night in modern-day New York. Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and a combined Defenders series will appear at roughly one-year intervals.
Grace and Frankie (spring): Comedy from Marta Kauffman (Friends) stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as “frenemies” brought together when their husbands fall in love with each other.
Orange Is the New Black (summer): Season 3 picks up in the aftermath of Vee’s death and the Litchfield prison’s financial woes.
Sense8 (later this year): Eight characters in different cities are connected by a simultaneous “violent vision” in this drama from the Wachowskis (The Matrix).
Narcos (later this year): Drama about cocaine cartels and the lawmen who try to stop them.
Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told USA Today, “We can successfully support about 20 original scripted series every year, with a new series or a new season every two to three weeks, and still maintain a level of quality we expect.”
As much as I think we’d all love to have the Marvel shows on ASAP, it’s probably a good plan to space them out like that. USA Today also notes:
Free of content restrictions, the shows have more “leeway” for violence and sex, “but people shouldn’t come to this expecting me to deliver the Spartacus of Marvel,” says Daredevil executive producer Steven DeKnight. But “we’re able to explore morally gray areas, where you’re rooting for the bad guy and questioning the good guy, which is more difficult on network TV.”
The article also mentions a few film projects. “And on the original-movie front, a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is due this year, followed later by the first of several planned Adam Sandler movies in an exclusive pact.”
(via USA Today)
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