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Today’s Netflix bounty also includes renewals, premiere dates, and new series

Lady Dynamite (Photo: Netflix)
Lady Dynamite (Photo: Netflix)

The Television Critics Association’s press tour got underway today with panels dedicated to Netflix’s programming, including the Gilmore Girls revival and the new season of Black Mirror. That days-long West Coast event is what you can thank for all the Netflix-related news that’s come streaming in this afternoon, like Mitch Hurwitz’s latest update on when we can expect a new season of Arrested Development to start shooting (spoiler alert: don’t hold your breath unless you want everyone to know you blue yourself.)

But what other treats did the prestigious gathering yield? Well, Netflix has wisely renewed Lady Dynamite for a second season, while squandering yet another season on Real Rob (maybe Rob Schneider’s meta-comedy is part of Adam Sandler’s overall deal?). Chelsea Handler will continue to occupy her virtual corner of late-night (sort of) TV, as Netflix has renewed Chelsea for another season as well. All three series’ second seasons will premiere in 2017.

Netflix also had plenty of premiere dates for its original series and recent acquisitions to tease subscribers with for fall. The docuseries Chef’s Table: France kicks off on September 2, and will feature four new chefs. Then on September 22, we’ll see the debut of Joe Swanberg’s Easy, a comedy anthology series that “explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture.” Somehow, that setup will involve guest appearances from Orlando Bloom, Marc Maron, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Aya Cash, among others. (Hey, it’s not like we usually see them around the old watering hole.)


The Ranch will giddy up once more on October 7, which is when the second half of its season kicks off. The new season of Black Mirror will debut on October 21, and already sounds reliably unnerving. Then Lovesick, formerly known as Scrotal Recall, will premiere its second season on November 10. Beat Bugs is also in its second season, and will wing its way to your laptop screens on November 18. And closing out the month’s premieres is Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, which bows November 25.

December 9 will see the arrival of Captive, a docuseries from Doug Liman and Simon and Jonathan Chin that examines the booming business of hostage-taking (no, seriously). Then the Latino-led remake of Norman Lear’s One Day At A Time is scheduled to premiere on January 6. The series stars Six Feet Under’s Justina Machado as the single mom just trying to raise her kids in this godforsaken world, with some help from Rita Moreno in the 13-episode first season.

And finally, Netflix picked up an untitled Motown project from Beat Bugs writer-producer Josh Wakely. It follows “a lovable, funny and slightly shy eight year old boy named Ben, who discovers he has the extraordinary ability to bring street-art to life.” The series will feature 52 Motown hits, with Smokey Robinson serving as executive music producer.

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