Netflix Announces Premiere Dates for UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, BLOODLINE, and GRACE AND FRANKIE; Renews MARCO POLO for Season 2

     January 7, 2015

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Netflix today announced a slew of premiere dates for upcoming original series.  While we already covered when you’ll get to see Marvel’s Daredevil, here’s the rest of the streaming service’s spring lineup:

  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – The comedy series from creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (showrunners of 30 Rock) will premiere on Friday, March 6th.  The half-hour series stars Ellie Kemper as a woman who escapes a doomsday cult and starts her life over again in New York City.
  • Bloodline – The one-hour drama series from the creators of Damages is set to debut on Friday, March 20th.  The ensemble stars Kyle Chandler as the black sheep eldest brother who returns home and exposes emotional demons at the core of the family.  Ben Mendelsohn and Linda Cardellini also star.
  • Grace and Frankie – The irreverent two-hander starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as frenemies whose husbands leave them for each other will premiere on Friday, May 8th.  The series was created by Friends creator Marta Kauffman and Home Improvement alum Howard J. Morris.
  • Additionally, Netflix has ordered a second season of its just-premiere period series Marco Polo despite some pretty scathing reviews.

More on each series after the jump.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

From creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, this half-hour single-camera comedy series stars Ellie Kemper as Kimmy, who escapes a doomsday cult and decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers, and a couple of way-past-due library books, Kimmy’s ready to take on a world she didn’t even think existed anymore. Wide-eyed but resilient, nothing is going to stand in her way. The 13-episode series, produced by Universal Television, also stars Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane and more. Fey and Carlock serve as executive producers, along with David Miner and Jeff Richmond.

Bloodline

When the eldest brother and black sheep of the Rayburn family returns home, he exposes the emotional demons that lie at the core of the family, threatening to tear them apart. With a stellar cast headlined by Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Jacinda Barrett, Jamie McShane, Enrique Murciano, Sissy Spacek, and Sam Shepard, the 13-episode series is from executive producers Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (Damages), and produced by Sony Pictures Television.

Grace and Frankie

In this irreverent and touching series, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star as Grace and Frankie, a pair of frenemies whose lives are turned upside down – and permanently intertwined – when their husbands leave them for each other. Together, they must face starting over in their 70s in a 21st century world. The series also stars Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, June Diane Raphael and Baron Vaughn. Created by Marta Kauffman (Friends) and Howard J. Morris (Home Improvement), the 13-episode series is produced by Skydance Productions and executive producers Kauffman, Morris, Fonda, Tomlin, Paula Weinstein, David Ellison, David Goldberg and Marcy Ross.

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