Netflix Sets Premieres for ‘The Get Down,‘ ‘Stranger Things,‘ New Original Shows From Will Arnett and More
Ahead of today’s TCA ’16 panel, Netflix has unveiled a slew of release dates for new original series, including Baz Luhrmann’s musical The Get Down, the Winona Ryder thriller Stranger Things, and shows from Will Arnett, Ashton Kutcher and the service’s first French-language series, starring Gerard Depardieu. These shows join established series Orange Is the New Black, Jessica Jones, Grace and Frankie and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, with Netflix also announcing returning dates for those favorites.
Netflix has revealed a handful of premiere dates (via Variety) for new original series, including (deep breath) The Get Down, Stranger Things, Flaked, The Ranch and Marseille.
Up first is The Get Down, the new ’70s-set musical series from Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann, with Part One premiering on August 12, offering six episodes:
Baz Luhrmann’s music-driven drama from Sony Pictures Television will focus on 1970’s broken down New York City where a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them — except each other, and their verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. Told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids,“The Get Down” is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco. Luhrmann exec produces with Catherine Martin, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Nelson George and pioneers of hip-hop, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa, who will each be portrayed on the series. Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jimmy Smits, Giancarlo Esposito and Jaden Smith star in the series, which will air its first six (of 13) episodes starting on Aug. 12.
Next is Flaked, the new series from Will Arnett and executive producer Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development), which premieres on March 11:
Starring Will Arnett, “Flaked” is set in the insular world of Venice, Calif., and centers on a self-appointed guru who falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination. Arnett plays Chip, a man doing his honest best to stay one step ahead of his own lies. David Sullivan, Ruth Kearney and George Basil co-star. Arnett co-created and exec produces the 8-episode series with Mark Chappell. Electus’ Ben Silverman, Peter Principato and “Arrested Development’s” Mitch Hurwitz also exec produce.
Stranger Things is an eight-part thriller / mystery miniseries starring Winona Ryder, and debuts on July 15:
Winona Ryder stars in the 8-episode series, which follows friends, family and local police, after a young boy vanishes into thin air. As the community looks for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. Ryder stars with David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton and Matthew Modine. Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer are writing, directing and showrunning the series, and will serve as exec producers with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen.
Ashton Kutcher is reuniting with his That ’70s Show co-star Danny Masterson for The Ranch, a new comedy premiering on April 1:
Set in present day on a Colorado ranch, the comedy stars Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Sam Elliott and Debra Winger. “The Ranch” follows Colt’s (Kutcher) return home after a brief and failed semi- pro football career to run the family ranching business with his older brother Jameson “Rooster” (Masterson) and father Beau (Elliott), whom he hasn’t seen in 15 years. “Two and Half Men” and “My Wife and Kids” alums Don Reo and Jim Patterson exec producer with Kutcher. Masterson is a co-exec producer.
And finally there’s Marseille, Netflix’s first French-language original series — a political drama that appears to be in the vein of House of Cards. Starring Gerard Depardieu, the series debuts on May 5:
A tale of power, corruption and redemption, “Marseille” — Netflix’s first French language original series — stars Gérard Depardieu as Robert Taro, the city’s mayor for the last twenty years. As the municipal elections approach, Taro prepares his last coup: push through the vote for the construction of a casino in the historic center of the Marina. His successor, Lucas Barrès (Benoît Magimel), is already designated, but the his all-consuming ambition and the secret interests of the city’s leaders impede the mayor’s plans, so the race for mayor becomes a power struggle where no holds are barred. Along with Depardieu and Magimel, Géraldine Pailhas, Nadia Farès, Stéphane Caillard, Jean-René Privat, Guillaume Arnault, Hedi Bouchenafa, Carolina Jurczak, and Nassim Si Ahmed round out the cast. Marseille, which hails from Paris-based Federation Entertainment, is written by Dan Franck who serves as exec producer.
The new original series were announced along with premieres for Orange Is the New Black Season 4 (June 17), Grace and Frankie Season 2 (May 6), and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2 (April 15). Jessica Jones has also been renewed for a second season, though an official premiere date has yet to be announced. Given the late renewal, we’re not sure that the series will return before the end of 2016.