The American version of The Office lasted for nine seasons and 200 episodes, but it never really topped the original U.K. show, co-created by and starring Ricky Gervais as David Brent, the weaselly middle manager of the Slough branch of the Wernham Hogg Paper Company. Though Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s Office only stuck around for two seasons and a two-part finale on the BBC, its impact was enormous. Beyond inspiring the American show (and many other international adaptations) it helped popularize the mockumentary style of TV comedy.
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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.
As a television company, Netflix has already established itself as one of the best and most important studios in the business. As a distributor of documentaries, they also have an impressive track record. But when it comes to feature films, Netflix still hasn’t quite put itself on the map. True, its Beasts of No Nation received good reviews last fall, and Pee-wee’s Big Holiday was a fairly entertaining trifle. But much of the rest of their feature film slate has been met with bad to oh-my-god-how-in-the-world-did-this-happen? reviews. Their Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel was delayed and then mostly ignored. Ricky Gervais’ Special Correspondents was nowhere near the heights of his TV work. And two movies in, Adam Sandler’s four-picture deal with Netflix seems like an experiment designed to test Netflix’s customers willingness to maintain their subscriptions.
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.
Anyone watching the first season of Netflix’s Narcos had to wonder how far Season 1 would get into the story of Pablo Escobar without brushing up against his inevitable end, and it looks like Season 2 isn’t backing away from that date with destiny. Not only does the new season have a 2016 premiere, but our first teaser promises that Escobar has an expiration date.
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.
In spite of their monstrous and ever-increasing success, Netflix has yet to publicly reveal any real viewing data, something San Francisco-based Symphony sought to rectify with a strange cell phone app analyzing viewership data by audio. Netflix flatly denied the accuracy of said “ratings,” but may not want to, if word of Fuller House having upwards of 10 million viewers proves true.
We don’t yet have a formal premiere date for Netflix’s officially-titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life revival, but that hasn’t stopped fan anticipation for catching up with their favorite Stars Hollow characters. And where Melissa McCarthy’s Sookie St. James seemed touch and go for awhile, a first photo of McCarthy back in costume has arrived.