ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Creator Mitch Hurwitz Signs Multi-Year Deal with Netflix to Create New Original Series

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Even though the fourth season of Arrested Development ended in a cliffhanger and the promise of a movie, creator Mitch Hurwitz is now moving to develop a new comedy series for Netflix.  Additionally, Hurwitz “will develop projects with other creators as a non-writing executive producer and will consult for Netflix on comedy series,” according to Deadline.  While Netflix remains in a licensing rights arms race with other streaming services (Amazon Prime just netted HBO content), the popular streaming service is making progress when it comes to original series.  They’re doing well in dramas with House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, so now it looks like they’re trying to bulk up their comedy roster.

It’s worth noting that while Hurwitz found critical acclaim with Arrested Development, his other series Sit Down, Shut Up and Running Wilde both flopped.  However, Netflix also provides more creative freedom than network television.  It remains to be seen how Hurwitz’ new deal with Netflix will factor into his plans for the Arrested Development movie and his intent to direct the comedy Guinea Pigging.

Netflix Sets HEMLOCK GROVE Season 2 Premiere Date on July 11th at Midnight Pacific Time

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Netflix has set July 11th as the premiere date for the second season of Eli Roth’s Hemlock Grove.  All ten new episodes will be available on that Friday at 12:01 AM PT, which is sure to kick off a fine summer weekend of binge watching.  The series stars Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron, and Dougray Scott, with Madeline Brewer, Madeleine Martin, Joel de la Fuente, and Tiio Horn also starring.  If you liked the first season, Roth promises a “scarier, darker, and sexier” second run, which is quite the boast considering how well the initial episodes hit all those marks.

Hit the jump to watch a teaser video announcing the date, plus more details on season two of Hemlock Grove.

Wagner Moura & Jose Padilha Reteaming for Pablo Escobar Netflix Series NARCOS; NBC Orders David Duchovny Manson Murders Drama AQUARIUS

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Though filming is well underway on the Entourage movie, an actual Medellin is coming to the small screen.  Netflix has announced the original drama series Narcos, which will tell the story of the Medellin Cartel with Wagner Moura (Elysium) set to play trafficker and politician Pablo Escobar.  The project reunites Moura with his Elite Squad director Jose Padilha, who will serve as an executive producer on the series.  Padilha most recently helmed the big-screen RoboCop remake, though it’s unclear if he’ll also be directing episodes of Narcos.  His stated goal with the show is to “tell the true story of how cocaine became such a huge problem in the U.S. and Europe—and how it all started in Medellin.”

Netflix has ordered an initial 10-episode season of Narcos, which will shoot in Colombia and debut on the streaming service in early 2015.  Hit the jump for news concerning a straight-to-series order for a Charles Manson-focused drama starring David Duchovny.

This Week in Netflix Recommends Biopics Wong Kar Wai’s THE GRANDMASTER, CARLOS THE JACKAL Miniseries, and Martin Scorsese’s RAGING BULL

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Are you in the mood to watch something new, or something classic?  How about something from the international market, or an American icon?  Whatever your pleasure, Netflix has you covered, and our partners over at Complex Media have some suggestions to help guide you.  This week, they’re recommending Wong Kar Wai’s 2013 film The Grandmaster, the Edgar Ramirez-starring 2010 miniseries Carlos the Jackal, and Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning 1980 classic, Raging Bull.  You can’t really argue with any of these selections since not only are they are strong recommendations, but they’re diverse enough to offer something for everyone.  Hit the jump for more.

This Week in Netflix Recommends Coming-of-Age Films MUD, FISH TANK, PARANOID PARK, and More

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Netflix is a pretty great and incredibly powerful service.  Our queues (I’m sorry, “lists” now) fill up with movies and TV shows, and it can be overwhelming.  A good approach is narrowing it down to maybe one or two new additions that you can watch this weekend, and save other movies from your list for weekdays.  This week, our partners at Complex Media are recommending the coming-of-age films Mud, Fish Tank, and Paranoid Park.  I strongly agree with their choices of Mud and Fish Tank (I haven’t seen Paranoid Park).  If you’re looking for other new additions to check out, you should also make time for Gattaca, Archer: Season 4, and this year’s Oscar winner for Best Documentary, 20 Feet from Stardom (its fellow nominees—The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, Dirty Wars, and The Square—are also available on Netflix).

Hit the jump to check out Complex Media’s video explaining why Mud, Fish Tank, and Paranoid Park are movies you should add to your Netflix list.

Official STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Chronological Episode Order List Unveiled

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While the series was cut short from its broadcast run, the entirety of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is currently available to stream on Netflix.  The animated series takes place in the time gap between Episode II and Episode III, and apparently the show had a little fun with time jumps when it aired.  Episodes didn’t necessarily air in the order in which their events occurred, but now that the complete series is available to all with the click of a button, a treat for fans and Clone Wars virgins alike has been unveiled: an official chronological order episode listing.  Fans of the series can now revisit the show in a new way, and those who’ve never seen an episode (myself included) have the opportunity to watch everything in chronological order.

There do appear to be some significant discrepancies between chronological order vs. broadcast order here, so it’ll be interesting to see how—if at all—the viewing experience is altered.  Hit the jump to check out the list, and click here to watch the show on Netflix.

Terry Crews Says He’s “Game” to Lead Marvel’s LUKE CAGE Series

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If you’re a Marvel fan, this is an exciting time.  We’ve got Captain America: The Winter Solider about to hit theaters, Guardians of the Galaxy arriving this summer, and production about to begin in New York City on the first of five planned Netflix shows: DaredevilJessica JonesLuke Cage, and Iron Fist.  In case you didn’t know, Marvel and Netflix have teamed up to produce 52 one-hour episodes based on the Marvel characters, encompassing the four individual series (13 episodes each) and one four to eight-episode mini-series (dubbed The Defenders) that teams up all of the aforementioned characters and revolves around their exploits in Hell’s Kitchen.  The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard is spearheading Daredevil as the writer and director of that series, which is likely the first to go into production, and Melissa Rosenberg is shepherding Jessica Jones.  Details on the other shows, though, are forthcoming.

With production beginning soon, many of us have started to wonder who will land the coveted roles.  In the past, fans have been vocal about wanting Terry Crews to play Luke Cage.  The other day I spoke with the actor in anticipation of Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club, and during our conversation I asked him about the possibility of taking on the role.  While Crews previously took himself out of the running for the role since it wasn’t actually moving forward, now that it is, he definitely sounded a lot more interested despite the fact that he’s under contract for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, saying “anything can happen” and “I’m game.”  As a big fan of Crews, I’d love to see him land the role.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Marvel’s Hell’s Kitchen Netflix Shows Will Shoot in New York

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Though we still don’t have a firm release date for Marvel’s upcoming slate of Netflix series, we do know where they will be filmed.  It was announced today that the Hell’s Kitchen-set shows for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist will be shot entirely in New York City, marking the biggest production commitment in New York State history.  The project will produce 60 one-hour episodes, encompassing four individual series (of 13 episodes each) and one mini-series (dubbed The Defenders) that teams up all of the aforementioned characters and revolves around their exploits in Hell’s Kitchen.  The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard is spearheading Daredevil as the writer and director of that series and Melissa Rosenberg is shepherding Jessica Jones, but we don’t have any further details on the other shows just yet.

Production on the series will begin this summer with the first show, Daredevil, to debut on Netflix sometime in 2015.  Read the full, lengthy press release after the jump.

New to Netflix: SOMEWHERE, BAD LIEUTENANT, and CUTIE AND THE BOXER

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The “Netflix Scroll” is an all-too-familiar activity, as the sheer volume of titles available on Netflix Streaming can make it quite overwhelming to settle on what to watch.  Luckily, we’ve go three new titles to highlight that might whittle down your choices a bit in the near future.  Writer/director Sofia Coppola’s 2010 film Somewhere is currently available to stream, as is the 1992 Harvey Keitel crime drama Bad Lieutenant and a current Best Documentary Feature Oscar nominee Cutie and the BoxerSomewhere was a tad underrated when it opened a few years ago following Coppola’s disappointing Lost in Translation follow-up Marie Antoinette, but the pic is a fascinating portrait of Hollywood life as seen through the eyes of a famous actor (Stephen Dorff) and his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning).

Hit the jump to watch a video highlighting all three films, which are currently available to stream on Netflix.

First Trailer for ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Season 2; Netflix Sets June 6th Premiere Date

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While you may be busy binging the second season of Netflix’s wonderfully addictive drama series House of Cards this weekend (helluva first episode, no?), the streaming service has also dropped the first trailer and release date for its other wildly popular original series Orange Is the New Black.  The first season was a very pleasant surprise last year, as Jenji Kohan’s (Weeds) dramatic comedy series nearly eclipsed Netflix’s more high profile debuts of House of Cards and Arrested Development.  For those unfamiliar, the show is based on the memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman and revolves around an engaged Brooklynite who ends up serving a year-long detention in a federal prison.  This season two trailer is very much a teaser, but those itching to see the first footage from the new episodes should be sufficiently pleased.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  All 13 episodes of Orange Is the New Black season two will be released on Netflix Friday, June 6th.  The series stars Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, and Jason Biggs.

Netflix to Stream Final Season of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS

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When Lucasfilm was sold to Disney, a number of the studio’s properties not falling under the Star Wars feature films” banner were put into jeopardy.  One such project was the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which Disney opted to halt in order to focus on the movies.  The show has been a part of Cartoon Network’s lineup since its debut in 2008, but when it was cancelled, production was already underway on a sixth season.  Though producers promised that the season six episodes, dubbed “The Lost Missions”, would be made available at some point, fans were still facing an air of uncertainty with regards to the final installments.  Alas, Netflix announced today that it has acquired the steaming rights to the entire series, including the never-before-seen sixth season.

Hit the jump for more, including when you’ll be able to see the new episodes.

TV Casting: Jay Baruchel to Lead FX Comedy Pilot; Linda Cardellini, Sissy Spacek, and Ben Mendelsohn Join Kyle Chandler in Netflix Series

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We’ve got a couple of TV casting stories to report on today.  First up, Jay Baruchel has been tapped to lead a new FX comedy pilot called Man Seeking Woman, based on author Simon Rich’s book The Last Girlfriend on EarthTHR reports that Baruchel will play “a naïve romantic on a desperate quest for love” in the potential half-hour comedy series, which is described as a sweet and absurd look at the life-and-death stakes of dating.  Jonathan Krisel (SNL) will executive produce and direct the pilot, with Lorne Michaels also acting as executive producer.  The show returns Baruchel to television after the actor shined on Judd Apatow’s short-lived Undeclared, and the pilot will be filmed in Toronto this spring.

Additionally, a trio of very talented actors have joined Kyle Chandler in the new Netflix series from the creators of Damages.  Hit the jump for more.

Netflix Renews HOUSE OF CARDS for Season 3

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It’s been rumored and talked about for months now, but Netflix has officially renewed its excellent original series House of Cards for a third season, via THR.  The renewal comes just over a week before the release of season two, which will be made available in its entirety on the streaming service on February 14th.  Beau Willimon serves as showrunner and will presumably continue to do so in season three, and one presumes David Fincher will remain onboard as an executive producer.  That being said, no details beyond the renewal are given about the next batch of episodes.  Having immensely enjoyed the show’s first season, I’m very much looking forward to following the further adventures of Kevin Spacey’s Francis Underwood in another season.

New Images from HOUSE OF CARDS Season 2 Featuring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, and Kate Mara

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Netflix has released a slew of new images from the upcoming second season of the excellent drama series House of Cards.  Season two finds Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright’s Francis and Claire Underwood continuing their ruthless rise of power as threats mount on all fronts.  These new images don’t reveal too much, but we do get a look at some of the returning and new characters.  If the first season is any indication, we’re in for another dark, twisted, and somewhat humorous ride when all 13 episodes of House of Cards are made available to stream on February 14th.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Kate MaraMichael GillGerald McRaneyMahershala AliSbeastian ArcelusKristen ConnollyNathan DarrowSakina JaffreyMichael Kelly, and Molly Parker.

Kyler Chandler to Star in Netflix Thriller Series from DAMAGES Creators

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Netflix recently ordered a psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler that promises to explore “the wounds and emotional demons that lie at the core of a contemporary American family.”  The Live Feed reports Kyle Chandler has signed on to star as the responsible brother, a family man working in law enforcement.  The character is described as the opposite of the black-sheep brother who stirs up trouble and tension among the siblings when he returns to town.

Chandler is free because Showtime passed on his pilot The Vatican.  I have enjoyed Chandler popping up for a few scenes in some great movies since Friday Night Lights signed off in 2011, but I am sure I will also enjoy binge-watching Chandler dive back into a long-form character on Netflix.  I just enjoy Kyle Chandler.

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