Netflix: 10 New Original Series Throughout 2016
With shows like “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black,” Netflix has led the pack when it comes to original streaming series. The streaming service picked up several Golden Globe nominations recently for “Narcos,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Grace & Frankie” and “House of Cards.”
Here are the Netflix original series you can look forward to in 2016.
Director Cesar Charlone, who worked as a cinematographer for the film “City of God,” will bring “3%” to Netflix; the series will be the first to be shot entirely in Brazil.
The dramatic thriller will begin shooting in early 2016 and debut on Netflix within the year.
The show will follow characters attempt to pass to “the better side” in a world divided into progress and devastation: Only 3 percent of candidates will succeed.
“Ultimately, the series questions the dynamics of society that imposes constant selection processes we all have to go through, whether we like it or not”,” said Charlone.
The series will star Joao Miguel and Bianca Comparato.
• The Crown
“The Crown” will follow the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II, spanning several decades, and the prime ministers along the way.
Claire Foy of “Wolf Hall” will play Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith plays her husband, Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, and John Lithgow will portray Winston Churchill.
The show will take place at “two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street” and cover the love lives and intrigues behind the second half of the 20th century. The 10 episodes will air sometime in 2016.
Will Arnett, who already voices hit Netflix animated series “BoJack Horseman,” is making another Netflix series (the last season of “Arrested Development” was also a Netflix project).
“Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz and “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret’s” Mark Chappell are on board to executive produce the series, along with Arnett and others.
The series will center around “a self-appointed ‘guru'” who falls in love with his best friend’s crush. Arnett plays Chip, a man who is trying to maintain his image and stay ahead of his lies.
• Fuller House
The Tanners are back! And so are Uncle Jesse and Uncle Joey. Only Michelle won’t return, as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have declined to participate in the “Full House” reboot.
This time, the story picks up again in present day, as grown-up veterinarian D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) deals with the loss of her husband in San Francisco.
Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and Kimmy Gibler (Andrea Barber) return, and viewers get to meet a whole new generation of cast members, which include D.J.’s three sons and Kimmy’s teenager daughter.
The show will air on Feb. 26.
• The Get Down
Well, this is quite a departure from “Moulin Rouge” and “The Great Gatsby.”
Baz Luhrmann makes his comeback with “The Get Down,” a musical drama set in the South Bronx in the 1970s. Newcomer Herizen Guardiola will star as Mylene Cruz, who, along with her teenaged friends hop from Bronx tenements to Soho to CBGB to Studio 54.
Luhrmann serves as the executive producer and will direct the first two episodes of the series and the season finale.
• Lady Dynamite
Comedy aficionados will remember Maria Bamford from her turns as romantic interests in “Louie” and “Arrested Development.”
Now, the comedian will have her own series, which is inspired by events in her life.
The 30-minute episodes, executive-produced by Pam Brady, Mitch Hurwitz (“Arrested Development”) and Bamford, will tell the story of “a woman who loses — and then finds — her s**t,” according to Netflix’s description.
“Marseille” is Netflix’s first French production.
The series will follow the story of Robert Taro (played by Gerard Depardieu), mayor of the city for 25 years, as he faces off against a young protege in the upcoming elections.
Netflix’s description of the series as a story of revenge, drug lords and political players give it a “House of Cards” vibe. No doubt, political junkies will tune in.
• Marvel’s Luke Cage
Netflix is undoubtedly hoping to replicate the runaway success of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” with this new superhero series.
Mike Colter, who played unbreakable bartender Luke Cage in “Jessica Jones,” will reprise his role in “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” but he promised IGN that the upcoming series, which centers on Marvel’s first black superhero, will be “completely different.”
He said the show will have a strong soundtrack and described it as “urban.”
“It will be urban, it will be soulful, and it will be a stark contrast to the music you heard for the first two prior series,” he said. “We are in Harlem, so you want to feel like you are around that kind of culture. Harlem has a long, rich culture of music and we want to pay homage to that.”
• The Ranch
Fans of “That ’70s Show” will definitely want to tune into “The Ranch,” where they can see both Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson.
The comedy series will follow two brothers on a Colorado ranch as they navigate the family business after Kutcher’s character comes home from a stint in semi-pro football.
The series will air twice a year, 10 episodes at a time.
• Stranger Things
Winona Ryder is back!
The actress stars in “Stranger Things,” where she will play Joyce, a single mom in Indiana who is in shock after her 12-year-old son disappears. The show, set in Indiana, is not a simple “missing child” mystery: It involves “top secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.”