Netflix renews Jessica Jones, Kimmy Schmidt and much more for 2016
In Netflix news other than Making a Murderer, the streaming service has so much cool stuff in store for us this year that we just had to tell you all about it. On top of Orange is the New Black returning and Judd Apatow’s new show Love making its premiere, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos tells us that Netflix has 600 hours of new and original content planned for 2016, so you may as well cancel all future social arrangements right now. Here are the juicy details:
Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Season 2
Surely it’s too good to be true! With Daredevil set to make its triumphant return this March 18th, and fellow Defenders series Luke Cage set to smash onto out screens this year too, we thought there was no way we’d be spoilt to yet another Netflix/Marvel original before 2017. Well, we were gladly wrong, as Netflix has now given official word that Jessica Jones has not only been renewed, but that season two of the badass superhero series will return some time this year.
Flaked: Season 1
Five-time Emmy nominee and voice of BoJack Horseman Will Arnett will star as his live action self in this new Netflix original comedy. Arnett plays Chip, a dodgy self-help guru with an all-important image of wellness and sobriety, which begins to unravel when he gets involved in an entangled love triangle. Also starring David Sullivan, Ruth Kearney and George Basil, laugh along as Chip struggles stay one step ahead of his own lies when Flaked premieres globally on Friday March 11th.
The Ranch: Season 1
Ashton Kutcher is back, and reunited with Hyde from That ’70s Show! Launching on Friday April 1st, this new multi-camera comedy set on a Colorado ranch sees Kutcher as a failed pro footballer who returns home from his brief and failed sports career to work on the family business run by his older brother (Danny Masterson) and father (Sam Elliott). Executive produced by the guys behind Two and a Half Men, we more or less know what we’re getting ourselves in for with this one.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2
We fell in love with plucky ex-cult member Kimmy Schmidt in 2015, and now we’re pleased to report that not only will the fish-out-of-water comedy from Ellie Kemper and co. be returning to our screens on Friday April 15th, but also that the show’s been renewed for a third season! Bring on the laffs.
Grace and Frankie: Season 2
It’s the comedy that had us at the unique concept (two older women’s lives are suddenly turned upside down when their husbands, played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, reveal they are gay and leave them for each other), and kept us glued to the screen by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin’s performances. We now know that the second instalment of Grace and Frankie premieres on Friday May 6th, with a third season confirmed to follow.
Stranger Things: Season 1
From young genre filmmakers Matt and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines, Hidden) comes this brand new 8 x 60 minute series in which a young boy mysteriously vanishes into thin air. Set in Indiana and involving top secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl, the series pays tribute to the ’80s sci fi classics we grew up on, and stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Cara Buono, and young Brit Charlie Heaton. Tune in when it premieres on Friday July 15th.
The Get Down: Season 1
The Get Down is Baz Luhrmann’s music-driven drama set in late-1970s New York; a world where hip-hop rises from the ashes of disco, and a crew of teenagers navigates the social and musical upheavals in their neighbourhood. The cast includes Dope‘s Shameik Moore, Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito, and Jaden Smith amongst loads of others, with hip-hop legends Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc, and Afrika Bambaataa on the creative team to provide first-hand knowledge of what it was like on the scene. The first six episodes premiere on August 12th.
In other massive news, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening is reportedly in talks with Netflix to develop an all new animated original series for the service. While details of the project are being kept tightly under wraps, Netflix is understood to be considering a two-season order of 10 episodes apiece, which is spiriting news for all we old school Simpsons obsessives who nevertheless gave up watching the show a long time ago.