The eagerly awaited return of tech-thriller anthology series Black Mirror now has a premiere date — along with seven more Netflix shows — plus there’s several new cast members announced.
The streaming company revealed Wednesday release dates for Mirror, Norman Lear’s reboot of One Day at a Time, Chef’s Table: France, and many more. In addition, Netflix announced the renewals of Chelsea (for a 90-episodes second season), Lady Dynamite (for a second season) and Real Rob (for a second season).
Here are the series dates:
— Black Mirror will consist of six episodes (with six more to come next year). Being announced for the first time is that Game of Thrones costar Jerome Flynn will topline one of the episodes. (Previously announced castmembers: Alex Lawther, Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, James Norton, Michael Kelly, Malachi Kirby, Madeline Brewer, and Kelly MacDonald). The series will return Oct. 21.
— Chef’s Table goes to France for the third installment and will premiere Sept. 2.
— Easy, an anthology series from director Joe Swanberg that “explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture,” features Orlando Bloom and Malin Ackerman. It debuts Sept. 22.
— The Ranch, starring Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson, returns for the second part of season 1 on Oct. 7.
— The romantic comedy Lovesick, previously known as Scrotal Recall, returns Nov. 10 for its second season.
— The animated series Beat Bugs returns for season 2 on Nov. 18.
— As announced earlier on Wednesday, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life debuts Nov. 25.
— Captive, a new docu-series focusing on hostage negotiations from executive producer Doug Liman, premieres Dec. 9.
— And finally, One Day at a Time, which re-imagines Lear’s classic sitcom as centering on a Cuban-American family, debuts its first season on Jan. 6.
Want one more thing? Netflix also says Jennifer Garner has signed on to voice a llama. Really! She’ll play Mama Llama in the animated series for preschoolers Llama Llama.
“I’ve read Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama books to my kids hundreds of times in the last 10 years,” Garner explains. “Little did I know it would all count as rehearsal — I’m thrilled to bring Mama Llama to life for Netflix! The Llama Llama books are so fun to read — your kids won’t even notice they are learning life lessons, such as how to battle boredom, or braving the first day of school. But when your kids watch the coziness of Mama Llama’s relationship with her Little Llama, be ready for an extra snuggle as you connect, while learning about the world around you.”
And who doesn’t want extra snuggle?