Good news for Arrested Development fans: You can count on Netflix to make a fifth season happen. While addressing some of the streaming network's plans for the next few years, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos threw out a small mention of the possibility of another Arrested Development season and had this to say:
Sarandos is also "positive" that another season of Arrested Development is in the offing: "It's just a matter of when," he says, adding that sorting out actors' schedules is a concern: It was "a fair criticism" of last year's revival of the cult comedy "that the cast didn't appear on screen often enough [...]
Last month it was announced that Chelsea Handler had signed on to star in a new talk show for Netflix. Right now, all we know about Handler's show is that it's slated to premiere in October 2016 and will be the first series to be released at a specific time block on the streaming service. According to Business Insider, Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos recently addressed the company's intentions with Handler's show, which will be heavily influenced by the changing ways people watch late night shows today:
"People are not watching scripted programming the way they used to. They're also not watching these late-night talk shows [...]
There's been talk about a prequel/sequel to director David Wain's cult hit Wet Hot American Summer for years now, and now, it looks like that project may wind up being a prequel TV series. Variety reports that Netflix is in talks to produce a 10-episode series that would serve as a prequel to Wet Hot American Summer. The hypothetical series would be executive produced by Wain and his co-writer on the original film, Michael Showalter, although it's unclear if they'll return to write/direct the show. Netflix has declined to comment.
The prequel series will follow the original movie's characters in high school, with plans to reunite as much [...]
Most comedians are lucky to land a bit part for their first television gig, but New Zealand standup Rhys Darby struck gold when his friends Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement cast him in their HBO series Flight of the Conchords as the two-man band's incompetent manager Murray Hewitt. It's been five years since Flight of the Conchords ended, and during that time Darby has toured his standup around the world, appeared in a handful of films and television shows, and also developed a set of original characters that evolved into his new series Short Poppies, now available on Netflix. Ahead of the Short Poppies premiere, I recently got [...]
THR reports that Netflix will debut a new comedy series called Short Poppies, created by and starring Rhys Darby, who played clueless band manager Murray on Flight of the Conchords.
Short Poppies is a mockumentary about a journalist visiting a small New Zealand town. Darby will play multiple roles, playing the journalist and all of the townsfolk. Netflix will debut the 8-episode series on April 3rd. This is the first time Darby has written and starred in his own project.