Tina Fey’s NBC Comedy UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT Moves to Netflix with Two-Season Commitment; Debuts in March 2015

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In addition to developing its own incredibly successful original series like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, Netflix has also made a habit of either reviving long-dead shows (Arrested Development) or acquiring final seasons of soon-to-be-canceled/recently canceled series (Longmire, The Killing).  Now the network is adding a different kind of resurrection to its repertoire, as it has rescued a pilot from a major network.  NBC has been developing the comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for some time, and it’s been of interest because it was the first show that 30 Rock creator Tina Fey and co-showrunner Robert Carlock developed after the end of that excellent series.  A pilot was shot and it was ordered straight-to-series, but NBC had yet to put it on either its fall or midseason schedule for this year, leading many (including myself) to wonder what had happened.

Well now it turns out that NBC has found a way to sort of pass on the series while also not killing it completely, as Netflix has made a two-season commitment to acquire the show.  More after the jump.

Netflix Picks Up LONGMIRE; Fourth Season Will Premiere In 2015

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Longmire wrapped up its third season earlier this year on A&E.  Apparently it wasn’t renewed at that time since Netflix has just announced that Longmire Season 4 is on the way.  The 10 episode arc is set to hit the streaming service in 2015 and will be produced in conjunction with Warner Horizon Television.

The contemporary crime thriller set in Big Sky country is based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The series stars Robert Taylor (The Matrix) as Walt Longmire, the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, along with Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar GalacticaRiddick), Lou Diamond Phillips (SouthlandLa Bamba), Bailey Chase (Damages), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) and Adam Bartley (Justified).   Hit the jump for more on Longmire Season 4.

Alexandra Daddario and More Up for Marvel’s JESSICA JONES Netflix Show; LUKE CAGE Contenders Revealed

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While production is currently underway on Marvel’s first Netflix series, Daredevil, the studio is now working on putting together its next show.  There will be four separate Netflix series in all, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, followed by an Avengers-style team-up miniseries called The Defenders.  The Jessica Jones show is next after Daredevil, and with Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight) onboard to spearhead the 13-episode drama, Marvel is currently testing actresses to lead the series.  Moreover, Luke Cage is poised to make his first appearance in 6-7 episodes of Jessica Jones, so testing for that character is underway as well.

Find out which familiar names are up for the roles after the jump.

Full-Length Trailer for New Netflix Series MARCO POLO Is Light on Pooltime Horseplay

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Netflix has unveiled the full-length Marco Polo trailer after the first teaser debuted online a few weeks ago.  The new original series follows the titular explorer’s adventures throughout the 13th century in the court of Kublai Khan, the ruler of the Mongol Empire.  Acting as the ruler’s spy, ambassador, and explorer, Marco treks across the Far East, resulting in a story filled with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue, and rivalry.  While this trailer once again teases the massive scope and gorgeous landscapes of the show (Kon-Tiki and Pirates 5 helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg directed the first two episodes), there are some more character-centric shots that are less impressive.  Regardless, I’m curious to see if Netflix’s first “large-scale period epic” original series is a success.

Check out the new Marco Polo trailer after the jump.  The series stars Lorenzo RichelmyBenedict WongJoan ChenChin HanZhu ZhuOlivia ChengClaudia KimMahesh JaduTom WuRemy HiiUli Latukefu, and Rick Yune.  The 10-episode first season of Marco Polo will be available to stream in its entirety on Netflix starting December 12th.

BLOODLINE Images: Netflix’s Upcoming New Series Featuring Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard

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The very first teaser trailer for Netflix’s new original series Bloodline hit a couple of weeks ago and while it did feature a Kyle Chandler voiceover, we didn’t get a single glimpse of any of the main characters.  We don’t have additional footage to share just yet, but Netflix did release six new Bloodline images featuring Chandler as John Rayburn, Ben Mendelsohn as Danny Rayburn, Linda Cardellini as Meg Rayburn, Sam Shepard as Robert Rayburn and Sissy Spacek as Sally Rayburn.

Add Norbert Leo Butz’s Kevin Rayburn and Jacinda Barrett’s Diana Rayburn to the list and you get the full Rayburn clan, a close-knit group that’s rattled when the black sheep brother (Mendelsohn) returns home, exposing family secrets and scars.  Bloodline will be released in March 2015 and also stars Jamie McShane and Enrique Murciano.

Lemony Snicket’s A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS Coming to Netflix as an Original Series

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With the smashing success of House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, it’s clear that Netflix can produce high quality original content.  However, now the streaming service is expanding its scope as it looks to reach younger viewers as well as adults with its original series output.  THR reports that Netflix has acquired the rights to produce a TV series based on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, a series of best-selling novels published between 1999 and 2006 by author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket).  The books follow the lives of three children after their parents’ death in a house fire, as they were subsequently placed in the custody of their nefarious cousin/uncle Count Olaf, who plotted to steal their inheritance.  After they were taken out of his care, he continued to hunt the children down, resulting in the titular series of events.  More after the jump.

MARCO POLO Trailer Teases Swordplay and a Massive Scale for Netflix’s Biggest Series Yet

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Netflix has released the first Marco Polo trailer for its upcoming historical drama series.  The show follows the explorer’s adventures throughout the 13th century in the court of Kublai Khan, the ruler of the Mongol Empire.  Acting as the ruler’s spy, ambassador, and explorer, Marco treks across the Far East, resulting in a story filled with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue, and rivalry.  The show was created and written by John Fusco (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron), and Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) directed the first two episodes.  This trailer certainly teases a massive scope, as this appears to be Netflix’s biggest original series yet.  There’s also plenty of sex and violence, but I’m most struck by the impressive visuals.  Indeed, the drama was shot on location in Italy, Kazakhstan, and Malaysia.

Watch the first Marco Polo trailer after the jump.  The series stars Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Chin Han, Zhu Zhu, Olivia Cheng, Claudia Kim, Mahesh Jadu, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, Uli Latukefu, and Rick Yune.  The 10-episode first season of Marco Polo will be available to stream in its entirety on Netflix starting December 12th.

BLOODLINE Teaser Trailer: Netflix’s Upcoming Original Series Promises Darkness and Burning Boats

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Netflix has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming original series Bloodline.  Per the logline, “Set in the Florida Keys, Bloodline centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.”  That’s a solid premise, but it becomes a must-see when you have a cast that includes Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard, and Sissy Spacek.  This teaser trailer is incredibly brief, but it immediately conveys the show’s presumably dark and brooding tone.

Hit the jump to check out the Bloodline teaser trailer.  The series will premiere all 13 episodes in March 2015.

Charlie Cox Says the DAREDEVIL Netflix Show Is “Much, Much Darker” Than Anything Marvel’s Done Before

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Whether you’re a fan of their output or not, there’s no denying that Marvel Studios’ ambition is impressive.  They seem to really be swinging for the fences by kicking off the Civil War storyline in Captain America 3, and while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t the slam dunk many were expecting from the studio’s first foray into television, their subsequent TV offerings promise to at least move into different territory.  The upcoming ABC series Agent Carter has a period setting and is essentially a prequel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix show will kick off a mini Marvel universe on the small screen.

We recently got our first look at Daredevil star Charlie Cox as the titular superhero, and now the actor has spoken a bit more about the Netflix series, saying it’s significantly darker than anything Marvel has done before.  Read on after the jump.

Every Episode of FRIENDS Coming to Netflix Starting January 1, 2015

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You’ll be in good company while nursing your hangover this coming New Year’s Day.  Netflix announced today that starting on January 1, 2015, every episode of the NBC sitcom Friends will be available to stream in the US and Canada.  In addition to Seinfeld, I count Friends as one of the very best sitcoms of all time and certainly one of the most influential pieces of pop culture from the 1990s.  That cast is phenomenal, and even though the tenth and final season was disappointing in spots, the charm always shined through and made the show a joy to watch.  Moreover, Friends is highly, highly rewatchable.  I own every season on DVD, but I’m sure laze will take over as I find “The One with Chandler in a Box” or “The One Where Ross Got High” are available at the touch of a button starting January 1st.

In announcing Friends coming to Netflix, the streaming service released a cutesy video that reunites The Rembrandts (remember them?) and features a cameo from Central Perk’s most loyal employee, Gunther.  Take a look after the jump.

DAREDEVIL Comic-Con Panel Recap: Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll and More Unveil Clips from the Upcoming Netflix Show

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You like those brand new Daredevil images?  How about some footage descriptions to go along with them?  Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, hit the main stage podium again today to bring Daredevil to New York Comic-Con.  Not only did we get the chance to see four clips from the upcoming Netflix series, but Loeb also brought out the cast of the show including Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk/Kingpin), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Toby Moore (Wesley), Bob Gunton (Leland Owlsley), Ayelet Zurer (Vanessa) and Vondie Curtis-Hall (Ben Urich), marking their very first public appearance together.

Hit the jump for some Q&A highlights and a description of the clips shown in my Daredevil Comic-Con panel recap.

Netflix and Marvel Unveil DAREDEVIL Logo; Find Out How to Meet the Cast at New York Comic-Con

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New York Comic-Con is just days away now and Marvel and Netflix want to make sure you’re aware of all their plans for the upcoming series, Marvel’s Daredevil.  We already told you about Saturday’s panel, but now they’ve also announced that there will be a signing session as well.  Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson and Vincent D’Onofrio will all be on hand for the event.

Interested?  If you are, you might have to get up a little early on the morning of Saturday, October 11th for this one.  The signing won’t happen until 3:45pm, but it’s a ticketed event so just head over to the Marvel Booth when the convention center opens up at 10am to participate in the random drawing process.  Hit the jump for more details and to check out the brand new Daredevil logo as well.

Adam Sandler Inks Four-Film Deal with Netflix

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You know how to make sure a press release gets my attention?  Kick it off with a good old, “O’Doyle rules!”  It was just revealed that Adam Sandler made a deal to make four movies exclusively for Netflix and the press release began with, “O’Doyle rules! Adam Sandler heads to Netflix.”  There’s no word on what any of those films will be just yet, but perhaps that headline could hint at something Billy Madison-related.

But of course that’s total conjecture at this point because all we know is that Happy Madison Productions will work with Netflix to develop the four films and Sandler will produce and star in all of them.  Hit the jump for more on the Adam Sandler/Netflix partnership.

The Weinstein Co. & Netflix to Release CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON Sequel Simultaneously Online and in IMAX Theaters; Plus First Images

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The Weinstein Co. and Netflix have signed a deal to release Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend simultaneously in IMAX theaters and on Netflix on August 28, 2015.  Netflix previously won a bid for the streaming rights to TWC movies, and the two companies joined forces for the original series Marco Polo.  The Green Legend deal ramps up the partnership and is the logical next step of Netflix’s growing plan to disrupt the traditional distribution model.

Netflix also released the first two images, featuring stars Michelle Yeoh and Donnie YenYuen Wo-Ping directed the Crouching Tiger sequel.  Hit the jump for the images and the full press release with quotes from Harvey Weinstein, Netflix executive Ted Sarandos, and IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster.

Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs Will Star in LOVE, a Netflix Series from Judd Apatow and Lesley Arfin

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This could be really good.  Paul Rust (I Love You, Beth Cooper) and Gillian Jacobs (Community, Girls) will co-star in Love, a new Netflix series from Rust, Judd Apatow and Leslie Arfin (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Girls).  In a bold move of confidence, Netflix has picked up the show for two seasons already.  The first 10 episodes will air in 2015, with another 12 on the way in 2016.  Legendary Television will produce as well.

Love follows Gus (Paul Rust) and Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid.  The show will be a half-hour series.  Hit the jump for more on Love.

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