7 New Netflix Originals Premiering This Year
Netflix is launching a slew of new original series in 2015 to go along with the latest seasons of critically acclaimed favorites like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, as well as its forthcoming children’s shows. On the heels of the premiere of their new comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt, here’s a look at the seven other new series headed our way this year:
1. Bloodline, March 20
Created by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler (the same team behind FX’s Glenn Close drama Damages), the new 13-episode series is described as a “dramatic thriller that explores the demons lurking beneath the surface of a contemporary American family.” The series centers on the Rayburns, a close-knit, hardworking family of four adult siblings who live in a Florida Keys community. Their relationships with each other are put to the test when the black sheep brother comes home and threatens to expose the respected family’s dark secrets and shameful past.
The forthcoming show marks the return of Friday Night Lights favorite Kyle Chandler to the small screen. Aside from Chandler, the series also features Ben Mendelso, Linda Cardellini, and Sissy Spacek. Sam Shepard, Norbert Leo Butz, Jamie McShane, Jacinda Barrett, and Enrique Murciano.
2. Daredevil, April 10
Boardwalk Empire’s Charlie Cox stars as blind attorney Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil) in this darker and moodier small-screen take on Marvel’s superhero story (which was previously depicted in a 2003 critically lambasted film featuring Ben Affleck). This is the first show from Marvel’s five-series deal with Netflix scheduled to hit the air, with the studio unveiling a first look at Cox in the role (seen above) back in October.
The Manhattan-set series also stars Deborah Ann Woll as Matt’s friend and love interest, Karen Page, Vincent D’Onofrio as crime boss Wilson Fisk (aka Kingpin), and Ayelet Zurer as Fisk’s love, Vanessa. Meanwhile, Vondie Curtis-Hall plays reporter Ben Urich, Bob Gunton is Leland Owlsley (aka the villainous Owl), Toby Leonard Moore is Fisk’s right-hand man, Wesley, and Elden Henson is Foggy Nelson. Rosario Dawson also co-stars as Claire Temple, a night nurse who will aid Cox’s Murdock.
3. Grace and Frankie, May 8
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin will star in the upcoming 13-episode comedy from Friends creator Marta Kauffman. The series will center on nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin), whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married. To their dismay, the women find that their lives are permanently intertwined and, to their even bigger surprise, they find they can lean on each other.
Scandal’s Joe Morton, Enlisted‘s Geoff Stults, Mob City’s Ernie Hudson, and Spin City‘s Barry Bostwick will co-star in the series, written and created by Kauffman and Howard J. Morris (Sullivan & Son, According to Jim). The show is expected to debut in 2015.
4. Between, May 21
Nickelodeon star Jenette McCurdy will star in the six part survivalist thriller series, created by Canadian writer-director Michael McGowan (Still Mine). It follows the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 and under. Among those left alive and scrambling to survive is a pregnant Wiley Day (McCurdy), who has a plan to give up her baby and leave Pretty Lake behind. But when the government puts the town under quarantine, Wiley and best friend Adam (played by Jesse Carere) realize that discovering the cause of the virus may be their only avenue to freedom. McCurdy revealed the first trailer for the upcoming show on her social media account this month.
Also revealed this month is the company’s plans to distribute the show. Instead of releasing the full season of Between all at once for binge-watching, the service will release a new episode on a week-by-week basis. Per THR, the change in model was made to accommodate Netflix’s partnership with Canadian television broadcasting City, which has the worldwide first-window rights to the drama.
The 10-episode sci-fi drama series, which hails from the Wachowski siblings and J. Michael Straczynski, follows a group of eight characters around the world who find themselves linked to each other mentally and emotionally in the aftermath of a tragic death. Their sudden connection allows them to talk to each other, even while in totally different countries. While trying to figure why this happened and what it means for the future of mankind, a mysterious and powerful man named Jonas tries to bring the eight together, while another stranger called Mr. Whispers and his organization will attempt to hunt them down to capture or assassinate them.
The 14-member international cast includes Lost alum Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah, and Stargate Universe‘s Brian J. Smith, among others. Sense8 began filming in San Francisco in June and also shot in Mexico City, London, and Berlin, as well as several other places. The show is expected to premiere sometime in May or June.
6. F Is For Family
Marking another entry into Netflix’s adult animation genre, F Is for Family has been described as a “family comedy” based on the standup of Bill Burr. The show will center on the Murphy family the 1970s, “a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport.”
Burr will voice the father role of Frank Murphy, with Laura Dern and Justin Long voicing his wife and son, respectively. Burr will also serve as an executive producer on the series alongside Vince Vaughn. The six-part series will debut in Netflix sometime in 2015, but an official premiere date has not yet been set.
7. A.K.A. Jessica Jones
Spearheaded by Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter), the forthcoming 13-episode drama will star Krysten Ritter as the eponymous female superhero who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and subsequently decides to hang up her costume and open her own detective agency, where she helps both other superheroes and normal civilians alike.
The first season will also feature Mike Colter as the character of Luke Cage, who will reportedly appear in six or seven episodes of the Jessica Jones series before eventually headlining his own show. An exact premiere date for A.K.A. Jessica Jones has not been scheduled. Though the show was originally expected to hit Netflix this year, the company has since revealed that all of Marvel shows will likely take place about a year apart. With Daredevil premiering in March, that means A.K.A Jessica Jones will either premiere in late 2015 or early 2016.