Netflix announced today that its next original series will be “Grace and Frankie,” a half-hour comedy featuring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (who starred together in Nine to Five). Netflix has given a 13-episode order to the series, which was created by Marta Kauffman (co-creator of Friends) and Howard J. Morris (a writer and producer on Sullivan & Son). Apparently, Fonda and Tomlin play longtime rivals whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands announce they’re in love and are going to get married.
I am a big fan of Lily Tomlin; I think she is hilarious. And, Jane Fonda has been one of the better parts of the Newsroom, in my opinion. I also think this show has an interesting premise and certainly has the potential to be funny. Since Netflix doesn’t release information on the demographics of its subscribers, it is hard to know how this show, which obviously features stars from an older generation, will do. I wonder how interested 18-49 year olds will be.
In all likelihood CJ and I will at least try this show out (unless reviews are terrible), but then again we try and give most things a chance.
Other upcoming new original series by Netflix include Sense8, Marco Polo, and the final season of The Killing.
Sense8 – is a sci-fi drama project by the Wachowski siblings (behind The Matrix) and J. Michael Starczynski (behind Babylon 5). It is described as “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted.” Whatever the hell that means. Apparently, the drama will focus on 8 people scattered around the globe who are connected by a shared violent vision. It’s 10 episode seasons is supposed to be released in late 2014 or early 2015.
Marco Polo – is a 9 episode drama of politics, manipulation, and deadly warfare among clashing empires. It will focus on Marco Polo’s journey which takes him to the center of a brutal war in 13th century China. This drama was originally developed by Starz. It is being produced by the Weinstein Co. and will premiere in late 2014. In a weird twist of events, Ju Kun, a veteran martial arts expert and assistant martial arts choreographer on Marco Polo, was on the Malaysia flight that has disappeared.
The Killing – 3 seasons of The Killing originally aired on AMC, but the show was canceled by the network last fall. A final 6 episode installment will air on Netflix. I believe you can watch the first 3 seasons on Netflix currently. I have never watched The Killing. CJ watched the first season, but skipped the second after getting frustrated with season 1. However, when he heard that season 3 had improved, he gave it a shot again. According to him, the penultimate episode of season 3, “Six Minutes,” was one of the best hours of TV last year. I bet he will watch the final 6 episodes.
Update: Netflix announced this evening that Sam Shepard has signed on to play the father of four deeply scarred siblings in an upcoming untitled psychological thriller from the creators of Damages. Shepard will play the husband of Sissy Spacek’s character and the head of a brood played by Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Ben Mendelsohn, and Norbert Leo Butz. The show will apparently follow how the family’s secrets are unearthed when the black sheep older brother returns home. Now, this sounds like a show I can get on board with.
Currently, you can find the second season of House of Cards on Netflix and we are getting second seasons of Hemlock Grove (which CJ and I didn’t watch) and Orange Is The New Black (which I am obsessed with) soon.*
*I don’t think there has been a release date announced for Hemlock Grove yet, although it debuted in April of 2013. Orange Is The New Black comes back June 6.
Are y’all interested any of the new Netflix shows?