The Latest: Netflix may air 2 new superhero series a year

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Here's the latest from the Television Critics Association summer meeting in Beverly Hills, California, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs (all times local):

10:49 a.m.

Attention superhero fans: Netflix says it's got your back.

The streaming site hopes to release a new Marvel series every six months. Next up: "Jessica Jones," will debut by the end of 2015.

Marvel series' will be supplemented with new content featuring the Defenders, an Avengers like group whose characters include Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage.

All four will join forces in a combined "Defenders" season after each has been introduced with its own first season. "Daredevil," which premiered this spring, has been picked up for a second season.

Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos on Tuesday acknowledged the possibility on a spinoff on "Daredevil" villain The Publisher, to do a spinoff on "Daredevil" villain, The Punisher, played by Jon Bernthal. He will appear in season 2 of "Daredevil."

"That's the beauty of the Marvel universe," Sarandos said.


10:25 a.m.

Don't expect cursing or nudity on the second season of "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."

Co-creator and executive producer Tina Fey says being in the Netflix world doesn't mean she plans to go overboard, noting that many people tell her they watch the show with their children.

"I think it does give us license to play with time and culture or to potentially offend an advertiser or the NFL," she joked

"Kimmy Schmidt," about a young woman (Ellie Kemper) rescued from a cult who begins a new life in New York, was originally intended to air on NBC and wasn't until after filming was completed that it moved over to Netflix.

Editors were able to go back in and make the episodes a bit longer and add in jokes that might not have made it past network censors.

Shooting on the second season of "Kimmy" begins next month.


10:04 a.m.

There may be another season of "Arrested Development" after all.

Netflix, which aired a fourth season of the show in 2013, is planning to bring the cast, including Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi and Will Arnett together for more episodes, but Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says the sticking point seems to be coordinating their busy schedules.

"We are plugging along," he said. "It's a very long complex deal to make for these guys because the talent is very busy and working on other shows, but also because the show is owned by Fox."

"Arrested Development" aired for three seasons on Fox until its cancellation in 2006.


9:59 a.m.

Netflix says it's "thrilled" to be working with Adam Sandler, even if he's no longer a titan at the box office.

Sandler, whose latest movie, "Pixels," pulled in $24-million in the U.S. in its first weekend — less than analysts expected, stars in "The Ridiculous Six" which premieres on Dec. 11 on the streaming site. The movie is one of four he will star in and produce for Netflix.

Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, cited Sandler's international appeal as a bonus.

"We did our deal with Sandler because he is an enormous international movie star," he said, "We are as encouraged as ever."


9:37 a.m.

Netflix will premiere an original documentary on Keith Richards.

"Keith Richards - Under the Influence" will be available Sept. 18, the streaming service announced Tuesday.

Directed by director Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, the documentary will examine Richards' musical influences and the genesis of his sound, and follow him as the 71-year-old Rolling Stone prepares for his first solo album in 23 years. "Under the Influence" will have both new and archival footage.


8:47 a.m.

The decision to reboot the ABC comedy "Full House" on Netflix" with most of the original cast came down to the idea of families watching TV together.

"We got very excited about the idea of co-viewing the audience which is very rare on television today," Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, said Tuesday as the Television Critics Association summer meeting began.

It was also a smart business decision because it's remained a part of popular culture since going off the air in 1995, thanks to syndication.

The reboot, called "Fuller House," had its first taping last week. Sarandos said the cast appeared easily slipped back into their characters. As for whether Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen would ever reprise their role of Michelle Tanner, Sarandos said, "the Olsen twins are teetering (over) whether or not they'll be around."


8:40 a.m.

Aziz Ansari is getting his own Netflix series.

The comic has already headlined comedy specials for the streaming site but, "Master of None,'" is a comedy that will follow the actor as an indecisive 30-year-old named Dev, living in New York.

He created the series, announced Tuesday, and will co-executive produce.

The cast includes H Jon Benjamin and Eric Wareheim.

"Master of None" hits Netflix on Nov. 6.