Netflix stormed the Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, unleashing a barrage of programming announcements.
“The world’s leading Internet TV network,” as it has taken to calling itself lately, revealed premiere dates for nine series:
“Chef’s Table: France” (Sept. 2)
“Joe Swanberg’s Easy” (Sept. 22)
“The Ranch” (Oct. 7)
“Black Mirror” (Oct. 21)
“Lovesick” (formerly “Scrotal Recall”; Nov. 17)
“Beat Bugs” (Nov. 18)
“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” (Nov. 25)
“Captive” (Dec. 9)
“One Day at a Time” (Jan. 6, 2017)
Netflix also announced a trio of season 2 series renewals for 2017 — the talk show “Chelsea” (90 episodes), starring Chelsea Handler, and the comedy series “Lady Dynamite,” starring Maria Bamford, and “Real Rob” (8 episodes), starring “SNL” alum Rob Schneider.
Netflix was more modest in regards to brand new programming, announcing a single new series pick-up, an untitled family series inspired by the music of Motown Records, including iconic hits by Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, The Supremes, The Temptations and Stevie Wonder.
Robinson (“I Second That Emotion,” “Tears of a Clown”) has signed on as executive music producer for the fantastical series, which will tell the story of Ben, an 8-year-old boy living with his family in the imaginary city of Motown (based on Detroit). In the visually-rich show, Ben and his friends Angie and Mickey will encounter a collection of street art characters, discovering the magic of creativity and learning life lessons along the way.
The show was created by Josh Wakely (“Beat Bugs”), who will direct, showrun and produce the Netflix original series through his company Grace: A Storytelling Company in conjunction with Beyond Screen Production.
The streaming giant also made two casting announcements:
Jennifer Garner (“Alias”) has signed on to voice the character of Mama Llama in its animated series “Llama Llama,” based on the best-selling book series by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney. Produced by Genius Brands International, the series will premiere globally on Netflix in 2017.
The tween series “Greenhouse Academy” (formerly “The Greenhouse”) will star Jessica Amlee, Cinthya Carmona, Nadine Ellis, Reina Hardesty, Dallas Hart, BJ Mitchell, Ariel Mortman, Chris O’Neal, Benjamin Papac, Finn Roberts, Parker Stevenson, Grace Van Dien and Ishai Golan.
An adaptation of the Israeli series “Ha-Hamama” (2012), it is set in an elite boarding school in Southern California where students are divided into two rival houses that must join forces when they uncover an evil plot. Paula Yoo (“West Wing,” “Defiance,” “Eureka”) is adapting with showrunner Giora Chamizer, who wrote and created the original series. Nutz Productions, a subsidiary Ananey Communications, will produce the series for Netflix.