With Netflix’s announcement of Sense8, its newest conception in creating original content, we here at Heavy thought it was time to see what else the future of streaming television has in store for us.
It looks like there is some pretty cool stuff brewing at Netflix “labs”, along with the already wildly successful House of Cards season two and speculation for the much-anticipated Arrested Development season four.
10. Bad Samaritans
After becoming Netflix’s first original original content home run, House of Cards junkies are already jonesing for season two, which began filming this past January.
House of Cards is a political thriller starring Kevin Spacey. Wikipedia elaborates:
Francis “Frank” Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is an ambitious Democratic congressman and the House Majority Whip. Following his assistance in ensuring the election of President Garrett Walker (Michael Gill), Underwood is informed by Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez (Sakina Jaffrey) that the existing agreement to appoint him Secretary of State will not be honored. Furious at Walker’s betrayal, Underwood and his wife Claire (Robin Wright), a development activist, begin seeking out pawns in a protracted political war against Walker. Soon brought into the fray are troubled Congressman Peter Russo (Corey Stoll) and Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), a young political reporter for the Washington Herald newspaper.
One of the more interesting aspects in the creation of House of Cards is how its creative team was selected once Netflix decided to pick it up. Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, reviewed streaming habit data of Netflix user’s and found that there was a viable market for political dramas, director David Fincher (Fight Club, Panic Room, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and actor Kevin Spacey.
Big brother knows what you like.
1. Arrested Development
Arrested Development season four is probably the most anticipated series Netflix has brewing.
Filming wrapped in November 2012, and joining the already formidably hilarious cast are a smorgasbord of other comedy stars. Huffington Post reports:
In addition to original cast members Bateman, Jessica Walter, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Cera, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, Alia Shawkat, Will Arnett and David Cross, Kristen Wiig, Liza Minnelli, Seth Rogen, Henry Winkler, Mae Whitman and John Slattery join the “Arrested Development” cast for the new season.
New episodes of Arrested Development will hopefully lead to a movie, although it hasn’t been greenlit yet. The fourteen episodes will all be released at once in May, which means if you haven’t yet signed up for Netflix – now’s the time.