There were tons of announcements from Netflix at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California, today as the streaming service unveiled its plan for the first half of 2016. From castings to premiere dates to first looks, here is everything you need to know about the shows you will Netflix and Chill with this year.
2. Orange Is the New Black Season 4 will premiere June 17 on Netflix!
At the end of Season 3, the future of Litchfield remained in doubt as the prison got a new inmate in the Martha Stewart-esque Judy King (Blair Brown). In Season 4, those two things converge in a wild and exciting way.
“Because [Season 3] ends with the overcrowding in the prison, you do push all the groups together and the alliances that happen are unexpected,” Brown said of Season 4 at the TCA. That means some characters who have never interacted with one another will this season — which elates not only the actors, but creator Jenji Kohan as well. “We’re always trying to make new combinations,” she said. “It’s so exciting to watch these women perform [so] we’re trying to keep it interesting for ourselves too. We’re always looking for that.”
While details on the season were in short supply from the notoriously tight-lipped crew, Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey, teased, “I feel like we’ve got something really, really different than what we’ve put out before.”
3. Marvel’s Jessica Jones renewed for Season 2!
After defeating Kilgrave (David Tennant), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) will tackle a new foe in Season 2 of the acclaimed drama — a fact executive producer Melissa Rosenberg said was intimidating and exciting in equal measure.
And while the Jessica Jones writers room hasn’t reassembled to tackle Season 2, given that the show is more grounded than Brian Michael Bendis’s fantastical source material, chances are it will diverge a little bit more in the future. Although, Rosenberg was quick to add, “I will always use as much as I can from the book.”
5. House of Cards Season 4 will premiere March 4.
Scream star Neve Campbell joins the action this season in a top-secret role.
6. Will Arnett’s Flaked premieres March 11.
For his third Netflix series, the BoJack Horseman and Arrested Development star plays Chip, a habitual liar who “falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination,” according to a press release. Along with Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret), Arnett co-created and co-wrote the series.
7. Season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil premieres March 18.
Frank Castle aka The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and Elektra (Elodie Yung) leap into the fray this season — throwing Daredevil (Charlie Cox) for a loop. “Frank Castle comes and really stirs the pot,” executive producer Doug Petrie said. “For me, so much of Season 1 was about Matt dealing with this decision to be a hero,” Bernthal said. “I think here comes this guy [and] he’s really not concerned with being a hero.”
Yung added, “Elektra is kind of a sociopath. This world is a game for her. It’s like a chess game. What motivates her is what she wants, she’ll use anything she needs to use to get to her goal, and if she needs to kill people, she would. She has this coldness.” As for whether or not fans will see Yung slip into Elektra’s iconic wardrobe, executive producer Marco Ramirez emphasized the show’s grounded nature but also an awareness of what fans want to see. “We want to make them feel as iconic and grounded as possible,” he said.
8. Ashton Kutcher’s The Ranch premieres April 1.
That ’70s Show reunion alert! Kutcher and Danny Masterson star as brothers who reunite to run their family’s ranch. Sam Elliott and Debra Winger co-star as their parents in this multi-cam comedy.
9. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2 premieres April 15 and it was also renewed for Season 3.
Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) is still struggling to make it in New York City while Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) sees the city as a single woman for the first time in years.
On the other hand, Titus (Tituss Burgess) finds himself in an actual grownup relationship this season. “He puts someone else’s needs in front of his own, which he’s not good at,” Burgess said. The character also takes some baby steps, professionally speaking. “But it’s far, far away from the type of fame he thinks he’s deserving of,” Burgess added.
10. Grace and Frankie Season 2 premieres May 6.
After discovering their husbands are lovers, Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) will tackle life — and love — anew in Season 2. “The theme of this new season is: Now what?” executive producer Marta Kauffman said. “Now that we have adjusted to the shock and the trauma of this event, where do we go? Is love important? Is a sexual relationship important? The doors are wide open. We’ve gone down some very interesting routes.”
Helping Grace on that journey this year is Phil, played by Sam Elliott. But there’s a hitch: Phil’s wife is played by Amy Madigan.
11. Winona Ryder’s new drama premieres July 15.
Film darling Winona Ryder stars in Stranger Things, a new drama about the disappearance of a young boy and the mysterious circumstances that may have led to his vanishing.
12. Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down will premiere Aug. 12.
The music-fueled drama about a group of South Bronx teenagers living in New York City, circa 1970, will be split into two parts.
This post will be updated throughout the day as more information is unveiled.