These are the shows Netflix has planned for the near future
It's fair to say that Netflix, along with the countless streaming service imitators it has managed to inspire, has changed the way we watch TV. No longer do we have to wait until the broadcast time to watch the shows we enjoy the most, and binging box sets all in one go is now considered the norm. Its model has coincided with a veritable golden age for TV drama, where original content and arc-driven, longterm storylines have supplanted the reality shows that infested terrestrial channels.
Indeed, Netflix has been so successful that it's now a legitimate rival to mainstream television networks, and has managed to usurp their dominance of viewers. Since 2013, Netflix has been promoting its brand by enthusiastically commissioning its own original TV series. If you need examples of just how strong its lineup is, then consider Narcos, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Furthermore, Stranger Things looks set to be one of the most successful TV franchises in history. Ahead of the release of its eagerly-awaited second season, let's have a look at the other incredible shows Netflix has planned for the near future.
1. The Punisher
One of the highlights of Marvel's Daredevil season two was the vengeful and all-round badass character of Frank Castle, (aka the eponymous Punisher) played with surprising depth and subtly by gravely-throated Jon Bernthal. The character is pretty dark even by the standards of Marvel's television universe. He isn't really a superhero in the true sense of the word: more of a murderous, gun-toting vigilante. However, it was no surprise that the anti-hero was a hit with viewers. The first season of The Punisher will be released in late 2017, with Steve Lightfoot as show-runner and Bernthal starring.
Netflix isn't just trying to appeal to the American market, but instead has been eagerly encouraging a global perspective, and has been endorsing content from all around the world. Samantha is a Brazilian comedy, produced by Losbragas and set to air in 2018. It stars Alice Braga, famed for her role in the 2002 movie Children of God, as a former child actor married to a former football star who makes a number of ill-faded attempts to propel herself back into the limelight.
3. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Netflix already boasts Fargo, a series inspired by the Minnesota set movie helmed by Noah Hawley. But The Ballard of Buster Scruggs is going to boast the direct involvement of the Coen brothers themselves. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is allegedly a western-themed anthology series set in Nebraska, which aims to see a release in 2018. The cast currently includes James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Ralph Ineson and Tim Blake Nelson.
4. Lost in Space
The original Lost in Space series, a riff on William Shakespeare's The Tempest, was one of the first ever science fiction shows on television, airing at the same time as Star Trek and Doctor Who. It was however, even more cheesy, kitsch and camp than those two shows combined. Although a movie was made in the 90s, the original show makes perfect reboot material. Netflix has ordered a 10-episode season to air in 2018, with Dracula Untold screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless attached to write the screenplay. It will star Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio and Taylor Russell.
5. Arrested Development (Season 5)
Arrested Development is one of the best sitcoms ever made, and its cult following was well-established before the show's initial cancellation in 2006. It was later picked up by Netflix, who produced a fourth season following a time skip and brought back the original cast. The fourth season ended on a climatic cliffhanger and Arrested Development has been on hiatus ever since. However, in May Netflix revealed that season five had been greenlit, and that it will return in 2018. In a tongue-in-cheek announcement, creator Mitch Hurwitz said: "In talks with Netflix we all felt that that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business - and their desperate abuses of power - are really underrepresented on TV these days."
6. Dogs of Berlin
This 10-episode German series, created by filmmaker and screenwriter Christian Alvart, is set in Germany's capital and tells the noir story of two police detectives investigating Berlin's criminal underworld. Netflix VP of International Originals Erik Barmack said: "Dogs of Berlin tells a compelling and modern German story that dives into the Berlin underworld. Christian Alvart is a great storyteller and a director who knows how to create spectacular and gripping entertainment. We are thrilled that he will realize our second Netflix original that will be completely written, produced and shot in Germany."
7. Black Mirror (season 4)
Misanthrope supreme Charlie Brooker has managed to revitalise the anthology format thanks to his dystopian series, which won an Emmy award this year for season three's heartwarming episode San Junipero. It's hardly surprising that Netflix would want to develop a new series, which is set for release at the end of 2017. The new series will allegedly feature a scathing critique of Tinder and other dating apps, as well as a more farcical Star Trek parody and an episode directed by Jodie Foster.
This upcoming series by Cary Fukunaga (partly responsible for the new It movie as well as the first season of True Detective) will reunite Superbad stars Jonah Hill and Emma Stone for 10 episodes. The show is allegedly based on a Norwegian series created by Espen PA Lervaag and Håkon Bast Mossig and revolves around the fantasy worlds of two patients of a mental institute.
That all being said - and as good as these shows look - this isn't to say that everything Netflix has come up with has been gold dust. Recently, we took a look at some of their biggest failures. Check out our review of the eight worst original Netflix shows. Hey: nobody's perfect, right?