With the tremendous success of shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Netflix is ramping up its original series lineup for 2015 with a total of 8 new series.
Here’s a look at what will be available to subscribers in the New Year.
If you like Damages on FX (starring Glenn Close), you may like this show by the same creative team that takes sibling rivalry to a whole new level. Four siblings in Florida find their lives turned upside down when the fifth sibling – the black sheep brother – returns and threatens to reveal their shady past. It features Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) and Sissy Spacek.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (March)
From the creative TV genius that is Tina Fey along with Robert Carlock (30 Rock), this comedy was originally developed for NBC. It stars Ellie Kemper (The Office, Bridesmaids) as a woman getting a new lease on life in the Big Apple after escaping from a cult that she has been part of for the past 15 years. As one can assume, hilarity, in many forms, ensues. Interestingly, each of the first 13 episodes will be just half an hour, bringing a true traditional TV sitcom feel to the service.
Hoping to erase all memory of Ben Affleck’s portrayal of the lead character in a decade-old movie of the same name and based on the same character, this show is the first of five that will come via a deal Netflix has inked with Marvel. It will feature the blind attorney (Charlie Cox, Boardwalk Empire) with a secret superhero life. Keep an eye out for other big names, including Vincent D’Onofrio, who will play the crime boss Wilson Fisk, and Rosario Dawson, who plays a helpful night nurse.
Sense8 (Launch TBA)
A sizable cast in this sci-fi show focuses on a group of eight people from around the world who all find out they are somehow linked after a death. In LOST style, the group can communicate with one another as though they are physically together, and must work together to fight off enemies who believe them to be threats. It’s not surprising that part of the 14-member international cast is a LOST alum himself, Naveen Andrews (he played Sayid in the long-running show), who is joined by Daryl Hannah, and Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe.)
F is For Family (Launch TBA)
Added to an animation roster which already includes the popular show BoJack Horseman, this show, like BoJack, is certainly not for kids. It focuses on those “good ‘ol days” when parents could smack their kids, smoke indoors and pretty much anywhere else they wanted, and come packing to the airport. Based on the standup comedy of Bill Burr, the comedian himself will voice the father character, while Laura Dern will voice mom and Justin Long the son. You can expect plenty of laughs with Burr, alongside Vince Vaughan, who serves as executive producer for the six-part series.
A.K.A. Jessica Jones (Launch TBA)
We’ve seen her most recently as a drug addict in Breaking Bad, then as a superficial free spirit in Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23. And now, Krysten Ritter will grace the Netflix screens as a former superhero who, suffering from PTSD, decides to hang up her cape and help others through her own detective agency. The show is headed up by Dexter’s Melissa Rosenberg, which may promise big things (if we can, of course, forget that show’s disappointing finale.) It’ll also star Mike Colter in at last half of the 13 episodes.
Between (Launch TBA)
Created by Canadian Michael McGowan (Still Mine), we see what the world may look like if it was filled with millennials, and no one else. After a strange disease kills off everyone except those who are 21 and younger, and the youths are left to figure things out. A partnership with the City in Canada marks Netflix’s first partnership with a Canadian network.
Grace and Frankie (Launch TBA)
If there was ever any doubt that Netflix was able to attract big talent, this show starring iconic Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin will put it to rest. The comedic pair star as mature women who get a rude awakening when their husbands declare their love for one another, and plans to get married. The show was written by Marta Kauffman, known for creating that little show called Friends, and Howard J. Morris (Sullivan & Son, According to Jim.)
In addition to these shows for mom and dad, Netflix also has plans to launch a selection of children’s programming next year, along with various documentaries, like one on the late singer and activist Nina Simone. Also on tap for 2016 is Netflix’s first talk show format with Chelsea Handler. And,of coursem who can forget the Season 3 premiers for both House of Cards and OITNB? Looks like Netflix has plenty of goodies up its sleeves for subscribers to unwrap all through the year.
With such a diverse and packed schedule of new show releases, it’ll be interesting to see how each is received, and how Netflix handles pickups for new seasons. Remember, being so new to the original series game, and only having major successes under its belt thus far, Netflix hasn’t yet had to “cancel” a show due to poor ratings or ad support. As the nature of Netflix is to watch shows at one’s leisure, often months or even years after the original air date, might subscribers view some original series this way as well?
In other words, a show may lay dormant for months before subscribers decide to sit down and blow through an entire 13-episode run to decide whether they like it or not. Without conventional viewer metrics, how will Netflix decide whether to proceed with season 2 or not? The entire dynamic changes, and 2015 will be telling as to how well Netflix can fare in the TV game.