Netflix Renews ‘Marco Polo,’ Sets Premiere Dates for Other Originals

/ Jan 7, 2015

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Netflix (NFLX) just gave some updates on its upcoming programming slate, announcing premiere dates for several of its original series as well as the renewal of “Marco Polo,” which will get a second season on the streaming service.

Season two of the action/adventure Netflix original series created by John Fusco, “Marco Polo,” will comprise 10 new episodes when it debuts at as of yet unspecified date. “Marco Polo” is produced by The Weinstein Company and Electus and executive produced by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (also the series’ directors) along with Fusco and Dan Minahan, among others.

Meanwhile, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which is created by Tiny Fey and Robert Carlock and stars Ellie Kemper (“The Office”) as Kimmy, will debut on Netflix on March 6 of this year. The series spans 13 episodes and is produced by Universal Television and executive produced by Fey, Carlock, David Miner, and Jeff Richmond.

Next, “Bloodline,” the family drama starring Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, and Sissy Spacek, among others, will debut on March 20, 2015. Sony Pictures Television is producing the series, which is executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler (“Damages”).

Marvel’s “Daredevil” will come out next, on April 10. It follows the plotline of the original Marvel comic and stars Charlie Cox as hero Matt Murdock, who fights evil in present-day Hell’s Kitchen in New York. “Daredevil” on Netflix is produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios and is executive produced by Steven S. DeKnight, Jeph Loeb, and Drew Goddard.

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin’s upcoming series, “Grace and Frankie,” will premiere on Netflix on May 8. Other stars in the series include Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, and Ethan Embry. Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris created the show, which comprises 13 episodes produced by Skydance Productions and executive produced by Kauffman, Morris, Fonda, and Tomlin in addition to Paula Weinstein, David Ellison, Marcy Ross, and David Goldberg.

All of this was announced during Netflix’s presentation at the TCA Winter Press Tour, which is currently underway in Pasadena.

The company’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, was asked about a few other projects Netflix is rumored to be involved with, including Sony’s controversial Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview.” Sarandos declined to answer questions on the film, and whether it will eventually find its way to the streaming service. He also declined to offer a reason as to why he wouldn’t answer questions about the movie.

That said, pointing to the numbers the film is generating online and on VOD, he did take a moment to note that the movie’s release is a “great example of what can happen with a big-budget movie if you give [people] choices…I hope it’s eye-opening for the industry.”

As for a new season of “Arrested Development,” Sarandos once again said he’s optimistic that it will happen, but would not provide a specific shooting or premiere date, citing difficulties in the cast’s schedule.

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