Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

At this point Netflix should just give up the ghost and admit it has become a television network.

NBC decided it wasn’t quite ready to move ahead with Tina Fey’s new comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. As Universal Television was producing the series it had the right to shop it around to find a new home, and Netflix quickly stepped in and snapped it up. Not only did they say they wanted it, they gave it an automatic two season order. This news comes shortly after the announcement that the streaming service was also resurrecting Longmire for a fourth season. This also doesn’t include the numerous completely original projects that Netflix currently has cooking up or continuing.

Honestly, my hats off to Netflix. Someone needed to step in and shake up the status quo, and I think Longmire is the perfect example of this. The series had strong numbers and critical acclaim, but it was canceled because it didn’t appeal to the RIGHT audience (people between the ages of 18 to 49). So Netflix fixed that wrong. In the case of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, it sounds quirky as hell. Here’s the official synopsis:

After 15 years of living in a cult, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) is rescued along with three other women, causing a national sensation that culminates with an appearance on the “Today” show. Before getting back on the bus to Indiana, Kimmy decides to reclaim her life. And with just a big wad of rescue-fund cash, she’s ready to take on New York City. It’s easily the best time of Kimmy’s life as she frees Central Park horses and makes a spontaneous decision to rent a room from Titus, a wannabe Broadway actor who makes a living as a robot in Times Square. Motivated to start moving forward, Kimmy gets a job as a nanny for an Upper East Side family and it quickly becomes clear to her that money and status aren’t synonymous with happiness (or even sanity). Determined to have a romance and take advantage of everything life has to offer, Kimmy is using her overly optimistic spirit to finally start having all kinds of adventures in a world she never knew existed.

It sounds quirky, which means it would have lasted only a few episodes on NBC more than likely. Now it has the comfort of knowing it has room to try things out, and it has the back-up of a locked second season to make changes. And best of all… no advertisers to answer to.

Keep it up, Netflix. You may just finally start scaring the networks with the way you’re going.



After some deep negotiations, Netflix has ridden in to rescue Longmire for a fourth season.

Following the abrupt cancelation of Longmire, no one was quite sure what was going to happen to the series. It was enjoying 5.3 million viewers per episode, but they were from outside the demographic that advertisers find desirable: 18 to 49. So despite it being the most watched series on A&E, the plug was pulled and fans were left high and dry.

Netflix has been a prime target for the series as the streaming service currently airs the first three seasons. Rumors circulated the two sides were negotiating, but nothing was said officially.

Apparently the only two actors assured to be returning are Robert Taylor (Walt Longmire) and Katee Sackhoff (Victoria ‘Vic’ Moretti). No other cast members have been guaranteed to return as of yet because season three ended in a cliffhanger, and rumor is there will be a major departure.

The fourth season of Longmire will be 10 episodes and will air sometime in 2015 on Netflix.


Rousing Western Thriller from Warner Horizon Television to Premiere Exclusively in US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Series To Return for 10 New Episodes in 2015

Beverly Hills, Calif., November 19, 2014– Netflix, the world?s leading Internet TV network, has ordered a fourth season of the hit drama Longmire, from Warner Horizon Television. Ten new episodes of the series will premiere exclusively in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

“When Warner Horizon Television came to us with the idea for a new season of Longmire, we were intrigued because the series is so unique, and consistently great. We are thrilled to help continue Walt Longmire?s story for his large and passionate following,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix.

In a joint statement, the Longmire executive producers said: “We?re excited and honored to have the opportunity to bring this show that we love so much, and all its devoted fans, to Netflix.”

Season four of Longmire picks up moments after season three?s exciting finale. Walt Longmire (series star Robert Taylor), having found out who was behind the murder of his wife, succumbs to his darker impulses and takes off in pursuit of the killer with murder on his mind. Meanwhile, Branch Connally (Bailey Chase), the deputy who Walt fired for erratic, violent behavior, believes he has already figured out who the real culprit is. But during his confrontation with this suspected killer, a gun goes off. Now the audience will finally learn what happened, and whether Walt can be stopped before he makes a fatal choice.

Longmire, the contemporary crime thriller set in Big Sky country, is based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The series stars Australian actor Robert Taylor (The Matrix) as Walt Longmire, the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, along with Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Riddick), Lou Diamond Phillips (Southland, La Bamba), Bailey Chase (Damages), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) and Adam Bartley (Justified).

Longmire is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television. Hunt Baldwin (The Closer, Trust Me), John Coveny (The Closer, Trust Me), Greer Shephard (The Closer, Major Crimes, Nip/Tuck) and Michael M. Robin (The Closer, Major Crimes, Nip/Tuck) serve as executive producers.



It seems that Netflix may once again ride in on its white horse to rescue a canceled series.

According to Deadline, Netflix and Longmire producer Warner Horizon are “deep in negotiations” for a fourth season of the hit series, but rumor is the talks have been tricky and could still fall apart. Should it all work out, however, production could begin as soon as March 2015.

Longmire was canceled by A&E in Sept. despite high ratings. While it was pulling in a large viewership, the demographic was older than the cable channel or advertisers wanted. This makes a service such as Netflix perfect for the series as it is not beholden to advertisers and it could also possibly lure in some new subscribers that haven’t tried Netflix before.

This is similar to the situation where Netflix stepped in and resurrected The Killing for a final season. Is Netflix going to become the savior of all canceled niche shows? Works for me if it happens that way.

[ Source Deadline ]


Daredevil Netflix logo

Finally, Netflix is allowing us to get a taste of its first series from Marvel: Daredevil.

While leaked set photos have appeared here and there, nothing too concrete has appeared. During a panel today at New York Comic Con all that changed with the premiere of the first footage along with the first images of Charlie Cox as both Matt Murdock and Daredevil himself.

Interestingly, the series has gone with a lesser known costume for Daredevil. As opposed to the iconic red costume, they opted to go with something close to the black costume from >Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s Daredevil: Man Without Fear run. An interesting choice to say the least, but one that definitely looks a bit less silly on screen I imagine.

Still no announcement of a release date, but I’d say we’re getting closer and closer.


Daredevil Netflix logo

Netflix seems to be taking its sweet time getting its Daredevil series ready to run, but at least we have a logo now!

Next weekend is the New York Comic Con and it has been announced that the main cast of the series – Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), and Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk) – will be appearing for an autograph session. Hopefully this increased promotion (although, how do you increase from zero?) might indicate we’re getting closer and closer to release which so far has only been listed as “2015.”

Included with the announcement is the logo you see above, the first official artwork we’ve seen from the show. It’s not anything mind bending as its just one of the logos from the comic, but at least it’s something.

As time has progressed, I’m really curious how this entire Netflix plan is going to work out. There are still three more shows planned (Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist) and there has been no word on casting for those shows let alone filming.

I have faith that Netflix will turn out quality shows, I just wish we had a little bit more information on them.


The Blacklist

What The Blacklist shows up on Netflix beginning next weekend, make sure you enjoy it. Netflix paid through the nose for you to be able to watch it.

If you thought your favorite TV shows are only supported by the ads you have to sit through, you were very wrong. Those are but a small component of how they make their money. Honestly, the ads barely make each episode break even, if they even get that far. The real money comes from selling the rights internationally, and that’s how some shows end up staying on the air despite low ratings in the U.S. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had a rough first season in the U.S., but it did extremely well overseas, as an example.

Then there is the money from home video sales. It isn’t huge, but it helps.

The real money these days comes from “repurposing.” It’s a fancy word for finding other places to air episodes. Sony Television, the company that produces The Blacklist, just struck a massive deal with Netflix that will see the fan favorite series hit the streaming service for an amazing $2 million per episode. Seeing as there were 23 episodes in the first season, that means Sony just pulled in $46 million dollars off a secondary stream of the series.

How much each episode costs to produce is unknown, but this is sure to recover a lot of the cost.

As Deadline points out, the current per episode champ is CBS’ Elementary at $3 million per episode, but that included both syndication and a deal with Hulu. When The Blacklist goes to sell its syndication rights it is just about guaranteed to become the new champ.

[ Source Deadline ]



Netflix has finally confirmed that its upcoming Marvel shows do indeed exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While it seemed crazy for the upcoming Netflix Marvel shows – Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones – to exist anywhere else, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos has finally confirmed that the shows share a universe with The Avengers. Speaking with Empire Magazine, Sarandos was asked if the shows could cross-over with the films and simply stated, “It has definitely been talked about.”

While not black and white, it seems fairly clear that we could someday see these characters show up in the films, and that is fine by me. Why create a totally different universe when you already have one already so well established?

Sarandos also commented on how the shows will be built and will follow the example set by The Avengers.

It was really based on the theatrical model of The Avengers. Could you take another group of characters, The Defenders, and go about it the same way? Normally they do the big movie and then eventually they get to the group origin story. Having 13 hours to tell each of these stories, you can go right to the origin story and the action at the same time.

And the big one for me, will the Daredevil series be darker than the film? Thankfully it appears so.

The series will not be afraid to go darker than the film did. What we love about this particular set of heroes is that they’re a little more down to Earth. Costume wise and also in that these are gritty crime stories, more in the streets than in the clouds.

Daredevil is currently filming, and I can’t wait to see what Netflix turns out. No release date has been announced as of yet other than some time in 2015.


Deborah Ann Woll

The Netflix Daredevil series has added yet another cast member in the form of Deborah Ann Woll.

It was announced today that Deborah Ann Woll would be joining the Netflix Daredevil series in the role of Karen Page, a long term love interest of Matt Murdock.  Page started off as the secretary for Murdock and Froggy Nelson and eventually became the former’s girlfriend throughout the run of the series.

Woll is best known for her role as Jessica on True Blood, which was easily one of my favorite characters on that series. As a matter of fact, she kept me watching the show long after I had lost interest in the main characters.

No word yet on when the series will launch on Netflix other than the vague time frame of 2015.


Vincent D'Onofrio

The cast for Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil series has added a big villain in the most literal sense.

Marvel announced on Tuesday that Vincent D’Onofrio will be playing Wilson Fisk, also known as The Kingpin. Longtime readers of the comic series, or even those that saw the 2003 film, will know The Kingpin is Daredevil’s arch-nemesis, and the characters inclusion in the series is pretty essential to everything the character is built on.

That being said, can D’Onofrio play the physical size of the Kingpin? He is an outstanding actor, but Kingpin has always been portrayed as physically huge and imposing, so it will be interesting to see what they do here. Either way, I have complete faith in his acting ability.

Daredevil will air on Netflix sometime in 2015.

Vincent D’Onofrio is Wilson Fisk on Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix

Iconic Marvel villain brought to life in new series on Netflix!

Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that acclaimed actor Vincent D’Onofrio has joined “Marvel’s Daredevil,” an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015. Best known for his critically-lauded work in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Men in Black, “Full Metal Jacket” and “Homicide,” D’Onofrio will play Wilson Fisk, a powerful businessman whose interests in the future of Hell’s Kitchen will bring him into conflict with the blind attorney Matt Murdock and his alter ego Daredevil.

D’Onofrio joins Charlie Cox, previously announced as Matt Murdock, in the exciting cast of “Marvel’s Daredevil.”

“We’re incredibly proud to have an actor with the gravitas and versatility of Vincent joining ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ in such an integral role,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “Wilson Fisk is an iconic villain whose cunning and power make him the dangerous equal of our hero.”

“Marvel’s Daredevil” follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus”, “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” in addition to writing the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Daredevil”), along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”).

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.


charlie cox boardwalk empire

It appears as though Charlie Cox will be playing Daredevil in the Netflix adaptation of the comic series.

While Marvel and Netflix have yet to officially confirm the casting of Cox – who is best known for roles in Boardwalk Empire and Stardust – you couldn’t throw a billy club on Tuesday without someone saying it was a done deal. This is the first significant casting for Marvel’s four upcoming series on the streaming video service, and it will also the first of the four announced series to air.

For those unfamiliar with the character, Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer who is gifted with special powers by the same chemicals that took his eye sight. His powers allow him to see the world clearer than any eyes ever could, and he uses those powers to protect the residents of the Hells Kitchen neighborhood of New York City by night.

Just please forget the Ben Affleck movie based on the character if you ever suffered through it.

No word as of yet as to when Daredevil will premiere on Netflix, but I’m certainly looking forward to it.



Marvel is having a rough weekend with news now that its original showrunner has departed the Daredevil series as it prepares to begin shooting.

Following the news that Edgar Wright has departed Ant-Man, Drew Goddard has departed his role as executive producer, showrunner, writer and director on Marvel’s upcoming Daredevil min-series. Apparently the decision was actually made back in March and will see Goddard going over to work on Sinister Six – a Spider-Man spinoff film – for Sony. Although, with the somewhat lackluster performance of Amazing Spider-Man 2 in the U.S., that project has yet to receive the greenlight.

The reason the news comes to light now is Marvel has announced that Steven S. DeKnight (Buffy, Angel, Spartacus) was taking over the series.

Apparently Joss Whedon’s old team is just completely taking over the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Goddard also worked on both Buffy and Angel.

Seeing as Goddard’s departure actually transpired two months ago, and Wright’s departure was leading to much speculation online this weekend, you would think Marvel may have wanted to hold off on the DeKnight announcement so that it didn’t become part of a slow news weekend. Of course, since Latino Review broke the story before Marvel announced, it may have moved up Marvel’s time table.

While I see a lot of hand wringing going on that Marvel is falling apart, I think it is just a natural shake out as a company grows larger. Marvel is no longer the scrappy upstart, it is now a multi-billion dollar media house, and there are always going to be disagreements over artistic visions. In the case of Goddard, however, I think he may have simply had too much on his plate.

[ Source Marvel ]



On Thursday it was announced that four original Marvel series will be coming to Netflix in 2015, but one has to wonder how they will work into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage will each be receiving 13-episode runs on Netflix and then will join up for a mini-series of The Defenders, a lesser-known superhero team in the Marvel Universe. The four of them make sense for this project as all of them operate out of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, so it isn’t a stretch at all for them to interact with one another.

While this news itself is exciting, I had a lot of thoughts since the announcement of how these series will work their way into the larger tapestry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I have a couple ideas.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

It’s hard to ignore the fact that these series all premiere in 2015, but no one said exactly when in 2015. Could they be arriving after May 1, 2015, the premiere of The Avengers: Age of Ultron? The reason this intrigues me is there could be either a cameo by the characters, or just an off handed comment about, “There are more heroes appearing every day, the world is becoming a crowded place.” There are a lot of ways this could play out that would allow Marvel to use what is sure to be a huge film to launch these series. It’s definitely a way to bring these characters to the attention of a lot of people.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

If Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is still on the air come 2015, it would be easy to have one episode where the agents investigate reports of vigilantes running rampant in Hell’s Kitchen. Normally this would be a taboo as they will be airing on different “networks,” but Netflix is not a network, and as Disney owns ABC and Marvel, it would only be helping itself to allow the reference to happen.

Phase 3

After The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be kicking off with Ant-Man. What comes after that in this phase has not been announced as of yet, but lets say one of these shows is a breakout hit, could one of them turn into a film? This, of all the theories, seems the most unlikely to me as Marvel has said they plan the films six years in advance, but what if they could show up as a supporting character? Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) has appeared in Iron Man 2, The Avengers and the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, could one of these characters move into that position, or possibly even a rotation of them? I don’t think that is the craziest of ideas.

Avengers 3

A lot of theories have been floating around that the third Avengers film will deal with the Infinity Gauntlet storyline. Should this come to be, to really communicate the gravity of the situation, Marvel is going to need a far larger roster of heroes to work with than it currently has. To me, this is the most logical location for The Defenders to show up. “We need more firepower!” “I know a few people we can call.” Done and dusted and these heroes come in and join the fight.

These are all just speculation at this point, but it feels like this whole scenario is a set up to a larger plan. Bringing in television versions of the characters will allow Marvel to build its overall Cinematic Universe that much faster. They have so far stuck to a plan of two films a year, but if they can get a few extra characters introduced each year via deals such as this, it will be a quick way to populate the world they live in. If I had any complaint about the first Avengers film was it felt like it happened in a vacuum. I know the larger Marvel Universe, and this just felt tiny to me as I know what lurks at the borders of these films.

So color me excited for this all to come together, and I can’t wait to see where this goes.