All right, Netflixers, here it is: The list of new titles coming to the streaming service this month. As far as acquisitions go, the headliner is easily The Big Short, Adam McKay’s bitterly funny comedy about the 2008 economic collapse. There’s also the recent and critically acclaimed horror movie The Invitation, billed as a “Netflix Exclusive.” (Whatever you want to call it, our own Britt Hayes was a big fan.) There are also 19 different Netflix originals (19!!!!) this month, including the return of BoJack Horseman, my favorite show that I’ve barely watched because I have a baby and BoJack Horseman is not a show you watch in front of a baby unless you want to scar her for life.
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We’re still mostly in shock from the freak accident that claimed Star Trek star Anton Yelchin’s life, but the question inevitably turns to the actor’s uncompleted works. Yelchin had several TV projects in the works as well, including a lead voice in Guillermo del Toro’s animated Netflix Trollhunters, of which sources say most work had been completed, but may end up recast.
It’s easy to take the streaming availability of network shows for granted, whether Hulu’s ability to screen most-episodes next day, or Netflix’s new season availability ahead of premieres, but CW viewers in particular are in for good news and bad. CW shows will become available on Netflix much, much faster, but at the cost of their Hulu availability.
Just days behind the new Voltron debut, Netflix’s next major animated series is already gearing up. Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters has officially confirmed a cast, including Hellboy favorite Ron Perlman, Star Trek vet Anton Yelchin and more from the “family event series” due in December 2016.
The first official teaser for Netflix’s Narcos Season 2 gave not only a premiere date, but also another red-letter day in history that seemed to confirm Pablo Escobar’s days were numbered. Now, star Wagner Moura confirms a deadly plan for the condensed second season, raising the question of a third Narcos season potentially rebooting.
A few weeks back, we learned that Scott Frank and Steven Soderbergh’s new Western miniseries Godless has begun initial casting with none other than Newsroom alum Jeff Daniels, and the official report brings yet more good news. Not only is Daniels confirmed, but so too is Walking Dead alum Merritt Wever, a Game of Thrones member and more.
Even as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2 resides only a few months in the rear-view mirror, Season 3 will end up slightly delayed by Ellie Kemper’s real-life pregnancy. Thankfully, Titus Andromedon is here to fill the void, auditioning for Hamilton during a special 2016 Tonys bit.
Kevin Smith seems to have embraced his new role as a TV director, already returning to The Flash with an eye toward Buckaroo Banzai and a Mallrats TV series, but the comic icon now wants to capitalize on his own Daredevil history. Could Smith end up directing an episode of Marvel’s Netflix Defenders, or Daredevil Season 3?
Netflix practically has something new to offer every week, but if the first trailer is any indication, Winona Ryder psychological thriller Stranger Things is a whole new territory. It’s E.T. by way of Stephen King in the first trailer, and you’ll want to see this one for yourself.
Netflix’s Marco Polo made relatively few waves for such a gorgeous and expensive production, but will Season 2 fare any better? If nothing else, action among the Mongol empire appears significantly upped in the first trailer for Season 2, along with a stylish new poster.