Netflix Boosts Original Programming

Netflix, the popular subscription streaming service, will introduce or renew a slew of original shows in the coming months.

On top of two new music-inspired animated series, Netflix is set to unveil second seasons for Chelsea, Lady Dynamite and Real Rob in 2017.

Chelsea, starring Chelsea Handler, will serve up 90 more episodes of the acerbic comedian-host as she ventures across the US and around the world. The show presents “celebrities, dignitaries and surprise guests” in no-holds-barred discussions on topics including “international cultures, alternative lifestyles, education, health, sports, parenting, politics, and more.”

Here’s a segment from a recent episode dissecting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump:

Also returning is Lady Dynamite, “a single-camera comedy series” inspired by the life of actor/comedian Maria Bamford, which tells “the story of a woman who loses – and then finds — her s**t.” Fred Melamed stars as Bamford’s manager.

Here’s a trailer for Lady Dynamite:

SNL alum Rob Schneider’s comedy, Real Rob, will come back with an eight-episode second season depicting “an exaggerated yet brutally honest depiction of the comedian’s real life, interspersed with his stand-up comedy performances.”

Here’s a trailer for Real Rob:

Other series and season premieres include:

Ozark – This new one-hour drama starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney is about a financial planner who moves his family from the Chicago suburbs to the Missouri Ozarks. The 10-episode first season will premiere in 2017.

Chef’s Table: France – The third season, which will feature top French chefs and their unique culinary styles, bows September 2. The first two seasons of Chef’s Table are currently streaming exclusively on Netflix.

Easy – This is an eight-episode anthology following “diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture.” Easy will be available September 22.

The Ranch – Set in Colorado, this half-hour comedy series stars Ashton Kutcher as an ex-football star who has returned to the family ranch. You can watch the second part of the first season starting October 7.

Black Mirror – Another anthology series from Netflix, Black Mirror “taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia.” The six-episode third season will be available October 21.

Lovesick – This romantic comedy, formerly called Scrotal Recall, introduces its second season on November 17.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life –  From the creator of the popular broadcast network series, this iteration will consist of four 90-minute chapters, each covering one of the four seasons. It arrives November 25.

Captive – This new documentary series examines “the most challenging negotiations of our time — revealing how hostage-taking, and the efforts to resolve it, have evolved to address an escalating international trend.” It premieres December 9.

One Day at a Time – The popular CBS comedy from the 1970s is updated to focus on a Cuban-American family. The 13-episode first season starts January 6, 2017, with Norman Lear as one of the executive producers.

You can peruse Netflix’s entire ‘originals’ catalog here.

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