Netflix: Orange is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, premiere dates
Netflix announced premiere dates for 11 of its new and returning series at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Sunday.
Orange is the New Black will return for its fourth season on Friday, June 17 at 12:01 a.m. PT. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returns for a second season on Friday, April 15 at 12:01 a.m. PT. Grace and Frankie’s second season debuts Friday, May 6 at 12:01 a.m. PT.
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As for the new series, Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down will debut on Friday, Aug. 12 at 12:01 a.m. PT. The music-driven drama is set in 1970s New York City, where a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers try to make a name for themselves during the birth of hip-hop, punk and disco. The cast includes Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jimmy Smits, Giancarlo Esposito, and Jaden Smith. On the creative side, Luhrmann is joined by Catherine Martin, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Nelson George, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc, and Afrika Bambaataa.
The Will Arnett comedy Flaked will debut Friday, March 11 at 12:01 a.m. PT. The series follows Chip (Arnett), a celebrated long-time resident of the insular world of Venice, California, who falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination. The eight-episode series also stars David Sullivan, Ruth Kearney, and George Basil, and hails from Arnett, Mark Chappell, Ben Silverman, Peter Principato, and Mitch Hurwitz.
Ashton Kutcher’s multi-camera comedy The Ranch will drop on Friday, April 1 at 12:01 a.m. PT. The show 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 (Danny Masterson) and his father Beau (Sam Elliott), whom he hasn’t seen in 15 years. Debra Winger also stars as the matriarch of the family, who runs the local bar. Don Reo and Jim Patterson executive-produce alongside Kutcher and Masterson.
Stranger Things tells the story of the friends, family, and local police who are drawn into a mystery involving top secret experiments and terrifying supernatural forces after a young boy vanishes into thin air. Described as a love letter to ’80s classics, the series stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Mille Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalie Dyer, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine. Matt and Ross Duff wrote and are executive-producing the project alongside Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen.
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Marseille will debut Friday, May 5 at 12:01 a.m. CET. The series stars Gérard Depardieu as the mayor of the titular French town for the last 20 years. But as the elections approach, he pushes through the vote for the constructions of a casino in the center of the marina. Leaving nothing to chance, Taro chooses his successor, only to later discover the latter’s own all-consuming ambition impedes the mayor’s plans. How far will he go to achieve his goals? Benoît Magimel, Géraldine Pailhas, Nadia Farès, Stéphane Caillard, Jean-René Privat, Guillaume Arnault, Hedi Bouchenafa, Carolina Jurczak, and Nassim Si Ahmed also star in this drama from Dan Franck and Florent Siri.
On the younger-skewing front, Lost & Found Music Studios will debut on Friday, April 1 at 12:01 a.m. PT. The live action series follows a group of talented teenage musicians who struggle to find their authentic sound and place in the world as they hone their craft at a prestigious music studio. Also, the Jim Henson Company’s Word Party, which is a vocabulary building show for preschoolers, will debut Friday, June 3 at 12:01 a.m. PT.
Animated series Kong: King of the Apes, a futuristic take on the classic King Kong story, will bow Friday, April 15 at 12:01 a.m. PT. Set in 2050, the series finds Alcatraz Island transformed into a Natural History and Marine Preserve. But when the main attraction goes ape, Kong becomes public enemy No. 1. The villain that framed him is then free to unleash an army of robotic dinosaurs on the world. With Kong the only force strong enough to stop them, three young humans risk their lives to help him evade capture while he battles to save humankind.
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